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January 2005 The Trumpet Bray

Auditions and Production Interviews | Performances


--- MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players will hold YEOMEN OF THE GUARD auditions early February.

We congratulate NEGASS’s own Thomas Dawkins, who has been chosen as Music Director of this production!

He informs Us that cast auditions will be held at the beginning of February, probably the 1st, 2d and 3d at 7-10 pm. To confirm, check the MITGASP website. They will also be seeking orchestra members and set, lighting and costume crews. Performances will be the weekends of April 29th and May 6th.

To schedule an interview or to ask questions, please e-mail or call (617) 253-0190.

This will be presented in Buxton, England, at the International G&S Festival. See below for more information about the Festival.

If you wish to audition, please send indications of interest to the stage director, Diana Burleigh ( and the producer, Peter Crichton ( After they receive your indication of interest, they will send you the information about the audition materials to prepare.

Auditions tapes will be due by January 28, 2005, and more information on how to submit your tapes will be given later on SavoyNet.

Those wishing to be considered for a role need to send a message with "B2005 Auditions" in the title bar, stating:

1 Your name.
2 your home address.
3 your age (lie if you wish but make it credible).
4 your height.
5 a very brief resume of your training and major experience.
6 will you be coming to Buxton anyway.
7 which role(s) you are interested in.

The International G&S Festival is held in Buxton, England in August each year, and it is the ultimate treat for the Gilbert & Sullivan fan. The Festival includes over three weeks of nightly G&S operas and daytime fringe activities. Buxton is located about an hour Southeast of Manchester, England.

At the core of the Festival is a competition of amateur G&S performing societies that travel to Buxton from all over the world to compete. All of these performances are given in the Buxton Opera House, a charming 900 seat house with excellent acoustics. See the Festival Website (will be updated in January) at:

If you wish to audition for the SavoyNet show, you will need to subscribe to SavoyNet. For information, see: Once you subscribe, it is recommended that you follow the instructions to set your mail to the "DIGEST" mode, so that you only receive a couple of SavoyNet digests every day, rather than many (VERY many!) individual messages. You can subscribe later, but information about the production is being posted to SavoyNet, so if you are serious, do subscribe right away.
- from SavoyNet


(Please note that auditions are in their own section just above)

--- BRUCE MILLER TRIBUTE IN ENGLAND: On Sunday, January 9th, the official UK tribute to Bruce takes place: Severnside Theatre Ensemble, under the direction of Bruce's English colleague, Peter Meason, presents the world premiere concert performance of the complete Broude Critical Edition of PINAFORE (the same one that NEGASS will be using for our LMLO) at St. George's Church in Worcester, England. We hear this will include Capt. Corcoran’s “lost” song, “Reflect, my child.” NEGASS’s Randi Kestin sings Hebe. For more info, go to

--- Hancock County (ME) Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, directed by Geoffrey Shovelton. Thursday, February 3, through Sunday February 6 (snow date Monday, February 7) at The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth, ME. (Note: one weekend only in February rather than their usual two.) It will also be performed Thursday July 14 through Sunday July 17.

--- PRECIOUS NONSENSE play in upstate NY
Margaret Irving writes:
From January 13 through February 12, the Kitchen Theatre Company of Ithaca, NY will present the exciting world premiere of PRECIOUS NONSENSE. Using the much-loved melodies and lyrics of Gilbert & Sullivan as a start, Rachel Lampert has fashioned a new play that promises the twists and turns from our favorite G&S operettas with the delightful comedy and romance their stories extol.

It’s 1938 and the Closely Complicated Savoyard Company is on tour again. Director/impresario Richard D. Comfort and his wife Angelina happily await their son Frederic’s 21st birthday. They plan to retire and hand over the reins to the next generation. But Frederic, knowing his duty, has other career goals. It’s a paradox!

And it all unfolds in the intimate 73-seat Kitchen Theatre space where singing is almost palpable! The cast of six includes local favorites Erica and Joey Steinhagen along with talented guests from New YorkCity.

So, is there a recently discovered, heretofore unknown musical operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan? No! We’ve searched the trunks and still find only 14 operettas,but now is the time to add a new story to this timeless music. “Nonsense, yes, perhaps -- but oh, what precious nonsense!”

The Kitchen Theatre is conveniently located on the Ithaca Downtown Commons where parking is free during performances. This makes it easy to enjoy all that downtown Ithaca’s superb restaurants and shops have to offer. Please contact me today to discuss how you can create a memorable experience by organizing a group of 10 friends, family or co-workers. There are group rates available and I can often arrange a talk back with the cast after the performance to make your experience even more complete.

I hope you’ll join us for this music filled production of Precious Nonsense - a great way to warm-up on a cold January/February night.

Audience Services/House Manager
Kitchen Theatre Company
116 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
tel 607. 272-0403

--- Belmont Open Sings, under the auspices of the Powers School of Music, will hold a sing-along MIKADO on Sunday, January 30, 2005 [NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!], at the Payson Park Church in Belmont, with the usual full orchestra. See their web page, at, for more information, or call (617) 484-4696.

At the NEW Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (right next to the old one) on February 25, 26, and 27 and March 2, 4 and 5. (Sunday 2/27 is matinee only, and Saturday 3/5 is both matinee and evening. All other dates are evening only.) Our VP Tony Parkes is Pish-Tush! For ticket and other info call (978) 443-8811 or visit online:

Main Street Arts will be performing PRINCESS IDA on March 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 8pm, and on March 6 & 13 at 3pm. Main Sreet Arts is located in Saxtons River, VT (near Keene, NH). Driving directions will be on their website ( soon. The phone number given on their website is (802) 869-2960.

They say that reserving tickets is advisable, as their theater only has 100 seats and their shows frequently sell out.

--- Lowell Opera Company plans a Gilbert and Sullivan cabaret in April 2005. “Come in costume if you wish, and be prepared to sing along!” Date and time TBA: visit their website at

--- KENNETH SANDFORD Memorial Service in London, England
This will be at St Paul's, Covent Garden ('The Actor's Church') on Friday, May 6th, 2005. Time to be confirmed. All welcome.

--- The Sudbury Savoyards have announced that their 2006 show will be THE GRAND DUKE. Stephen Malionek will be the music director.

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