The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 15, 2013

Opera students take on classic

By Joe Hadsall
Globe Features Editor

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The first breakthrough classic for legendary opera writers Gilbert and Sullivan will be presented this weekend.

The Pittsburg State University Opera Workshop, PSU Department of Music and Southeast Kansas Symphony will present "H.M.S. Pinafore" today and Sunday at Memorial Auditorium.

The story is about a captain's daughter who is in love with a low-class sailor, even though her father has betrothed her to a high-ranking lord. The captain discovers their plan to elope, and that's when a typical Gilbert and Sullivan twist unfolds.

Opera Workshop is a class of musical-minded students, said instructor Patrick Howle, and the students are enjoying this study of a classic by influential writers.

"They are really enjoying doing this show," Howle said. "They have been working on it for a few months, and they have really found a lot of the joy and humor in it."

About 60 people are part of the cast and crew, Howle said.

The opera will be shown at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10, $5 for seniors and students, free for PSU students.

Details: 620-235-4470.