The Savoy Company

The Savoy Company




May 12 – May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12 at 8:00pm

Saturday, May 13 at 2:00pm

Saturday, May 13 at 8:00pm

By Gilbert & Sullivan
Music Director Peter A. Hilliard
Stage Director Bill Kiesling

A musical comedy…fun for the whole family!

A Philadelphia tradition, internationally acclaimed and the newest Company in Residence with Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Savoy Company will sail the ocean blue to present Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera H.M.S. PINAFORE featuring a gorgeous, professionally designed set, beautiful costumes, & a professional orchestra.

The sailors of the H.M.S. Pinafore welcome Little Buttercup as she comes aboard to sell her wares. The popular Captain Corcoran greets his gallant crew preparing for the arrival of Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty, and his adoring entourage of sisters, cousins, and aunts. The Captain confides to Little Buttercup that he hopes to marry his beloved daughter Josephine to the rich, well-bred Sir Joseph. Little Buttercup secretly loves the Captain who admires her as “a plump and pleasing person.” Later pleading his own cause, Sir Joseph tells Josephine that the difference in social status is no barrier to love. Josephine is elated by the advice since she and Ralph Rackstraw, a lowly sailor aboard her father’s ship, have fallen in love and plan to elope. Dick Deadeye warns the Captain. To the rescue is Little Buttercup revealing a well-kept secret to save the day!

H.M.S. Pinafore, relying on comedic good-humored satire, pokes fun at many things Victorian: the English social classes, marriage, the Royal Navy, and the political appointment of unqualified people to positions of authority. It features some of the most memorable Gilbert & Sullivan songs including: “We sail the ocean blue,” “I’m called Little Buttercup,” and “I am the monarch of the sea.

The Savoy Company is the oldest amateur theatre company in the world dedicated solely to the production of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Enjoy a video clip from 2016 The Pirates of Penzance at The Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

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