Music Department Presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, March 1-3

H.M.S. PinaforeThe Pacific University Music Department presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore in concert March 1-3. Tickets are available now for the shows, as well as for a special opening night reception event.

H.M.S. Pinafore — or The Lass That Loved a Sailor — is a satiric tale lampooning patriotism, politics and the British aristocracy. It was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth collaboration and their first blockbuster hit.

The plot revolves around thwarted love between members of different social classes, namely the daughter of the gentlemanly Captain of the Pinafore, who has fallen in love with a common sailor but is betrothed to the First Lord of the Admiralty. In true Gilbert and Sullivan fashion, true love reigns. The show includes such familiar songs as “I’m Called Little Buttercup,” “When I Was a Lad,” and “I am the Captain of the Pinafore.”

The Pacific University concert version will feature an ensemble cast, prepared by Chamber Choir Director Dr. Scott Tuomi and directed by Anne McKee Reed, sharing the stage with the all-student orchestra, directed by Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses.

Performances will take place in McCready Hall in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center on Pacific’s Forest Grove Campus. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. General admission tickets are $15, or $10 for senior citizens and students.

Guests also are invited to a special opening night reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Tim & Cathy Tran Library at Pacific University. Admission is $35 and includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres prior to the show, as well as special reserved seating for the opening night performance.

Tickets are available online at or by contacting the Box Office at 2019 21st St., or 503-352-2918.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019