The large audience for H.M.S. Pinafore clearly enjoyed this show and, as one of my friends commented, the performers were having a lot of fun and - appropriate for Gilbert and Sullivan - the show didn't take itself too seriously.
Founded in 1968 as the Tacoma Opera Society, Tacoma Opera turned professional in 1981 with help from Seattle Opera's director of community outreach Dr. Hans Wolf, who became the Opera's director. Tacoma Opera is proud of being accessible to audiences from every walk of life. In additional to lighter fare such as Gilbert and Sullivan, Tacoma Opera presents many traditional operas and has produced several premiers. Up next in April is French composer Charles Gounod's Romeo et Julliette. http://www.tacomaopera.com/upcoming-events/romeo-juliette/.
I want to recommend seeing live music and theater in Tacoma. The shows are well worth a drive, there are a number of excellent restaurants close by, and parking is inexpensive and plentiful. Check out upcoming events at http://www.broadwaycenter.org/events/upcoming-events.