Thank you JOANN Fabric!

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!

If you would like to donate or volunteer to help the Savoyards (including ushering, event help, and more),  please email donations@pittsburghsavoyards.org or volunteers@pittsburghsavoyards.org.

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Now accepting applications for Stage Director for The Gondoliers

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:

directorsearch@pittsburghsavoyards.org

Or mail to:

DIRECTOR SEARCH – GONDOLIERS
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.

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Pittsburgh Savoyards part of RADical days events

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.

https://www.pycosom.com/

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Stage and Vocal Auditions for The Yeomen of the Guard

Audition to be a part of our Fall 2018 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard. With music director Guy Russo and stage director Sally Denmead. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles.

Wednesday, May 30th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, June 5th 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).

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The Grand Duke Show Shirt Available for Purchase

We’ve had several requests for this, and now it is finally available for purchase: your very own 2018 The Grand Duke show shirt, as worn by our cast, orchestra, and crew! As with all our Amazon products, a portion of the sales will go directly to support the Pittsburgh Savoyards, and if you support us using Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate an additional small amount for every purchase. Order yours today!
T-shirt with The Grand Duke 2018 show logo

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Cheers to 80 Years: G&S Murder Mystery Dinner and River City Swing Band!

Help the Pittsburgh Savoyards celebrate their 80th season finale with a G & S Murder Mystery Theatre dinner! Enjoy a dinner buffet at the Penn Brewery and experience a G&S Whodunnit show and then dance to the exciting sounds of the River City Swing Band!

More details here!

Tickets must be purchased by April 13th.

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Pittsburgh Day of Giving, November 28, 2017

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.

When:

#GiveBigPittsburgh 2017 begins at midnight on Nov. 28 and ends at 11:59 PM on Dec. 31, 2017.

Give Big to the Pittsburgh Savoyards here:

https://www.givebigpittsburgh.com/organizations/pittsburgh-savoyards-inc

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Stage and Vocal Auditions for The Grand Duke

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

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).

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H.M.S. Pinafore Special Guest Joseph Porter Identity Revealed! Guy Russo Returns to the Savoyard Stage, Performing Oct. 19, 20

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.

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Pittsburgh Savoyards President Teases Special Guest in H.M.S. Pinafore President Hints about Actor Playing Sir Joseph Porter on Oct. 14, 19 and 20

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.

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