PBS Arts Premier: The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore
The PBS Arts Fall Festival premieres Friday, October 14 with a new production of the beloved classic HMS Pinafore from the Guthrie Theater. Gilbert and Sullivan’s first blockbuster is among the most crowd-pleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. The captain’s daughter is in love with an ordinary sailor, but her father has a more sophisticated suitor in mind. Will she and her beloved defy convention and set sail for love? Filled with Sullivan’s memorable melodies — infused with fresh musical arrangements ranging from big band swing to classic pop — HMS Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old.
The performance was filmed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in August 2011. The show’s cast includes (in alphabetical order) Lauren Asheim, Christina Baldwin, Robert O. Berdahl, Joseph Bigelow, Nathan Bird, Nathaniel Braga, Barbara Bryne, Seri Johnson, Aleks Knezevich, Timotha Lanae, Adam Lendermon, Heather Lindell, Molly Sue McDonald, Nicholas McGough, Robb McKindles, Tinia Moulder, Alfie Parker, Jr., Adrian Pena, Simone Perrin, Kersten Rodau, Laura Rudolph, Adam Sarette, Jason Simon, Brian Skellenger, Brian Sostek, Peter Thomson and J. Tyler Whitmer.
Actor Rainn Wilson hosts the evening’s presentation, produced by PBS member station Twin Cities Public Television.
Watch October 14 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS.
As part of PBS’ commitment to increasing every American’s access and participation in the arts, PBS will present a multi-platform event every Friday night into December, starting on October 14th, and featuring a range of artists and performances from nine different communities and celebrity hosts from each locale. Full-length performances, behind-the-scenes interviews, profiles of artists and performers, and mini-documentaries of women rock-and-rollers, banjo pickers, award-winning choreographers and local art scenes are a front row seat and back stage pass to entertain and inspire viewers.
In addition, PBSArts.org will host weekly curated immersive, themed exhibits that take consumers beyond the television experience and into the creative process itself, and PBS will create innovative classroom tools to help fill gaps in arts education.