Planning Our Season!

We know everyone is curious about our upcoming season.  We don’t mean to keep you in suspense, but we are wrestling with financial issues (like most arts organizations) and trying to plan the best approach for the coming year.

We promise we’ll let you know VERY soon when and what you can expect to start rehearsing!  Until then, please keep an evening free for us, and go ahead and send an email if you have questions or suggestions!

GSSME Annual Meeting: October 2, 2011

The Annual Meeting of the General Membership will be held on October 2, 2011 at 2:00pm at 84 Harbor View Road in Sullivan, ME!  We will vote on a couple of by-laws changes (download GSSME_ByLaws_2011Proposed – PDF), and elect new members to the Board of Trustees.  We also will discuss the future of our Society, and what rehearsals, performances, and productions are planned.

This is a pot-luck and very fun and informal!  Please come, bring something yummy to share, bring a family member or friend who may be interested in joining us, and be prepared in case singing breaks out!!  Here is a map to the location:  Please do not park in or alongside the driveway!  Please park along Harbor View Drive and walk to the house!

Hope to see you there!!

~~ Kim




An exciting concert is coming up in western Maine, in the town of Buxton – perhaps named for the English town which hosts the fabulous Gilbert & Sullivan Festival each summer!  Our friends at the Saco River Grange Hall hope to see you there!


OCTOBER 9, 2011 at 3:00pm

DEBRA RENTZ, Soprano  LAURIE LEMLEY, Mezzo Soprano


Excerpts from all of the G & S operas

THE GRAND DUKE (1896) Were I a King – Ray with Debra, Laurie, Richard
RUDDYGORE (1887) If somebody there chanced to be – Debra
           I know a youth – Debra , Richard
THESPIS (1871) Little maid of Arcadee – Laurie
TRIAL BY JURY(1875) – When I, good friends, was called to the bar – Richard with Debra, Laurie, Ray
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (1879) – O false one, you have deceived me – Laurie, Ray
H.M.S. PINAFORE (1878) – The hours creep on apace – Debra
Never mind the why and wherefore – Debra, Ray, Richard
THE SORCERER (1877) – The air is filed…Time was when love and I – Richard
RUDDYGORE – Cheerily carols the lark…To a garden full of posies – Laurie
THE GONDOLIERS (1889) – Take a pair of sparkling eyes – Ray
THE MIKADO (1885) -Brightly dawns our wedding day – Debra, Laurie, Ray, Richard
PATIENCE (1881) – Long years ago – Debra, Laurie
UTOPIA LIMITED (1893) – O Zara…A tenor all singers above – Ray
PRINCESS IDA (1884) – Minerva…O goddess wise – Debra
H.M.S. PINAFORE – I’m called little Buttercup – Laurie
THE MIKADO – As someday it may happen – Richard
THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD (1888) – When a wooer goes a-wooing – Debra, Laurie, Ray, Richard
IOLANTHE (1882) – Soon as we may – Debra, Laurie, Ray, Richard

Winter Harbor Festival Summer Sing

Our friends at the Winter Harbor Music Festival are planning their 2nd annual Summer Sing for August 18 at 7:30pm at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.

Louis Denaro who is organizing the event says, “At this year’s Sing we will read two great works of Mozart, the Requiem and the “Ave, verum corpus”, with chorus, orchestra, and soloists. We also will offer participants the option of participating in several choral and orchestral rehearsals (without charge); details are available on our website,”

Daniel Paget – Conductor
Anna Dembska – Soprano soloist
Catherine Aks – Alto soloist
Francis John Vogt – Tenor soloist *
t.b.a. – Bass soloist

*Fran starred in our last production: Ruddigore, and was nominated for Best Male Singer at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Gettysburg, PA in June!

Sounds like a great time!  If you’d like to participate, see the website or phone 917-291-0143 for information about rehearsals.  If you’d like to attend, scores and refreshments are provided and the suggested donation is $10.  Hope to see you there!

Festival Prize-Winner!

We took Ruddigore or the Witch’s Curse to the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Gettysburg, PA at the end of June.  We had performers nominated in 4 categories and garnered one win!!  We hope you had a chance to see their fantastic performances during our July run at The Grand in Ellsworth.  If not, please come see us in January 2012!

  • Best Character Actor WINNER: Roland Dubé, Sir Despard Murgatroyd
  • Best Female Performance Nominee: Margo Lukens, Mad Margaret
  • Best Character Actress Nominee: Margo Lukens, Mad Margaret
  • Best Male Singer Nominee 1: Fran Vogt, Robin Oakapple
  • Best Male Singer Nominee 2: Irv Hodgkin, Sir Roderic Murgatroyd

Coming To The Grand!

Back from an exhausting but successful one-night-stand at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Gettysburg, PA. Next: 3 nights and an afternoon matinee at The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth, July 7-10. Please invite your friends and come have a great time with us!