Stage and Vocal Auditions for The Yeoman of the Guard

Audition to be a part of our Fall 2018 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeoman of the Guard. With music director Guy Russo and stage director Sally Denmead. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles.

Wednesday, May 30th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, June 5th from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm

Location:

Our Lady of Victory Church Auditorium
1000 Lindsay Road, Carnegie, PA 15106

Before your audition:

Prepare no more than two minutes of a song that best showcases your voice. Opera (in English), Operetta, or more Traditional (not pop) Broadway recommended.

You may also be asked to do a cold reading.

No Appointment is necessary; auditions will be conducted in order of arrival.

We now have a digitally fillable audition form. Please fill it out ahead of time and email it to auditions@pittsburghsavoyards.org. Please also bring a printed-out copy if possible, especially if you email it to us on the same day that you’re auditioning (we need a hard-copy for reference at the audition). In case you’re unable to fill out a form ahead of time, forms will also be available on-site to fill out by hand.

Please bring:

  • Sheet music for our accompanist (and a second copy for yourself if not memorized).
  • A printout of your audition form (see above).
  • Resume and head-shot, if available.

Contact

For questions about auditions, email auditions@pittsburghsavoyards.org or call: 412-734-8476 (voice mail).

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The Grand Duke Show Shirt Available for Purchase

We’ve had several requests for this, and now it is finally available for purchase: your very own 2018 The Grand Duke show shirt, as worn by our cast, orchestra, and crew! As with all our Amazon products, a portion of the sales will go directly to support the Pittsburgh Savoyards, and if you support us using Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate an additional small amount for every purchase. Order yours today!
T-shirt with The Grand Duke 2018 show logo

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Cheers to 80 Years: G&S Murder Mystery Dinner and River City Swing Band!

Help the Pittsburgh Savoyards celebrate their 80th season finale with a G & S Murder Mystery Theatre dinner! Enjoy a dinner buffet at the Penn Brewery and experience a G&S Whodunnit show and then dance to the exciting sounds of the River City Swing Band!

More details here!

Tickets must be purchased by April 13th.

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Pittsburgh Day of Giving, November 28, 2017

The Pittsburgh Savoyards are a participating organization in Give Big Pittsburgh that is happening in conjunction with the the Tuesday Day of Giving on November 28, 2017.

About Give Big Pittsburgh

Give Big Pittsburgh will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action. This 24-hour online fundraising effort hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Foundation and local sponsors, will offer our area of nonprofits the chance to raise funds to support their critical missions.

When:

#GiveBigPittsburgh 2017 begins at midnight on Nov. 28 and ends at 11:59 PM on Dec. 31, 2017.

Give Big to the Pittsburgh Savoyards here:

https://www.givebigpittsburgh.com/organizations/pittsburgh-savoyards-inc

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Stage and Vocal Auditions for The Grand Duke

Audition to be a part of our Spring 2018 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Grand Duke. With music director Guy Russo and stage director Robert Hockenberry. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles. The Grand Duke has only been performed in the Greater Pittsburgh area once in 1977.

Sunday, November 26th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Wednesday, November 29th from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm

Location:

Our Lady of Victory Church Auditorium
1000 Lindsay Road, Carnegie, PA 15106


Before your audition:

Prepare no more than two minutes of a song that best showcases your voice. Opera (in English), Operetta, or more Traditional (not pop) Broadway recommended.

You may also be asked to do a cold reading.

No Appointment is necessary; auditions will be conducted in order of arrival.

We now have a digitally fillable audition form. Please fill it out ahead of time and email it to auditions@pittsburghsavoyards.org. Please also bring a printed-out copy if possible, especially if you email it to us on the same day that you’re auditioning (we need a hard-copy for reference at the audition). In case you’re unable to fill out a form ahead of time, forms will also be available on-site to fill out by hand.

Please bring:

  • Sheet music for our accompanist (and a second copy for yourself if not memorized).
  • A printout of your audition form (see above).
  • Resume and head-shot, if available.

Contact

For questions about auditions, email auditions@pittsburghsavoyards.org or call: 412-734-8476 (voice mail).

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H.M.S. Pinafore Special Guest Joseph Porter Identity Revealed! Guy Russo Returns to the Savoyard Stage, Performing Oct. 19, 20

By Mark Harris

On Oct. 14, the first Saturday performance of the Pittsburgh Savoyards production of H.M.S. Pinafore at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, resident Music Director Guy Russo has revealed the identity of the secret special guest playing Sir Joseph Porter on select days: himself.

As the crew of the Pinafore and Sir Joseph’s gaggle of sisters, cousins, and aunts eagerly awaited his arrival onboard, the entrance music simply repeated over and over again with no Sir Joseph to be seen. The audience began to mirror the confusion of the characters onstage until the spotlight fell on Russo.

Looking up, Russo passed the baton to Assistant Conductor Eddie Leonard, threw on his admiral jacket and hat, walked up onstage to the sound of ecstatic applause, and with grace and authority proceeded to make sure everyone in the room knew that he was the “Monarch of the Sea” that night.

Russo’s performance of the iconic Gilbert and Sullivan role was established as a special treat for the company’s celebration of 80 seasons of bringing Gilbert and Sullivan performances to the Pittsburgh Area.

Those who missed Russo’s performance can see him perform the role on Thursday Oct. 19 at 8pm and Friday Oct. 20 at 8pm. Tickets can be bought online or at the door. A special rate is offered to online buyers for the Thursday night performance. For online-only ticket purchases, theatre-goers will receive $5 off of their ticket.

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Pittsburgh Savoyards President Teases Special Guest in H.M.S. Pinafore President Hints about Actor Playing Sir Joseph Porter on Oct. 14, 19 and 20

By Mark Harris

The Pittsburgh Savoyards have a special guest performing the iconic role of Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic H.M.S. Pinafore, opening this Friday. The special guest joins the cast onboard the Pinafore on the Oct. 14, 19, and 20 show dates as part of the theatre company’s 80th season celebration.

To the excitement of longtime patrons of the company, the gentleman performing the role for three out of the seven shows is an individual who has been on the Savoyards stage before. When asked to give some hints about this man’s identity, newly-elected Pittsburgh Savoyards President Andrea Carriker assured that he is “someone beloved by all Pittsburgh Savoyards, past and present.”

“He actually approached me and one or two others with the idea really early on, way before auditions,” Carriker said.  “I was thrilled and hopeful.  At some point [Stage Director Shane Valenzi] was approached with the idea, and after auditions it was decided that it would be a really fun direction to go in.  Even though he did originally approach us, it did take a little coaxing.”

Carriker predicts the experience to be fun for everyone in the audience to witness the special guest’s entrance on to the stage.

“He is an amazing actor and singer, and we are just so lucky to have him on our stage once again!”

H.M.S. Pinafore opens this Friday at 8pm at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106. The production runs from Oct. 13-15 and Oct. 19-22. It is directed by Shane Valenzi, and resident Music Director and Conductor Guy Russo will lead the ensemble and orchestra. All shows begin at 8pm except on Sundays, which begin at 2:30pm. People interested in tickets can buy tickets online and learn more about special 80th season celebration events. Tickets will also be available at the box office.

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Pittsburgh Savoyards at RADical Days!

 RADical Days 2017 logo with images of child smiling at table, ocelot, and Heinz Field football crowd cheering. FREE admission, performances, and activities with your regional assets.

Come and experience a live orchestra rehearsal with some cast members of HMS Pinafore. Guy Russo conducts the orchestra and vocal rehearsals and fills in any missing parts with his own wonderful singing. Enjoy the lovely music of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved operetta!

PITTSBURGH SAVOYARDS
October 1, 2017

Free admission: 7-9 pm

Location:
200 Walnut Street, Sewickley, PA
St. James Catholic Church
The church has a large parking lot with free parking and is handicap accessible.
RAD (Allegheny Regional Asset District) brush-painted sun logo
 For more information, visit the RAD website.

RADical Days

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Congratulations to Our New Officers and Board of Trustee Members!

This past Saturday on June 24th was our annual summer meeting where we hold elections for specific officer positions and for open spots on the company Board of Trustees. Congratulations to Andrea Carriker for her election to president of the the Pittsburgh Savoyards, and to Casey Ciocco-Thompson for her election to position of vice president!

Carriker will be taking over for former president Michael Greenstein. Ciocco-Thompson will be taking over for Carriker, who formerly was vice president.

On the Board of Trustees we congratulate Andy Hickly, Robert Hockenberry, and Ellen Rosen for their first-time election. We also congratulate Ed Griffiths and Eric Starbuck for their re-election to the Board.

Keep an eye out for updates on all the great things we have planned for the 80th season!

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Savoyards Now a Member of Britsburgh

We are proud to announce that we are now a part of Britsburgh, an organization whose mission is “building bridges across communities by driving growth in British- American culture, history, education, tradition and trade in Pittsburgh.”

We’re looking forward to working to contribute to the fulfillment of their mission with our fun and topsy-turvy productions!

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