Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to see H.M.S. Pinafore, presented by Grand Canyon University at Ethington Theatre. For $12, you get two tickets for general-admission seating (up to a $24 value). Doors open one hour before showtime. Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.
- Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.
As the breakout hit for opera legends W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore made the duo an international sensation with its energetic orchestration and unflappable wit. Aboard a ship in service of the British Navy, a young sailor, Ralph, pines for the love of the beautiful Josephine, the daughter of the ship’s captain. Unbeknownst to him, the affection is mutual, but their differing social classes and Josephine’s duty to marry the high-ranking Sir Joseph promise to sink their budding romance. However, a series of misunderstandings and outrageous revelations may see the ship’s social mores turned on their heads. Opera fans and first-time watchers alike cheerfully sway to the show’s bright songs, chuckle at the captain’s equivocal exclamations of “hardly ever,” and learn the story of Sir Joseph’s rise to rulership.
Though Grand Canyon University sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University’s theater students involve themselves in every aspect of each production, from acting, directing, and lighting to set construction. The university hosts its performances in the 311-seat Ethington Theatre, whose intimate space brings audiences close enough to hear every whispered dialogue exchange and see the puppet strings attached to every actor’s limbs.