VAPA Presents “HMS Pinafore” October 14-17 at Brown Auditorium


Posted on October 10, 2021


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WHAT: VAPA performance “HMS Pinafore”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 14, 15 and 16; 2 p.m., Sunday October 17

OR: Brown Auditorium

COST: Free for ULM students, $ 15 general admission


By Ashlyn Dupree
ULM Marketing and Communication Office

MONROE, THE– The University of Louisiana Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts is launching “HMS Pinafore: The Lass Who Loved a Sailor” October 14-17 at the Brown Auditorium.

VAPA will present “HMS Pinafore” by Gilbert & Sullivan on Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday October 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium. Tickets are free for ULM students; general admission is $ 15 and available through Eventbrite.

This timeless treasure of music and theater features quirky and quirky characters, beautiful melodies, a brilliant storyline, and a cast of ULM students with equal singing and acting talent.

G & S’s classic operetta has not been performed at ULM for decades, while G & S’s other popular hits, “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado”, have been staged locally over the years. Last 10 years. This production is directed by director Mark Ross Clark, Ph.D., with musical director Richard Seiler, DMA, technical director Steve Burnside and costume designer Margaret Hall.

Hanna Atsededoin and Jennifer Smith play Joséphine; Ralph Rakestraw is Preston Anderson; Thomaneisha Little and LeAnn Hammons play Miss Buttercup; Captain Corcoran is James Wright, while Sir Joseph Porter is Jonathan DeDou and Keagan Jones, and cousin Hebe is Leslie Hobgood and LeAnn Hammons. The villainous Dick Deadeye is Ryan Kersh and Gabe Wright, and the boatswain is Wyatt Sage. Nathan Newsom increases Sailors, and sisters and aunts are Reagan Dukes, Madison Hernandez, Abigail McClung, and Mallory Spradling.

Clark said: “The story is simple, taking place on a docked ship, HMS Pinafore. One of the sailors, Ralph Rakestraw, is in love with his captain’s daughter. However, the captain has other plans for his daughter, with the intention of Josephine marrying the very upper class Sir Joseph Porter, KCB (a very important but much older man). She (of course) prefers Ralph (after weighing the pros and cons of the two matches), and they plan to run away in the middle of the night, aided by the crew. This plot, however, is foiled by Dick Deadeye, one of the sailors (and the series’ chief villain), who is jealous of Ralph. There are more surprising twists, which is a characteristic of great G&S shows. Look for Miss Buttercup to provide this functionality.


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