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Indiana University Opera: H.M.S. Pinafore

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Rarely does an operetta so richly earn a dance review as does this production, directed by Michael Shell. Movement was as strong as the singing, and character development opened through the combination. Both women's and men's choruses brought verve to their lyrics with tricky footwork and Broadway show numbers.

Christopher Seefeldt delivered Sir Jospeh Porter as a seasoned song and dance man. Connor Lidell gave Dick Deadeye the heft of Vaudeville and Olivia Yokers and Ralph Rackstraw deftly breezed through a combination of pas de deux, unfolding the growing infatuation between Josephine and Ralph Rackstraw.

But the show stopper number belonged to Anna Prokop as Little Buttercup who, Carmen-like, marked the space with her intentions, past, present, future, ensnaring us within her turns and twists. Perfectly melding with her gyrations was Reuben Walker, who might have lost his title as "Captain" Corcoran, but got the lady of the hour.

Constantine Kitsopoulos conducted. C. David Higgins designed the set, Patrick Mero designed the lighting, Walter Huff served as chorus master.

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