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Subject: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: Johnny_D on 02/06/08 at 2:44 pm

Friends Of The Performing Arts In Concord (FOPAC, Concord, Massachusetts) has just cast their April 2008 semi-staged concert production of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore - and yours truly has been cast in the show as The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B. (First Lord of the Admiralty) - the second G&S role that I've ever played!

Here's a link to the show's website:

http://www.51walden.org/Pinafore.htm


Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: Kristof Robertson on 02/07/08 at 8:32 am

Congrats, most honorable Admiral Small! If I lived closer (and didn't have the Atlantic Ocean in the way) I'd surely be there to cheer you on. Best of luck, I'm sure you'll be great

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: karen on 02/07/08 at 9:39 am

It looks like it's only a couple of hours drive for me.  Hmm perhaps I can persuade the hubby that going to Concord would help the children understand that bit of American history...  :-\\

Not that familiar with the whole story, is it suitable for children?

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: Johnny_D on 02/07/08 at 11:47 am


Congrats, most honorable Admiral Small! If I lived closer (and didn't have the Atlantic Ocean in the way) I'd surely be there to cheer you on. Best of luck, I'm sure you'll be great


Thanks, Kristof! Why let The Pond stop you? Simply sail the ocean blue in your saucy ship, you remarkably fine fellow!  ;D


It looks like it's only a couple of hours drive for me.  Hmm perhaps I can persuade the hubby that going to Concord would help the children understand that bit of American history...  :-\\

Not that familiar with the whole story, is it suitable for children?


Here is a link to a summary of the plot:

http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/html/plot_summary.html

Here is a link to an online "web opera" version, giving all dialogue and lyrics and MIDI and Karaoke sound file accompaniments:

http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/web_opera/operhome.html

It is SO suitable for children that there have been productions of H.M.S. Pinafore with an all-children cast:

http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/posters/juvenile_pinafore_poster.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/63/Grattanpin.jpg

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: agrimorfee on 02/07/08 at 12:30 pm


Congrats, most honorable Admiral Small!Best of luck, I'm sure you'll be great


Like he said.
http://www.denniscambell.org.uk/mediac/400_0/media/Salute.jpg

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: Johnny_D on 02/07/08 at 1:10 pm


Like he said.
http://www.denniscambell.org.uk/mediac/400_0/media/Salute.jpg


Thanks, Agrimorfee!

Actually, it will probably be more like this...

http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/web_opera/images/pin09_6_s.jpghttp://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/web_opera/images/pin09_5s.jpghttp://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/web_opera/images/pin09_4s.jpghttp://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/web_opera/images/pin09_3s.jpghttp://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/web_opera/images/pin09_2s.jpg

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: agrimorfee on 02/07/08 at 3:46 pm

Obviously, somebody has to parody the songs featuring solos of the "Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter", if there are any, in tribute to this occasion!

Care to point us in that direction, Johnny?  ???

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: Johnny_D on 02/07/08 at 4:24 pm


Obviously, somebody has to parody the songs featuring solos of the "Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter", if there are any, in tribute to this occasion!

Care to point us in that direction, Johnny?  ???


Certainly, Agrimorfee! Here is a link to an online "web opera" version of H.M.S. Pinafore, giving all lyrics of all songs, AND complete MIDI and KAR (karaoke) sound files for every song:

http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/web_opera/operhome.html

On that "web opera" web site, click on the "No. #" links for each song's lyrics - and, at the top of each lyrics page, you'll see a MIDI link and a KAR karaoke link for the song, too!

Since I need to concentrate on learning every OS of Sir Joseph's, plus his dialogue, I leave the parodies in the capable hands of my noble AmiRight shipmates!

;D ;D ;D

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: John Jenkins on 02/07/08 at 8:00 pm



Since I need to concentrate on learning every OS of Sir Joseph's, plus his dialogue, I leave the parodies in the capable hands of my noble AmiRight shipmates!


The Pinafore's gain will be AmIRight's loss - at least for the next 3 months.  Congratulations for having your talents recognized, JD.  I am sure that it will be a very entertaining performance; but, even though I don't have an ocean for an excuse, I too am 3,000 miles away.  Will there be a YouTube or something for those of us who have geographical issues?

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: Johnny_D on 02/09/08 at 5:03 pm


The Pinafore's gain will be AmIRight's loss - at least for the next 3 months.  Congratulations for having your talents recognized, JD.  I am sure that it will be a very entertaining performance; but, even though I don't have an ocean for an excuse, I too am 3,000 miles away.  Will there be a YouTube or something for those of us who have geographical issues?


Thank you, JJ.  My mother and father, Bernadette and Bill, who are both well into their 80s (God bless them!), and who came to every show I performed in since I was 9 years old, can no longer attend every show I am in ... so I told my Ma and Dad not to worry - I will bring my shows to THEM, in the form of video whenever possible, or, at the very least, in the form of photographs and story-telling at our family gatherings.  So I am planning to utilize the best digital video recording technology available to me to record at least my parts of H.M.S. Pinafore so I can share them with my parents -- and I plan to share them with my friends in cyber-space as well -- so stay tuned!  :)

Subject: Re: To all my fellow Gilbert & Sullivan parodists -- some good news!

Written By: Johnny_D on 07/25/08 at 3:52 pm



Will there be a YouTube or something for those of us who have geographical issues?



Yes indeed!

Here's a YouTube video of yours truly singing Sir Joseph's song, "When I Was A Lad":


http://youtube.com/watch?v=IRFZL6fWM4E




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