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Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan

The Traveling Minstrels return to perform selections of Gilbert & Sullivan.

AIRED: November 12, 2019 | 0:29:53
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- [Announcer] This program from the

Annual Summer Music Festival at the Redlands Bowl

is made possible by support from:

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concerned with the cultural life of our communities,

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that patronize the Bowl,

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Thank you.

♪ A wandering minstrel I

♪ A thing of shreds and patches ♪

♪ Of ballads, songs and snatches ♪

♪ And dreamy lullaby

♪ My catalog is long

♪ Through every passion ranging ♪

♪ And to your humors changing

♪ I tune my supple song

♪ I tune my

♪ supple song

♪ Are you in sentimental mood?

♪ I'll sigh with you

♪ Oh!

♪ Sorrow

♪ On maiden's coldness do you brood? ♪

♪ I'll do so, too

♪ Oh!

♪ Sorrow, sorrow

♪ I'll charm your willing ears

♪ With songs of lovers' fears

♪ While sympathetic tears

♪ My cheeks bedew

♪ Oh!

♪ Sorrow, sorrow

♪ But if patriotic sentiment is wanted ♪

♪ I've patriotic ballads cut and dried ♪

♪ For wherever our country's banner may be planted ♪

♪ All other local banners are defied! ♪

♪ Our warriors, in serried ranks assembled ♪

♪ Never quail, or they conceal it if they do ♪

♪ And I shouldn't be surprised if nations trembled ♪

♪ Before the mighty troops, the troops of Titipu ♪

♪ All: We shouldn't be surprised if nations trembled ♪

♪ Trembled with alarm

♪ Before the mighty troops

♪ The troops of Titipu!

♪ And if you call for a song of the sea ♪

♪ I'll heave the capstan round

♪ With a yeo heave ho, for the wind is free ♪

♪ Her anchor's a-trip and her helm's a-lee ♪

♪ Hurrah for the homeward bound! ♪

♪ All: Yeo-Ho, heave ho

♪ Hurrah for the homeward bound! ♪

♪ To lay aloft in a howling breeze ♪

♪ May tickle a landsman's taste ♪

♪ But the happiest hour a sailor sees ♪

♪ Is when he's down

♪ At an inland town

♪ With his Nancy on his knees

♪ Yeo ho...!

♪ And his arm around her waist! ♪

♪ All: Then man the capstan, off we go ♪

♪ As the fiddler swings us round ♪

♪ With a yeo heave ho

♪ And a rum below

♪ Hurrah for the homeward bound ♪

♪ With a yeo heave ho

♪ And a rum below

♪ Yeo-ho, heave ho

♪ Yeo-ho, heave ho

♪ Heave ho, heave ho, yeo-ho!

♪ [dainty pleasant music]

♪ A wandering minstrel, I

♪ A thing of shreds and patches ♪

♪ Of ballads, songs and snatches ♪

♪ And dreamy lullaby

♪ Of dreamy...

♪ lullaby. Lullaby! ♪ All: Of dreamy lullaby

♪ All: Lullaby...!

[audience applauds]

♪ Hail, men-o'-war's men

♪ Safeguards of your nation

♪ Here is an end, at last, of all privation ♪

♪ You've got your pay

♪ Spare all you can afford

♪ To welcome Little Buttercup

♪ On board...!

- [Men] Hi, welcome aboard.

- [Men] Come on now. - Ah, thank you.

Yes, it's nice to see all of you.

♪ I'm called Little Buttercup

♪ Dear Little Buttercup

♪ Though I could never tell why ♪

♪ But still I'm called Buttercup ♪

♪ Poor little Buttercup

♪ Sweet Little Buttercup, I!

♪ I've snuff and tobaccy, and excellent jacky ♪

♪ I've scissors, and watches, and knives ♪

♪ I've ribbons and laces to set off the faces ♪

♪ Of pretty young sweethearts and wives ♪

♪ I've treacle and toffee

♪ I've tea and I've coffee

♪ Soft tommy and succulent chops ♪

♪ I've chickens and conies

♪ And pretty polonies

♪ And, excellent

♪ peppermint drops!

♪ So buy of your Buttercup

♪ Dear Little Buttercup

♪ Sailors should never be shy

♪ So, buy of your Buttercup

♪ Poor Little Buttercup

♪ Come

♪ Of your Buttercup

♪ buy!

- How about a dance, Buttercup? - Ah, that's very nice.

[audience applauds]

♪ [bright cheerful music]

♪ My gallant crew, good morning ♪

♪ All: Sir, good morning

♪ I hope you're all quite well

♪ Quite well; and you, sir?

♪ I am in... reasonable health ♪

♪ And happy to see you all once more ♪

♪ You do us proud, sir

♪ [bright cheerful music]

♪ I am the Captain of the Pinafore ♪

♪ And a right good captain, too ♪

♪ You're very, very good

♪ And be it understood

♪ I command a right good crew

♪ We're very, very good

♪ And be it understood

♪ He commands a right good crew ♪

♪ Though related to a peer

♪ I can hand, reef, and steer

♪ Or ship a selvagee

♪ And I'm never known to quail

♪ At the fury of a gale

♪ And I'm never, never sick at sea! ♪

♪ What, never?

♪ No, never

♪ - What, never? ♪ - Well, hardly ever!

♪ He's hardly ever sick at sea

♪ All: Then give three cheers, and one cheer more ♪

♪ For the hardy Captain of the Pinafore ♪

♪ Then give three cheers, and one cheer more ♪

♪ For the Captain of the Pinafore ♪

♪ I do my best to satisfy you all ♪

♪ And with you we're quite content ♪

♪ You're exceedingly polite

♪ And I think it only right

♪ To return the compliment

♪ We're exceedingly polite

♪ And he thinks it's only right ♪

♪ To return the compliment

♪ Though language or abuse

♪ I never, never use

♪ Whatever the emergency

♪ Though "bother it," I may

♪ Occasionally say

♪ I never use a big, big D

♪ What, never?

♪ No, never!

♪ - What, never? ♪ - Oh well, hardly ever!

♪ Hardly ever swears a big, big D ♪

♪ Then give three cheers, and one cheer more ♪

♪ For the well-bred Captain of the Pinafore ♪

♪ Then give three cheers, and one cheer more ♪

♪ For...

♪ The Captain of the Pinafore!

[audience applauds]

- Dismissed!

[audience applauds]

- Uh, captain? Captain!

♪ [proud upbeat mood]

- Ahem!

- Yes, sir.

[audience chuckles]

♪ When I was a--

- What, what?

Uh,again?

If you please!

♪ When I was a lad I served a term ♪

♪ As office boy to an attorney's firm ♪

♪ I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor ♪

♪ And I polished up the handle of the big front door ♪

♪ All: He polished up the handle of the big front door! ♪

♪ I polished up that handle so carefully ♪

♪ That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy ♪

♪ All: He polished up that handle so carefully ♪

♪ That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navy! ♪

♪ As office boy I made such a mark ♪

♪ That they gave me the post of the junior clerk ♪

♪ I served the writs with a smile so bland ♪

♪ And I copied all the letters in a big round hand ♪

♪ All: He copied all the letters in a big round hand! ♪

♪ I copied all the letters in a hand so free ♪

♪ That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy ♪

♪ All: He copied all the letters in a hand so free ♪

♪ That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navy! ♪

♪ In serving writs I made such a name ♪

♪ That an articled clerk I soon became ♪

♪ I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit ♪

♪ For the pass examination at the Institute ♪

♪ All: For the pass examination at the Institute! ♪

♪ That pass examination did so well for me ♪

♪ That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy ♪

♪ All: That pass examination did so well for he ♪

♪ That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navy! ♪

♪ Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip ♪

♪ That they took me into the partnership ♪

♪ And that junior partnership, I ween ♪

♪ Was the only ship I ever had seen ♪

♪ All: Was the only ship he ever had seen! ♪

♪ But that kind of ship so suited me ♪

♪ That now I am the ruler of the Queen's Navy ♪

♪ All: But that kind of ship so suited he ♪

♪ That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navy! ♪

♪ I grew so rich that I was sent ♪

♪ By a pocket borough into Parliament ♪

♪ I always voted at my party's call ♪

♪ And I never thought of thinking for myself at all ♪

♪ All: He never thought of thinking for himself at all ♪

♪ I thought so little

[audience laughs]

♪ Theyrewarded me ♪

♪ By... yada-yada-yada

- You know the words! Sing along!

♪ All: He thought so little, they rewarded he ♪

♪ By making him the Ruler of the Queen's Navy! ♪

♪ Now landsmen all, whoever you may be ♪

♪ If you want to rise to the top of the tree ♪

♪ If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool ♪

♪ Be careful to be guided by this golden rule ♪

♪ All: Be careful to be guided by this golden rule! ♪

♪ Stick close to your desks

♪ And never go to sea

♪ And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navy ♪

♪ All: Stick close to your desks and never go to sea ♪

♪ And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navy! ♪

[audience applauds]

- The mission of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

has been formalized in a simple sentence:

giving vitality to the living legacy of Gilbert and Sullivan

through education and performance.

I started it, basically because a group of friends and I

who would been performing Gilbert and Sullivan

with the college group at the

Barnard College Gilbert and Sullivan Society

which is part of Columbia University where I went.

And we wanted to move on

from being involved with the undergraduate program

to something else.

So, we started our own group.

It started as a showcase for young professionals

on the streets of New York,

and it eventually evolved from that

into an over a million dollars a year operation.

I tend to find people who are interested in

doing what we're doing

and then we adapt what they do for us

based on their skills.

Primarily it's classically-trained singers,

except that in Gilbert and Sullivan

there's also the patter roles,

which are not so classically-oriented.

They're theatrical.

It's a musical theater crossover

between the popular musical theater and opera.

And there are elements of both involved

in producing it and in performing it.

So, a good background in voice

is the main thing for the performers, the singers,

and the rest of it is a style

and a way of communicating

that we develop fromdoing it!

Gilbert and Sullivan wrote 14 pieces,

one of which was lost

'cause it was considered sort of a throwaway

and it never got published.

But the 13 works we do on a rotating basis.

There are three: "H.M.S. Pinafore", "The Mikado",

and "The Pirates of Penzance",

which are the most popular, we call them The Big Three.

But then there are several other titles

which we do on a less, less often

and we rarely get to tour those others.

But in tonight's program,

we're doing excerpts from a large number of them.

[audience applauds] - Yes,

I am indeed beautiful!

[audience laughs]

Sometimes I sit and wonder why it is

that I am so much more attractive

than anybody else in the whole world!

[audience laughs]

Can this... [audience laughs]

Can this bevanity?

No! [audience laughs]

Nature is lovely and rejoices inher loveliness.

I am a child of nature

and take after my mother.

♪ [calm pleasant mood]

♪ The sun, whose rays are all ablaze ♪

♪ With ever-living glory

♪ Does not deny his majesty

♪ He scorns to tell a story.

♪ He won't exclaim, "I blush for shame", ♪

♪ So kindly be indulgent.

♪ But fierce and bold, in fiery gold ♪

♪ He glories all effulgent

♪ I mean to rule the earth

♪ As he the sky.

♪ We really know

♪ our worth

♪ The sun and I...

♪ I mean to rule the earth

♪ As he the sky

♪ We really know our worth

♪ The sun and I.

♪ [light elegant strings]

♪ Observe his flame the placid dame ♪

♪ The moon's Celestial Highness ♪

♪ There's not a trace upon her face ♪

♪ Of diffidence or shyness.

♪ She borrows light

♪ That, through the night

♪ Mankind may all acclaim her

♪ And, truth to tell she lights up well ♪

♪ So I, for one,

♪ don't blame her!

♪ Ah, pray make no mistake

♪ We are not shy.

♪ We're very wide awake

♪ The moon and I...!

♪ Ah, pray make no mistake

♪ We are not shy.

♪ We're very wide awake

♪ The moon

♪ And I...!

(giggles)

[audience applauds]

♪ - The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la ♪

♪ Breathe promise of merry sunshine ♪

♪ As we merrily dance and we sing, tra la ♪

♪ We welcome the hope that they bring, tra la ♪

♪ Of a summer of roses and wine ♪

♪ Of a summer of roses and wine. ♪

♪ And that's what we mean when we say that a thing ♪

♪ Is welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring! ♪

♪ Trala, la lala ♪

♪ Trala, la lala ♪

♪ The flowers that bloom in the spring! ♪

♪ All: Trala, la lala ♪

♪ Trala, la lala ♪

♪ Trala, la la lala! ♪

♪ - The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la ♪

♪ Have nothing to do with the case ♪

♪ I've got to take under my wing, tra la ♪

♪ A most unattractive old thing,tra la! ♪

♪ With a caricature of a face

♪ With a caricature of a face!

♪ And that's what I mean when I say, or I sing ♪

♪ "Oh,bother the flowers that bloom in the spring!" ♪

♪ Trala, la lala ♪

♪ Trala, la lala ♪

♪ "Oh,bother the flowers of spring!" ♪

♪ All: Trala, la lala ♪

♪ Trala, la lala...! ♪

♪ Trala, la la lala! ♪

(laughing)

[audience laughs/applauds]

♪ When the night wind howls in the chimney cowls ♪

♪ And the bat in the moonlight flies ♪

♪ And inky clouds, like funeral shrouds ♪

♪ Sail over the midnight skies. ♪

♪ When the footpads quail at the night bird's wail ♪

♪ And black dogs bay at the moon ♪

♪ Then is a specters' holiday ♪

♪ Then is the ghosts' high-noon! ♪

♪ Ha, ha!

♪ For then is the ghosts' high-noon! ♪

♪ All: Ha, ha!

♪ High noon!

♪ Then is the ghosts' high noon ♪

♪ As the sob of the breeze sweeps over the trees ♪

♪ And the mists lie low on the fen. ♪

♪ From gray tombstones are gathered the bones ♪

♪ That once were women and men

♪ And away they go, with a mop and a mow ♪

♪ To the revel that ends too soon. ♪

♪ For cockcrow limits our holiday ♪

♪ The dead of the night's high-noon! ♪

♪ Ha, ha!

♪ The dead of the night's high-noon! ♪

♪ Ha, ha!

♪ All: High noon!

♪ The dead of the night's high-noon. ♪

♪ And then each ghost with his lady-toast ♪

♪ To the churchyard beds takes flight ♪

♪ With a kiss, perhaps,

♪ (smack) on her lantern chaps

♪ And a grisly grim "good night". ♪

♪ Till the welcome knell of the midnight bell ♪

♪ Rings forth its jolliest tune ♪

♪ And ushers in our next high holiday ♪

♪ The dead of the night's high-noon! ♪

♪ All: Ha, ha!

♪ The dead of the night's high-noon! ♪

♪ Ha, ha!

♪ High noon!

♪ The dead of the night's

♪ high...

♪ noon! All: Ha-ha, ha, ha! ♪

♪ noon...!

[audience applauds]

- When we tour it's not usually for months at a time.

It's usually only for weeks.

We do one-night stands

pretty much most of the time,

and we do some pretty severe mileages in between!

The company is not a full-time company.

The performers are all freelancers.

It's a repertory company

so we keep many of the same people involved

over many, many years.

But we also bring in new people.

Every couple of years, we'll audition.

But the talent in New York is obviously very broad.

We may audition 400 people and pick 3 of them.

♪ - Long years ago

♪ Fourteen, maybe

♪ When but a tiny babe of four

♪ Another baby played with me

♪ My elder by a year or more.

♪ A little child of beauty rare ♪

♪ With marvelous eyes and wondrous hair ♪

♪ Who, in my child-eyes, seemed to me ♪

♪ All that a little child should be. ♪

♪ Ah, how we loved, that child and I ♪

♪ How pure our baby joy.

♪ How true our love

♪ And, by the bye

♪ He was a little boy!

♪ - Ah! Old, old tale of Cupid's touch ♪

♪ I thought as much,

♪ I thought as much.

♪ He was a little boy!

♪ - Pray don't misconstrue what I say ♪

♪ Remember, pray.

♪ Remember, pray.

♪ He was alittle boy! ♪

♪ - No doubt!

♪ Yet, spite of all your pains

♪ The interesting fact remains, ♪

♪ He was a little

♪ boy!

♪ Ah, yes ♪ Ah, yes

♪ -In spite of allmy pains ♪ ♪ -In spite of allyour pains ♪

♪ Both: The interesting fact remains ♪

♪ He was a little

♪ boy.

♪ He was a little

♪ boy...!

♪ [charming quaint mood]

[audience applauds]

♪ [sprightly music]

♪ Both: Hereupon, we're both agreed ♪

♪ All that we two do agree to ♪

♪ We'll secure by solemn deed ♪

♪ To prevent all error mental. ♪

♪ - You on Elsie are to call ♪

♪ With a story grim and gory! ♪

♪ - How this Fairfax died, and all ♪

♪ I declare to, you're to swear to! ♪

♪ - I to swear to. ♪ - I declare to.

♪ - I to swear to. ♪ - I declare to.

♪ I to swear to.

♪ You're to swear to. ♪ I declare to.

♪ Both: Tell a tale of cock and bull ♪

♪ Of convincing detail full ♪

♪ Tale tremendous

♪ Heaven defend us

♪ What a tale of cock and bull! ♪

- Oh. - Up.

- Well, I see!

- Ah, you'll get it.

♪ -In return formy own part ♪ ♪ -In return foryour own part ♪

♪ -I am making ♪ ♪ -You are making ♪

♪ Undertaking

♪ -To instructme in the art ♪ ♪ -To instructyou in the art ♪

♪ Art amazing, wonder raising

♪ - Of a jester, jesting free ♪

♪ Proud position, high ambition! ♪

♪ - And alively one I'll be! ♪

♪ Wag-a-wagging, never flagging ♪

♪ Wag-a-Wagging,

♪ Never flagging

♪ Wag-a-Wagging

♪ Never flagging

♪ Wag-a-wagging ♪ Never flagging

♪ Wag-a-wagging

♪ Both: Tell a tale of cock and bull ♪

♪ Of convincing detail full.

♪ Tale tremendous

♪ Heaven defend us

♪ What a tale of cock and bull! ♪

♪ - What a tale of cock!

♪ - What a tale of bull!

♪ - What a tale of cock!

♪ - What a tale of bull!

♪ Both: What a tale of cock and bull! ♪

♪ Cock and bull, cock and bull! ♪

♪ Heaven defend us

♪ What a tale of cock and bull! ♪

[laughs] - Oh, I've got it.

- Finally!

- It took a bit of doing.

- Woo!

(laughter)

[audience applauds]

(they laugh)

[audience applauds]

- Wondering Minstrel's programs

always end with a number from "The Gondoliers"

which conveys a bit of what we like to call,

"Gilbertian Philosophy."

In times of trouble

it's best to surround oneself with good friends,

good music,

good food,

the beverage of your choice,

and take life as it comes.

[audience applauds]

♪ All: Try we life-long, we can never ♪

♪ Straighten out life's tangled skein ♪

♪ Why should we, in vain endeavor ♪

♪ Guess and guess, and guess again? ♪

♪ - Life's a pudding full of plums ♪

♪ - Care's a canker that benumbs ♪

♪ All: Life's a pudding full of plums ♪

♪ Care's a canker that benumbs ♪

♪ Wherefore waste our elocution ♪

♪ On impossible solution?

♪ Life's a pleasant institution ♪

♪ Let us take it as it comes,

♪ Let us take it

♪ as it comes!

♪ Set aside the dull enigma

♪ We shall guess it all too soon ♪

♪ Failure brings no kind of stigma ♪

♪ Dance we to another tune Failure brings no kind of stigma

♪ Dance we to another tune

♪ String the lyre (string the lyre) and fill the cup ♪

♪ Lest on sorrow we should sup (String the lyre, fill the cup)

♪ All: String the lyre, fill the cup ♪

♪ Lest on sorrow we should sup ♪

♪ All: Hop and skip to Fancy's fiddle ♪

♪ Hands across and down the middle ♪

♪ Life's perhaps the only riddle ♪

♪ That we shrink from giving up. ♪

♪ (soft) Life's perhaps the only riddle ♪

♪ That we shrink from giving up. ♪

♪ (bold) Then take it as it comes, ♪

♪ (soft) Take it as it comes.

♪ (bold) String the lyre, fill the cup. ♪

♪ Lest on sorrow we should sup. ♪

♪ Take life

♪ as it...

♪ comes!

[audience applauds/cheers]

[audience applauds/cheers]

[audience applauds/cheers]

[applause fades]

- [Announcer]This program is made possible by support from:

these Inland Empire civic-minded organizations

concerned with the cultural life of our communities,

the citizens that patronize the Bowl,

and viewers like you

supporting local public television in the Inland Empire.

Thank you.

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