October 11-20th, 2013
Music Director, Guy Russo
Stage Director, Patrick Brannan
Performances of HMS Pinafore were held at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall, Carnegie PA.
(some of the lead roles are double-cast, see chart below for breakdown)
|Role||Performer(s): 10/11, 10/13, 10/17 & 10/19||Performer(s): 10/12, 10/18 & 10/20:|
|Princess Ida||Samantha DeStefano||Keely Bosworth Borland|
|Blanche||Deborah Greenstein||Deborah Greenstein|
|Melissa||Kaitlin Very||Johnna L. Mernick|
|Psyche||Elizabeth Rishel||Bonnie Bogovich|
|Sacharissa||Mia Bonnewell||Amy Dick|
|Chloe||Judy Kirby||Judy Kirby|
|Ada||Alexandra Aks||Alexandra Aks|
|Hildebrand||Cal Coolidge Wilson||Gregory Patrick|
|Gama||Garth Schafer||Garth Schafer|
|Cyril||Eric Hayes||Eric Hayes|
|Florian||Michael Greenstein||Michael Greenstein|
|Hilarion||Sean Lenhart||Justin Morrison|
|Arac||Eric Starbuck||Eric Starbuck|
|Guron||Brian Bogovich||Brian Bogovich|
|Scynthius||Jim Newsome||Jim Newsome|
|Men's ensemble||Gerry Neuhaus|
|Women's ensemble||Leslie Clark|
“A few standout performances energize this Gilbert & Sullivan rarity.” “Princess Ida is one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s rarely performed operettas, so for local [G&S] aficionados, this production should be required.” – F. J. Hartland, Pittsburgh City Paper
Blast from the Past
We last performed Princess Ida in Spring 2002. (click to see photos and cast list from 2002’s production)
Princess Ida and Prince Hilarion, heirs to neighboring Kingdoms, were betrothed as children to seal a pledge of eternal peace between their lands. Now, the time has passed, and Hilarion waits for Ida’s arrival on her 21st birthday at Castle Hildebrand, as promised long ago. But her father, King Gama, arrives with only his three sons, and no Ida. Hilarion learns from her father that Ida has left home to found a women’s university, Castle Adamant. With the help of his two friends, Hilarion determines he will sneak into the Castle and win her love.
But No Males Are Allowed… Hmmmm… A disguise!
Whose plans will succeed, and whose will fail? And, of course, there is a topsy-turvy ending, featuring tunes sure to have you humming your way out of the theatre.
Savoyard veteran Guy Russo conducts the Savoyards’ orchestra and performers through this topsy-turvy tale, and returning stage director/choreographer Patrick Brannan stages the witty drama with a cast of new and returning stars. Join some of the area’s finest singers, performers, and our fabulous Pittsburgh Savoyards Orchestra for the battle of the sexes – Gilbert & Sullivan Style!