Summer Potluck /
This year we are abandoning the name "picnic" for our August meeting (since it's been years since we held an actual picnic in August), and are planning a Potluck Dinner plus sing-through of THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD in conjunction with Longwood Opera of Needham, MA.
Longwood is sharing its usual rehearsal/performance space, Christ Episcopal Church, with us.
Longwood is also sharing its singers and audience members. First-choice casting for our sing-through of YEOMEN goes to NEGASS members, of course, but, in a situation reminiscent of those days of long ago when our picnic sing-throughs at Mrs Shepherd's Mansion were joined by cast members of a local (since defunct) RI G&S company, our YEOMEN cast will be enriched by members of Longwood's Savoyard contingent.
Our new Program Chair, Tom Dawkins (who, as a member of both NEGASS and Longwood, is a most appropriate conductor for the singthrough), will start casting no sooner than August, so spend the summer choosing your role:
REMINDER: anyone interested in being considered for a position should make themselves known to Don Smith immediately! The nomination list will be finalized on Friday, May 27. The officers to be elected this year are: President, Treasurer, Program Chair and two Members-at-Large. The Program Chair serves for one year, the others for two. If one of the current officers steps up to President, the vacated office would be filled for a year.
The meeting will be at the Park Avenue Congregational Church at 2 pm. The normal order of events is Elections first (which will be conducted by Marion Leeds Carroll as Senior continuing officer, in my absence). After that has happened, there will be Fantasy events, to be determined by those in attendance. [G&S singing—bring your scores! –tsw] The candidates recommended for election by the Nominating Committee will be conveyed to Ms. Carroll by me shortly before the event to allow for last minute expressions of interest.
The first meeting of the newly elected Board has been scheduled for Sunday, June 12, at the Dallas home at 3 pm.
TRIAL/BAB BALLADS MEETING 4/17/05
On Sunday, April 17th, about 15 of us gathered at the Park Ave. Congregational Church in Arlington to sing TRIAL BY JURY and read Bab Ballads. Casting was done on the spot for TRIAL. We were in the smaller Chapel room this time, which made for a more intimate atmosphere.
Tony Parkes was pressed into service as our pianist.
Dick Schober mentioned that he last sang the Judge's role 62 years ago (or was it 52?). He still has a wonderful voice and a good memory. His wife, Meredyth, and he are members of The Park Ave. Church. They enjoy coming to our Last Minute Light Opera meetings, so decided to attend this one as well.
After TRIAL, we continued on with the Bab Ballad readings. Here's what our members picked to read.
Nancy Burstein - "The Advent of Spring"
After all the reading, we were ready to break out into song again, so we started up with IOLANTHE and the March of the Peers. Tony then soloed on “The Law Is the True Embodiment”, followed by Dick Freedman's “Spurn not the Nobly Born” and Art Dunlap's “When Britain Really Ruled the Waves”.
We moved on to RUDDIGORE with Skyler Wrench soloing on "When the Night Wind Howls". Leslie Fuller, Janice Dallas and the guys sang “There grew a Little Flower” to finish the meeting off happily.
The MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players
held their Spring General Committee Meeting on April 10th. Next year’s
shows were selected, as follows:
Condensed IOLANTHE Carl Weggel donated a Condensed vocal score of IOLANTHE to the NEGASS library. This is used by schools and groups that only have a short period of time available to them. Thanks, Carl!
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