Trial by Jury & H.M.S. Pinafore – 2012

Scenes from our 2012 shows



Watch our Trial by Jury video!

(Matinee performance)
Videography by Larry Engler,


Watch our Pinafore video!

(Matinee performance)
Videography by Larry Engler,


Music Director:  John Dreslin
Artistic Director/Choreographer:  Bob Cumming

Trial by Jury Cast

The Learned Judge
The Plaintiff
The Defendant
Counsel for the Plaintiff
Foreman of the Jury
Court Recorders

Gentlemen of the Jury


David Schancupp / Ralph Sherman
Renee Haines / Laura Heckmann
Mike Reynolds
Craig Martin
Laurie Weissbrot
Nathan Rodriguez / John Freedman
Bill Sorensen, Sharon Connal Webster
Kathryn Bowden, Rachel Cook, Laura Heckmann, Andrea Olson, Julie Rumbold, Emma Wood, Bonnie Jean Connal, Pat Sloan
Hal Chernoff, Mark Callahan, Phil Faraci,
Bill Faye, John Freedman, Kevin Gherard,
Ben Henderson, Dave Henderson, Don Shirer,
Tom Speer, Dave Unsworth
Cristina DiMuro, Wendy Falconer, Julia Faraci, Rhoze Faraci, Kevin Gherard,
Linda Henderson, Richard Kelpen, Tori Kelpen, Kay Pere, Denise Shultzman, Connie Unsworth, Peter Wilhelmsen
Samuel Connal Webster

H.M.S. Pinafore Cast

Captain Corcoran
Josephine (The Captain’s Daughter)
Ralph Rackstraw (Able Seaman)
The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B.
Little Buttercup (A Bumboat Woman)
Dick Deadeye (Able Seaman)
Bill Bobstay (Boatswain’s Mate)
Hebe (Sir Joseph’s First Cousin)
Bob Becket (Carpenter’s Mate)
Sir Joseph’s Sisters, Cousins and Aunts


Nathan Rodriguez / Laurie Weissbrot
Kathryn Bowden / Cristina DiMuro
Dave Henderson
Don Shirer / David Schancupp
Julie Rumbold / Wendy Falconer
Peter Wilhelmsen
Hal Chernoff
Denise Shultzman / Andrea Olson
John Freedman
Bonnie Jean Connal, Rachel Cook, Julia Faraci, Rhoze Faraci, Renee Haines,
Laura Heckmann, Linda Henderson, Tori Kelpen, Kay Pere, Sharon Connal Webster, Wendy Falconer, Kay Pere,
Kathryn Bowden, Julie Rumbold,
Denise Shultzman
Mark Callahan, Phil Faraci, Bill Faye,
Kevin Gherard, Ben Henderson, Richard Kelpen, Craig Martin, Mike Reynolds, Ralph Sherman,
Tom Speer, Dave Unsworth
Samuel Connal Webster
Tom Shultzman, John Sloan
Rachel Cook (Hebe),
Tom Speer (Carpenter’s Mate)
(Some roles are double-cast. The first performer listed plays the character on Friday and Saturday evenings, the second, at the Sunday matinee.)
Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore Poster

2012 Events

2012 was a busy year. Not only did we decide to include two operettas at once, but we had to move the performance up to September because our Musical Director, John Dreslin, was slated for a world tour in October, our usual fall production date. Needless to say, rehearsals were intense! In the spring, our touring group, The Wandering Minstrels, presented a selection of G&S songs for the Sphinx Shrine Temple in Newington, a program they later repeated at the Covenant Village in Cromwell.

In August, a group from Opera Comique in Portsmith, England, visited Connecticut and presented a version of H.M.S. Pinafore at the Mystic Seaport using an authentic whaling ship for the entrances and exits. Many of our CG&SS members took part to fill out the cast and some of the minor roles. That weekend, both our groups took part in a benefit concert for the Mystic Union Baptist Church.

Our season concluded with a cast dinner party at the Gelston House in East Haddam.