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Performing & Fine Arts: Mock's Crest
Mock’s Crest’s production of “HMS Pinafore” by Gilbert and Sullivan June 5 – 7, 12 – 14, 19 – 21 and 25 – 28. 7:30pm Thursday – Saturday and 2pm Sundays. Dinner and Brunch is served on the lawn in front of the Mago Hunt Center prior to Show times.
Tickets available at Mago Hunt Box Office after May 4th 10am – 6pm. Orders can be placed by phone at 503-943-7287
This is Mock’s Crest 25th year and what better way to celebrate than with Gilbert & Sullivan’s first major success in the world of comic operetta. The story is set on the satirically named Royal Navy ship, the HMS Pinafore. Mr. Gilbert’s libretto once again lampoons the social class system as Josephine, the captain’s daughter, must decide between her true love, the lowly but dashing sailor Ralph Rackstraw, or her father’s choice, Sir Joseph, the Lord Admiral. This Savoy Opera includes many of Mr. Sullivan’s most melodic tunes and memorable songs. Join us in our 25 year celebration of comic opera on the Bluff.
Mocks Crest is a semi professional company devoted to a yearly Summer production of comic light opera, primarily the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan, that combines professional singers and musicians with the students, faculty and staff in the Department of the Performing and Fine Arts at the University of Portland. The production company was originally created under the guidance of Dr. Roger Doyle in 1990 with the support of the theatre faculty as his production team. The goal of this organization is to bring quality musical theatre to the University’s campus, the local Mocks Crest neighborhood and the greater Portland area by remounting and reinterpreting these great works of music, and connecting the young performing artists at the University to the larger Portland music community.
This Year’s Production
“HMS Pinafore” by William Gilbert and Aurthur Sullivan was first produced in London in 1878. This is the third time this operetta has been produced by Mocks Crest. The last production was in 2005. The current known production staff is:
Prof. Larry Larsen - Faculty Producer, Set Designer and Light Designer
Prof. Tracey Edson - Music Director and Conductor
Bruce Hostetler - Stage Director
Sue Bonde – Costume Designer
Jessica Wallenfels - Choreographer
Jennifer Hammontree - Production Stage Manager
Nate Bartos – Technical Director
Returning Company Members include:
John Vergin as Sir Joseph, The Lord Admiral
Brian Tierney as Ralph Rackstraw
The show opens on June 5 at 7:30pm and plays the evenings of June 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 also at 7:30pm. It plays four Sunday matinees at 2pm on June 7, 14, 21, and 28.
This year’s first rehearsal will be on Monday, 4th. The rehearsal schedule is yet to be determined based on casting and conflicts, but typically the rehearsals are Monday through Friday night 7pm until 10pm with possible slots on Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2pm until 5pm. Sundays are off days. A full rehearsal schedule and contracts will be handed out at first rehearsal.