H.M.S. Pinafore – Spring 2025

The Pittsburgh Savoyards conclude their 87th season this spring with Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular nautical operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore. Performances will be held March 14-16 and 21-23, 2025 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA (directions and parking). Online livestreams will also be available! Select performances will feature full supertitles for both lyrics and dialogue; others will feature supertitles for lyrics only.

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Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, March 14 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 16 at 2:30 pm
  • Friday, March 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 23 at 2:30 pm

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Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore; or, the Lass Who Loved a Sailor, revolves around the captain’s daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite being promised to Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. The narrative explores themes of social class and true love as Josephine and Ralph’s affection faces numerous obstacles. With a twist of mistaken identity and a satirical look at British society, the topsy-turvy conclusion resolves in a satisfying way while also highlighting the absurdities of the class system.

H.M.S. Pinafore is Gilbert & Sullivan’s fourth composition as a duo and originally premiered May 25, 1878. The opera was a smash success and ran for 571 performances, the second-longest run for any opera when it closed. It was so popular that it also became an international sensation, making Gilbert & Sullivan household names around the world.

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More Information

Music Director – Guy Russo
Stage Director – Meighan Lloyd
Production Manager – Lynette Garlan
Production Stage Manager – Andrea Lisiak
Technical Director – Robert Hockenberry
Lighting Designer – Garth Schafer