What could be more splendid than an evening by the fire sharing food, the company of friends, and some Gilbert & Sullivan fun? On October 20th, NEGASS member Tom Frates opened his fabulous home for our Salon by the Fire with an enthusiastic turnout. Expertly planned by board member Kaori Emery, the evening was planned to whet our appetites for the November outing to Savoyard Light Opera Company's production of The Mikado.
After enjoying a delicious sushi dinner, our Mikado knowledge was put to the trivia test -- we had some true experts on hand, and after tallying correct responses, Laura Gouillart was the winner! We watched two choice clips from the 1999 Mike Leigh film, Topsy-Turvey -- the scene at the Japanese exhibition in Knightsbridge and the scene in which Gilbert instructs Jessie Bond, Leonora Braham, and Sybil Grey, to observe the mannerisms of Japanese women participating in the fair and incorporate these mannerisms into the staging for Three Little Maids.
After our viewing, Laura Gouillart shared with us her response to the chapter concerning The Mikado in the book Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre and Parody by Carolyn Williams. Her words were appreciated by all and served as a nice precursor to us all taking in her performance as Katisha in SLOC's November performances.
Our door prize winner, Diana Dawkins, won a DVD copy of the movie. The evening was capped off with cake and the singing of happy birthday to our president, Tom Dawkins and his father, who share the same natal day! Thanks to the wonderful efforts of Kaori, it was a cozy and enjoyable night, and we do hope that all will feel welcome to come to our next evening together! - Susan Craft Larson