Trouble is afoot on the high seas! Class conflict, hidden loyalties, and forbidden romance threaten “the politest ship in her Majesty’s fleet!” But in the world of Gilbert & Sullivan, no problem can withstand the force of light comedy, clever wordplay, impeccable scenery and unforgettable songs!

Cast off on a voyage of laughter and music, when the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players dock the H.M.S. Pinafore at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

Gilbert & Sullivan were geniuses of the comic opera, according to a news release. They enthralled Victorian England with a blend of catchy melodies, witty storytelling and social commentary that still delights audiences today.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players remain one of the most gifted interpreters of their work — NYGASP’s earlier productions of The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado captured the hearts of YCPAC audiences.

And in February, they embark in one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most cherished vessels.

“… New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players has set a winner to sail… unusually able singers and nimble comic actors… a sunny graceful wit that captures the show’s delicate balance of comedy and sentimentality.” — The New York Times

H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a story of secret love — the captain’s daughter, Josephine, is betrothed to the foppish Sir Joseph Porter, but secretly loves common sailor Ralph Rackstraw.

Their quest for happiness churns up classic characters like Little Buttercup and the notorious Dick Deadeye, and unleashes a host of rousing songs, including “We Sail the Ocean Blue,” “I’m Called Little Buttercup,” and “He is an Englishman.”

H.M.S. Pinafore premiered at London’s Opera Comique on May 25, 1878, ran for a record 571 performances, and has remained a musical favorite on both sides of the Atlantic ever since.

“[H.M.S. Pinafore] will sweep you away. Don’t be surprised to find your feet tapping to the joyous melodies, merry choruses and patter songs… enjoy the wit and satire, share the wonderful music and spoof… the cast threads and dances its way across the decks with agility and kaleidoscopic motion.” — New York Post

Tickets for H.M.S. Pinafore start at $32, with $10 Youth tickets available. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. The YCPAC Ticket Office is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For reservations or more information, call 928-776-2000 or visit www.ycpac.com.

Information provided by Yavapai College.

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