By Laura A. Peterson ’16

As of last Tuesday, we officially have a cast for our spring production of H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor! This semester’s cast includes HRG&SP alumni from every production dating back to our November 2012 production of The Mikado. In addition to a strong contingent of veterans, we are thrilled to welcome new performers from all class years to our cast and organization. The cast and directors cannot wait to get started, and we all look forward to a semester full of laughs, new friendships, and beautiful music!

Our cast list can be found below. How many names do you recognize?


Ralph Rackstraw: Alex Raun

Josephine: Olivia Miller

Captain Corcoran: Ben Kelly

Sir Joseph Porter: Kevin Hilgartner

Little Buttercup: Laura Peterson

Dick Deadeye: Brad Latilla-Campbell

Bill Bobstay: Jake Corvino

Bob Becket: Erik Fliegauf

Male Chorus: Richard Feder-Staehle, Aaron Grand, Eli Kresta, Mike Paladino, Kevin Servellon, Norman Storer

Female Chorus: Isa Flores-Jones, Emma Kromm, Nicole Leung, Lindsey Ruggles, Alexandra Upton, Connie Zhao


This weekend was full of firsts – first production meeting, first cast rehearsal, and first orchestra rehearsal.

Our production meeting Friday afternoon was the first time that we had most of the designers in one room to talk about the overall aesthetic and technical aspects of the show. We’re all so excited to see the pieces that have previously just been present in email threads come together before our very eyes. Saturday afternoon was the official cast sing-through! The majority of the cast, the directors, the Board of Directors, and a few orchestra and staff members joined in the Horner Room for the traditional first sing-through of the performance. As we have not actually begun rehearsals yet and many are new to Gilbert and Sullivan, the afternoon was full of laughs. The orchestra came together for its first rehearsal under the baton of music director, Jacob Moscona ’16, on Sunday evening. Amidst Superbowl score updates, more than twenty musicians joined to play through the show. This extremely busy weekend was exciting on many fronts, and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

That’s all for this week! Please continue to check our website for show updates, and email with any and all questions about HMS Pinafore or our 60th Anniversary celebration!

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