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.

“Patience” Opening Weekend Festivities Planned!

Opening night for “Patience” is drawing closer! Don’t forget about the special things we have going on after our March 3 opening night and our March 5 matinee:

All attendees of our March 3 opening night performance are invited to celebrate with the cast, orchestra, crew, production staff, and Board of Trustees at the annual opening night reception immediately following curtain call. The reception will take place in the Lincoln Gallery upstairs from the music hall. Join us for what is always a great night of food, wine, and fun!

Attendees who stay for a little while after our 2:30pm matinee on March 5 will be treated to a short talk-back event where audience members have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with select members of our cast, orchestra, and production staff. Get to know us a little better! We love to get to know you!

 

“Patience” runs March 3-5 and 9-12, 2017. Most roles are double cast. Tickets can be bought online via our Showclix page or at the door. Those who buy their tickets by March 1 take advantage of our early bird discount. See you at the show!

Third Annual Winter Warmer – Bunthorne’s Beatnik Bongo Bash!

Join us in January for our third annual winter warmer event! With “Patience” coming up just a few months after, this year’s event will be “Patience”-themed, meaning POETRY! Bunthorne’s Beatnik Bongo Bash will be held January 21, 2017 from 4pm to 9pm. Poetic festivities will take place in the Lincoln Gallery at Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall (the same room where we hold our opening night reception when the show opens). Tickets are $25 and can be bought in advance or at the door.

Bunthorne may be a “poet” in the time of Victorian Aestheticism, but we are bringing to life another time quite similar to the day of the “aesthetic:” The 1960s beatnik era! This fun and informal gathering is a great opportunity to meet and socialize over food and drink with all the Savoyards you love to come and see. Other fun things include Gilbert and Sullivan karaoke, string music from the Lost Chord Trio, and raffles!

And of course what kind of poetry-themed party would this be if there wasn’t some sort of poetry event? We’re also holding a poetry contest for all you poets out there, so don’t forget your best work, and tell your poet friends to enter their work as well!

See you then! Any questions? contact us via email at information@pittsburghsavoyards.org.

 

Giving Tuesday – November 29!!

November 29 is #GivingTuesday! It’s a day to support your favorite non-profits (like us!).

You can use today as an opportunity to support the Pittsburgh Savoyards in our mission to perpetuate the heritage of Gilbert & Sullivan and provide a hands-on opportunity for interested persons to learn about and experience musical theatre. The Pittsburgh Savoyards are a 501 C3 (not-for-profit) organization, making your donation tax deductible. Simply click the button below to get started with your credit card or Paypal account:


Alternatively, we are also happy to accept donations by check. You can mail your donations to the address below! Be sure to include your return address so that we can send you recognition of your donation suitable for your tax records.

Pittsburgh Savoyards
P.O. Box 44065
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4065

Thank you for your support!

Stage and Vocal Auditions for Patience

Audition to be a part of our Spring 2017 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience. With music director Guy Russo,  stage director Rob Hockenberry, and assistant stage director Andy Hickly. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles.

Monday, November 28, 2016 from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
 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).

Pittsburgh in the Round Previews Savoyards 79th Season

Pittsburgh theatre blog Pittsburgh in the Round has posted a lovely preview of our 79th season. Read an excerpt below:

“The Pittsburgh Savoyards was founded well before many other intrepid performance presences in the region, with Pittsburgh Opera in its 77th year, Pittsburgh CLO is now 70, and Little Lake Theater is a few years from that milestone. Granted, the Savoyards (and likely a number of other arts organizations) took a few performances off during the Second World War, but however one slices it, the Savoyards have endured and love every note of their repertoire over more than seven decades. Soon, the Savoyards will surpass the age span of Queen Victoria who lived to age 81 and reigned during the original productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s collaborations.”

Written by Yvonne Hudson, the article provides not only essential information about the productions and the company but also gives the colorful perspective of Music Director and Conductor Guy Russo and Stage Director Jim Critchfield, who have been involved with multiple Savoyards productions and are currently working on the upcoming fall 2016 production.

Read the full article here!

And be sure to check out Pittsburgh in the Round for reviews and features on many other theatre companies in the Pittsburgh area!

Now Accepting Stage Director Applications for Spring 2017 Production “Patience”

We are now accepting applications for Stage Director for our spring 2017 production, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience.” Resumes and Letters accepted through Friday, October 14, 2016. Interviews to be held Saturday, October 15, 2016 by Appointment.

Performances will be March 3-5 and 9-12, 2017 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall.

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 – PATIENCE
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.

Day of Giving – September 21, 2016

The Pittsburgh Savoyards are once again proud to be part of the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving this Sept 21, 2016.  Your donations to the Savoyards will be matched dollar for dollar by Greenstein Family Law, Lynette Garlan CPA, Ed Griffiths, and Jim Newsome, up to the first $500.

Your donation will help us continue our mission of perpetuating the heritage of Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas, and providing a hands-on opportunity for interested persons to learn about and experience musical theater, on-stage, in the orchestra, back-stage and behind the scenes.

Starting Sept. 14 donors can pre-schedule their donations on the donation page.

This season we are producing Trial by Jury & Gianni Schicchi this October, following with Patience for Spring 2017.

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Day of Giving: May 3rd

The Pittsburgh Savoyards are once again proud to be part of the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving this May 3, 2016. The Savoyards Board of Trustees will match your donations to the Savoyards dollar for dollar, up to the first $1000.

Your donation will help us continue our mission of perpetuating the heritage of Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas, and providing a hands-on opportunity for interested persons to learn about and experience musical theater, on-stage, in the orchestra, back-stage and behind the scenes.

In the upcoming season we will be producing Trial by Jury & Gianni Schicchi this October, and Patience this Spring.

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