HMS Pinafore

This beautiful, majestic set was designed by Don Carson, a senior designer for Walt Disney Studios. Crafted with careful attention to nautical details, it looks remarkably seaworthy!

“Ahoy, you landlubbers. The lads under Capt. Corcoran’s command are scurrying about the decks of a brand new HMS Pinafore.

“And what a beauty she is, too – long, sleek and massive. Queen Victoria peers down from the ornate poop deck. Lots of doors and stairs. Rigging so tall the tops disappear. Just what set designer Don Carson intended to pop the eyes of patrons attending the Eugene Opera this Friday and next Sunday for its production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic opera.

“ ‘It’s a big jungle gym for the director to play with that has the whimsy and tongue-in-cheek nature of Gilbert and Sullivan,’ says Carson, a Disney designer who has lived in Eugene since 1995.”

— Fred Crafts, The Register-Guard, March 7, 2004

Images and set rental information are below. For more information, contact us.

HMS Pinafore Gallery

Set Rental Information


Set Rental Fee (up to three [3] performances) $10,000
Additional Performances (each) $1,500
Security Deposit (refundable upon return of scenery) $2,000
Designer Royalty (payable to designer) $1,000
Technical Supervisor (per diem) $45
Technical Supervisor (housing and travel) varies by job
Load In/Load Out (paid upon load in) $1,800
Insurance Required $500,000


Set Designer Don Carson
Technical Director Alex Fontain
Year Built 2004
Built by Alex Fontain


Number of Trucks One 53’ truck


LOAD IN/LOAD OUT (8 hours) 1 Carp
1 Loader
8 Grips
SHOW 1 Carp
2 Flymen


In Eugene, the production was presented at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Wall to wall width 125’ Depth of apron 10’
Width within stagehouse 100’ Depth (PL to back wall): 45’
Wing width SR 20’ Depth (PL to last line) 45’
Wing width SL 20’ Height of grid 71’
# of linesets 75 Height of proscenium 35’
Size of loading door 12’ x 16.5’ Width of proscenium 58’


Minimum width 100’
Minimum depth 45’
Total # of line sets 93
Height of tallest drop 24′ (mast)
Furthest upstage flying piece n/a
Weight of heaviest flyer 250 lb.
Dimensions of largest flying piece 24′ sail (drop)
Dimensions of largest soft piece 24′ sail (drop)
Dimensions of largest standing piece 24’ (mast)


Availability Not available


Owner Eugene Opera
Availability Not available


Supertitles Available
Special projections None


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