Stage and Vocal Auditions for Cox & Box and Box & Cox

Double Bill: Cox & Box and Box & Cox

Although our traditional fall show has been postponed due to COVID-19, the Savoyards are excited to announce auditions for a live-streamed performance of the double bill Cox & Box (the opera) and Box & Cox (the play on which the opera was based).

  • Submissions are due by August 15, 2020
  • Virtual Rehearsals begin September 14, 2020
  • Live Stream Performances: Weekend of October 16, 2020

COX & BOX: One-Act Opera for 3 Men
By Arthur Sullivan and F.C. Burnand
Stage Direction by Michael McFaden
Music Direction by Guy Russo


BOX & COX: One-Act Play for 3 Women
By James Maddison Morton
Directed by Sean Lenhart

*Fast-paced preferred. Contemporary, not modern. Shakespeare allowed. As the roles were originally men but we are casting women, feel free to use a monologue of any gender.


The 2020/2021 Season is made possible in part by:

The Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Funds from the Pittsburgh Foundation: Janet Lois Walker Fund, J. Robert Izod Memorial Fund, Smith van Stone Fund, Woollard Nichols & Associates, and generous individuals and volunteers.

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Seeking Corporate Sponsors for Upcoming 83rd Season

The Pittsburgh Savoyards are seeking support from companies with a presence in the greater Pittsburgh area. Various levels are available to sponsor specific events and live performances during our upcoming 2020-2021 season. Companies that become sponsors will receive marketing exposure to our fans and patrons via various methods. The minimum commitment for participation starts at $250. Examples of sponsorship benefits – depending upon the level – include company name recognition in printed promotional materials and online, verbal mention and signage at live shows and events, and signage at our building space in Bellevue. Some commitment levels also include reserved seating at special events with the public! All corporate sponsors will receive courtesy show tickets. Please contact Laura Gudenburr, Patrons Chair, at grants.administrator@PittsburghSavoyards.org for more information about this opportunity. Limited spots are available.

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Thank You, From the Bottom of Our Hearts

We want to thank all of the Mikado ticket holders for watching our shows remotely. With the closing of the Public Library System, 2 1/2 hours before opening night, we lost the ability to stage public performances of our two week show run that we have been working diligently on for the past six months. We were lucky to be able to livestream and record two shows for our audiences to view in the comfort of their own places. We are thankful for the Carnegie Carnegie Music Hall for allowing us to do this and our wonderful video engineers Alan & Chris who made it all possible. Thank you patrons!!! We love that you are supporting us in our time of need.

We apologize for anyone who was inconvenienced by our abrupt cancelation. We tried to notify our patrons as fast and as best as we could, but in the scramble that ensued after we received the notice, inevitably some patrons were not made aware in time. This crisis has been a learning process, however, and we will be better experienced in the future to ensure that as many people receive notice in time as possible.

If you would like to continue to support us by purchasing a ticket to view our live stream recordings or by making any size of donation you can, we would of course be eternally grateful. We can only continue to provide you with merriment with the direct support of you, our patrons. With your support, we plan on performing 19th century comic operas for years to come!

Hail Poetry!

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COVID-19 Update

UPDATE: We are offering the ability for any patron to view recordings of our two live streams for a limited time. Click here for more information.

Due to circumstances out of our control with the closing of the library system, the Saturday, March 14 performance of the Mikado will be webcast only.

All other live performances are cancelled.

In lieu of the other scheduled live performances, we are offering ticket holders the opportunity to view an online recording of either the Friday, March 13 cast performance or the Saturday, March 14 cast performance.

Patrons who have not yet purchased tickets but would still like an opportunity to see the show can support the company by buying tickets online; purchasers will receive an email containing a unique, private link to the recording of the selected performance.

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This evening is opening night of The Mikado. The Pittsburgh Savoyards have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and recommendations from the CDC very closely. After much deliberation, our production of The Mikado will proceed as planned.

Together with the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, we are taking recommended precautions to help minimize the spread and impact of the virus. These precautions include additional cleaning procedures at each show and requiring staff and volunteers who are ill or may have been exposed to the virus to stay home.

We ask audience members to observe the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, which include frequent hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and refraining from coming to the theater if you are unwell, have been in contact with someone who is unwell, or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

We will offer a live internet streaming option for patrons who do not feel comfortable coming to the theater. In addition, we will be opening our balcony for all shows, and ask that patrons who do decide to see the show in person allow extra seats between other patrons to avoid close proximity. Ticket holders may request access to our live stream by sending confirmation of ticket purchase to information@pittsburghsavoyards.org.

Out of an abundance of caution, we will not have our traditional post-show food reception on opening night.

If circumstances change as we continue to monitor the situation day by day, we will post additional updates here.

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Director Interviews for 83rd Season

Are you a person who can see the forest AND the trees at the same time? While they’re simultaneously singing different patter songs at you?

The Pittsburgh Savoyards are now accepting applications for the position of Stage Director for the company’s 83rd season featuring productions of Gilbert & Sullivan’s PRINCESS IDA (October 2020) and UTOPIA, LIMITED (March 2021). Applicants may apply to direct one or both of the productions.

Resumes and Letters accepted through Sunday, March 8, 2020. Interviews to be held the following week.

Gilbert & Sullivan or other operetta experience preferred. Send letters of interest, resumes, and contact information to: directorsearch@pittsburghsavoyards.org.

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Stage and Vocal Auditions for The Mikado

Audition to be a part of our Spring 2020 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. With music director Guy Russo and stage director Robert Hockenberry. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles.

Monday, November 18th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Sunday, November 24th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Location:

The Pittsburgh Savoyards
523 Lincoln Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202

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.

Please come prepared to do a simple dance combination and dress accordingly (it might be difficult to do in high heels).

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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Pittsburgh Savoyards at “Wizardvue”

Calling all young witches and wizards!

The Savoy Academy of Magic will be hosting a wand dueling club on Saturday, June 22nd 2019. With the help of our very own magical instructors, students will learn the art of wand combat, test their knowledge on wizard trivia, help brew their own potions, and witness dazzling displays of magic before their very eyes!

Classes begin at 11AM, so send an owl if you’re interested – or just stop by 523 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, PA.

For more information on Wizardvue, visit www.wizardvue.org.

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Stage and Vocal Auditions for Ruddigore

Audition to be a part of our Fall 2019 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore. With music director Guy Russo and stage director Michael McFaden. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles.

Thursday, June 13th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 15th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Location (NEW, LOCATION HAS CHANGED):

The Pittsburgh Savoyards
523 Lincoln Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202

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.

Please come prepared to do a simple dance combination and dress accordingly (it might be difficult to do in high heels).

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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2019 Gondoliers Show Shirt Available on Amazon!

Now you can purchase your very own 2019 Gondoliers show shirt on Amazon, as worn by our cast, crew, and orchestra! We also have a range of other apparel which you can check out by viewing our entire catalog here!

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Orchestra String Auditions

The Pittsburgh Savoyards will be holding string auditions on January 6, 2019
from 4 to 6 pm.  For a time appointment, please email
orchestra@pittsburghsavoyards.org

If you would like to audition but can’t make that day or time, please email
us.

Auditions will be held at Our Lady of Victory Maronite Church, 1000 Lindsay
Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106.

 

Please be prepared to play 2 contrasting pieces.  We may ask you to sight-read a
short passage from our upcoming show, The Gondoldiers.

The Pittsburgh Savoyards, Inc. is a semiprofessional, community-based,
non-profit theater company.  We are funded primarily by local contributions and
ticket sales plus we are an Allegheny District Asset!  We are Pittsburgh’s
oldest performing Theatrical Company, since 1938, now in our 81st season, The
Gondoliers is the second show this season running March 15-17 & 21-24, 2019.  We
operate for the purposes of perpetuating the heritage of Gilbert & Sullivan
comic operas, and providing a hands-on educational opportunity for interested
persons to learn about and experience musical theater. While our focus is the
performance of the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, we occasionally perform
non-Gilbert and Sullivan concerts and other composers’ comic operas. We are
informally affiliated with a number of similar groups throughout the country.

The name “Savoyards” comes from the Savoy Theater in London, where many of
the operas premiered and were performed for many years, and is used by groups
throughout the world to indicate their devotion to these works. The comic operas
of Gilbert and Sullivan are historic treasures and only the works of William
Shakespeare are performed more often in the tradition of the English theater.
Productions are performed and produced, for the most part, by dedicated
volunteers from the greater Pittsburgh area under professional direction. The
fully-orchestrated performances also feature many local professional musicians.
Our on-stage vocalists have included members of the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus and
Mendelssohn Choir, principal vocalists in CLO performances and Off-Broadway
productions.  From our inception, the Savoyards have showcased some of the
finest amateur and professional talent in the community.  Our Main Stage
productions feature a full orchestra, rare in today’s prepackaged and
prerecorded music accompaniment.  Our performers represent a spectrum of
professions, including professional singers, lawyers, builders, nuclear
physicists, teachers, bus drivers, computer programmers, designers and more;
all united by an ongoing love of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, the joy of
performing and the friendly atmosphere engendered within the group.

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