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Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA
H.M.S. Pinafore 2017
Director: Alan Needham      Musical Director: Michael Brett

Audition Information
Performance Dates:  15-27 May 2017.
Rehearsals:   Monday & Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, from 13th February.  Cast will generally be required for one or two timetabled rehearsals per week initially.
Auditions:     Sunday 4 December and Saturday 10 December 2016.
HMS Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first major success, running for a total of 571 performances from 25 May 1878.  It took America by storm later that year with more than 50 unauthorised companies staging the show.  In New York alone, Pinafore was performed simultaneously by eight companies within 5 blocks of each other.  In December 1879, Gilbert himself was a sailor (sporting a false beard) in the first authorised production in New York. Pinafore was also the first G&S opera produced by an amateur company.


Sir Joseph Porter KCB
Captain Corcoran
Ralph Rackstraw
Dick Deadeye
Bill Bobstay
Bob Becket 
Little Buttercup
Bass baritone
The chief character role.
“Straight”, popular, vulnerable.
The lovelorn, naïve hero.
The villain of the piece.
Boatswain, salt of the Earth.
Carpenter, not quite the full bottle.
Our heroine, the Captain’s daughter.
Sir Joseph’s first cousin.
The roundest, reddest beauty in Spithead.

Chorus of sailors, marines, and the First Lord’s sisters, cousins and aunts.

Director’s note
Pinafore is shorter than the average G&S opera and we are planning to add one or two numbers from other shows, including a solo piece for Hebe.  There will also be some dancing but this will not be required of everyone.  Please advise at the audition whether you are interested in dancing.

Audition bookings
Contact Max Page:
0418 386 164