Hartwick student Sean Carpenter '13 preparing for his role in H.M.S. Pinafore - Photo courtesy of SUNY-Oneonta

Hartwick Student Holds Lead Role in “H.M.S. Pinafore”

January 30, 2013

Hartwick College student Sean Carpenter '13 will play the lead role of Ralph Rackstraw in SUNY-Oneonta's upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan's opera "H.M.S. Pinafore."

The classic operetta will be performed live Friday and Saturday, February 1-2. Presented by The Apollo Music Club at SUNY-Oneonta, performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hunt College Union Ballroom on the SUNY-Oneonta campus. The show is free for both Hartwick College and SUNY-Oneonta students with valid student ID and is $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the Hunt Union on the SUNY Oneonta campus or online at
The cast is made up of 21 SUNY-Oneonta students, Hartwick's Carpenter, who is majoring in Music Education, and one SUNY-Oneonta alumnus, New York City-based musical theatre actor, playwright, and songwriter Omri Schein.

Past productions Carpenter has participated in include: My Fair LadyOnce On This Island,My Favorite Year, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. His favorite part of this particular experience, though, has been the opportunity to meet and perform with new cast members.

"I've really enjoyed working with different people in preparing for this performance," he said. "It's been great to play off of other people that I wasn't familiar with and to learn from them as well."

"H.M.S. Pinafore" was Gilbert and Sullivan's first international hit, running for nearly 600 performances in its original 1878 London production. The comic, two-act operetta takes place on a British ship, and the plot revolves around two young lovers - a poor sailor and the captain's daughter - whose social class is an obstacle to their being together.

As the performances approach, Carpenter looks forward to making audiences laugh and to showcasing the hard work and preparation of the many talented actors, musicians and others involved in the production. "We have been able to utilize and learn from each other's talents, and have played off of these well" said Carpenter. "It's been great to be a part of a true cross-campus collaboration between Hartwick and SUNY-Oneonta."

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable. 

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