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‘HMS Pinafore’ anchors at Paradise Theater

Members of the crew, sailors Zachary Poe, Veronica Elliot, Josh Anderman, Eli Ghorley and Peter Knickerbocker, seen here dancing a mop dance, make the deck of the H.M.S. Pinafore ship-shape.
Members of the crew, sailors Zachary Poe, Veronica Elliot, Josh Anderman, Eli Ghorley and Peter Knickerbocker, seen here dancing a mop dance, make the deck of the H.M.S. Pinafore ship-shape. Special to the Gateway

Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical comedy “HMS Pinafore” opens Friday (Aug. 7) and runs through Aug. 29 with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. at Gig Harbor’s Paradise Theater. A dinner theater package is available Aug. 22.

Tickets are available at paradisetheatre.org.

High spirits prevail aboard the HMS Pinafore as Little Buttercup distributes sweets and tobacco to the crew. Seaman Ralph Rackstraw’s mind, however, is on Josephine, the daughter of the ship’s captain. He is in love with her even though she is socially unattainable. Unaware of his affection for her, Josephine is in love with Ralph as well but pride prevents her from revealing this because of his low station.

The Leader of the Queen’s Navy, Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B., who has never been to sea, boastfully cracks up the audience with his self-posturing song. The cast is delightfully costumed in period garments and, although there is no movement of the ship, you’ll think you’re at sea.

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