Show logo: Drawing of three figures singing on a boat sailing on a music stanza.

H.M.S. Pinafore

Music by Arthur Sullivan, Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Staged in cooperation with the School of Music, featuring the KU Symphony Orchestra

April 29, May 1, 3, 5, 2022

Crafton-Preyer Theatre

A comic clash that tugs at your heartstrings, H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor as it is also called, takes us on deck where secrets are stowed away, chief among them Little Buttercup’s baby-farming past. A young and lovely Josephine appears doomed to marry someone whom she does not love—Sir Joseph, the epitome of unmerited rank—as she struggles with a secret yearning that ultimately puts her lover’s life at risk. 

Creative Team

Directed by John Stephens
Conducted by Frances Ho
Scenic Design by Dennis Christilles
Costume Design by Kelly Vogel
Lighting Design by Lindsay Webster
Stage Management by Bailey Dobbins
Musical Preparation by Mark Ferrell


Sir Joseph Porter - Daniel J. Loganbill
Captain Corcoran - Will Simpson
Ralph Rackstraw - Zachary K. Devin
Dick Deadeye - Eli Panek
Josephine (4/29 & 5/3) - Lauren Newstrom
Josephine (5/1 & 5/5) - Bethany Dart
Cousin Hebe - Clara Boyd
Little Buttercup (4/29 & 5/3) - Sarah Kathryn Curtis
Little Buttercup (5/1 & 5/5) - Deanna Ray Eberhart
Boatswain's Mate - Yoseph Park
Carpenter's Mate - Reed Schenkel
Chorus - Stephanie Born, Colin Bradt, Weston Curnow, Hannah Gassman, Morgan Goeser, Christian Laredo, Olly Mitchell, Joshua Nobles, Benjamin Sawchak, Meg Schiliro, Natalie Sledd, Ariana Stein, Dmitry Tyshlek, and Elizabeth Webster