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Auditions for Valley Light Opera’s fall 2003 show, PINAFORE, will be held May 17 and 18 at First Congregational Church in Amherst, MA. Performances will be Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15, 2003. Visit their web site at or phone producer Jacqueline Haney (413) 585-5769 for more info.summer breeze

The Savoyard Light Opera Company will hold auditions May 19 and 20 in the Corey Auditorium at Carlisle Middle School, Church Street, Carlisle, MA for their November 2003 production, IOLANTHE. Rehearsals will begin on September 2nd. Email, visit or phone 978-371-SLOC (7562) to make an appointment for a lead audition. (Ensemble auditions do not require an appointment and will start promptly at 7:00 pm)

West Bay Chorale in Warwick, RI, will perform MIKADO May 17th, 8pm and May 18th at 3pm at Winman Jr. High School in Warwick, RI. The cast includes Katisha: Dianne Nahigian; Ko-Ko: Kevin Valentine; The Mikado: Bob Cleasby; Nanki-Poo: Krishan Oberoi; Pish-Tush: Bob Houghtaling; Pitti-Sing: Jane Kratsch; Peep-Bo: Lisa Calkins; Pooh-Bah: David Price; and Yum-Yum: Diana McVey, with orchestra and a chorus of local talent. For more info, call 401-392-3458, or contact Tonya Ricketts at

The MIT G&S Players announce interviews for directors and production staff for their fall production, RUDDIGORE. [Dame Rumour whispers that THESPIS is also in the works for next year!… and they’re talking about Carmen for this summer – but We know it isn’t… it isn’t even funny! - mlc] For more info, e-mail, phone (617) 253-0190, or visit

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 or visit their web site 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]

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

The Middletown-based Connecticut G&S Society will hold open auditions for GONDOLIERS on June 8 and 10 from 6 to 8pm at Congregation Adath Israel, 48 Old Church Street, Middletown. Accompanist provided. The production, with full orchestra conducted by Dr. John Dreslin, will take place at Middletown High School on November 7, 8 and 9. Rehearsals begin in August. Bob Cumming will direct. Phone 1-800-866-1606 or write to PO Box 2152, Middletown, CT 06457.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of New York plans it final meeting this year on 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.What the world can be...

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. Call the Foothills box office at 508-754-4018 for tix & info.

Nashua Choral Society plans an open sing of MIKADO on June 23 at 7:30 at Nashua Baptist Church, 555 Broad Street (Route 130), Nashua, NH 03063. Admission is $5. Some lead roles are still available – contact conductor Richard Larraga at if you’re interested.

June 30, 1907, Gilbert is knighted

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.

Longwood Opera’s ever-popular Gilbert and Sullivan Night will take place this year on July 29. For more info call 781-455-0960, or visit

Juliet Cunningham’s Annual Gilbert and Sullivan Summer Sings: 7:30 P.M every Wednesday in July. Boston Church of the New Jerusalem, 140 Bowdoin Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA. To sing a lead, call ahead (617-361-3828 or or show up at 7 o'clock. $5.00 Donation requested.


July 23 YEOMEN
July 30 MIKADO

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 [By the way – if you loved their 2003 production of PATIENCE and wish you could hear it over and over, ask one of the cast members to lend you a copy of their CD!]

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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