HMS Pinafore in Concert
by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

Mar. 02 - Mar. 03, 2019


Set sail for wondrous music o'er the bright blue sea!

Click for audio file: Aired Thursday, February 28, 2019 on KUTX 98.9FM “Eklektikos” with John Aielli. John interviews Artistic Director Rafe MacPhail, Jr.. Live studio performances of several songs from “H.M.S Pinafore In Concert” which will run March 2 & 3. Performing is Jeffrey Jones-Ragona as Ralph

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents a Concert Performance of “H.M.S. Pinafore.” This classic Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera is a beautiful and romantic tale of a lowly sailor and his love for the captain’s daughter. “H.M.S. Pinafore” is a comic opera full of topsy-turvy humor and boatloads of bright and cheerful tunes. Audiences of all ages will be captivated by this classic presentation of majestic music. Two performances.

Ralph MacPhail, Jr. is Artistic and Stage Director, with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona as Music Director. Grand piano accompaniment by Jeanne Sasaki.

 Performers include Abigail Adams, Whit Allee, Bruno César Barbosa, Bonnie Bogovich, Corinna Browning, Patricia Combs, Garrett Cordes, Arthur DiBianca, Andy Fleming, Chantal Freeman, Leann Fryer, Gary Hallock, Jake Jacobsen, Janette Jones, Robert LeBas, Reagan Murdock, Scott Poppaw, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, Erica Salinas, Ian Stilwell, and Jay Young.

All dialogue and lyrics will be captioned.


Josephine: Chantal Freeman
Rafe Rackstraw: Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Captain Corcoran: Robert LeBas
Little Buttercup: Bonnie Bogovich 
Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B: Arthur DiBianca
Boatswain: Bruno Barbosa
Ship’s Carpenter: Scott Poppaw
Cousin Hebe: Abigail Adams
Sailors: Garrett Paul Schlechte CordesIan Stilwell, Whit Allen, Bradley Boatright, Gary Hallock, Jay YoungJake Jacobsen
Sisters, Cousins and Aunts: Leann Rosemary FryerCorinna BrowningPatricia CombsJanette Jones


H.M.S. Pinafore” satirizes the snobbery and hypocrisy of the English social system of the day, as the beautiful daughter of the ship’s captain falls in love with a lowly seaman. This groundbreaking musical also pokes good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the appointment of unqualified people to positions of authority.


“H.M.S. Pinafore” opened at the Opera Comique in London on May 25, 1878. The first authorized production in America opened on December 1, 1879, with, according to legend, Gilbert on stage in the chorus. Its unprecedented popularity fostered an American audience for musical theatre, while the show itself became a model for form and content for musicals that followed. “H.M.S.Pinafore” influences in popular culture include movies and television, with references appearing in, for instance, Chariots of Fire, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek: Insurrection, The West Wing, The Simpsons, and Family Guy.

HMS Pinafore in Concert
by William S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan
Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

March 02 - March 03, 2019
Brentwood Christian School
11908 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX, 78753

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents H.M.S. Pinafore In Concert

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm

Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School / 11908 N. Lamar - 78753

Tickets $8-$20 / Purchase tickets at or call (512) 474-5664.