Recital Hall

All aboard for H.M.S. Pinafore

HMS Pinafore castThe Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts presents H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass That Loved a Sailor.  The comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan is being directed by Associate Dean for Academics J. Randall Colborn and Dean Marvin Curtis is serving as producer and musical director.  Performances will be held at 8 pm on Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14 and at 2 pm on Sunday April 15 in the Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall.

This production is a joint project of the Indiana University South Bend Theatre and Dance Company and the music area of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.  The cast of nearly 90 includes 29 IU South Bend students and is one of the largest casts to grace the stage of the Campus Auditorium in recent history.  The South Bend Symphonic Choir and members of the IUSB Philharmonic will provide musical support for the production. 

Come out to experience the show as the theatre, dance, and musical talents of the Raclin School of the Arts brings the silly, romantic, and beautiful H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor, to glorious life. The plot centers on love between members of different social classes: a middle-class naval captain’s daughter (betrothed to the upper-class government official in charge of the Royal Navy) is really in love with a lower-class common sailor.  H.M.S. Pinafore is a tale of romance and adventure on the high seas.

This operetta is the work of Gilbert and Sullivan, who restored British musical theatre, making it proper to attend.  They were first brought together in 1871 to write Thespis or The Gods Grown Old.  They were both successful on their own and, although they knew each other, had not considered a permanent collaboration.  As a team they went on to write many operas and founded a new school of British music.  

Tickets for H.M.S. Pinafore are available for $5-$9 and free to students and children.  For more information and to order tickets visit or call the arts box office at 574.520.4203. H.M.S. Pinafore

//8 pm April 12-14

//2 pm April 15

//Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall

//1825 Northside Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46615

//Tickets $5-$9 | Free to students/children