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The Westford Chorus presents PIRATES on Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, April 28 at 3 PM, at the Blanchard Middle School, 14 West Street, Westford, MA.. Tickets are $13 ($5 students/seniors). For tickets, visit the Westford Chorus Web site or call Dawn Sutton at (978) 392-1405. Tickets are also available at the Roudenbush Center in Westford.

April 23, 1881, Patience opens

The Sudbury (MA) Savoyards' Spring and Summer pleasure you!summer show will be Gilbert's Engaged, directed by Chuck Berney. Auditions will be April 29 & 30 at 7:30 PM at Hawes Hall, Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road, Sudbury, MA. Performances, in the same location, will be July 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27. Visit www.sudburysavoyards.org, email info@sudburysavoyards.org or phone 978-443-8811 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 G&S Players celebrated their 28th season by moving to City Center, the theater where D'Oyly Carte performed in by-gone years. We've received one burst of praise after another for their professional, enthusiastic performances. NYGASP will return to their usual theater, Symphony Space, at Broadway and 95th Street in NYC, for PATIENCE on May 9-19. Visit http://www.nygasp.org/ or call (212) 769-1000 for tix and info.

The Boston University Savoyards will hold their Second-Ever Reunion May 17-19, 2002. For more information, call Roberta Gilbert at 617-731-1198, or send e-mail to reunion@savoyard.net . They have found about 350 alumni, but are still looking for over 350 more - get onto their mailing list by sending your email address to webmaster@savoyard.net or by calling Robert Canterbury at 617-262-4028. Visit their Web site at www.savoyard.net for up-to-date news and a schedule of activities.

Lowell (MA) Opera Company, which performs at the Smith Baker Center, 400 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA, will hold an Evening of G&S (excerpts in concert, plus a fully-staged TRIAL) on May 18 at 8:00 PM and May 19 at 2:00 PM, with music direction by David Larrick. New chorus members are welcome, with opportunities for solos. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM at the Christ Church United, 6 Bartlett St, Lowell. For directions or further information, contact Judi Lemoine at lowelloperacompany@msn.com or call 978-441-6926.

A Lamplighters (CA) touring group will present a program, Gilbert and Sullivan a la Carte, telling the story of the partnership and featuring songs from all of the operas, at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH on May 18, 2002. Group discounts for groups of 15 or more are available - contact NEGASS Program Chair Carl Weggel if you'd like to gather a NEGASS contingent. Contact Clare Rakacky at crakacky@themusichall.org or visit the Lamplighters' web site at http://www.lamplighters.org/ for more info.

June 30, 1907, Gilbert is knighted

The Sudbury (MA) Savoyards, in addition to their April production of Engaged, plan a series of concerts and variety shows over the course of the summer, under the general title of Savoy Club, organized by David Larrick. 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 in at Temple University in Philadelphia - so this may be our last time to enjoy her talent! We assume more information about this and other concerts will be posted on Sudbury's attractive, newly-redesigned website - or contact David Larrick at dcl@ties.org .

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! Visit the Longwood web site, or contact Us at marion@leedscarroll.com for more details.

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Nova Scotia Life's a pudding full of plums!is planning a weekend Sing-out, similar to the ones hosted in the past by Rockville and Toronto. The dates: July 19-21, 2002. See article above for details. 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 - 18, directed by David Price. For more info, contact the director at aprhys@earthlink.net or 401-364-6754.

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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