Nestled near the foothills of Lindon is a little gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town. Jan. 22 – March 1 audiences had the opportunity to sail the open seas at the Valley Center Playhouse through their recent production “HMS Pinafore.” Featuring marvelous music, costumes and acting, the presentation was a delight in every respect.
The cast lacked in numbers, yet they easily made up for it in talent. Lead by Captain Corcoran (affectionately nicknamed Captain Coco Puffs) of the HMS Pinafore, played by Andrew Whitaker, the crew stalwartly belted note after note of melodic sailor tunes.
In the first act Ralph Rackstraw, or R.R., played by Alex Lund was a pleasure to watch. With little effort the lyrics flowed from his mouth, showcasing talented vocals.
Captain Coco Puffs was dressed completely in British sea captain regalia and even sported an old-man-style English beard. With lively spirit he moved about the stage as his antics caused the audience to laugh several times, especially when he sang “Whatever, Well Hardly Ever.”
Josephine, the daughter of Coco Puffs, was spot on. Her performance was heartfelt and remarkable with high note trills and graceful acting full of emotion. With vibrant costumes of English flare each member of the crew and ensemble was decked out in their majesty’s finest.
Throughout the play we learn of a plot to marry the captain’s daughter to Sir Joseph Porter. Hearty and full of himself, Porter caused many a scene to be filled with a montage of angst, emotion and laughter. This pompous nobleman knew his place and made sure that everyone else did as well.
The Aunt hilariously launched herself at every available suitor as she crooned over the thought of her niece being betrothed. In contrast there was Miss Cripps, or Buttercup, who was great; calm yet determined, seeming to have all the answers. Her solemn demeanor and love for captain Coco Puffs left her charmingly unaware of his many flaws.
Sir Joseph wanted to marry Josephine, as did R.R., but something wasn’t quite right and trouble had been a brewing. Through cleverly written lyrics we see the plot twist and turn until the final resolution is marvelously divulged.
To all who didn’t get to partake in this performance, make sure to head over to see Valley Center Playhouse’s next production “Roughly Speaking,” a family-friendly comedy showing March 5- April 12.