‘Pinafore’ to set sail for England

Fraser Valley Stage to represent Canada at the 19th Annual International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival competition in England

The Abbotsford-based musical theatre group, Fraser Valley Stage, is preparing to represent Canada at the 19th Annual International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival competition in Buxton, England.

The cast will perform H.M.S. Pinafore on August 1, as they vie for various coveted awards, against other amateur performers from around the world.

Before setting sail over the “pond,” F.V. Stage will present five performances of the show at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, April 18 through 21. Ticket holders for the Wednesday, April 18 performance, are also invited to attend the “Inaugural Sailing Gala Reception” at 6 p.m.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers and meet “Sir William Gilbert” himself.

H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan’s first blockbuster, is among the most crowd pleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamic songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire.

The Captain’s daughter is in love with a lowly sailor, whilst her father has a more sophisticated suitor in mind. Will she and her beloved defy convention and set sail for love?

Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. on each performance date, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Tickets are adults $25, seniors and student $23, with group rates available. For more ticket information, visit www.fraservalleystage.com or call 604-853-4164.