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.
#GiveBigPittsburgh 2017 begins at midnight on Nov. 28 and ends at 11:59 PM on Dec. 31, 2017.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- 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.
For questions about auditions, email email@example.com or call: 412-734-8476 (voice mail).
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.
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.
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!
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!
We are pleased to announce our stage directors for both of our productions next season!
H.M.S Pinafore (Oct. 13-15 & 19-22, 2017)
Music Director: Guy Russo
Stage Director: Shane Valenzi
H.M.S. Pinafore audition dates are Wed. May 31 and Mon. June 5, both from 7:30pm to 9pm at Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church
1000 Lindsay Rd Carnegie, PA 15106
The Grand Duke (Spring 2018 – Show Dates TBA)
Music Director: Guy Russo
Stage Director: Robert Hockenberry
More info about the spring 2018 production to follow.
We had a successful opening weekend of “Patience” a few days ago! We had some press from Popular Pittsburgh and Pgh in the Round in attendance, and both wrote positive reviews about what they saw onstage!
“Presented in the intimate Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall, Pittsburgh’s oldest theater company gave the opening night audience a first class theater experience. Complete with music from their 20 piece professional orchestra and despite a few opening night glitches, Director Robert Hockenberry gave us a production that showcased the acting and singing talents of his large ensemble. As a result, this theatergoer’s appreciation of live theater in its many forms continues to grow.”
– Popular Pittsburgh
“The Savoyards show off some excellent Pittsburgh area talent. Some standouts from Saturday night’s performance were Sarah McCullough as Patience with a nice balance of naivety and wisdom along with a nice voice. Michael Greenstein was perfect as the fleshy and pretentious Reginald Bunthorne with a great sense of physical comedy and timing. Deborah Greenstein as Lady Jane singing Sad is a Woman’s Lot drew lots of sympathy and laughs from the women in the audience. Zachary Wood shows off his performance experience and vocal training as Archibald Grosvenor.
A good measure of any company’s production is noticing the pleasure the actors have in their performance, in other words, are they having fun and enjoying their craft. By that measure and the mission to expose the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan to contemporary audiences, this show is a success and worth of the opportunity to see one of their lesser-known works.”
– Pgh in the Round
Read the full review from Popular Pittsburgh here and Pgh in the Round here!
“Patience” runs for another weekend, Mar. 9-12, at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.