Direct from…Laurel?

h_m_s_pinafore_restorationBy Lew Rhodes
Resident Writer

Adding the label — “Direct from Broadway” — to a theater ad means they want to assure an audience that they will be seeing a first-class quality show.

But for Riderwood’s upcoming Saturday, July 15 performance of HMS Pinafore… “Direct from Laurel?”

A clue might be found in these reviews from Baltimore and DC critics:

“… this production is sheer fun and thoroughly entertaining.” (DC Metro Theater Arts)

“Laurel Mill Playhouse is a community theatre — a reality easily forgotten in the light of so many outstanding performances in its current production of “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Bravo!” (Baltimore Sun)

That’s why Riderwood’s Entertainment Presenters is presenting this production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous operetta H.M.S. Pinafore that opened April 2017 at the nearby Laurel Mill Playhouse.

H.M.S. Pinafore is a comic opera that takes place on the eponymous ship and tells the story of the captain’s daughter who is in love with a lower-class sailor even though her father intends to marry her off to the First Lord of Admiralty. The show focuses on the different social classes and generally mocks the British class system.

Mark your calendars for the show and ticket sales. The matinee performance will be on Saturday, July 15 at 2 pm in Lakeside Common’s Encore Theater.

Five-dollar tickets will be on sale Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 11 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm outside the dining areas in Village Square, Town Center, Montgomery Station, and Lakeside Commons.

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