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'H.M.S. Pinafore' comes to Los Alamos

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Opera Alta and the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos present a condensed concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore,” or “The Lass that Loved a Sailor,” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.  
Enjoy a tongue-in-cheek look at authority based solely on class distinctions and romance that refuses such confinement, all in the world’s perkiest and wordiest music ever written.     
Dr. Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, stars as Ralph Rackstraw, the foremast lad with the audacity to love his captain’s daughter. Garcia-Nuthmann is the head of vocal and choral music at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.  
Local audiences experienced Garcia-Nuthmann’s tenor voice in Opera Alta’s Brown Bag concert at Fuller Lodge in 2007 and in “Mozart and More” at the Unitarian Church in 2009.  
His student, Devin Barad also appeared in that last concert. Barad will play Captain Corcoran of the Pinafore. Barad now studies with Regina Rickless.  
Jess Cullinan will play daughter Josephine, “the fairest flower that ever blossomed on ancestral timber.” She is a Los Alamos Little Theater and Los Alamos Light Opera soprano and was recently seen as Sarah the inquisitive lizard in Edward Albee’s “Seascape,” at LALT and previously played the Mother Abbess in “The Sound of Music” with LALO.  
Rounding out the quartet is Opera Alta’s co-founder mezzo Alicia Solomon, who will sing little Buttercup, a Portsmouth Bumboat woman with a dark secret that changes everything.  Solomon has appeared repeatedly with the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Symphony and is the music director of the Unitarian Church.  
Unitarian Church Minister John Cullinan will play the part of Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., the ruler of the Queen’s Navee, who gained his position by carefully polishing brass door handles.  Cullinan was recently seen in LALT’s production of Agatha Christie’s “Go Back for Murder,” and was also Uncle Max in LALO’s “The Sound of Music.”
The concerts are free, but donations will be accepted at suggested levels of $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

If you go

What: “H.M.S. Pinafore”
When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.