Thursday, becernher 12, 1974
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, December 12, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
By KENNETH FINK
Last night's production of
H. M. S. Pinafore by the Uni-
versity's Gilbert and Sullivan
Society once again evidenced
this Victorian duo's wide appeal
to contemporary audiences.
The Gilbert and Sullivan So-
ciety has produced at least one
show a term for the past 27
years starting with The Mikado
in the fall of 1947. Last night's
production was the society's
67th and attracted one of the
most appreciative and diverse
audiences ever to fill Mendels-
The plot is a bit tricky: A
common seaman, Ralph Rack-
straw, has fallen in love with
Josephine Corcoran, the daugh-
ter of his commanding officer.
Simultaneously, Little Butter-
cup, peddler woman of every-
thing from chops to drops, has
fallen in love with the officer,
A conflict is inherent, as the
Corcorans cannot stoop below
their stations for love. While al
this passes, the Captain at-
tempts to marry off Josephine
to Sir Joseph Porter, ruler of
the Queen's navy.
As the curtain rises, the crew
of the Pinafore is happily at
work preparing for a visit anc
inspection from Sir Joseph. He when he threatens to commit Lads were able to totally exploit;
arrives with his collection of | suicide. the comic personalities of thoir
"sisters, cousins, and aunts,"
and encourages the crew t"3 feel
that they are everyone's equal-
Josephine finds Sir Joseph in-
tolerable. Meanwhile, R a 1 p h
pleas his love to her and she
finally agrees to elope with hire
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Without going into details, indi-idual characters.
Captain Corcoran is inforerd The set was the traditional
by Dick Deadeye, the pitiful, ship's deck, with the addel ad-
ugly villain, of his daughter's vantage of a 20 degree tilt to
planned elopement with Ralph. the entire stage. This gave the
Ralph is apprehended and put audience a more realistic feel-I
in chains by Sir Joseph. | ing-as if actually on the seas-
Buttercup then lets out the and provided an excellent vant-
dreaded secret that she hasI age point for viewing all the ac-
been keeping for many years--. tion. Upstage and downstage
that she confused the Cap Gin directions gained new dimen-.
and Ralph as babies, and thusly! sions-
The pit orchestra, conducted
by Barbara Born, marred the
production slightly by its.loose-
ness both tonally and in its bal-
ance with the solo voices.
Both the male and female
group voices seemed to act like
a Greek chorus in mirroring
what the soloists sang.
This production is well worth
a study break and runs until
Saturday night (with a matinee
Saturday), at the Lydia Men-
Just a note
Daily Photo by KAREN KASMAUSKI
'And we are h is sisters and
his cousins and his aunts'
Zappa doesn't think so
their identities were exchanged.
The situation reverses. Jose-I
phine marries Captain Ralph
Rackstraw, Seaman Corcoran
marries Little Buttercup, and
Sir Joseph marries Cousin
Hebe, the head of all the cou-
sins, sisters, and aunts.
I have never been ablz to'
reconcile the fact that i i order
for all this to work, Little But-
tercup has to be old enough to
be her own grandmother. Well,
that's not really too important.
Each of the leads created a
f i n e characterization. H D.
Cameron's portrayel of villain
Dick Deadeye, whose "noblest
sentiments sound like the black'
utterances of a depraved imag-
ination," brought out the comic
villain to the fullest.
Indeed, a major factor in the
show's success was that all the
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on stage during the songs in
the form of simple but effec-
tive dance steps. The choreog-
raphy, in conjunction with the
set design, created a certamin
moving rhythm that accentuat-
ed the music beautifully. f
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There was constant movementI
By MARY CAMPBELL money was no object, Zappa
AP Newsfeatures Writer says it'd be 100 or maybe 60.
Weird was always the word An East Coast tour played 31!
for Frank Zappa and the Moth- shows from Oct. 28 to Dec 1.,
ers of Invention. In 1966, when September was spent in Eu-
the group's first album, "Freak rope. A southern U.S. tour will
Out," came out, writers found come in February and after
it "pure trash" and the group that a trip to Germany ,te work
outrageously offensive. with a symphony orchestra.
These days, Alice Cooper gets then a tour of Japan. Zappa
m o r e publicity for out- performs about seven months
rageopsness. Seen on a day a year.
when he's recovering from flu, "I still treat an audience the
Zappa isn't being outrageous at way they treat me. If they're
all. His goal, he says, was to nice, I'm not there t makel
put out records that made mon- their life miserable. But I've
ey, because the reward f o r kept to not taking juan frolni
doing that is being allowed to the audience.
put out .more records and he "You know, our andiences
likes to make records. Beyond have changed vastly. Our ini-
that, his goal was quality :nu- tial appeal was to -nidUl'-clas
sic. white boys, mostly Jewish,'
Right now; the Mothers of In-. around 17. Ninety per cant of
vention is six persons. But, if our mail came from that cate-
gory. In the last year wye have DiscReet Records, which
picked up masses of teen-age of Invention records. On Nov.
girls. Why? Who knows?" 16 "Don't Eat the Yellow
On a 1971 promotional tour to Snow" was No. 62 on the est-
Europe, the group's equipnint selling singles chart and oeing
was destroyed in a fire in blon- played on AM radio, vtery an-
treux, Switzerland. They got usual for the M:Ihers of in-
more equipment and went to vention. The LP "Roxy and
London, where a man rushed Elsewhere," was No. 32,
on stage at the end of the set
and Zappa, who never saw him, Zapa, now 33, live., in Lau-
woke up 15 feet down, in a con- rel Canyon, Los Angeles. with
Crete orchestra pit, with a brc- his wife and childron, M xon
ken leg and rib, holes in his Unit ,Dweezil and Ahme .
chin and head and a twisted-
neck. The leg wouldn t heal
properly, Zappa spent nearly a
year in a big cast, in a wheel-
chair. He still limp3. whihh -e
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TECHNICOLOR* A BRYANSTON PICTURES Release
Professional Theatre Program
regrets the cancellation
University Choir and Philba r-
monia Orchestra, Maynard KleW,
conductor. Tuesday, December 10,
8:00. 1ill1 Aud. Program:
Break Forth, O Beauteous,
Heavenly Light.......3. S. Bach
Lo, How a Rose E'er
Angelus ad pastores ait .. Sweelinck
My Soul Doth Magnify
the Lord.......... ...... Schutz'
ChansondJoyeuse de Noel ..Gevaert
To Us A Child Is Born .. J. S. Bach
Une Cantate de Noel ....Honegger
By JAMES FIEBIG
The holiday season is upon us
again, and the yearly ritual of
Christmas concerts is well un-
derway. Tuesday night, the
School of Music presented the
University Choir and Philhar-
monia Orchestra in a "Christ-j
of the concert with several Choirs of Zion Lutheran Church.
short, well-arranged pieces per- The children really added to the'
formed in very good style and beauty of the piece - not so
with a fine vocal blend. The much by volume, of co'w.e, bt
last selection, Gevaert's "Chan- by presence.
son Joyeuse", was especially: "Cantate" consisted of two
enjoyable. levels: a dissonant, complex
The Philharmonia and stu- layer performed by the Univer-
dent soloists Stephen Poulous, sity Choir, orchestra, and or-
Richard Ingram, and Barbara gan, and a quiet layer exevuted
Tuss joined the choir after in- by the children with a very
termission for a solid version light organ and double harp
of Bach's lovely cantata "To background. The effort well de-
Us A Child Is Born." Each of served a standing ovation. j
the soloists did a commend- After concluding "Cantate",
able job of interpreting the oft Klein announced a well-received
challenging parts, despite some encore: a "Command Sing" of
difficulty with cohesiveness in four traditional Christmas car-
the accompaniment. ols. With that kind of conclu-
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