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November 2004 The Trumpet Bray

Auditions and Production Interviews | Performances


Those who wish to be chorus in the Sudbury Savoyards' winter show, THE MIKADO, (stage-directed by Kathy Lague, with music direction by Steven Malionek) should attend the first rehearsal, held at Hawes Hall at Sudbury United Methodist Church on Monday the 29th of November. (For directions and to confirm the date, check their website). Performances will be the last two weekends in February 2005.

The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is preparing for its 2005 production, THE GONDOLIERS, and invites those interested in participating--onstage, backstage, or in a production capacity--to contact them NOW. The easiest way to do this is through the Membership section at For lead auditions, call Suzanne Segermark at (610) 725-0783.

MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players announce interviews for the Spring 2005 Production of YEOMEN OF THE GUARD. We are seeking: Producer, Orchestra Director, Vocal Director, Stage Director, and Stage Manager.

Colonel Fairfax, sentenced to die in an hour on a false charge of sorcery, marries Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer. But then he escapes, causing complications. At the end Elsie's boyfriend, Jack Point, dies of a broken heart. Or does he? The nearest that Gilbert and Sullivan working together came to grand opera.

To schedule an interview or to ask questions, please e-mail or call (617) 253-0190.

Please see for more info about our group.
MITG&SP Publicity Officer


Harvard-Radcliffe G&S Players' fall show will be THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, directed by Ashley Horan '05 and Mark Musico '07

Thursday, December 2 @ 8pm (Black Tie Opening)
Friday, December 3 @ 8pm
Saturday, December 4 @ 2pm (Milk and Cookies Matinee)
Saturday, December 4 @ 8pm
Sunday, December 5 @ 2pm

Thursday, December 9 @ 8pm
Friday, December 10 @ 8pm
Saturday, December 11 @ 2pm
Saturday, December 11 @ 8pm (Hack Night)

Agassiz Theater, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA. Harvard Box Office is at (617) 496-2222. Map and more details at

The Ridgewood (NJ) Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company presents IOLANTHE, fully staged with orchestra, directed by Jennifer Sherron Stock and conducted by Daniel Kravetz, featuring Philip Sternenberg as the Lord Chancellor and Elizabeth Evans as Phyllis. Performances Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 and Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 at Ben Franklin Middle School Auditorium, Glen and Van Dien Avenues, Ridgewood NJ. Admission to Franklin is $20, seniors and students $17, under 12 free. For reservations and information, phone 973-423-0300 or visit their web site at

Concert by the new G&S Society at Brown U.!
Jonathan Ichikawa [MIT’s wonderful Despard last year - tsw] writes:
For anyone in the area, the brand new BUGS (Brown University Gilbert & Sullivan) will be performing a concert, its first-ever event, on Thursday December 9 (Not Fri. Dec 10 as previously announced on SavoyNet). I'm rather heavily involved -- I designed the concert and will be vocal coach for our singers, and will narrate the evening. I'll also do at least a little bit of singing--plans as of now have me doing “the Nightmare Song” and Wilfred Shadbolt’s “Jealous Torments.” (Funny coincidence, me getting to do my two favorite songs to perform...)

NEGASSER Randi Kestin and Savoynetter Lydia Haile are also involved. The concert'll be in Providence, RI. People can email me for more information (

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

BRUCE MILLER TRIBUTE IN ENGLAND: On Sunday, January 9th, the official UK tribute to Bruce takes place: Severnside Theatre Ensemble, under the direction of Bruce's English colleague, Peter Meason, presents the world premiere concert performance of the complete Broude Critical Edition of PINAFORE at St. George's Church in Worcester, England. We hear this will include Capt. Corcoran’s “lost” song, “Reflect, my child.” NEGASS’s Randi Kestin sings Hebe. For more info, go to

Belmont Open Sings, under the auspices of the Powers School of Music, will hold a sing-along MIKADO on Sunday, January 23, 2005, at the Payson Park Church in Belmont, with the usual full orchestra. See their web page, at, for more information, or call (617) 484-4696.

The NEGASS Last Minute Light Opera, on March 20, 2005, will be the American beta-test of the Broude Brothers’ new orchestral score and band parts of HMS PINAFORE.

Lowell Opera Company plans a Gilbert and Sullivan cabaret in April 2005. “Come in costume if you wish, and be prepared to sing along!” Date and time TBA: visit their website at

The Sudbury Savoyards have just announced that their 2006 show will be THE GRAND DUKE. Stephen Malionek will be the music director. Check their website for details

ACROSS THE WATER: The Gilbert & Sullivan Society [Yes, THE Gilbert & Sullivan Society] Weekend at Grim’s Dyke (Gilbert’s last home), Harrow Weald, Middlesex. April 1-3 2005. With talks, performances, videos, and a sing-through of PIRATES. (Must be applied for and paid by Feb. 1st). More info:

THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION of Simsbury Light Opera Company (SLOCO) will be: --- Sullivan and Gilbert a la Carte ---
Show dates in 2005 are April 2, 3, 9, 10 and 16.

This production is a new work (book by Griffin and Luchsinger). It combines biographical material about Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan with excerpts from the operettas.

The characters include the standard G&S principal types: soprano, mezzo -soubrette, mezzo-contralto, tenor, baritone, bass and baritone patter singer to play a variety of characters in scenes from most of the Savoy operas. In addition, the show has a number of characters based on historical figures of the time; some who sing (such as Jessie Bond, Rutland Barrington, and George Grossmith -- all of whom sang roles in the original productions) as well as the non-singing characters of Gilbert, Sullivan, Richard D'Oyly Carte, Kitty Gilbert, Mrs. Ronalds and others. See for directions to either site or background on the company.

SULLIVAN WITHOUT GILBERT: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will be presenting THE ROSE OF PERSIA on Sunday 3 April 2005 in New York City, in staged concert format with orchestra. According to Andi Stryker-Rodda, this is the first venture into this opera by a professional company in the USA since 1900, or anywhere since 1935. Visit their web site for their full season, which includes RUDDIGORE and PIRATES as well as a new Year's Gala.

April 8 - 16, 2005, The Blue Hill Troupe of New York City will be doing a "new" version of THE GRAND DUKE, “tightened and rearranged slightly, with the hope of having it make more sense to audiences.”

The Production Team for the Savoynet Production in Buxton in August, 2005, has been chosen:

Director: Diana Burleigh; Music Director: Dick Stockton; Producer: Peter Crichton. The operas under consideration are: PINAFORE, IOLANTHE, MIKADO, and potentially IDA or GRAND DUKE.

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