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Friday, November 20th, 2009
1:09 pm
Pirate-Finder General
I am the very model of a Pirate-Finder General
An unelected functionary hunting online criminals
Appointed to arrest the flow of content reproducible
With powers parliamentary, and in no way reducible
Capricious duties I'll impose on anyone connectible


I am the very model of a Pirate Finder General
My remit runs from a to z, from animal to mineral
The government has issued me with pow'rs plenipotentiary
To seize you and to pack you off to any penitentiary
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
8:36 pm
Penzance Karaoke
I need Major General's Song in karaoke form by next week. I have found a few CDs online, but they are much too expensive of a purchase for the one song, and may not even arrive in time. Is anyone able to help?
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
9:04 am
Um, You Missed A Bit...
One of the fascinating aspects of looking through the really early editions of Gilbert & Sullivan libretti is that every so often, you'll find some lines here and there that Gilbert wrote into a song, but Sullivan apparently never set. I'm not talking about deleted songs or verses, but lyrics within existing songs that Sullivan apparently found no place for, but were still present in the libretto when it got published for audiences.

ExamplesCollapse )

Anyway, time to have some fun with this: here are some snippets of Gilbert left behind by Sullivan. For each, tell me who was supposed to sing it, and where.

Quiz From the Cutting Room Floor!Collapse )

Good luck!
Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
3:05 pm
Pics from our "Iolanthe"!!
Well, our UMGASS production of "Iolanthe" opens tomorrow, tonight is our final dress rehearsal...I took loads of pics at last night's rehearsal, you can find them here if you're interested. :D




Current Mood: proud
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
4:38 pm
"Come to our call, Iolanthe..."
I'm fairying it up for my second time in "Iolanthe" with UMGASS (the University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society), and would love to invite y'all to come see!! :)

And here's a promo shot:

Current Mood: proud
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
8:27 pm
A Halloween parody game...
I haven't seen anything here for a while, and I've got the seed of a parody idea stuck in my head (read: only the first line) and can't think of anything else, so here's my idea:
If you can come up with a second line that scans to the original second line (that is, has the same syllables and stress, and follows the rhyme pattern), leave it in a comment, and if you have a follow-up line to that line, reply to the comment, etc. If you think of a different second line than someone else, leave your own comment. I've linked to the original song for those of you who aren't sure where I'm coming from.

Anyways, it's silly, but it's Zombie-themed for Halloween...Collapse )

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
1:38 pm
"Grand Duke" pics!
Hey folks, here are some pics from our aforementioned UMGASS 60th Anniversary production of "The Grand Duke" this past weekend, if anyone's interested! :) We made the theatrical troupe a G&S society, and in Act 2 instead of donning Greek togas and such, we all wore various G&S costumes. Very fun!!

Friday, March 23rd, 2007
1:52 pm
Modern adaptions of G&S
Hey guys - Can you help me!!

I am doing a dissertation on modern adaptions of G&S and am looking for refernces to such adaptions - i.e starship Pinafores etc!

Have any of you seen any of these such productions - have you been in or directed them? What are your views of these productions - why do you think they work/not work? - Why do you do them? And How do you think these productions help bring G&S to the modern contemporary theatre scene??

If anyone can help, even by just suggesting a website or book that may be useful I would be extreemly grateful. My course is on contemporary and devised theatre and so my tutors do not really like me doing this as a question as they feel that it is not 'contemporary' or relevant enough and it took a lot of persuading on my part to get this question (I only actually finally managed to get it when my tutor realised just how stuck I was with my origional question about text and parody in contemp theatre and how much stuff I did have on the G&S side of things!) so I need to write a really first class essay with loads of references to proove them wrong!!

Monday, March 12th, 2007
10:05 am
"The Grand Duke"!!
Hey all...I'll be playing Elsa in our upcoming UMGASS (University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society) special 60th Anniversary production of "The Grand Duke," and thought I might pimp it here! Here's our poster, with all the date info and suchlike. :)

Can you spot all the tiny emblems from every G&S show hidden in the artwork??
Sunday, March 4th, 2007
7:49 am
In a Contemplative Fashion...
There appears to be an ongoing disagreement on pronunciation in Iolanthe; specifically, in the finale:

"Though as a general rule we know
Two strings go to every bow,
Make up your minds that grief 'twill bring
If you've two beaux to every string."

The matter of debate is whether to pronounce the "x" on the end of "beaux" (so that it sounds like "bows"), or to leave it off, French-style (so that it sounds like "bow"). Some folks prefer to pronounce it, some folks prefer not to. The old D'Oyly Carte traditionally did not, productions nowadays often do. I have read of instances where a music director insisted on one way, much to the consternation of performers who prefer the other way. Basic debate as follows:

Argument against: Face it, dude: that word is French. More importantly, if you pronounce the "x", then the word is indistinguishable from "bows", and Gilbert's meaning is lost upon a listener who doesn't already know the lyrics. On the other hand, if you don't pronounce the "x", then the listener's brain goes "Aha! That is a pune, or play on words. How clever!" Which is, no doubt, the effect that the author had in mind.

Argument for: The word may be of French origin, but it's been a part of English for a good 300 years, and has been Anglicized enough that both Merriam-Webster and the Oxford English Dictionary list only one pronunciation: with the "x". (In fact, both of them allow the spelling "beaus", i.e., using the English pluralization instead of the original French.) Besides, if Gilbert has considered it a French word, he would have italicized it, like all the other foreign words he used (e.g. "canaille").

Personally, I favor not pronouncing the "x", partly because of the aforementioned "play on words" argument, and partly because I don't pronounce the"x" on "beaux" even in everyday speaking — it's one of a handful of French words I was taught growing up not to Anglicize.

But that's just my personal quirk. Where do the rest o' y'all stand?
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
10:29 am
But seriously, folks: If Strephon is a fairy down to the waist, why doesn't he have wings?

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
3:16 pm
Can anyone help with my performance?
Hi there

Have any of you got any stories of being bullied or outcast because of your love of G&S? Or any stories of how your love of G&S has brought you great happiness and/or sucess?

If you have, would you mind sharing them with me so that I can use them as part of my solo performance piece for my degree?

Basically, I am going to make a soundscape of different people's stories (getting my friends to read and record them)and use them as a background to an autobiographical style piece about how my love of G&S has affected my life both in the past and the present and how it will continue to affect my life in the future.
Sounds weird? Well yeah, it is, but I'm banking on this getting me a good mark and it is only in the very early stages as yet so I haven't really got it fully 'mapped out' in my head!

Anyways, if anyone can help, please email me on thatsmadenough@msn.com or leave your story as a comment on this post.

Don't worry, all stories will remain annonymous in the performance (unless of course you wish to be named!)


Saturday, November 11th, 2006
6:59 pm
The Rascally Robbers of the Sea!

Check this out. It's an article on a Yiddish version of Pirates. Do I need to see this or what?
1:36 am
MIT Sorcerer: An Informal Review
MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform The Sorcerer this weekend and next. They became, with this production, the first performing group to use my edition of the vocal score, so naturally I attended their opening night. All in all, I had quite a good time.Collapse )

In any event, good show tonight, and I wish MITG&SP a prosperous and enjoyable run.

And pass my compliments to the truly gorgeous chorus lady in the blue dress. Eh, but I did loike 'er! ;)
Monday, November 6th, 2006
1:25 am
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
1:36 pm
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Libertarian
I am the very model of a modern Libertarian:
I teem with glowing notions for proposals millenarian,
I've nothing but contempt for ideologies collectivist
(My own ideas of social good tend more toward the Objectivist).
More here :

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
12:36 am
Pirate King

does anyone have any tracks to The Pirates of Penzance they'd like to share? i only have it on recod, and alas that's at my mother's house. I'd buy the cd, but i happen to be a poor college student...BTW I'm new, i've loved this play since i was in the womb!

Current Mood: bleh
Monday, September 25th, 2006
3:54 pm
Stanford Savoyards announce auditions for Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Sorcerer" - in Bollywood style!
This fall, Stanford Savoyards will present a one-of-a-kind production:
Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Sorcerer" performed in the style of a
Bollywood movie. We'll have all the classic Gilbert and Sullivan
music, with full orchestra, a big cast of singers and actors, and
dancing and costumes inspired by Indian Bollywood cinema.Come and join
us on-stage for the fun! We need you, and we need you to bring your
friends too - we have lots of roles for singers and dancers.

***Auditions! Calling all Singers and Dancers!***

Date: Mon 9/25 and Wed 9/27 7-10pm - everyone
Fri 9/29 7-8:30pm - new students only please

Place: Braun Rehearsal Hall, Braun Music Center,
Mayfield Avenue at Stanford Campus

Singers: Please prepare a song in English
Bring sheet music for accompanist
Dancers: No need to sing, just show up
Everyone: Wear comfortable clothing. Audition will include
coaching in basic "Bollywood" movement.

***Performances November 10, 11, 18 & 19 at Dinkelspiel Auditorium***

***Help out backstage, front of house, elsewhere***
We always need more help. Right now we need a publicity officer, a
master carpenter, an assistant director, a tech director, set
builders, stage crew, a lighting designer. We also have room in the

More Info: http://www.stanford.edu/group/savoyards or
call Liz at (408) 813-8878
Sunday, September 17th, 2006
9:42 pm
Sorcerer score?
Hi there! The Madison (Wisconsin) Savoyards will be performing The Sorcerer next summer (double bill with Cox and Box) and are also looking into a scaled-down children's adaptation. However, I'm having trouble finding the score. As it's a lesser-known work I haven't found it on Amazon or at Powell's or similar.

Does anyone have a) a source for purchase or b) a copy they'd be willing to sell me? Thanks so much!
Friday, September 8th, 2006
1:16 am
Kenneth Sandford archive sale
Dear G & S collector:

We are pleased to offer for sale items from the personal archive of
Kenneth Sandford. As you probably know, he was the principal bass-baritone with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. There are over five hundred items, including programmes from UK productions in which he appeared, US, Canadian and Australian tour souvenirs, his D'Oyly Carte contracts, photographs, etc. In addition there are programmes and photographs from his earlier career when he played leading rôles in Carousel and Paint Your Wagon in London's West End, and King's Rhapsody on tour. The list, which is separate from our regular G & S listing, will be published on our website,


on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time (USA)

All items are offered subject to prior sale and we hope you'll find
something to interest you!


Wilfrid de Freitas

Wilfrid M. de Freitas - Bookseller
P.O.Box 883, Stock Exchange Tower
Montreal, Canada H4Z 1K2
Tel: (514) 935-9581
Fax: (514) 931-8999

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