Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 16: EVENTS
Series 33: DRAMA
By Topic: THEATER
H.M.S. Pinafore Productions
1933, 1935, 1940
TAGS: H.M.S. Pinafore productions at PMSS, operettas, Gilbert and Sullivan, staff and student actors, play programs, men and women’s chorus, glee clubs
DRAMA H.M.S. Pinafore Productions
“H.M.S. Pinafore” productions occurred several times at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Although this two-act operetta, written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, was a demanding musical piece, it never failed to please at both the audience and the performer level. The cast was comprised of staff and students. The joint effort was a practice that was often found in the School theater productions. By engaging all available campus dwellers, the audience was guaranteed and talent was found across all residents at the School.
Several stage productions of other plays were presented at Pine Mountain Settlement School during the School’s earlier years. In 1929, two were mentioned in the School’s annual fundraising letter:
Several plays are under way. “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” written by some of the boys and girls, was given most successfully for a Friday assembly. “Julius Caesar” has filled the upper school with fervor so great that a big boy wanted to make a coffin in the workshop so that the funeral scene might be more realistic!
The following images are programs and photographs from three of the stage productions of “H.M.S. Pinafore or the Lass Who Loved a Sailor.” The scene for both acts of this play, “Noon” and “Night,” was set on the “quarterdeck of H.M.S. Pinafore, off Portsmouth, England.”
“H.M.S. PINAFORE” PRODUCTIONS:
Program & Photographs, April 1, 1933
“Dramatis personae” in the 1933 production included: Harry Brooke ; Charles Frazier ; Ulysses Shackelford ; Winfield Cornett ; Bennie Turner ; Lucille Perkins ; Frona Cooper ; Cuma Shepherd.
Women’s Chorus: Luvilla Ison ; Jewel Rainey ; Joan Ayers ; Alberta Creech ; Horma Frazier ; Elizabeth Mitchell ; Bessie Woodward ; Bertie Wilson ; Allene Malicoat ; Polly Turner ; Della Turner ; Susie Hall.
“H.M.S. PINAFORE” PRODUCTIONS: Program, February 16, 1935
H.M.S. PINAFORE by Combined Glee Clubs of PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL,
HARLAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY – February 16, 1935
THE RT. HON. SIR JOSEPH PORTER – K.G.B. – Dr. Frank W. Newman
CAPT. CORCORAN – Oscar Peace
RALPH RACKSTRAW – Albert Conkey
DICK DEADEYE – Tom Madon
BOATSWAIN – Clyde Blanton
MIDSHIPMATE – Paul Hayes
JOSEPHINE – Joan Ayers
LITTLE BUTTERCUP – Nan Milan
HEBE – Cuma Shepherd
SCENE: Deck of H.M.S. “Pinafore,” off Portsmouth, England.
STAGE MANAGER – Hubert Cornett
First Lord’s Sisters, His Cousins, and His Aunts. Sailors, etc, by Full Chorus:
TENORS Homer Combs ; John Stephens ; Shelt Manning ; James Morrissey.
“H.M.S. PINAFORE” PRODUCTIONS: Program, November 24, 1940
The First Lord’s Sisters, His Cousins, His Aunts, Sailors, Marines, etc.: June Anderson ; Jane Bishop ; Thelma Centers ; Helen Ruth Cornett ; Patsy Hall ; Opal Hall ; Louise Hawn ; Gwendolyn Hendren ; Emma Lou Mullins ; Mary Pace ; Velma Peters ; Nell Shuler ; Anita Steen ; Charlsie Vaughn ; Jewel Weaver ; Barbara Spelman ; Miss Trufant.
Jim Bishop ; Robert Blanton ; Janes Centers ; Harrison Cornett ; Carl Farley ; Jack Halcomb ; Newton Hamilton ; Karl Henson ; Herman Irick ; Fred Jones ; Ray Miller ; Collie Randolph ; Donald Thompson ; William Hayes ; John Spelman III.