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CORRECTION: Auditions for Valley Light Opera (VLO's) fall 2003 show, PINAFORE, will be held, not in March, but in May: May 17 and 18 at First Congregational Church in Amherst, MA. Performances will be Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15. Visit their web site at for more info.

March 25, 1875, Trial by Jury opens

SLOCO (Simsbury Light Opera Co) will present SORCERER and TRIAL March 29 and April 5 & 12 at 8 pm, and March 30 and April 6 & 12 at 2:15 pm at the Simsbury High School, Simsbury, CT. Direction is by Ron Luchsinger, with music direction by John Eells, and the production will feature NEGASSer Linda Nadeau as Lady Sangazure. Note: March 30 is a Family Matinee - in place of TRIAL the performance will feature a panel discussion and souvenirs, and will cost only $5 for children under 18. For tix and info, visit or call 860-521-8076.

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

Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players will perform SORCERER April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at 8:00 PM, and April 5, 6, and 12 at 2:00 PM at the Agassiz Theatre, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA. Stage direction is by Kaitlin Heller, with music direction by Marisa Green. Producers are Christina Mulligan and Sam Gale Rosen. HRG&SP's opening night is always Black Tie, and closing night is Hack Night. April 5 features a special milk-and-cookies Children's Matinee. Tickets are on sale now at the Harvard Box Office at 1350 Mass Ave, Cambridge, by calling (617) 496-2222, or on the web.

For more info, write to or visit the HRG&SP Web page.

UMGASS (the U Michigan G&S Society) will perform PIRATES April 3-5 at 8 PM and April 5 & 6 at 2 PM in Ann Arbor, MI. [UMGASS is the home of Harry Benford, whose Lexicon is touted above.] Tix : phone 734-764-2538 Mon-Fri 10-6 or Sat 10-1. For more info: visit, or email

The MIT G&S Players will perform UTOPIA, LTD. April 4-6 and 10-13, with matinees at 2 pm on the 6 and 13. Their producer is Catherine Havasi, stage director is Evan Xenakis, orchestra director is David Larrick. They are looking for a replacement costume designer and vocal director - any volunteers? (Cast includes NEGASSers Rebecca Burstein and Arthur Dunlap, among others.) For more info, e-mail, phone (617) 253-0190, or visit

Longwood Opera will be holding auditions for Boston based singers only on April 6 (1-6pm) and April 8 (6-10pm) for all roles in their fall production, The Tales of Hoffmann [yes, We know it isn't!], and for their Summer Concert Series. The ever-popular Gilbert and Sullivan Night will take place this year on July 29 - and anyone accepted for the Longwood roster is welcome to take part in that or any other summer concert! For more info call 781-455-0960, or visit

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of New York plans meetings this year on April 11, May 14, and June 14 at CAMI Hall, 165 W. 57 St., NY. Doors open at 7:30; the meeting starts at 7:45, and the Inner Brotherhood go out for coffee afterwards. Visit for more details.

April 23, 1881, Patience opens

The Savoyard Light Opera Company will hold auditions in May for their November 2003 production, IOLANTHE. Email, visit or phone 978-371-SLOC (7562) for more info

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

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players plan YEOMEN (May 1-4) and PINAFORE (May 8-11) at the Symphony Space in NYC - phone 212-864-5400 for info.

Jim Keyes, Music Director, Delaware Community Chorus, writes: Delaware Community Chorus (Delaware, Ohio) will present Trial By Jury in May, 2003. Any help publicizing the event will be appreciated. And let us know how we can help you. Delaware, Ohio is just north of Columbus in Central Ohio. I wonder if there are societies similar to yours in the state of Ohio. [We sent him to Sarah Cole of the Midwestern G&S Society - is that really all that much closer? There are performing groups closer, but We don't know of any Appreciation Societies in Ohio. Can anyone help him out? He's at . - mlc]

The West Bay Chorale plans MIKADO May 17 at 8 PM and 18 at 3 at Winman Jr. High School in Warwick, RI. For more info, call 401-392-3458, or email

June 30, 1907, Gilbert is knighted

Ohio Light Opera's summer 2003 repertory season, which will begin in early June, will include PIRATES and GRAND DUKE. For more info call (330) 263-2345, email: , or visit

Salisbury Lyric Opera will present MIKADO June 12-29, Thurs, Fri and Sat at 8 PM, Sun at 2 PM at the Foothills Theater in Worcester, MA. NEGASS VP Tony Parkes is the Mikado himself; Kris Maples, a Sudbury regular, is Peep-Bo, and Leah Tsamous, Sudbury's recent Lady Jane, will be Katisha. Pooh-Bah is still uncast, but there's a good chance he'll be a NEGASSer as well! (And, last We heard, they were still accepting chorus members…) Call the Foothills box office at 508-754-4018 for tix & info.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Hancock County (ME) plans PATIENCE the evenings of July 10, 11, and 12, with a matinee on July 13. This is a repeat of their successful winter production, which received a wonderful review by Nan Lincoln in the Ellsworth [ME] Weekly Visit their web site at or email for more info.

The Sudbury Savoyards have already selected next year's show: Spring 2004 will feature PIRATES. For more information, call 978-443-8811, email, or check out their website at

The 10th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place in Buxton, Derbyshire, England Saturday, July 26 - Sunday, August 17. Visit the latest Festival Newsletter at . This year's newsletter includes provisional dates for the Festival for the next five years, so that attendees can plan more than one year at a time.

SavoyNet's production in this year's Festival will be UTOPIA, and will take place Tuesday, August 5th.

Victorian Lyric Opera Company's Third Gilbert & Sullivan Sing-Out will be held in Rockville, Maryland August 29-31, 2003 (that's Labor Day weekend!) Visit their website ( ) or email them at for more news..

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