Gilbert and Sullivan Musical is Ovations! Season Finale

Posted on 4/20/2017 8:46:37 AM

Cast performing in "HMS Pinafore"The Lively Arts will present the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players in HMS Pinafore as the grand finale of its 2016–17 Ovations! season. This light-hearted musical comedy will be performed on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center. A special early curtain time of 7:00 p.m. is set.

HMS Pinafore sails onto the Fisher stage with the cast and crew of the highly regarded New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. This international touring ensemble of professional singers, actors, dancers, and musicians is firmly dedicated to bringing quality performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpieces to as wide an audience as possible.

HMS Pinafore, subtitled The Lass That Loved a Sailor, was first performed at London’s Opera Comique in 1878 and has remained popular on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. With its plot imbued with mirth and silliness and as sailors, sisters, cousins, and aunts sing and dance their way across the deck of the fanciful British naval vessel, the show flows through a wave of music and laughter.

This production of HMS Pinafore features an elaborate setting of a ship’s deck based on drawings by Gilbert himself, allowing us to be taken into the mind of the creator. Coupled with its satirical wit meant solely to amuse audiences of every age, the universal nature of human foibles shines through.

Tickets for this event are available online or the Lively Arts’ online ticketing website. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at 724-357-1313.

Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $40 for regular admission, $34 for seniors and groups, and $18 for students and children.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.

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