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The Sudbury Savoyards will hold their annual Two-Ring Circus - an party introducing this year's show, PATIENCE, and the company at large - on Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 at 7:30 PM at the home of the Brendon and Kristen Chetwynd, 82 Acton St., Maynard, MA. (See Sudbury's contact info below for details.) Auditions for PATIENCE will be held at 7:30 pm, Monday and Tuesday November 18-19 at the Sudbury United Methodist Church; 251 Old Sudbury Rd (Route 27), in Sudbury, MA. As always, no audition is required to sing in the chorus. Stage direction by Kathy Lague and Music Direction by Steve Malionek. Performances will be February 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and March 1, 2003 at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, MA. For more information, call 978-443-8811, email, or check out their website at


Bridgewater (MA) State College will present MIKADO October 24, 25, 31 and November 1 &2. All performances at 8:00 PM. Pick up tix at the box office, or contact the BSC Theatre Management Office, (508) 531-1321, or

North Kingston Players (in North Kingston, RI) are presenting IOLANTHE Nov. 1-2 at 8:00 PM and Nov. 3 at 3 PM, at North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway, North Kingston, RI. Stage Direction is by Jack Higby. For more info, email, write The North Kingstown Players, PO Box 71 North Kingstown, RI 02852, Phone: (401) 295-1907 or visit

Valley Light Opera (Amherst, MA) plans YEOMEN with music direction by Juli Holmes and stage direction by Dean Acheson, to be performed Nov 1, 2, 3, 8 & 9. For more info, call producer Cami Elbow at 413-549-0024 or visit

November 17, 1877, The Sorcerer opens
November 18, 1836, W. S. Gilbert is born.
November 22, 1900, Sullivan dies

The Connecticut G&S Society will present PIRATES, directed by Bob Cumming with music direction by John Dreslin, on Nov 8 & 9 at 8 PM and Nov 9 & 10 at 2 PM at the Middletown, CT, High School. They're featuring two alternating casts, both full of recognized stars (so you'll have to go twice!) Tickets: $18 at the door or $15 in advance; kids under 12: $10. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope & check to CG&SS, Box 2152, Middletown, CT 06457, or phone 1-800-866-1606 for more info.

KCT Productions will present PIRATES on Nov 8 & 9 at 7 PM and November 9 & 10 at 2 PM at the Adams Memorial Opera House in Derry, NH. Cast of adults and teens. Director: Michael Curtis, Music Director: Don Tongue, Conductor: Donna Tongue, Choreographer: Michael Ziggerelli. Tickets - Adults $10, seniors and children under 12 $8. Tickets are available at the Opera House, 603-437-0505, KCT at 603-434-8524, or at the door.

MITG&SP will present PIRATES Nov. 21-23 at 8 PM and Nov. 23 & 24 at 2 PM. Directors include Brian Bermack (stage), Jen Hazel (vocal) and Jimmy Jia (orchestral), with Nick Bozard as Producer. (MIT's Spring 2003 show will be UTOPIA!) E-mail, visit, or phone (617) 253-0190 for more info.

November 25, 1882, Iolanthe opens simultaneously in London and New York.

Savoyard Light Opera Company, Carlisle MA will perform MIKADO Nov 15, 16, 17 and Nov 22, 23 24. Cast includes:

  The Mikado: Bob Russell
Nanki-Poo: Timothy Carew
Ko-Ko: Chris Snell
Pooh-Bah: John Bennett
Pish-Tush: Benjamin Cole
Yum-Yum: Kim Bolling
Pitti-Sing: Stephanie Mann
Peep-Bo: Alison Corke
Laura Schall Gouillart

Call 978-371-SLOC, visit or send an e-mail to for more info.

Or catch a sneak preview of their performance on Nov 3, 2002 at 3:00 PM at the Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA - visit , or call 617-369-3306 for tix.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of New York plans meetings this year on Nov. 15, Dec. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 12, March 15, 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.

The Raylynmor Opera will perform IOLANTHE, November 22-24, at the Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, NH. Performance times: 8:00 PM on Nov. 22 & 23 and 2:00 PMon Nov. 24. Prices range from $23-$24. Box office: 603-352-2033 or 358-6316.

The Boston Academy of Music will present PIRATES Nov 29-30 at 7:30, and Nov 30-Dec 1 at 2:00. During the restoration of the Emerson Majestic Theatre, BAM is in residence at Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University. Info: visit, call 617 242-0055, or e-mail [News Update! - Dame Rumour whispers that Richard Conrad is no longer the head of BAM - can this be possible?!]

December 7, 1889, The Gondoliers opens
December 23, 1871,
Thespis opens.
December 31, 1879,
The Pirates of Penzance opens in New York

Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players will perform MIKADO December 5-7 & 12-14 at 8:00 PM, and December 7, 8 & 14 at 2:00 PM. HRG&SP's opening night is always Black Tie, and closing night is Hack Night. December 7 features a special Children's Matinee. For more info, write to or visit the HRG&SP Web page.

UMGASS (The U. Michigan G&S Soc) will present YEOMEN Dec 5-8. Visit for more info.

January 5, 1884, Princess Ida opens
January 22, 1887,
Ruddigore opens

The Master Singers of Lexington, MA will present music concerning the legal profession, including a complete production of TRIAL, Feb 15, 2003 - visit for more info

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Hancock County (GSSHC) plans PATIENCE, directed by the company's new artistic director, Geoffrey Shovelton, of the D'Oyly Carte company, assisted by his wife, Deborah Clague, as choreographer. Returning as musical director will be Fredric Goldrich. Performances will be January 31, Feb 1 and 2 (matinee) and Feb 7, 8 and 9 (matinee), 2003 at The Grand Theater, Main Street, Ellsworth, ME. E-mail Irv Hodgkin at or visit for more info. (Box office telephone: 207- 667-9500 )

The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society will present An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan on February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA. Performing will be the quartet Operartisti: Cecelia Schiano Rodi, Soprano; Georgette Ross Hutchins, Mezzo; Edward Doucette, tenor; and Kevin Harrop Valentine, Bass-Baritone. Tix: $18 ($15 for RAS members). Send checks to Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, P.O. Box 2, Rehoboth, MA 02769

March 7, 1896, The Grand Duke opens
March 14, 1885,
The Mikado opens
March 25, 1875,
Trial by Jury opens
April 3, 1880,
The Pirates of Penzance opens in London
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

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

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

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