Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore @ St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto


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Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore

Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore

St Lawrence Centre for the Arts – 27 Front St E, Toronto 7 марта 2020 – 20:00   

Toronto, 13 February 2020… Who can resist a man in uniform…? Certainly not Josephine, especially when it’s a sailor’s uniform worn with swagger by a tall and handsome foretopman like Ralph Rackstraw. H.M.S. PINAFORE, Gilbert and Sullivan’s first great hit, sails onto the TOT stage on March 4, with further performances on March 6, 7, and 8 (mat) at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The Savoyard masters conjured up a world of youthful rebellion, melodic invention and comic hi-jinks for a boatload of fun. Heading the cast will be Holly Chaplin as Josephine, Ryan Downey as Ralph and newcomer Bradley Christensen as Captain Corcoran. Rosalind McArthur appears as Buttercup the mysterious ‘baby farmer’ and the always irresistible Gregory Finney will be featured as Sir Joseph Porter, KCB, ruler of the Queen’s Na-vee. Returning as conductor will be Derek Bate, whose G & S ‘bona fides’ date back to the legendary performances of the G & S Society at the Hart House Theatre on the U of T campus. TOT’s General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin will again be in charge of stage direction and décor with Myra Malley heading the Stage Management Team. “This season we have focussed on two of the greatest operetta and light opera traditions – The Golden Age in Vienna for Viennese operetta and the great Savoyard tradition headlined by Gilbert & Sullivan”, said Silva-Marin during a rehearsal break. “And then May brings a special Canadian treat…”

The season closes on May 2 & 3 with the World Premiere of Michael Rose’s A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM. Set in Shakespeare, the northern lights cast a spell over the inhabitants of the Ontario village and Rose, inspired by the Bard of Avon, weaves a magical tale of mischievous sprites and the many faces of love, all captured by music of beauty and power. The debuting cast
includes Natalya Gennadi as Helen, Avery Lafrentz as Robin joined by the return of Dale Miller in the pivotal role of Taylor and Karen Bojti as Mrs. Duke. Toronto Operetta Theatre is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, the Jackman Foundation, and the Dalglish, Bedolfe and Mary Margaret Webb foundations. We welcome this year the Dianne and Irving Kipnes Foundation as lead sponsor for Rose’s NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM. Media sponsors include Classical 96.3 FM and EPOCH Times. All performances take place at the wheelchair-accessible St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, situated in the downtown theatre district, close to public transit and municipal parking. For information, call the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts at 416-366-7723, 1–800-708-6754, or online at

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