Pittsburgh Savoyards at RADical Days!

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
Large parking lot with free parking.

RADical Days

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!

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!

Stage and Vocal Auditions for H.M.S. Pinafore

Audition to be a part of our Spring 2017 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. With music director Guy Russo and stage director Shane Valenzi. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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).

Announcing Stage Directors for Our 80th Season!

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.

Reviews of the First Weekend Are In!

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.

Savoyards At the Saturday Light Brigade!

On Saturday Feb. 25 Director Rob Hockenberry, Assistant Director Andy Hickly, and Production Manager Lynette Garlan went on air with some of the “Patience” cast to talk with Larry Berger from the Saturday Light Brigade. Cast members gave a live sneak preview of select pieces from “Patience.” Special thanks to Larry and his crew for having us!

Get to know some of our members and click the link here to listen to a recording of our time on the radio!

 

 

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The Pittsburgh Savoyards Now a RAD Asset!

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We are pleased to announce that the Pittsburgh Savoyards are now an asset of the Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD)! Support from this organization will help us to continue to have the resources we need to put on great productions for years to come!

The purpose of RAD is to provide public funding for art, library, performance and other such organizations from sales tax dollars to promote our District’s regional assets.  We are proud to be selected to be a part of your District.

According to their website, “since 1995, the 1% County Sales tax paid by residents of and visitors to Allegheny County has resulted in a $3.4 billion investment in the region (through 2016).”

You can check out all the ways the Allegheny Regional Asset District serves the Arts in our community by following this link to their website!

Now Accepting Stage Director Applications for Fall 2017 – H.M.S. Pinafore

We are now accepting applications for Stage Director for our fall 2017 production, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The operetta will run Oct. 14-16 and 19-22. Resumes and Letters accepted through Friday, March 8, 2017. Interviews to be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 by appointment.

Gilbert & Sullivan or other Operetta experience preferred. Send letters of interest, resumes (MS-WORD; PDF; or Text) and contact information to:

directorsearch@pittsburghsavoyards.org

Or mail to:

DIRECTOR SEARCH – HMS PINAFORE
Pittsburgh Savoyards
P.O. Box 44065
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4065

For additional information or inquiries, email directorsearch@pittsburghsavoyards.org or call 412-734-8476 to leave voice mail.