The Savoyaires are proud to announce that their 55th annual production in the fall of 2019 will be The Yeomen of the Guard. This is the first time since 2002 that the company has produced Yeomen. Kingsley Day will again be the Stage Director.
October 8, 2018
Rave review for Ruddigore!
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October 3, 2018
Kingsley Day makes 'Ruddigore' his own in directorial debut
By Jan Smith / EvanstonNow on October 1, 2018 - 5:30am
Kingsley Day was hooked on Gilbert and Sullivan during his first year in high school and now, after performing in 17 G&S operas with the Evanston-based Savoyaires, he jumped into the role of director for the upcoming performance of "Ruddigore."
Becoming a director wasn’t Day’s idea. “When I said that 2016 would be my last stage appearance for the Savoyaires,” Day explained, “the board said, ‘Oh good, now you can direct.’”
“It was flattering that the board would think that I had that qualification, but it was not my idea.” He agreed to direct one show so the board could see “whether you thought that was such a great idea or not. So here we are.”
“I had directed before, but it’s been decades,” he said. “As an actor, it’s a cardinal rule that when you’re in a show you don’t give direction to your fellow actors. But that is a cardinal rule I’ve had difficulty not breaking.”
“I have very strong opinions about how Gilbert and Sullivan should go,” he said. “So it is kind of nice that this time around my opinions are the ones that everyone has to pay attention to.”
“I was glad to debut as Savoyaires director with one of the lesser known operas because it’s not as familiar to the audience,” he said.
And, with "Ruddigore," “there are more decisions a director has to make, in consultation with the music director, about what version of the show you’re doing.”
“Gilbert made quite a few changes almost immediately after the show opened” in 1887, Day explained. “And in 1921 when the D’Oyly Carte company revived it in London, they made a lot of additional cuts.”
“You have to decide what to cut or not to cut. There’s an appendix of additional material you can look at.”
“The last time the Savoyaires did "Ruddigore" 17 years ago, all of the D’Oyly Carte cuts were restored,” Day explained, such as Robin’s second act solo “Away, remorse!” with Sullivan’s music.
“I’ve also restored a few things that Gilbert cut,” he said, based on the book “A Most Ingenious Paradox” by Gayden Wren.
“I think he makes a convincing case that some of Gilbert’s dialog cuts in Act II were too extreme and weakened the focus of the plot,” he said, “so I have selectively put in a few lines here and there.”
Of his 17 performances with the Savoyaires, Day said it’s hard to pick a favorite role, but his least favorite is Scaphio in "Utopia Unlimited."
"Ruddigore"’s Robin Oakapple is one of the most fun roles, he added, because it’s the only character that is both the romantic lead and the comic patter lead.
Day has also extended his talent to composing. Since most of the music is lost for "Thespis," the first Gilbert and Sullivan opera, he composed a score for the show for piano back in 1982. In 2016 he converted his piano score to full orchestra. “And if I do say so,” he added, “the music sounds like Sullivan.”
Day grew up in Columbia, Missouri, where he was in the chorus for "H.M.S. Pinafore" and became “hooked for life” on Gilbert & Sullivan.
He earned an undergraduate degree in piano at Lawrence University and a graduate degree in music theory at Eastman School of Music and came to Chicago for theater.
He served as editor of Clavier Magazine and is now a senior editor for publications in the Department of Global Marketing and Communications at Northwestern University.
Day lived in Evanston for over 20 years and now lives in Edgewater.
July 31, 2018
The DVD of our 2017 performance "The Pirates of Penzance" is now available in our store. The list price is $25.00 plus shipping and handling. However, the Cast / Crew price is $20.00 plus shipping and handling. You can purchase this at https://www.savoyaires.org/store/p30/Pirates_of_Penzance__DVD_%282017%29.html
May 2, 2018
Auditions have been scheduled for "Ruddigore", the Savoyaires' 54th annual Gilbert & Sullivan production, running October 5-7 & 12-14. This is the first time in 17 years that the company has performed this production. Auditions are June 2-4. Sign up for an appointment at www.savoyaires.org/auditions.
February 12, 2018
The performance dates for our 2018 performance of "Ruddigore", or "The Witch’s Curse", have been set. The performances will be on October 5-7 and 12-14. Watch for announcements about auditions and ticket sales!
January 3, 2018
This October we present our 54th annual Gilbert & Sullivan production, our first staging of "RUDDIGORE" in 17 years. Tim Semanik returns as music director, and Laima Day returns as producer. After playing the patter baritone lead at least once in all 14 G&S operettas with the Savoyaires, Kingsley Day takes on a new role with the company as this year's stage director. Watch for audition announcements this spring!
September 1, 2017
Aargh! Tickets are now on sale for our fall production of The Pirates of Penzance. Rehearsals are under way with an outstanding cast of returning regulars and fresh talent. Director Amy Uhl, music director Tim Semanik, and a talented staff of designers are putting together a show that's not to be missed! To buy tickets now, click here!
August 24, 2017
The DVD of last October’s production of Thespis is now available for sale in our online store. Enjoy director Dominic Missimi’s brilliant production and composer Kingsley Day’s critically acclaimed Sullivanesque score for $25.00 plus shipping and handling. Click here to purchase
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.