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HMS Pinafore

In H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass That Loved a Sailor, W.S. Gilbert satirizes the snobbery and hypocrisy of the English social system of his day.

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Currently shipping rental costumes to all 50 states, Costume Holiday House offers a choice of arrival dates to accommodate your rehearsal schedule. Each costume comes bagged, individually tagged, and fully accessorized to make your final preparations before opening night as easy as possible.

We at Costume Holiday House look forward to assisting you in costuming your production. Whether you are a long time customer or this is your first time working with us, we hope that you find the quality of our staff and service helpful enough that you come back again and again and again.

For over 50 years of costuming excellence Costume Holiday House has been providing quality costumes at affordable prices for High Schools, Colleges, Community Theatres, Operas and Professional stock companies. With over 50,000 quality costumes, our competent staff of theatrical professionals are anxious to serve your every need. Please, feel free to contact us for any question inquires or special needs for your next production.

About This Show

In H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass That Loved a Sailor, W.S. Gilbert satirizes the snobbery and hypocrisy of the English social system of his day. He tells the story of a lowly able seaman named Ralph who has fallen in love with Josephine, his Captain’s daughter. Josephine, however, has been pledged by her father to Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. Although Josephine is in love with Ralph, she is determined to remain true to her breeding and marry the man her father has chosen. Sir Joseph, for his part, professes to be a man of new ideals, informing the Captain that “a British sailor is any man’s equal, excepting mine,” and requiring him to soften his commands to the crew by adding such civilities as “if you please.” But when Little Buttercup, a local bumboat woman, lets slip that all is not what it seems, Sir Joseph’s liberal notions are put to the test. The much anticipated premiere of H.M.S. Pinafore took place at the Opera Comique in London on May 25, 1878 with a cast that included George Grossmith (Sir Joseph), Rutland Barrington (Captain Corcoran), George Power (Ralph), Richard Temple (Dick Deadeye), Emma Howson (Josephine), and Miss Everard (Little Buttercup). This production turned out to be Gilbert and Sullivan’s first smash hit and enjoyed a run of 571 performances. One reviewer wrote of the opening night performance: “Seldom, indeed, have we been in the company of a more joyous audience, more confidently anticipating an evening’s amusement than that which filled the Opera Comique in every corner. The expectation was fulfilled completely. Those who believed in the power of Mr. Gilbert to tickle the fancy with quaint suggestions and unexpected forms of humour were more than satisfied, and those who appreciated Mr. Arthur Sullivan’s inexhaustible gift of melody were equally gratified. The result, therefore, was ‘a hit, a palpable hit’ – a success in fact, there could be no mistaking, and which, great as it was on Saturday, will be even more decided when the work has been played a few nights.” In fact, HMS Pinafore was so popular that by the time the official New York premiere took place at the Standard Theatre on January 15, 1879, there had already been numerous pirated versions presented in the city. The official New York cast featured Thomas Whiffen (Sir Joseph), Eugene Clarke (Captain Corcoran), Henri Laurent (Ralph), Eva Mills (Josephine), and Blanche Galton (Little Buttercup).

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Perfect place for a screaming good time. Knowledgeable staff always on hand. We go all the time and always come away without a frightening cost. Rentals are awesome and the discounted costume pieces are top rate. I recommend anyone to find the time to check it out!!!” 

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Stellar customer service! I appreciate the employee taking the time to show me the different brands of stage makeup. And I was very impressed and grateful for all her knowledge of application techniques”

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“Our costumes were great! It’s so nice to rent costumes instead of taking the time to purchase everything you need for a show. It made everything so easy and hassle free.”

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Pam is ALWAYS so knowledgeable and helpful. I can count on her no matter what.”

Cathy A., Delaware Ohio

They have such great costumes and extras for all your costume needs all year round.

They have a children’s section as well as extras for any existing costume you might have already, and need to renew our replace accessories. They also have a large selection of costumes for your organization, church or group and have all the up to date make up and wigs for every need you might have.

Overall I would say that most any item you might need quickly you would have available year round and not need to pay extra to have it delivered from an online source.
Staff have always been pleasant when or family visits as well as helpful.

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