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MITG&SP are still seeking production staff for their fall show, PIRATES. Directors include Brian Bermack (stage), Jen Hazel (vocal) and Jimmy Jia (orchestral), with Nick Bozard as Producer. Performances are planned for Nov. 21-23 at 8 PM and Nov. 23 & 24 at 2 PM. (Their spring 2003 show will be UTOPIA!) E-mail, visit , or phone (617) 253-0190 for more info.

G&S Lectures in NH: Judi Lemoine of the Lowell Opera Company writes of Prof. Ricardo Zavala: He does a series of lectures on opera at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Nashua, NH. On Tuesday, Sept. 24th from 7PM - 9PM he'll be discussing Gilbert & Sullivan. The lecture is free and open to the public. [Thank'ye, Judi!]

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Hancock County (GSSHC) is leading up to auditions for PATIENCE: First there'll be a Sing-Through on Oct. 1, 6:45-9:00 PM at the Bryant E. Moore school in Ellsworth, ME. Anyone interested in singing in this production is urged to attend. No auditions are necessary for chorus roles. Auditions for principal roles will be held by appointment on Oct. 5, 1-4 PM and Oct. 6, 2-5 P.M. at the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth. Audition excerpts and readings will be available at the Sing-Through, or on the Society's website: Sign up at the Sing-through or call Society Secretary Sandi Blanchette (207) 667-0188 for an appointment.

Performances will be at the beginning of February, 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 )

This production will introduce GSSHC'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.

Lowell Opera Company, with guest artists Kathy Lague and Bill Kuhlman, will present An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan, Oct 19 at 7:30 PM at Saints Vartanantz Armenian Church, 180 Old Westford Rd, Chelmsford, MA. Tickets are $15.00 and include an hors d'ouvres buffet at intermission. The concert will include excerpts from PIRATES, PINAFORE, and MIKADO, as well as a complete production of TRIAL. For tickets call John Magarian at 978-937-0914 or the Church Office at 978-256-7234.

Auditions for LOC take place at rehearsals throughout the month of September and on the first Monday of each month throughout the year. They rehearse at Christ Church United, 6 Bartlett St Lowell, MA on Mondays from 7:30-9:30PM. For info call 978-441-6926, e-mail or visit their website at

October 2, 1888, Yeomen of the Guard opens
October 7, 1893,
Utopia Limited opens.
October 10, 1881, Savoy Theater opens

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

The Connecticut G&S Society will present PIRATES, directed by Bob Cumming with music direction by John Dreslin, on Nov 8 & 9 at 8PM 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.

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.

The Raylynmor Opera will perform IOLANTHE, November 22-24, at the Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, NH. Performance times: 8:00pm on Nov. 22 & 23 and 2:00pm on 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?!]

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.

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

The Sudbury (MA) Savoyards plan PATIENCE this winter/spring - visit for increasing amounts of news, as it appears.

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]

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