The Pirates of Pinafore is an operetta parody with music from the various works of Gilbert and Sullivan. The story centers around a shipwrecked, quasi-piratical “masculine” ingénue, Ralphric, who pursues and is pursued by four sopranos (Josephine, Mabel, Patience and Yum-Yum), much to the chagrin of his “feminine” fellow pirate, Baby Ruth. As this love sextet attempts to navigate a resolution, the groups from which they hail (the Pirates of the H. M. S. Pinafore, Sir Joseph’s daughters, Patience’s warrior cousins and the Japanese study abroad students) also attempt to navigate an escape from the tropical island where they are stranded.
This work was conceived and written for organizations with limited casting options and budgets. It is particuarly well-suited for high schools, undergraduate programs, and community theatres with its single set, minimal properties, one-costume-per-character, and plethora of soprano parts. It pairs the high-quality, fun music of Gilbert and Sullivan with a playful goofiness that pokes fun at opera, theatre, and music in general. Click here for more info.