Vortex Theater Company

www.vortextheater.com

presents

H.M.S. PINAFORE

Adapted from the operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan

Sanford Meisner Theater, 164 Eleventh Ave., NYC

March 3 through 31, 2007

 

Director DAVE DALTON

Musical Director EDWARD BARNES

Choreographer CARRIE CIMMA

Sets and Lights MIRANDA HARDY

Costumes JESSICA WEGENER

Musicians ZACH REDLER, EDWARD BARNES

Press Representative JIM BALDASSARE

Cast

Billy Ernst – Deadeye, Sailor

Sarah Hartley – The Girl

Nich Kauffman – Captain Corcoran, Sailor

David Macaluso – Sir Joseph, Buttercup, Sailor

Max Miller – Ralph Rackstraw

Jendi Tarde – Josephine

Paul Sigrist – Boatswain

Vortex Theater’s adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. PINAFORE is a well-delivered if low budget interpretation of a classic. With a little bit of camp, some dialogue that will keep the adults laughing, and an overall production that will please the kids, Vortex opens its 24th season with a show that goes down easy.

Actually drawn from a combination of the original musical, and a story written twenty years later called The Pinafore Picture Book: The Story of H.M.S. Pinafore, this H.M.S. PINAFORE has been adapted down, if you will. The scale has been reduced to offer a more intimate theatrical experience. Appropriate for a cozy space like the Sanford Meisner, and perhaps more engaging for a young audience.

Simple sets, dolls for props, eye-catching costumes, quick changes and doubling are the hallmarks of this production of H.M.S. PINAFORE. Most notable is David Macaluso, as a sailor, Sir Joseph, and dear little Buttercup, but the entire cast present skilled performances.

Though there is no wildly innovative musical or dramatic adaptation at work here, Vortex Theater presents a commendably well-executed show. Especially recommended for those looking for a show to take the kids to!

- Kessa De Santis -

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