Gripping and humorous at once
“What really makes this Pinafore shine is how well it is sung. For the most part the Festival has cast actors who may have appeared in musicals but who also can sing with the full, rounded tone tone and breath control needed for opera and operetta. One of the main delights of the show are all the songs sung by Mark Uhre as Ralph Rackstraw….
Uhre surprises with his expertise at acting slapstick and in delivering with such aplomb the comically polysyllabic speeches that Gilbert has written for Ralph as an indication of his high-born birth…
Jennifer Rider-Shaw uses a bright, fully operatic soprano for her songs and brings out more meaning in them than I have ever heard before. This is first time I have ever found Josephine’s scena “The Hours Creep on Apace” both gripping and humorous at once.”Read Full Review07/27/2017