Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pittsburgh Savoyards Try Gilbert and Sullivan's "Patience"

The Pittsburgh Savoyards start 2017 fresh with  their upcoming spring production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, playing Mar. 3 -5 and 9 -12.

Brought to life by Stage Director Robert Hockenberry and Assistant Stage Director Andy Hickly, the production will take place at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie, Pa 15106.

Longtime Music Director and Conductor Guy Russo will lead the ensemble and orchestra. All shows begin at 8 pm except on Sundays, which begin at 2:30 pm.

Adult general admission tickets will be $25 each at the box office, with discounted admission available for children, students and seniors. Those who order tickets by March 1 can take advantage of the special early bird discount.

Local non-profit organizations have the opportunity to apply for limited blocks of free tickets to any of the performances.  Interested organizations can direct inquiries to information@pittsburghsavoyards.org or call 412-734-8476. If the number of applications exceeds the amount of available tickets, non-profits with an educational mission will take precedence.

The company invites all attendees of the opening night performance to attend a free reception, scheduled to immediately follow final curtain call. There, audience members can celebrate the show’s opening over food and wine with the cast, crew, orchestra, and Board of Trustees.

All attendees of the first Sunday matinee (Mar. 5, 2017) are invited to stay for a special talk-back event where they have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with select members of the cast, orchestra, and production staff.

In this satire of Nineteenth Century Aesthetic Movement characterized by Oscar Wilde, the curtain opens to reveal “twenty love-sick maidens” outside Bunthorne Manor, pining over aesthetic poet Reginald Bunthorne. While he pursues Patience, the local milkmaid who knows nothing about love, a second poet Archibald Grosvenor enters and reveals himself to Patience as her childhood playmate and asks her to marry him. Patience accepts but then quickly declines after realizing her marriage to him would be a selfish act and that true love must be unselfish.

Bunthorne enters, miserable from rejection, and announces his plan to raffle himself to a lucky maiden. Patience stops him by proclaiming that she will marry him after all. The maidens, seeing Bunthorne unavailable, transfer their affection back to their former fiancées in a military unit before discovering that Grosvenor is aesthetic, upon which they abandon their fiancées and flock to him.

Through whimsical song, dance, and typical humorous Gilbert and Sullivan nonsense-logic, the romantic webs eventually untangle themselves and spin into a happy ending for almost everyone at the end. The company invites members of the press who write or broadcast theatrical reviews to reserve complementary tickets and a media kit at the box office.  For more information, please call Publicity Coordinator Mark Harris at (724) 216-2414 or email publicity@pittsburghsavoyards.com.

Additional information about the Savoyards can be found at http://www.pittsburghsavoyards.org. The Pittsburgh Savoyards is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre group founded in 1938 whose mission is to honor and perpetuate the works of 19th Century English composing duo Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. Using funds raised from ticket sales, fundraising events, and donations from generous patrons, the Savoyards perform two Gilbert and Sullivan productions per year, one in fall and one in spring.

The shows feature a talented mix of both amateur and professional performers from the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In addition to its stage productions, the group organizes numerous community outreach projects to bring the rich heritage of Gilbert and Sullivan to people of all ages, emphasizing the timelessness of the duo’s whimsical tales and charmingly lighthearted music. The Pittsburgh Savoyards is an ARAD asset and is also supported by the Pittsburgh Foundation.

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