ON THE HIGH SEAS: Actor Peter Harding (centre, playing Dick Deadeye) and the chorus of sailors.
ON THE HIGH SEAS: Actor Peter Harding (centre, playing Dick Deadeye) and the chorus of sailors. Geoff Marsh

HMS Pinafore sets sail in Ballina

BALLINA Players is presenting a Gilbert and Sullivan classic, HMS Pinafore, directed and choreographed by Jaime Sheehan.

Warwick Binney and Marie Caldwell will be musical directors.

For the character of Dick Deadeye, Essgee expanded on his original role quite substantially, notably for the actor Jon English.

He is the grim realist of the crew, offering advice to whomever, whether sought or not, with no particular concern for his station in life.

In the Players production, Deadeye is played by Peter Hardinghas been with Ballina Payers on and off since 2003.

For this production he alsoco-designed the set, which features a double-level ship's bow and curved staircase.

This is not your traditional Gilbert and Sullivan production.

Pinafore was the first musical to bring together story, song words and musicinto a balanced

whole.

The show's popularity produced an American audience for musical theatre and the show has served as a model of the musical ever since.

Pinafore was performed 570 times over two years in England and really put Gilbert and Sullivan on the map.

Tickets are available online at http://www.ballina players.com.au/bookings(nofee), at Just Funkin' Music in River St, Ballina, near the pedestrian lights ($2 a ticket booking fee) in person or by phoning 66862440.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $22 for children 16 years and under.

The season of HMS Pinafore runs from this Friday to July 1.


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