Gilbert & Sullivan aficionados will want to dig out their scores, warm up their voices and join in what the organizers think will be the first-ever-in-Maine Savoyard Sing Sunday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Mary Rector, well known in the Waterville area as a church music director and director of the recently disbanded Occasional Chorale, will direct a small stage chorus and the larger band of audience/singers in attendance. For several years, she prepared the chorus for Steve Quint’s memorable G&S productions in Pittsfield, Lakewood, Camden and Ellsworth.  The accompanist for the sometimes daunting music will be accomplished Beth Schiller, also of Waterville.

Lovers of this lyrical, grand and delightful genre will have the chance to sing solos (in ensemble) as well as full choruses from “The H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” The plan is, if this year’s sing is successful, to have an annual Savoyard Sing featuring different G&S works each year. Attendees will vote for their favorites to determine the next year’s program.

Music will be available for a $3 refundable fee, but singers with scores are encouraged to bring them along. A list of the numbers to be sung is available by sending e-mail to or calling 948-5912; ask for the Savoyard Sing Program.

The Performing Arts Center, now under the management of Unity College, offers a comfortable and well-equipped proscenium arch theater seating 200 and a small art gallery. Singers who want to come early to wander in the gallery will be offered refreshments (donations requested). Ample parking off Route 139 (Depot Street) is behind the center and adjacent in the lots that also serve the Bangor Savings Bank, the post office and insurance offices.

The stage chorus may still need a few more singers. Those already familiar with the music  and who can come to the Sunday afternoon pre-Sing rehearsal at 1:45 p.m. should call 948-5912 or e-mail as soon as possible. Tenors (of course), basses and altos are likely to be most needed.

The inaugural Savoyard Sing is being organized as a fundraiser for the Penobscot Bay Singers whose founder, Bob Coller, dearly loves Gilbert & Sullivan and is well remembered in the Belfast area for his predilection for patter songs. Future sings may be used to support G&S production groups or other choruses, as well.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to