H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert, Sullivan / Arnold. Arranged by M. J. Arnold. For Choral. Shawnee Press. Staged Works and Operettas. Director's Score. 80 pages. Duration 60 minutes. Shawnee Press #U0019. Published by Shawnee Press (HL.35009401).
In this version for 2-part chorus, M. J. Arnold has expertly adapted Gilbert and Sullivan's classic work to a length and level of musical accessibility happily within the capability of upper elementary and middle schools. The work may be performed by unison chorus or by 2-part chorus. Cast of characters include Captain Corcoran, Buttercup, Sir Joseph Porter, Josephine, Ralph Rackstraw, Dick Deadeye, Cousin Hebe, Boatswain’s Mate, ladies and gentlemen of the chorus, (sisters, cousins, aunts and assorted sailors aboard H. M. S. Pinafore). Nineteen musical numbers plus condensed dialogue. Staging suggestions included. Performance Time: Approx. 60 minutes.