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!
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!
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.
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.
Our Thursday night performance of “Patience” will cater to hearing impaired theatergoers who wish to attend our show! Above the stage will be supertitles that will allow people to follow the story by reading them above the stage!
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!
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!