July 22, 2017
Arrgh! The Pirates of Penzance once again takes to the high seas of the Savoyaires stage this fall. The company is delighted to welcome aboard stage director Amy Uhl, who directed our 2015 production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Once again, she will be setting sail with our resident producer Laima Day and resident music director Timothy Semanik. Joining the crew as assistant director will be Kingsley Day, who moves backstage after a long run as the lead patter baritone on stage with the company. Casting is complete, and rehearsals will be starting soon.
May 27, 2017
It's your big chance to be a pirate--or to marry one! Audition for “The Pirates of Penzance”, the Savoyaires' 53rd annual Gilbert & Sullivan production, running October 6-8 & 13-15. Auditions are June 2-4. Sign up for an appointment at www.savoyaires.org/auditions.
June 12, 2016
As we launch our new website, we are thrilled to welcome Dominic Missimi, 17-time Jeff nominee and 2-time Jeff winner for best direction of a musical, as guest stage director for Thespis. He will be working with Resident Producer Laima Day and Resident Music Director Timothy Semanik to bring this production to life. Auditions have been completed and casting will be finished soon. We are excited to be performing Kingsley Day's brilliant realization of Gilbert & Sullivan's very first collaboration for a second time!
October 20, 2015
We have finished our run of performances of H.M.S. Pinafore and audiences were once again delighted with this true masterpiece among Gilbert & Sullivan's works. The work of our talented scenic designer Jessica Howe and costume designer Tom Kieffer made this one of the most stunningly beautiful productions ever.
June 17, 2015
We are pleased to welcome Amy Uhl, who was choreographer for our 2010 production of The Gondoliers, as stage director for H.M.S. Pinafore. Veterans Laima Day (Producer) and Timothy Semanik (Music Director) return to fill out our superb production team. Auditions have been completed and casting will be finished soon. We are excited about performing this delightful work once again!
November 1, 2014
The performances of our historic 50th production, The Grand Duke, have been completed with great success. Many patrons told us that this was one of the most enjoyable shows they had ever seen, and the production staff were universal in advising that we should most definitely not wait another 34 years to produce this opera again! With this production, the Savoyaires completed a cycle of all 14 Gilbert and Sullivan operas in the last 14 years. Audience members attending the productions from 2001 to 2014 would have seen all 14 operas with no repetitions -- demonstrating the company's commitment to the performance of all of Gilbert and Sullivan's marvelous collaborations.
May 21, 2014
The Savoyaires proudly celebrated a half century of annual productions with a gala program on Saturday, May 10, with a special event at First Congregational Church House in Evanston. A highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to four longtime company stalwarts--Gloria Boyell, Jo Ann Minds, John Shea, and Dave Stockwell. Boyell, who accompanied the entire program, has served as the Savoyaires’ rehearsal pianist since 1979. Minds and Shea, who performed a scene from The Mikado, each played leading roles in more than 20 productions—Minds from 1966 to 2010 and Shea from 1973 to 2005. Stockwell, a cast member of the company’s 1965 The Gondoliers and many productions thereafter, performed a lyric recitation and received the Savoyaires Half-Century Award.
The program included performances of one number from each of the 14 G&S operettas, sung by performers from across the company's five-decade history, with members of the audience joining to sing the chorus parts. The soloists included included 93-year-old Eugene Propp as well as Kara Chandler, Amy Conn, David Craven, Kingsley Day, Lane Halverson, Margaret Jarvis, Kristin Lutzeier, Wendy Wells Mineau, Henry Michael Odum, Rachel Rubinstein, Noel Taylor, Jennifer Thompson, and Peter Voigt. Nearly 200 past show participants, donors, and audience members attended the program and reception.