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!
The Pittsburgh Savoyards will be holding string auditions on January 6, 2019
from 4 to 6 pm. For a time appointment, please email
If you would like to audition but can’t make that day or time, please email
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.
Audition to be a part of our Spring 2019 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. With music director Guy Russo, stage director Andy Hickly, choreographer Kelsey Wells, and show consultant Robert Hockenberry. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles.
Wednesday, November 14th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Monday, November 19th from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Location (NEW, LOCATION HAS CHANGED):
St. John’s Lutheran Church
601 Washington Avenue, 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).
The Pittsburgh Savoyards are a participating organization in Give Big Pittsburgh that is happening in conjunction with the international Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018. Please consider supporting us!
About Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
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 2018 begins at midnight on Nov. 27 and ends at 11:59 PM on Dec. 31, 2018.
Give Big to the Pittsburgh Savoyards here:
Your patronage helps keep the Pittsburgh Savoyards running and keeps our tradition of G&S alive in western Pennsylvania for future generations. Thank you!
A reminder that this Thursday’s performance of Yeomen of the Guard is a “Pay What You Will” performance – as low as $0! If you have friends and family who are not sure if they would be interested in G&S or not, here is a perfect opportunity for them to see. Get your tickets here!
In addition, we continue our practice of having our Thursday performance be fully Super-titled for the Deaf and Hard of hearing, including all song lyrics and dialogue. We hope to see you there!
Just in time for our opening of Yeomen of the Guard, we now have new items available in our store, including a sweatshirt, hoodie, PopSocket, and of course, the 2018 Yeomen of the Guard show shirt! Shirts come in your choice of 5 colors each. Check them out at the links below or view our catalog here!
- Pittsburgh Savoyards Logo Sweatshirt
- Pittsburgh Savoyards Logo Hoodie
- Pittsburgh Savoyards Logo PopSocket
- 2018 Yeomen of the Guard Show Shirt
The Pittsburgh Savoyards recently did some interviews on both Saturday Light Brigade‘s Neighborhood Voices and WQED-FM‘s Voice of the Arts Podcast to talk about our upcoming show, Yeomen of the Guard, which opens this Friday! Check them out below!
The Pittsburgh Savoyards would like to offer a very special thank you to the JOANN Fabric store in Bridgeville for their generous donation of fabrics for our upcoming performance of Yeomen of the Guard! Every donation helps keep our company up and running and performing classic operetta in the Pittsburgh area. Again, thank you!
The Pittsburgh Savoyards are now accepting applications for the position of Stage Director for our Spring 2019 production: Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. Resumes and Letters accepted through Monday, October 15, 2018. Interviews to be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 by Appointment.
Performances will be March 15-17 and 21-24, 2019 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:
Or mail to:
DIRECTOR SEARCH – GONDOLIERS
P.O. Box 44065
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4065
For additional information or inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-734-8476 to leave voice mail.
Come get a preview of the Yeomen of the Guard with the Pittsburgh Savoyards as the cast and orchestra meet for the first time for their Sitzprobe! Musical director Guy Russo will conduct the cast and orchestra through a musical rehearsal of the show.
Admission and parking are free!
Location: PYCO Music School in their recital hall. 150 Lake Drive, Wexford, PA 15090.
When: September 30, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm.