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The MIT G&S Players’ spring production will indeed be THESPIS! Interviews for directors and production staff are occurring as we speak - to apply, contact the group via or (617) 253-0190, or visit Performances are set for the weekends of April 9 and 16. The MITG&SP web site tells Us: “This version of THESPIS will consist of two existing Sullivan tunes, "Climbing Over Rocky Mountain" and "Little Maid of Arcadee." All other music has been specially composed for this show by Colin Johnson, and the MIT G&S Players are pleased to be presenting the world premiere of this new work.”

More THESPIS: MITG&SP/NEGASS member Ezra Pesach is also spreading the word about the Savoy-aires of Evanston, IL <>, who are planning a double bill of THESPIS & TRIAL in October 2004.

(Hey - any news from Harvard G&S?! - )

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players are back at New York’s City Center - call City Tix at 212-581-1212 to catch MIKADO Jan 23-25, or visit for more info.

Hancock County G&S will open MIKADO at the Grand Theater, Main Street, Ellsworth, ME very soon. Dates: Jan 30th & 31st and Feb 6th & 7th at 7:00 PM; Feb 1st and 8th at 2:00 PM. Music Director: Frederic Goldrich; Artistic Director Geoffrey Shovelton, assisted by Deborah Clague. E-mail Irv Hodgkin at or visit for more info. (Box office telephone: 207- 667-9500 )

The Sudbury Savoyards’ 2004 show, PIRATES, will take place Feb 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 at 8pm, and Feb 22 and 28 at 2pm Note: This production will use the new Dover edition, containing material from the 1880 version of the show which does not appear in the Schirmer score. Stage Director: Emily C. A. Snyder; Music Director: NEGASSer Katherine Engel Meifert

NEGASSers in the cast include Dennis O'Brien (the Pirate King), Ben Stevens (Frederic). NEGASS VP Tony Parkes (Major General Stanley) and honorary NEGASSer Kathy Lague (Mabel). Moreover, the chorus will include NEGASSers Jennifer Healey Dohm, Fred Hughes, Randi Kestin, Laurel Martin, Neil McCormick, David Owen, Ezra Peisach, Jonathan Saul, Ellen Spear, and T. Skyler Wrench, and more NEGASSers will take non-performing roles: Mike Bromberg (piano), Ron & Janice Dallas (tech consultants), and Jim Parmentier (Company Promoter)

Note: The Sudbury Town Crier has named the Sudbury Savoyards a member of their list of Top Heroes of the Year, in honor of their years of fundraising for the Relief of World Hunger. For more information, call 978-443-8811, email, or check out their website at

January 22, 1887, Ruddigore opens

New England Light Opera will present The Compleat Works of Gilbert and Sullivan (abridged) directed by Peter Carey, February 20-21st at the Tsai Center at Boston University, Feb. 22nd on the North Shore. The cast includes some pretty well-known local Savoyards, many of the NEGASSers: We note Richard Conrad, Eugenia Hamilton-Duke, Daniel Kamalic, Ben Hellman, Jason McStoots, and Kaja Schuppert, but many of the other names We’ve seen look familiar as well - please see the show and send Us a review including ALL the NEGASSers! For more info, email or write to Mark Morgan at New England Light Opera, P.O. Box 536, Wenham MA 01984

VLO (Valley Light Opera) will present a concert performance of The Rose of Persia on Saturday, February 28. Their Fall 2004 production will be RUDDIGORE. Visit for more info.

Carl Rosa Opera has announced two tours to the United States next Spring: MIKADO, Feb - March 04, repeated in rep with PINAFORE, Sept - Nov 04. However, their only stop in the Northeastern US will be MIKADO at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 pm. Other stops will be in New Jersey, upstate New York, Ontario, western Pennsylvania, Michigan and northern Ohio. For more info visit their web site:

March 7, 1896, The Grand Duke opens
March 14, 1885, The Mikado opens
March 25, 1875, Trial by Jury opens

New Hampshire Gilbert & Sullivan Society will perform RUDDIGORE March 12-28, 2004. For more info, phone 603-679-2781, e-mail or visit their new website at

April 3, 1880, The Pirates of Penzance opens in London

The University of Michigan G&S Society (UMGASS) will perform IDA April 8-11. Note: They’ll be using NEGASS Program Chair Dave Leigh’s new edition of the piano/vocal score for rehearsals - glory, glory anyway! Call 734-764-2538 or visit for more info.

The Yale G&S Society plans PIRATES in late April. Visit for more info.

April 23, 1881, Patience opens
May 13, 1842, Arthur Sullivan is born
May 25, 1878,
H.M.S. Pinafore opens
May 27, 1883, Sullivan is knighted
May 29, 1911, W.S. Gilbert dies
June 30, 1907, Gilbert is knighted

Glimmerglass Opera of Cooperstown, NY presents PATIENCE, in repertory with other works, between July 2 and August 24, 2002. Visit or phone (607) 547-2255 for more info

Ohio Light Opera opens MIKADO in June and PATIENCE in July. We know it’s not, but mavens might like to check out DeKoven's Robin Hood (the first major American operetta), opening in late June. These are all in repertoire with non-G&S operettas - quite a busy season! Visit for more info.

The 11th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place in Buxton, Derbyshire, England, July 31 - August 22, 2004. For more info, visit, email, or phone (0) 1422 323252.

SON OF SINGOUT Toronto is planning a reprise of its August 2000 "T2K Singout, Eh?" in August 20-22, 2004. (We mistakenly said in a previous Bray that this was a function of the Toronto G&S Society – but no! – this is being organized, as was the last Toronto Singout, by four very brave individuals: Len Henderson, Herschel Rosen, Ori Seigel, and Elspeth Simpson)

To be sure you are included in their list for informational updates and mailings, email Or write:

Son of Singout
22 Royal Street
Oshawa ON Canada
L1H 2T6

Include your name and postal address in your message, so a printed brochure and registration form can be sent to you. (They’d like your phone number, too – they want a lot!)

THE BOSTONIANS (aka Boston Opera and Concert Ensemble), Richard Conrad’s new group, is planning to include G&S in its repertoire (unlike Opera Boston, the new avatar of Boston Opera Society, which removed Richard from its leadership this past year and is not planning any more G&S). We don’t see any G&S planned for this season, but We’ll keep an eye on their web site <> for future developments.

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