Trouper The Newsletter of Troupers Light Opera Company. Trumpet

August, 2001

“Loudly let the trumpet bray” – Iolanthe

H.M.S. Pinafore Sets Sail in March

At the annual meeting of  Troupers, the members voted to do the double-header show of Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore as our 2002 production.  Trial, the only totally musical production Gilbert and Sullivan wrote, runs approximately 40 minutes.  H.M.S. Pinafore is also short, so this should be a great evening for our audience, and plenty of variety for our performers. 

We also have a different venue and an earlier time this year.  We are returning to Saxe Middle School and will be performing the last two weekends in March.  Saxe has been completely redone with plenty of parking for our patrons.  It’s not as cavernous as New Canaan High and easy to find.

 We are looking forward to having lots of publicity and ticket sales with so much advanced notice and two exciting shows.  Start right now thinking about who you will sell tickets to and making plans for ad sales.


Lucinda Winslow Honored

At the annual meeting, Lucinda Winslow  was given Life Membership.

Our Artistic Director for ten years Lucinda directed H.M.S. Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Iolanthe, Mikado, Yeomen of the Guard, Ruddigore, and Gondoliers. 

She left Troupers last year to concentrate on her new venture, the Vistar Foundation in Stamford, which  creates energetic, vibrant pieces on the theme of the true nature of Man.  We’ll tell you more about that in a future issue of Trumpet.



New Board Accepted

The 2001-2002 Board of Troupers will be:

Bill Abbott (president)

Tom Bier
Jim Cooper
Wendy Falconer
Diana Gladden
John Hoover
Steve Levinson
Silloo Madden
Vangie Michell
Bill Simons
Barbara Stretton
Guy Stretton
Anne Wachsman 
Bernie Warmflash



  Market Street Made Shipshape

Bill Simons tells us that after the big clean-up and organizing of music and props, our set building facility is shipshape, ready for Pinafore.

Says Bill:  “The scheduled clean-up at Market Street was a great success. We were seven in all—including Guy and Barbara Stretton, Fred Scharmer, Dexter Anderson, Sid Zacharius, Anne Wachsman and yours truly.  We managed to get all of the flats stored neatly along the back wall, but not in order of show. We
made four runs to the dump so now our throw-out boxes are empty, waiting for future cut-offs.  Anne had a chance to go through the music and do a bit of sorting, and we did get some of the unstackable set pieces (chicken wire and all) broken down and dumped. The sarcophagus, complete with ‘poor Yoric’ is still intact.”

Thanks, Bill!  We look forward to set building this winter.


Troupers in the News

Jim Cooper has been having fun performing in the original musical, Next to Heaven II, with  the Town Players of New Canaan, directed by and partially written by Frank Sisson.  He played roles in eleven of the nineteen scenes, and had two quartets, a duet and two solos.

Mary Marcell and Craig Schreiber were married in early August and headed for Hawaii on their honeymoon.  Congratulations to both you Troupers!  Because of other commitments, Mary will unfortunately not be able to be with us this year, but she hopes to be with us in the future. 

The Acting Company of Greenwich will be holding auditions for Monk Ferris's comedy mystery-thriller Bone-Chiller!, directed by Victoria Font. There are roles for 5 men and 8 women. Auditions will be Monday and Tuesday, August 20th and 21st at 700 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich (our rehearsal venue, off I-95, Exit 5). Actors will audition by reading pages from the script. The show dates are October 5-6, 12-13-14, 19-20.


Paul Phillips emails us from Georgia to update us on his doings. He recently performed in a big budget show called Portrait of America starring Lee Greenwood just outside Knoxville TN.  He then went on a two-week mission trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, bringing spiritual and humanitarian aid to needy little ones in orphanages.  “What a joy and thrill it was to share my love and life with these dear children,” he says. This trip helped him make the decision to become a missionary to Russia.  He is leading music for the contemporary service in his church and working with the 1st through 5th grade children when they do musicals twice a year. His father’s health is pretty good, but his arthritis is worsening.  Paul sends us all his love and hopes to come to Connecticut on a visit soon.
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