H.M.S. Pinafore 1998

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HMS Pinafore was the 26th show performed by the society. It was performed in Central Hall on 12th-14th February 1998. Tickets were £5.50, or £3 for concessions.

The chair was Pippa Wills.




Val Sim

Musical Director
Mhairi Sheail


Sir Joseph Porter KCB- Anthony Gardner
Captain Corcoran- Ashley Wilson
Ralph Rackstraw- Tim Towers
Dick Deadeye- Robert Nightingale
Boatswain- Richard Lee
The Carpenter- David Bignell
Josephine- Carole Carpenter
Cousin Hebe- Fredia Midgley
Buttercup- Melanie Levy

Liz Bellamy
Jane Bird
Fiona Bolam
John Bradley
Laura Cartwright
Rachel Cordell
Alexis Duckworth
Ruth Elleson
E. Vika Frary
Carrie Jamieson
Catherine Kiernans
John Morgan
Simon Offord
Hugh Parker
Christine Potter
Caz Snell
Emma Walkey
Pippa Wills


Leader- Berry Hopkins
Violin 1- Caroline Berger
Violin 2- Chris Boon, Katie Fox
Viola- Chad Pillinger
Flute- Sharon Moloney, Emily Poole
Clarinet- Catherine McKiernon, Ruth Ormston
Oboe- Louise Adams
Bassoon- Ruth David
Horns- Chris Clegg, John Mills
Trumpet- James Kilner, Gregg
Trombone- David York
Percussion- Sarah Smith
Pianist- Jenny Miles

Production Team

Production Manager- Debi Hackett
Assistant Production Manager- David York
Technical Advisor- Stephen Cox
Stage Manager- Abi Robertson
Sound Engineer- Ollie Nash
Lighting Director- David Pumfrey
Lighting Crew- Simon Thompson, Dominic Rigg
Stage Crew- Debi Hackett, Many Pullan, Claire Molineux


President- Thomas Round
Vice-President- Bruce Walton
Hon. Vice-President- Frank Banks

Chair- Pippa Wills
Secretary- Fiona Bolam
Treasurer- Ruth Elleson
Assistant Treasurer- Abi Robertson
P&P- Christine Potter, Carrie Jamieson
Costumes- Liz Bellamy, Alexis Duckworth
Front of House/Props- Marcus Steele
Room Bookings- Helen Clarke
Music Librarian- John Morgan


Act II Finale

The Chair Writes…

Welcome to “H.M.S. Pinafore”, this year’s production by the University of Yok Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
This year has been a challenging and exciting one for the society. A few weeks after “The Mikado” last February, we performed a concert in Goole Parish Church which we will be repeating on the 7th March this year. The summer term contained our annual concert in Osbaldwick, and singing at a charity dinner in the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall. We also held a reunion of previous members to celebrate the society’s 25th anniversary.
Last term rehearsals for the show began, but we managed to fit in some carol singing at the Retreat and also held a cealidh to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day (very important for the Scots in the society!).
This term’s preparations for the show have, as always, been fairly hectic, but we all had great fun doing a 24-hour sponsored sing. Those who took part are still humming Gilbert and Sullivan tunes!
I take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those who have been involved in the show, for all their efforts and hard work. Thanks also to you, our audience, for supporting us. I hope you enjoy the show!

Note to Society Members

Hi, and welcome to your very own G&S Society! This year we are staging a production of H.M.S. Pinafore in February, and whatever your talents, there’s sure to be a role for you to play in the show: we need everything from chorus members, soloists and musicians to stage hands and production crew. Auditions will be held soon for the solo parts, but you do not have to audition to join the chorus. We also perform concerts during the year in and around York, which gives us a chance to learn songs from other G&S shows to provide a more varied programme.

Last year’s show was “The Mikado” and was very successful, drawing an audience from campus, town and further afield. We hope to make H.M.S. Pinafore as big a success this year, something we can only achieve with YOUR help and involvement.
Rehearsals take place every Thursday at 7.30pm and are held on campus, so why not come along and see for yourselves how much fun it can be! The evening usually ends with a visit to Langwith bar, which will give you more of a chance to meet us all, and if you come to the first rehearsal in week 1 we are even providing FREE DRINKS, which just shows what kind and generous people we are!

Hope to see you soon!

Letter to the Chair

Dear M. Wills,
Arthur Robinson who runs St. Sampson’s, the Pensioners’ Centre, so wonderfully, gave me two tickets for ‘Pinafore’ for the Saturday matinee last week. Although I am eighty-two I am lucky enough to be reasonably spry and so can help there for two hours a week, and there’s a wonderful place it is to be sure.

My husband and I loved every minute of the show and our congratulations and thanks to you all. Splendidly sung, the movements just right and ditto for the dress and general style. All too often these days, especially with Shakespeare, the directors are apt to go over the top and lose the essential feeling of a work. I’m sure you know what I mean. And now G&S is out of copyright this can happen all too often.

As a family we have all trodden the boards and three of our four sons have appeared in various G and S roles, some at prep school, and in Nairobi (where we lived from ’46 to ’64) our Musical Society used to perform in the local cinema, before the National Theatre was built. They usually gave me parts like the third fairy, Fleta, or Isobel in the Pirates, so I didn’t have to sing solos (v. Wise of them), but what happy times they were.

And last but not least a special thank you for your front of house staff who were so sweet, helping us oldies up and down the stairs and generally making us feel so much at home.

Here’s good luck to all your ventures. Forgive awful typing, the poor old fingers aren’t what they were.


Pauline Collier-Wright

H.M.S. Pinafore 98 Budget

Set- £1000
Costumes- £600
Press & Publicity- £400
Music & Orchestra- £400
Portering- £500
F.O.H.- £100
Insurance- £200
Miscellaneous- £500
Total- £3700

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