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March 2005 The Trumpet Bray

Ida, reading


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 the center of the village of Saxtons River, VT (near Keene, NH). Driving directions have not yet appeared on their website (, but a phone number is given: (802) 869-2960. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students.

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

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

--- Westford Chorus Spring Concert: "The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan - Choruses To Tickle The Fancy”

the breeze

April 2, 2005 8:00PM
April 3, 2005 3:00PM
In this concert, we present what are considered the most exciting choruses and small ensemble movements from the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Includes sections from THE MIKADO, HMS PINAFORE, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, THE GONDOLIERS, YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, IOLANTHE, and more! Accompaniment arranged for "Victorian parlor Orchestra" which sparkles with a sound from the gentle time in 19th century England.
Stony Brook Auditorium, 9 Farmers Way (off Rte 40), Westford
Ticket prices $15 Adults / $10 Seniors / $5 Children
For more information on the concert, visit
--STEVEN JONG, Westford Chorus President

April 3, 1880, The Pirates of Penzance opens in London
April 23, 1881, Patience opens

--- The Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players present PRINCESS IDA on…

  • Thursday, April 7 @ 8pm (Black Tie Opening)
  • Friday, April 8 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, April 9 @ 2pm (Milk and Cookies Matinee)
  • Saturday, April 9 @ 8pm
  • Sunday, April 10 @ 2pm
  • Thursday, April 14 @ 8pm
  • Friday, April 15 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, April 16 @ 2pm
  • Saturday, April 16 @ 8pm (Hack Night)
Ida's head

Produced by Jessica Bloom '07, Celia Maccoby '07, and Margaret Maloney '06
Directed by Charlie Miller '08 and Ben Green '06
Agassiz Theater, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA
The Harvard Box Office is at (617) 496-2222.

More info:

--- Lowell Opera Company holds a Gilbert and Sullivan cabaret

  • Sunday April 24th, 2005, 2:00 pm
  • Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway, Lowell, MA
  • Tickets $15, or $10 for students/seniors
  • "Join us for a delightful afternoon of music and singalongs from all your favorite G&S shows!" Refreshments available: Tea, scones, and finger sandwiches (what? No gay Sally Lunns? –tsw). Visit their website at

--- Mass Theatrica presents Operetta Favourites featuring Karen Fanale, Meredith Lavine, Angeliki Theoharis, Alex Lucchesi, David Walther and other Boston area artists, with Bradley Pennington, piano, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline, MA on Friday, April 15, 2005 at 8:00 pm. This concert will offer favourite songs and duets from the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan to Victor Herbert. Admission is $15 and $12 seniors and students. There is free on-street parking and the church is wheel-chair accessible. For more information, please call 508-757-8515, email us at or visit our webpage:

--- MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players will perform THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD

Friday, April 29, 8pm
Saturday, April 30, 8pm
Sunday, May 1, 2pm Matinee
Thursday, May 5, 8pm
Friday, May 6, 8pm
Saturday, May 7, 8pm
Sunday, May 8, 2pm Matinee

All performances will take place in La Sala de Puerto Rico (2nd floor MIT Student Center, on Mass Ave just north of the Charles River)


A number of NEGASSers are involved: Tom Dawkins is the Music Director, Dave Leigh is Sergeant Meryll, Deb Sager and Jess Raine are in the chorus, and T. Skyler Wrench is The Second Citizen/chorus.

For more information, check the MITGASP website,, or call (617) 253-0190.

--- 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. The church website ( says that memorial services usually start at noon and last about 50 minutes. Check time closer to the date. All are welcome.

--- GRAHAM WRIGHT in two concert G&S operas:

  • First, he sings the Pirate King in PIRATES OF PENZANCE with the Paul Madore Chorale on May 14 in Salem. (
  • Then in July, he’s the Boatswain in HMS PINAFORE with Opera by the Bay, with Richard Conrad as the Captain, Keith Jurusko as Sir Joseph, Beth Canterbury as Josephine, Jason McStoots as Ralph, and Beth MacLeod as Little Buttercup.

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

--- WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS G&S SING, June 24 & 25, 2005

- 297 Main Street, Northampton, MA (Edwards Church).
- Music only, with the audience as chorus -- please bring scores if you have them.
- Registration will be $20.

We need to get a headcount of probable participants -- please email Jacqueline Haney Kidwell at with "Sing-Out" in the subject line. Conductors, accompanists and roles will be arranged soon -- please let us know in your email what you're interested in doing.


  • Friday evening: 6:30 -- gather & mingle; 7:30 -- HMS PINAFORE; Afterwards: adjourn to a local establishment for beverages and chat
  • Saturday: 9:00 -- bagels, coffee, and orange juice; 10:00 -- THE SORCERER ; noon -- lunch break (there are a number of great restaurants within 3 blocks) ; 2:00 – RUDDIGORE; 4:00 – THE MIKADO; 6:00 -- potluck supper (bring a dish or chip in for the entrées) ; 7:30 -- potluck entertainment (bring your parody, "party piece" or favorite number) ; then adjourn to a local establishment for beverages and chat
  • Sunday: all who can stay will meet for brunch at a local establishment.


Inviting gentleman

Everyone who loves to sing Gilbert and Sullivan is invited to the Nantucket G&S Sing-in, AKA QwertyWhales, on Saturday September 10, 2005. This is the Saturday after Labor Day, when the crowds have thinned and you can enjoy the island to its fullest. The cost of the event will be about $10 to defray the building rental cost. Some luncheon refreshments will probably cost another $5, and T-shirts will probably be available.

We will sing (no dialog) through HMS PINAFORE, RUDDIGORE, YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, and THE SORCERER. You should bring your own scores if you have them. We may have a few extra copies, but we intend those for any islanders that may want to join us. Likewise, if you have extra scores please feel free to bring them with you. The sing-in is open to all.

Since Nantucket is a lovely vacation spot, we will keep the singing to 4 shows so we can go to dinner at a reasonable hour. Since we are singing in the Unitarian Church, we cannot sing on Sunday as well, but that means you have that day free to tour the island before returning to your usual drab existences. Nantucket is 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and is accessible by air and ferry. I have created a web page describing the island, our sing-out, recommended B&B's and how to get there, including a map.

See for details.
E-mail me with questions and your role requests:

Since the church rental is significant we will only proceed if we have a suitable critical mass of singers planning to attend. Looking forward to seeing you all!

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

The Footlight Club of Jamaica Plain, MA, which bills itself as America's oldest community theatre, has announced its 2005-2006 season, including:
Book and Lyrics Adapted by: David H. Bell
Musical Concepts and Arrangements by: Rob Bowman
Based on THE MIKADO by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.
June 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17, 2006

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