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February 29, 2004: Frederic is 37 birthdays, or 148 years, old
February 29, 2004: MITG&SP is 4 birthdays, or 16 years, old

Breaking news! Belmont Open Sings: Sunday, March 14, PINAFORE. conductor: Jennifer Hazel of MITG&SS. Where? - Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, (corner of Belmont Street and Payson Road) When?: Beginning at 7:30 PM. Free parking. Full orchestra and soloists. Vocal scores (so you can sing along with the choruses) and refreshments are provided. Price: $6.00 ($4.00 for students and seniors)Sings). More info: Larry Philbrick, Email Coordinator, Belmont Open Sings


Carl Rosa Opera has announced two tours to the United States this year: 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 website at

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of New York plans meetings this year on March 15, April 17, May 14, and June 19 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.

Simsbury Light Opera of Simsbury, CT will produce PINAFORE on March 20, 21, 27, 28, Apr 3. Cast includes Thom Griffin as Sir Joseph and Linda Nadeau as Buttercup. For more details, see the company web site at, or phone (860) 653-7558.

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

Opera New Hampshire and Palace Professional Productions presents PIRATES at the Palace Theatre at 80 Hanover Street in Manchester, NH at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. Ticket prices range from $30 to $50 for adults, and $18 to $30 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Palace Theatre Box Office or by calling 603-668-5588. Visit Opera New Hampshire on the web at and the Palace Theatre at

The MIT G&S Players’ spring production is THESPIS, directed by David Jedlinsky and Todd Neal (who also created the orchestration for this new setting), and produced by Ruth Jedlinsky and Garry Zacheiss. The show is cast, rehearsals and even set-building are in progress, and 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.” For more info, contact the group via or (617) 253-0190, or visit

Harvard-Radcliffe G&S’s spring production is IOLANTHE. Directors: Hector Garza and Matthew Corriel. Dates: April 8-10 at 8 pm; April 10 matinee at 2 pm, April 15-17 at 8 pm; April 17 matinee at 2 pm.

Opening performance is, as usual, Black Tie. There will be no performance on Sunday, April 11 (Easter). As a result, the last evening will be normal, NOT the usual Hack Night.

Tickets go on sale March 18th, via the Harvard Box Office at (617) 496-2222. Visit for more info.

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.

Longwood Opera will be holding auditions for Boston based singers only on April 24th and 25th, 1pm - 5pm for their 2004 season. The ever-popular Gilbert and Sullivan Night will take place this year on July 27 – 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

THEATER FOR A NEW AUDIENCE plans Gilbert’s Engaged at the Lucille Lorlel Theater on Christopher Street in NYC April 20-May 16 - call (212) 229-2819 ext 0 or 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

Connecticut G&S Society plans open auditions (they may double-cast lead roles) for MIKADO on June 6 and 8 from 6 to 8pm at Congregation Adath Israel, 49 Old Church St., Middletown, CT. Performances will be Nov. 13 and 14 at 2pm and Nov. 12 and 13 at 8pm at Middletown High School. Conductor: John Dreslin; Director: Bob Cumming, who tells Us: "Past cast members have already gathered for a party to view highlights from the 1938 "Kenny Baker, Martyn Green" movie, the 1966 D'Oyly Carte version and the Stratford Festival video. Once the cast is announced in June we'll have another gathering to see one of the past CG&SS videos. This time we're opening to two dozen youngsters to add to the Mikado's procession; they'll attend only three rehearsals prior to the week in the theatre and only three sessions in the auditorium. Lots of flags, banners and Kabuki-style warriors!" For more info, within CT call 1-800-866-1606; or out of state call 1-860-873-2832 - or email Bob Cumming at

Glimmerglass Opera of Cooperstown, NY presents lie upon the daisies...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.

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

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.

SavoyNet will be bringing PIRATES to the Festival, with a cast including NEGASSers Sam Silvers (Major General), Mitch Gillette (Frederic), and Rebecca Consentino Hains (Mabel)

... to thee I sing...

SON OF SINGOUT Toronto’s planned summer 2004 gala, is cancelled!

However - do not despair: The Chicago G&S Soc, in connection with local G&S performing groups, may be able to host one over Labor Day Weekend - more news as it breaks!

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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