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Unusual rhymes again

Went to see Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at the ENO last weekend, and one of the songs contained the splendidly ingenious rhyme  20 more words

The Sorcerer

I am growing to like the Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Today’s escape from the rains in Austin was found watching The Sorcerer. It is a funny story of a town that drinks a “philtre” or love potion at a wedding of the village aristocrats, and then everyone falls in love with the first person of the opposite sex that they come across. 36 more words


June 20 ~ Today in Music History

• 1585 ~ Lazaro Valvasensi, Composer

• 1743 ~ Anna L Barbauld, Composer of hymns

• 1756 ~ Joseph Martin Kraus, Composer

• 1819 ~ Jacques Offenbach, German-born French conductor, cellist and composer of operettas… 509 more words


Upcoming: 'The Pirates of Penzance' at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Those who know me well will be aware that I completely adore Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance – and so it is with great delight that I take on the role of Mabel this August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! 115 more words


Let's Pretend!

I liked pretending. It was one of my favorite games as a child. It led to my wanting to be an actor.

The few times I was on stage, when a kid, fed an increasing appetite for attention, applause and adulation. 778 more words

The Weird Kid

Kindergarten, well all of elementary school, really, is a pastiche of personality archetypes. This makes sense because all of the little pre-people haven’t really developed fully-rounded personalities, so they’re still modeling behaviors, and the most readily observed behaviors are the not-subtle ones. 1,198 more words


What The Mikado and public hanging have in common

 Watched much opera lately?

If the answer is a decisive NO, I wouldn’t be surprised. Opera is an entertainment – along with bull baiting, taunting the village idiot and public hanging – that has dwindled in popularity over the decades. 665 more words