Love and light opera


The Robinwood Players will bring to the stage Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Amphitheater at Hagerstown Community College.

The two-hour-long musical revolves around the forbidden love between a lowly sailor and a captain's daughter. She is already arranged to be married to the First Lord of the Admiralty, and the sailor is too far below her station to be a suitable husband. But all that changes when a shocking secret is revealed.

"The theme of the show is love," said Mike Harsh, a professor of speech, drama and English who is directing the show.

While the plot may seem serious, it actually is a satirical look at the snobbery between the upper and lower classes in the late 1800s. Also, Harsh has taken some liberties with the show to make it even more comical.


"It's going to be broad strokes and slapstick comedy because I think that's what audiences today would enjoy," he said.

And today's audience should find the play's theme easy to grasp.

"I don't think that someone going to see our play is going to have any trouble understanding it," said Harsh.

Parents can feel free to bring their kids along to see the show, as well.

"This is the kind of show you can bring the whole family to," Harsh said.

Popular songs from the show include "When I Was a Lad," "Hail! Men-o-War's Men (For I'm Called Little Buttercup)," and "My Gallant Crew, Good-morning (The Captain of the Pinafore)."

Musical accompaniment will be provided by a live orchestra directed by Dave Warner, professor of music and the humanities division. Approximately 40 theater students are involved in the production.

Tickets for the show are $5 and are available in advance at the HCC bookstore or at the Alumni Ampitheater on the night of the show. Admission is free for HCC faculty and students.

For more information, contact Harsh at 301-790-2800 ext. 253.

Erica Ensminger is a student at HCC and an intern at The Herald-Mail.

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