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 King Paramount (Sheldon Brown) Gilbert &
Sullivan
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Gilbert and Sullivan

I love to sing and act, as long as I don't have to do too much dancing. I am a bass-baritone, and a major fan of the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. I am a late bloomer, only beginning to perform in public in my late 40's.

It has been my particular good fortune to be able to share this with my kids, Tova and George.

Due to health problems, I'm no longer able to perform on stage, but I still like to sing. I am a regular with the monthly M.I.T. Sea Chantey group, where I get to sing sitting down.

My most recent Revels appearance was in the 2005 Christmas Revels

In April 2004, I played Preposteros in the M.I.T. Gilbert & Sullivan Players production of Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old.
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Gilbert & Sullivan's Thespis

In July 2003 the M.I.T. Gilbert & Sullivan Players put on a semi-staged production of Bizet's Carmen which I was in the chorus of, my first real opera. It was a very fine production, and I was quite proud to be a small part of it.

I previously appeared in the Sudbury Savoyards' production of Patience, in February 2003.

I was in the 2003 Midsummer Revels at the Museum Wharf in South Boston. I played the front of a 4 person dragon in the mummers' play segment, as well as being in the chorus. I was also in the 2002 Spring Revels at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, June 2002.

I was too busy to take part in M.I.T.G.A.S.P.'s previous 3 productions, but I did take photographs of the shows:

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In April, 1998, George and I appeared the M.I.T.Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of:

The Pirates of Penzance

or, The Slave of Duty

CAPTION CAPTION

We were pirates in the first act, but then reformed, and became policemen for the second act.

My wife, Harriet Fell, took

Photographs of the show.

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Previously, I appeared as Master of Ceremonies for the M.I.T.Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of:

Ruddigore

or, The Witch's Curse

November 14-16, 20-22 1997 at the Sala de Puerto Rico of the M.I.T. Student Center

See photographs of the show!

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Last spring, my daughter and I appeared in the M.I.T.Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of:

Patience

or Bunthorne's Bride

April 18-20, 24-26 1997 at the Sala de Puerto Rico of the M.I.T. Student Center

My wife. Harriet Fell took photographs of the show.

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I also appeared in the chorus for the M.I.T.Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of:

H.M.S. Pinafore

or The Lass that Loved a Sailor

November 21,22 & 23, 1996.

My son George took photographs of the show.

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Utopia, Ltd.

or The Flowers of Progress

King Paramount (Sheldon Brown)  Melene, the Wise Utopian Maiden (Tova Brown)

King Paramount of Utopia, and Melene, the Wise Utopian Maiden

My first starring role, as King Paramount the First, of Utopia, in the M.I.T.Gilbert & Sullivan Players' April 1996 production of Utopia Ltd. I had 2 major solo songs, several smaller solos and recitatives, two duets, a trio and tons of dialogue. I also danced a gavotte, a dance of derision, and attempted the tarantella. Unfortunately, I injured my ankle learning the tarantella, so I had to do a reduced version on stage, with no big air. My daughter Tova played the part of Melene, and did a great job.

There were six performances in the M.I.T Student Center: April 12-20, 1996. This was a complete production, with full orchestra.

I have another page with more pictures from Utopia Limited

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The Mikado

or The Town of Titipu

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My operetta debut, at the age of 50, with my daughter Tova, in The Mikado

with the M.I.T.Gilbert & Sullivan Players November 1994

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Revels

My most recent Revels performance was in the 2002 Spring Revels June 21-23 at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University.

I was particularly thrilled to get to share the stage with John Roberts and Tony Barrand, longtime favorites of mine.

I appeared at Boston's Emerson Majestic Theatre,
April 30-May 1 & 2, 1999 in the
Sea Revels Logo

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I was previously in the 1997 Midsummer Revels in Lincoln, Massachusetts. That production had a French-Canadian theme, and production featured noted Québecois soloists Benoit Bourque & Gaston Bernard, as well as the famous Cape Breton fiddler Joe Cormier. You can find more details about this production on the Midsummer Revels Web page.

From the 1997 Midsummer Revels
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My solo A sad song

I have also appeared in previous editions of the Midsummer Revels in 1994 and '95.
Tova was also in the adult chorus those productions, and in the children's chorus of the 1993 production.

My son George joined me in the children's chorus of the '95 Sea Revels.

I appeared as The Bailiff, in the 1995 25th anniversary Christmas Revels in Sanders Theatre at Harvard University.

From the 1995 Christmas Revels

I'm the mean Bailiff, choking the Fool (Larry Pisoni). My costume as the man/woman (or "Betty") in the Abbot's Bromley Horn Dance, a sort of Morris Dance with half-a dozen guys dressed up as deer, also a hobby horse, The Fool, and a Boy Archer. This dance is believed to be over a thousand years old.
Revels is a bit hard to describe; it is somewhere between a play and a concert, with professional soloists and instrumentalists, and a two volunteer choruses, one of adults, the other of children. The audience also participates, both singing and dancing. The music usually falls into a gray area between the "folk" and "classical" genres.

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My other involvement with this organization has been to create the

Revels, Inc. Web Site.

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Some of my Favorite Musicians

(Music-Related Links Page)

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Miscellaneous Music Links

American Music Center Jazz & Contemporary music
CDnow I have bought a couple of CD's from these folks;
no problems, good stock.
Ceolas "The Home of Celtic Music on the Internet"
Classical Music on the Net Clearinghouse of "classical" links
Australian Folk Songs Lyrics
FSSGB Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Digital Tradition
Folk Song Text Search
Words to Five thousand folk songs!
Ishmæl The Fiddler Morris dancing, Folk music, & Chocolate
Musical instrument jokes Collected by Jeff Bigler
Worldwide internet music resources Indiana University

I have created web sites for some local musical organizations:

Banbury Cross Morris Team Publick Theatre Revels, Inc.
My kids are(were) members of this children's morris dance team. I am on the board of directors of this outdoor theatre. The parent organization of
The Christmas Revels,
Revels Records.

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