“Refrain, audacious tar”

pinafour.jpgJosephine thus admonishes her sailor beau as he woos her. She’s the daughter of the captain and he sails before the mast. Only four performances remain of this delightful production of H.M.S. Pinafore brought to us by Austin’s own Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Consummate comic singers Frank Delvy as the Captain and Russell Gregory as First Lord of the Admiralty bring down the house. Janette Jones, the Little Buttercup, is the best one ever. The audience laughs aloud throughout and leaves smiling. Every word can be understood. Those aged 18 and under are admitted for just five dollars, and we saw scores of kids enjoying this show yesterday afternoon. The 14-piece orchestra plays these authentic arrangements rousingly. An 18-voice chorus rings out from the stage. The seats are comfortable at the Crockett High School performing arts center and it’s easy to buy tickets upon arrival. The female choristers are in suitable garb, but the lucky featured actor-singers are wearing some of the best and most becoming custom-fitted costumes seen on any Austin stage lately. I want to know more about the mysterious Jason Hays. The program says, “He loves making people look their best.” That’s obvious, and he succeeds. Anyone who loves music, comedy, stagecraft, vocal singing, or orchestral arrangements for the stage should not miss this show, a true theatrical treat.

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