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AUDITIONS for The Sudbury Savoyards’ 2004 show, PIRATES, will be held Monday, November 17th and Tuesday, November 18th at Sudbury United Methodist Church, beginning at 7:30 pm. Callbacks, if required, will be held Wednesday, November 19th. Note: this production will use the new Dover edition, containing material from the 1880 version of the show which does not appear in the Schirmer score. As usual, no audition is necessary to join the chorus. And as usual, all profits will be donated towards the relief of world hunger. Stage Director: Emily C. A. Snyder; Music Director: Katherine Engel Meifert (No Kathy Lague and Steve Malionek this year, due to personal and professional conflicts – they’ll be back!) Performances will take place Feb 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 at 8pm, and Feb 22 and 28 at 2pm. For more information, call 978-443-8811, email, or check out their website at

AUDITIONS - this just in! New England Light Opera announces open auditions for The Compleat Works of Gilbert and Sullivan (abridged) Scenes and songs from ALL the G & S operas set in the generic "G & S" story, accompanied by piano. Stage Directed by Peter Carey. Performances dates are February 20-21st at the Tsai Center at Boston University, Feb. 22nd on the North Shore. Looking for great Gilbert and Sullivan singers with strong acting skills. All roles paid.

Audition Time: Monday November 24th 7-10 | Tuesday November 25th 7-10 | Callbacks: Monday December 1st 7-10 Audition Location: Second Congregational Church in Beverly, just off 128. Accessible by commuter rail. Please prepare one uptempo song or aria in ENGLISH from the operetta or legit musical theatre repertoire, (G & S is fine) no longer than three minutes. An accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition, send headshot and resume (your materials MUST INCLUDE your current U.S. mail address, phone number, and e-mail!) to:

New England Light Opera
P.O. Box 536
Wenham MA 01984
include "G & S auditions" in subject line

AUDITION DEADLINE: Spots will assigned in the order materials are received. Your materials must be received by Saturday November 22nd. You will receive an e-mail with your audition time.


You can still catch the NYC Opera’s production of Jonathan Miller’s 1920’s version of MIKADO: Nov 4, 6, 8, 18, 21 & 22. Visit for details.

The MIT G&S Players’ fall production, RUDDIGORE, will take place November 7, 8, 13 & 14 at 8pm and November 9 & 15 at 2pm. Producer: Erin Tyndall, Stage Director: Andrew Sweet, Vocal Director: Katherine Bryant, and Orchestra Director: Thomas Dawkins. Other NEGASSers involved: Rebecca Burstein, Skyler Wrench, and Allegra Martin. [THESPIS is in the works for Spring 2004! - 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, e-mail, phone (617) 253-0190, or visit

Valley Light Opera (VLO)’s fall 2003 show, PINAFORE (featuring Elaine Crane as Josephine), will be held Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15 at 8 PM and Nov 9 at 2 PM. Visit their web site at or phone producer Jacqueline Haney (413) 585-5769 for tix and info.

The Connecticut G&S Society’s GONDOLIERS, directed by Bob Cumming with full orchestra conducted by Dr. John Dreslin, will take place at Middletown, CT, High School on November 7 & 8, 8 PM and Nov 9th 2 PM. For info phone 1-800-866-1606 or 866-873-2832 or write to PO Box 2152, Middletown, CT 06457.

Brad Conner, Artistic Director of American Classics, invites NEGASSers to Rodgers & Hart's Peggy-Ann Nov. 8, 8 PM & Nov. 9, 4 PM at the Pickman Concert Hall of the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. Yes, We know it’s not! - but Brad tells Us this is a real G&S parody, and that the cast (which is full of local G&S stars like Eric Bronner, Brad Conner, David Frieze, Bob Jolly, Mary Ann Lanier, Brent Reno, Ben Sears, Margaret Ulmer - regulars with groups like the Publick Theatre, OSLO, and BAM) is cracking up over the obvious G&S “rip-offs.” NEGASSers are welcome to gather for a group discount, if a large enough gang wants to go - contact Brad at 617-254-1125 or for more info.

Savoyard Light Opera Company (SLOC) will perform IOLANTHE in the Corey Auditorium at Carlisle Middle School, Church Street, Carlisle, MA Nov. 14, 15, 21, 22, at 7:30pm, Nov 16, 23 at 2:00pm - 2003. Stage Director: Donna DeWitt, Music Director: Fred Frabotta. Cast: Lord Chancellor: Chris Snell, Fairy Queen: Noelle Nordstrom, Phyllis: Diana Doyle, Strephon: Brad Kenney, Iolanthe: Stephanie Mann, Lord Mountararat: Barry Hilton, Lord Tolloller: Lonnie Powell, Private Willis: Bob Russell, Celia: Linda Emmanuel, Leila: Rebecca Skirball, Fleta: Zoë Daniel. Email, visit
or phone 978-371-SLOC (7562) for more info.

November 17, 1877, The Sorcerer opens
November 18, 1836, W. S. Gilbert is born.
November 22, 1900, Sullivan dies
November 25, 1882, Iolanthe opens simultaneously in London and New York.

Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players will perform GONDOLIERS December 4-6 & 11-13 at 8:00 PM, and December 6, 7 & 13 at 2:00 PM. HRG&SP’s opening night is always Black Tie, and closing night is Hack Night. December 6 features a special Children’s Matinee. For more info, call the Harvard Box Office at (617) 496-2222, write to or visit their Web page:

The U. Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society (UMGASS) also has RUDDIGORE on deck: Dec 4-6 at 8 PM and 6 & 7 at 2. Call 734-764-2538 or visit for more info.

December 7, 1889, The Gondoliers opens
December 23, 1871, Thespis opens.
December 31, 1879, The Pirates of Penzance opens in NYC
January 5, 1884, Princess Ida opens
January 22, 1887, Ruddigore opens

Carl Rosa Opera has announced two tours to the United States next Spring: MIKADO, Feb - March 04, repeated in rep with PINAFORE, Sept - Nov 04. 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 new website at

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.

The 11th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place in Buxton, Derbyshire, England, July 31 - August 22, 2004. More news will be forthcoming.

SON OF SINGOUT Toronto is planning a reprise of its August 2000 "T2K Singout, Eh?" in August 20-22, 2004. (We mistakenly said in a previous Bray that this was a function of the Toronto G&S Society – but no! – this is being organized, as was the last Toronto Singout, by four very brave individuals: Len Henderson, Herschel Rosen, Ori Seigel, and Elspeth Simpson)

To be sure you are included in their list for informational updates and mailings, email Or write:

Son of Singout
22 Royal Street
Oshawa ON Canada
L1H 2T6

Include your name and postal address in your message, so a printed brochure and registration form can be sent to you. (They’d like your phone number, too – they want a lot!)

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