Monday, October 5, 2015

PITTSBURGH SAVOYARDS OPEN 78TH SEASON WITH IOLANTHE






































The Pittsburgh Savoyards’ zeal for the collaborative musical works of Gilbert and
Sullivan burns undiminished as it prepares to open its 78th season with Iolanthe (or, the Peer and
the Peri), now in rehearsal.
    Stage Director Robert Hockenberry and Music Director/Conductor
Guy Russo bring this musical gem to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall in Carnegie,
Pennsylvania on October 9-11 and 15-18, 2015. All performances except Sundays begin at 8:00
p.m.; Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Adult general admission tickets will be $25 each
at the box office, with discounted admission available for children, students and seniors. For
more information, go to www.pittsburghsavoyards.org or call 412-734-8476.
    This classic comic operetta from 1882 is the seventh of the fourteen collaborative works
by lyricist Sir William Gilbert and composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. Pittsburgh Savoyards
    President Michael Greenstein (who also performs in the production) declares this one to be his
favorites out of all of them. “Iolanthe features some of Sullivan’s best music, and I still get chills
from some of it,” says Greenstein. “To me, this is the shining moment in their collaboration in
which Sullivan’s passion for emotional reality found its perfect balance against Gilbert’s love of
topsy-turvy situations and social satire.”
   
Lords Fighting Over Phyllis
 Iolanthe offers the tale of young Strephon, an Arcadian shepherd who, twenty-five years
before, was the child of a forbidden marriage between a fairy (Iolanthe) and a mortal. This
young man, who is half a fairy (down to the waist), loves Phyllis, a shepherd lass who returns his
affections. Phyllis is a ward of the Lord Chancellor of England, however, who refuses his
permission for the lovers to wed and has designs on marrying Phyllis, himself.
    Misunderstandings accumulate as England’s House of Lords pit their high station and haughty grandeur against the fairies’ simple honesty and passion for true love. Spoiler alert: everyone
lives happily ever after, and thanks to The Pittsburgh Savoyards’ full pit orchestra, you will hum
your way out of the theater.
    As usual, this production will feature some of the finest amateur and professional musical
talent in the greater Pittsburgh area, with a cast of so many new and returning stars that many
roles have been double-cast to accommodate them all. If you want even more value for your
theatrical dollar, come on opening night to wine and dine yourself with the cast at a free
reception upstairs from the Music Hall, following the final curtain.


Strephon and Fairies
   The fun does not end there! Also featured this season will be “Frederick’s Birthday
Party,” an opportunity for the public to join the company for a relaxed evening of music, food,
fun and special prizes (January 2016), and Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous masterwork The
Pirates of Penzance (March 2016). Come join the Pittsburgh Savoyards in their 78th Season of
making Pittsburgh proud to be British.
    As part of its community outreach mission, The Pittsburgh Savoyards invites local
nonprofit organizations to apply for a limited number of blocks of free tickets to Iolanthe.
Interested organizations should send correspondence to information@pittsburghsavoyards.org, or
call 412-734-8476. Nonprofits with an educational mission will be preferred, if applications exceed available tickets.

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