Do you like 19th century musical theater and Star Trek? Are you looking for something to do in Los Angeles this weekend (or a weekend in June). Well you are luck as a local theater company is performing "USS Pinafore", a live mashup of Gilbert & Sullivan and Star Trek. See below for video and more info.
USS Pinafore – Gilbert & Sullivan meets Trek in LA
The new musical play "U.S.S. PINAFORE" is being billed as an "outer space operetta adapted from the works of Gilbert & Sullivan". The Crown City Theatre Company in North Hollywood, CA has re-imagined the musical theater of the 19th century into the 23rd century of Star Trek. Here is the official description:
USS Pinafore takes Gilbert and Sullivan farther than they’ve ever gone before…to outer space! The nineteenth century ironsides of the title has been fitted with anti-gravitation gear and lasers set to kill! It takes to the air in a brand-new version that is guaranteed to blast you out of earth’s atmosphere and send you to a solar system filled with laughter and delight.
The trivial antics of G&S’s veddy British lords and ladies seem far less trivial when they’re fighting for their lives against alien lizard men! (okay… possibly slightly more trivial, but twice the fun!)
Here is a video preview:
USS Pinafore runs to June 27th on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. The Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood California at 11031 Camarillo Street. Tickets cost $25. More information at www.crowncitytheatre.com
The cast of the USS Pinafore
Star Trek and Gilbert & Sullivan
There were a couple of references to Gilbert and Sullivan in the Star Trek: The Next Generation era. First off Geordi LaForge was coaxed by Beverly Crusher into singing a bit from "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" from The Pirates of Penzance in the TNG episode "Disaster." But G&S were most prominent in Star Trek: Insurrection, when Capt. Picard distracted the malfunctioning Data by getting him to sing "A British Tar" from HMS Pinafore. Watch that below: