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October 2004 The Trumpet Bray

October 7, 1893, Utopia, Limited opens
October 10, 1881, Savoy Theater opens

THESPIS IN IL: MITG&SP/NEGASS member Ezra Pesach is spreading the word about the Savoy-aires of Evanston, Illinois, www.savoyaires.org/, who are performing THESPIS on October 1-3 and 7-9, 2004. They are using Kingsley Day’s acclaimed music.

D’OYLY CARTE CELEBRITIES HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS! Cape Symphony Orchestra presents: Gilbert and Sullivan & Nash Saturday Oct 9 at 8:00 PM, Sunday Oct 10 at 3:00 PM. BHS Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA Tickets: $26 - $53

Royston Nash, Conductor and Music Director of the CSO, was famous early in his career as the conductor of the great D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Tenor Geoffrey Shovelton, soprano Deborah Clague and baritone Richard Conrad will sing. For more info contact Eileen A. Tata at 508.362.1111 X100 or visit www.capesymphony.org.

THE MAINE ON WHICH WE DRAW A 6-hour G&S singathon (leads already cast) Saturday 23 October, noon to sevenish, at Center for the Arts, 11 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine. Program: PRINCESS IDA, THE MIKADO, RUDDIGORE, THE GONDOLIERS
Contact: Barry Hilton at barryhilton@earthlink.net

MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ Fall show will be IOLANTHE. Producers: Nick Bozard & Garry Zacheiss; Stage Director: Brian Bermack; Music Director: Jimmy Jia; Vocal Directors: Jessica Raine & Matthew Morse.

Performances will be November 12, 13, 4, 18, 19, 20 and 21 in the Sala de Puerto Rico in the MIT Student Center. Visit the MITG&SP website for more details.

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--- The 2nd Annual Boston Cure Project Halloween Concert, featuring popular local G&S performers, (including Tom Dawkins, David Goldhirsch, Eric Schwartz, Marion Leeds Carroll, Dan Kamalic, Dave Leigh, Stephanie Mann, Tom Weber), will be held October 24, 7 PM at Pickman Auditorium, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. For ticket info visit www.bostoncure.org or call Ruth Seidman at 617-734-7820. [For more info, visit the behind-the-scenes concert page on mlc's own site!]

--- NEGASS friend Ben Sears is Producing Director of the Gershwins' STRIKE UP THE BAND in the original 1927 version (Boston premiere). He writes, “This is probably their most G&S-influenced show in terms of book, lyrics and music.”

Concert performances Nov. 5 at 7:30pm & Nov. 7 at 3:00 pm, Pickman Auditorium, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA More info: http://www.benandbrad.com/season.html

Pre-concert talk for both performances, one-half hour before the show.

Valley Light Opera of Amherst, MA will present RUDDIGORE November 5 and 6 at 8PM, November 7 at 2PM, and November 12 and 13 at 8PM, at Amherst Regional High School. More info: http://www.vlo.org/

The Raylynmor Opera of Keene, NH, is also performing RUDDIGORE. Theirs is November 19 and 20 at 8 pm, and Nov 21 at 2 pm, at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Tickets can be purchased at (603) 352-2033 or www.thecolonial.org/musicopera.htm. More info: djyanish@yahoo.com. The cast includes Dan Kamalic as Robin, Anne Dreyer and E. Mark Murphy.

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 NY

The Sudbury Savoyards’ winter show will be THE MIKADO, stage-directed by Kathy Lague, with music direction by Steve Malionek. Auditions will be held at Hawes Hall at Sudbury United Methodist Church on Monday and Tuesday the 22nd and 23rd of November. (check their website to confirm.) Performances will be the last two weekends in February 2005.

Friday, November 5th, the Sudbury Savoyards will hold a “2-Ring Circus kick-off party” with a MIKADO sing-through. The location remains to be finalized. Check their website for the latest info.

The Middletown-based Connecticut G&S Society will perform MIKADO on Nov. 12 and 13 at 8pm and Nov. 13 and 14 at 2pm. The production, with orchestra conducted by Dr. John Dreslin, will take place at Middletown High School. Bob Cumming will direct. Within CT info may be had by calling 1-800-866-1606. From out of state call 1-860-873-2832.

Principal actors are:
Mikado -- Laurie Weissbrot, Mark McNally
Nanki-Poo -- Ron M'Sadoques, John Craft
Ko-Ko -- Stephen Grover, Allan Church
Pooh-Bah -- John Swanson
Pish-Tush -- Mike Reynolds, Michael Silvestri
Yum-Yum -- Sarah Callinan, Deanna Swanson
Pitti-Sing -- Valerie Heckman, Jackie Alvarez-McKiernan
Peep-Bo -- Teresa Hollo, Megan Stephan
Katisha -- Linda Nadeau, Carol Connolly

Dates and times are Friday, Nov 12 at 8:00, Saturday, Nov 13 at 2:00 and 8:00, and Sunday Nov 14 at 2:00. Middletown High School auditorium, Middletown CT. Call 1-800-866-1606 for tickets or more information.

Harvard-Radcliffe G&SP's fall show will be PIRATES, directed by Ashley Horan and Mark Musico. Performances: Dec. 2-5 and 9-11. For info, visit http://hcs.harvard.edu/~hrgsp/nextshow.html or contact Michael Lynch, mplynch@fas.harvard.edu

Carl Rosa Opera is touring Australia, not the U.S., with PINAFORE this fall. For more info visit their web site: www.carlrosaopera.co.uk/

BRUCE MILLER TRIBUTE IN ENGLAND: Some musicians who had been intending to travel from England to participate in what would have been Bruce's inaugural Light Opera Company production of H.M.S. PINAFORE are organizing the official UK tribute to Bruce. Severnside Theatre Ensemble will be beta-testing and presenting the world premiere concert performance of the complete Broude Critical Edition of PINAFORE at St. George's Church in Worcester, England, under the direction of Bruce's English colleague, Peter Meason, at the beginning of January 2005. Friends of Bruce are invited to participate. Go to http://bruceimiller.com/
for more info.

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 www.powersmusic.org/belmontopensings.html, for more information.

Lowell Opera Company plans a Gilbert and Sullivan cabaret in April 2005. Visit their website at www.operalowell.org. Christina Puntoni writes “It is still in the process of being updated but will be filled with useful information.”

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: http://www.gilbertandsullivansociety.org.uk/.

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 www.SLOCO.org 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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