Guthrie H.M.S. Pinafore to Feature Barbara Bryne, Robert O. Berdahl and Christina Baldwin

News   Guthrie H.M.S. Pinafore to Feature Barbara Bryne, Robert O. Berdahl and Christina Baldwin
Complete casting has been announced for The Guthrie Theater's upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, which drops anchor on the Wurtele Thrust Stage June 18-Aug. 28.

Directed by Joe Dowling, the production will officially open June 24.

The cast will feature Robert O. Berdahl and Christina Baldwin as Captain Corcoran and Little Buttercup, respectively, with Constantine Germanacos (Ralph Rackstraw), Seri Johnson (Cousin Hebe), Heather Lindell (Josephine), Jason Simon (Dick Deadeye), J. Tyler Whitmer (Bob Becket), Robb McKindles (Bill Bobstay) and Peter Thomson (Sir Joseph Porter).

Guthrie favorite Barbara Bryne (Broadway's Sunday in the Park with George, Hay Fever, Into the Woods) will hop aboard for a special appearance as Queen Victoria, courtesy of new material by Jeffrey Hatcher.

The cast will also feature sailors Joseph Bigelow, Nathan Bird, Nathaniel Braga, Alfie Parker, Jr., Adrian Pena, Adam Sarette, Brian Skellenger and Brian Sostek, and sisters/cousins/aunts Lauren Asheim, Timotha Lanae, Molly Sue McDonald, Tinia Moulder, Simone Perrin and Kersten Rodau. Aleks Knezevich, Nicholas McGough and Laura Rudolph round out the company as swings.

The story, according to press notes, "takes place aboard a British ship, where Captain Corcoran’s (Berdahl) daughter, Josephine (Lindell), has fallen in love with an ordinary sailor, Ralph Rackstraw (Germanacos). As the crew works to get things shipshape for the arrival of Sir Joseph Porter (Thomson), Corcoran’s choice for a more sophisticated suitor for his daughter, Josephine decides initially to abide by her father’s wishes and marry him. Conventional social order is quickly overturned, however, when Sir Joseph arrives and advocates for the equality of humankind. With a change of heart, however, Josephine declares her love for the ordinary sailor and the two – through the help of the crew, sisters, cousins and aunts – make plans to elope that night. When the captain discovers the plot, a surprise disclosure, as is typical of many Gilbert and Sullivan’s works, changes things dramatically." The artistic team includes Andrew Cooke (music direction, arrangements and orchestrations), David Bolger (choreographer), Frank Hallinan Flood (set designer), Fabio Toblini (costume designer), Malcolm Rippeth (lighting designer), Scott W. Edwards (sound designer), Wade Clark (orchestrations), Adi Yeshaya (orchestrations), Jo Holcomb (dramaturgy), Lucinda Holshue (voice and dialect consultant), Chris A. Code (stage manager), Martha Kulig (assistant stage manager), Timothy Markus (assistant stage manager) and James McNamara (assistant director).

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