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Opportunities abound in new musical comedy organization

March 14, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

A group of area opera singers is looking to the local community to help them lighten up the stage in more ways than one. During a series of conversations held backstage between acts in local operas, these singers discovered they had a mutual interest in the works of Victorian composers Gilbert and Sullivan, who were the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice of their day.

Most Broadway composers of the 20th century will freely admit that the works of Gilbert and Sullivan paved the way and set the model for the modern Broadway show. Musical comedies such as The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance seem to be timeless and are still madly popular around the world today more than a century later.

We would like to involve the community in reconstructing these classic works for everyone to enjoy, and we want to hear from anyone who has an interest in this endeavor. It is not necessary to be a singer or musician to get involved. If you simply have an interest, then that is all you need. We want to hear from people who would like to see musical comedy of this genre become a part of the southwest Florida music scene.

The first step will be a general meeting to discuss the possibilities and feasibility and submit ideas.

So please send an email including your contact information to Patrick Shepherd, with G&S in the subject line at or for more details call 267-218-0174.

Patrick Shepherd

Pine Island



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