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The Northwestern Ontario Era Enters its Second Season

This November we are presenting HMS Parliament, an 1880 political satire by William Fuller set to the music of HMS Pinafore. It is a historical rarity as it disappeared off the map after 5 months of touring Canada in 1880. Cast, production crew and orchestra come from Winnipeg, Toronto, Kenora, Ottawa and Lunenburg.

In 1983, University of Toronto Theatre Department Doctoral candidate, Moira Day, discovered HMS Parliament. She set out on a journey to revive the show. She met up with musician Barry Waterlow and they reconstructed the work for its first performance in 100 years. This was done on the university campus, fully staged, costumed and sung to piano accompaniment. Current TrypTych co-artistic director Lenard Whiting was engaged in the lead tenor role of Sam Snifter. The production was received very well. Yet, it was not to be seen on a Canadian stage until the mid 2000’s when TrypTych’s other co-artistic director Edward Franko, presented several scenes of it with Byworks Opera in Ottawa. Of course, the Ottawa audience lapped up the political humour with great enthusiasm.

2018. TrypTych Concert and Opera decides to present a fully staged complete version of HMS Parliament with 9-piece professional orchestra in Toronto in October 2018. Fully staged and costumed in the West Hall Theatre at Trinity Presbyterian Church, this first production with orchestra in over 130 years was received enthusiastically by our audiences. Christopher Hoile, reviewer for Stage-Door.com stated:

"TrypTych Concert & Opera has given Toronto, and indeed Canada, a great present for Canada’s sesquicentennial by producing H.M.S. Parliament for the first time with orchestra since its premiere and tour in 1880"

"The result is a great success. Whiting conducts an excellent nine-instrument reduction of the Sullivan’s score, and Edward Franko directs the operetta with a keen sense of the currency of its comedy. “

The production will be presented at Seven Generations Educational Institute November 20, 21, and 22 at 7 PM. It will be fully staged, costumed and accompanied by a 9-piece professional orchestra with members from Winnipeg, Toronto and Kenora.

Angelina - Carrie Hall (Kenora)
Sam Snifter - Joshua Clemenger (Toronto)
Captain MacA - Ryan Hofman (Ottawa)
Alexander MacDeadeye - Michael Robert-Broder (Toronto)
Sir Sam Sillery - Douglas Tranquada (Toronto)
Mrs. Butterbun - Nina Scott-Stoddart (Lunenburg)

Kirsten Favreau
Avery Bond
Amelie Graham
Erika Rasmussen (Hebe and understudy Mrs. Butterbun)
Colleen Doerksen
Bruce Graham (Tom Black)
Derek Favreau
Lee Morris (Sergeant-at-Arms)
Daniel Brunet (Ben Burr)

Production Team
Stage Director- Edward Franko (Kenora)
Music Director - Lenard Whiting (Kenora)
Costume Designer - Forbes Brown (Toronto)
Repetiteur/ orchestral pianist - Lawrence Green (Toronto)
Sound/Lighting - Wolfe Sound and Music (Steven Wolfe) (Kenora)

Lawrence Green - Piano (Toronto)
Josh Wolfe - Percussion (Kenora)
Kelsey Nordstrom oboe (Winnipeg)
Sharon Atkinson clarinet (Winnipeg)
Janice Finlay bass clarinet (Winnipeg)
Andrea Dicks horn (Winnipeg)
Paul Nagelberg string bass (Winnipeg)
Charmaine Bacon flute/piccolo (Winnipeg)
Louise Pauls violin (Toronto)


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Edward Franko

Lenard Whiting

Co-Artistic Directors
TrypTych Concert and Opera