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MITG&SP is currently seeking directors and production staff for their fall show, PIRATES. (Their spring 2003 show will be UTOPIA!) Performances are planned for 21-24 November 2002. E-mail savoyards-request@mit.edu, visit http://web.mit.edu/gsp/www/, or phone (617) 253-0190 for more info.

May 27, 1883, Sullivan is knighted
May 29, 1911, W.S. Gilbert dies

College Light Opera Co (CLOC), which performs at Highfield Theater, Highfield Drive, Off Depot Avenue in Falmouth, MA, plans PINAFORE June 25-29 and IDA (for the first time since 1983) July 30-Aug 3. Performances are Tues- Saturdays at 8 PM and Thurs at 2 PM. Box office opens Mon-Sat 10:00- 12:30 and 2:00-5:00 beginning June 10, and evenings beginning June 25: (508) 548-0668. Or mail CLOC, PO Drawer 906, Falmouth, MA 02541-0906 for a free brochure & ticket order form.

The Polymnia Choral Society presents An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring selections from PINAFORE, PIRATES, and MIKADO, Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St., Melrose, MA.

Professor James Reyes conducts the Society in his farewell performance, with soloists Denise Konicek, Kathryn Wright, Sharon Brown, Alan Combs, Charles Turner, and Tom Jones.

Tickets are $12-$16, with a discount for seniors and students. For information, please see http://www.polymnia.org/schedule.html or call 781-233-2403. -- RICHARD CHONAK (bass)

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of New York will hold its next meeting on June 15 at CAMI Hall, 165 W. 57th St (near 7th Ave.), NYC. Doors open at 7:30; the meeting starts at 7:45, and the Inner Brotherhood go out for coffee afterwards.

Longwood Opera will be performing Benjamin Britten's comic opera Albert Herring June 7 at 8 pm and June 9 at 2:30 pm in Needham, MA, June 14 at 8 pm in Salem, MA, and June 16 at 2:30 pm in Cambridge, MA . Yes, We know it isn't - but it's a comic opera set in an English town - and - and - your editor, Marion Leeds Carroll, is playing the role of Mrs. Herring! Longwood also plans a G&S concert on Tuesday, July 30 at 7:30 pm in Needham, organized by mlc. Visit the Longwood web site, or contact Us at marion@leedscarroll.com for more details.

The Connecticut G&S Society will hold auditions for PIRATES on June 9 & 11, 6-8 PM at the Portland Congregational Church, 554 Main St., Portland, CT. Performances will be in the Middletown, CT High School auditorium Nov 8-10. For further info call 1-800-866-1606, or write to CG&SS, PO Box 2152, Middletown, CT 06457.

June 30, 1907, Gilbert is knighted

The Sudbury (MA) Savoyards' summer show will be Gilbert's Engaged, directed by Chuck Berney. Performances, Hawes Hall, Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road, Sudbury, MA, will be July 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27. Read the article in the Bray, visit their attractive, newly-redesigned website, email info@sudburysavoyards.org or phone 978-443-8811 for more info. Cast: Bill Kuhlman, Henry Ketell, Ben Stevens, Kathy Lague, Zoë Daniel, Mike Lague, Ann Marie King, Christine Hamel, Dana Douglass and Ed Fell.

Read the Bray for info on Sudbury's summer Savoy Club series. Rebecca Hains tells us, with great delight, that she and some friends will be presenting excerpts from Candide on June 21 and 22 - and yes, We know it isn't - except that Rebecca also tells Us she'll be leaving town in the fall to pursue a PhD at Temple University in Philadelphia - so this may be our last time to enjoy her talent!

Sudbury's Winter 2003 show will be PATIENCE

Juliet Cunningham will host another Wednesday-night G&S Sing-Along Series this July at 7:30 PM at the Boston Church of the New Jerusalem (140 Bowdoin St., Boston, MA). The schedule for this year's series: July 3 - IOLANTHE | July 10 - RUDDIGORE | July 17 - GONDOLIERS | July 24 - PIRATES | July 31 - MIKADO

If you want a lead role, arrive at 7:15 to request it, or contact Juliet by the evening before the show. (Everyone is welcome to sing chorus.) Some choral scores will be available - or bring your own score. Requested donation: $5. The church is easily accessible by T (Park Street station). Limited free parking is available at the church building. Phone Juliet [(617) 436-3767] or e-mail her at OLIVAMJ3@aol.com for more info.

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Nova Scotia (also 25 this year!) is planning a weekend Sing-out for July 19-21, 2002. It's too late to request a lead role, but contact Leo Weniger at gilbertandsullivansingout@hotmail.com or (902) 425-3392 if you want to take part. Or write to him at 504-1333 South Park St., Halifax, NS B3J 2K9 Canada. For even more info, and a registration form, visit their web site - or download the copy of their pdf file We've placed on the NEGASS web site.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts, on Route 138 in South Kingstown, RI, will perform YEOMEN August 7 through 11, and 14 through 18; Wed-Sat at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM. Direction is by David Price. For tickets and/or information: COURTHOUSECENTER@AOL.COM or 401-782-1018.

Valley Light Opera plans YEOMEN with music direction by Juli Holmes and stage direction by Dean Acheson, to be performed Nov 1, 2, 3, 8 & 9. For more info, call producer Cami Elbow at 413-549-0024 or visit http://www.vlo.org .

Savoyard Light Opera Company, Carlisle MA will perform MIKADO Nov 15, 16, 17 and Nov 22, 23 24 Call 978-371-SLOC, visit http://www.tiac.net/users/sloc/ or send an e-mail to slocauditions@aol.com for more info.

Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players will perform MIKADO December 5-7 & 12-14 at 8:00 PM, and December 7, 8 & 14 at 2:00 PM. HRG&SP's opening night is always Black Tie, and closing night is Hack Night. December 7 features a special Children's Matinee. For more info, write to hrgsp@hcs.harvard.edu or visit the HRG&SP Web page.

The G&S Society of Hancock County, ME's PATIENCE will be performed the first two weekends in February, 2003 at The Grand Theater, Main Street, Ellsworth, ME.. E-mail Irv Hodgkin at IHodgkin@acadia.net or visit http://ellsworthme.org/gsshc/ for more info. (Box office telephone: 207- 667-9500 )

The 9th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will again take place in two locations.

  • Sunday, July 28 - Sunday, August 4, 2002 at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. This part of the Festival will comprise only Professional Performances or Non-adjudicated amateur performances.

  • Saturday, August 3 -Sunday, August 18, 2002 at the Opera House and Pavillion Gardens in Buxton. The second and third weekends in Buxton will contain the professional performances; all other dates in Buxton will comprise the competitive part of the Festival.

Visit http://www.savoyopera.com (not the official Festival web site, but a private one maintained by David Sandham) for more information about last summer's 8th Festival, and for more details about next summer.


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