Libretto by William S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
The RT. HON. SIR JOSEPH PORTER, K.C.B.--First Lord of the Admiralty.
CAPTAIN CORCORAN--commanding H.M.S. Pinafore.
RALPH RACKSTRAW--able seaman.
DICK DEADEYE--able seaman.
BILL BOBSTAY--boatswain's mate.
BOB BECKET--carpenter's mate.
JOSEPHINE--the Captain's daughter.
HEBE--Sir Joseph's first cousin.
MRS. CRIPPS (LITTLE BUTTERCUP)--a Portsmouth bumboat woman. First Lord's sisters, his cousins, his aunts; Sailors, Marines, etc.
SCENE: Quarter-deck of H.M.S. Pinafore, off Portsmouth.
ACT I. Noon.
ACT II. Night.
SCENE.--Quarter-deck ofH.M.S. Pinafore. SAILORS, led by BOATSWAIN, discovered cleaning brasswork, splicing rope, etc.
We sail the ocean blue,
And our saucy ship's a beauty;
We're sober men and true,
And attentive to our duty.
When the balls whistle free
O'er the bright blue sea,