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Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m. – PBS Arts from Minnesota: The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore

(Rochester, NY) – Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic nautical romp H.M.S. Pinafore, a production of Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater and Twin Cities Public Television, kicks off the nine-part PBS Arts Fall Festival of performing arts programming on Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Pinafore begins an exciting line-up of performances that will be broadcast Sunday afternoon on WXXI-TV/HD, including the broadcast debut of Cameron Crowe’s documentary music film Pearl Jam Twenty, dance performance films from Bill T. Jones, Miami City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet, rock and Americana music programs from Cleveland and North Carolina, and a major new opera from LA Opera. The broadcast programs, which originate from cities around the country, will be introduced by well-known hosts who are connected to the region and theme of the programs. 

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 – H.M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old.

The performance was filmed in August 2011.  Directed for the stage by Joe Dowling and for broadcast by Michael Beyer, 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.

PBS Arts from Minnesota: The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore airs in conjunction with a locally produced short film from Twin Cities Public Television that explores how the state’s diverse cultural community began decades ago with visionaries who invested in and guided arts institutions to become successful businesses and world-class organizations. The resulting long-term show of support for the arts underscores Minnesotans’ commitment to establish an arts and cultural legacy for future generations.

The PBS Arts Fall Festival schedule is below. Get full details at pbs.org/pressroom.

  • PBS Arts from Minnesota: The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore, Oct. 16, 2011
  • PBS Arts from Seattle: American Masters' Pearl Jam Twenty, Oct. 23, 2011
  • PBS Arts from Miami: Great Performances' Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp, Oct. 30, 2011
  • PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains' Give Me the Banjo, Nov. 6, 2011
  • PBS Arts from Chicago: American Masters' Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, Nov. 13, 2011
  • PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock , Nov. 20, 2011
  • PBS Arts from Los Angeles: Great Performances' Il Postino From LA Opera, Nov. 20, 2011

Caption: Joseph Bigelow (Sailor), Aleks Knezevich (Ralph Rackstraw), Nathan Bird (Sailor) and Heather Lindell (Josephine) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of "Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. PINAFORE."
Credit: Courtesy of Michal Daniel

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