Hail Comedy 4: The Goblet of Improv

 

Pittsburgh’s best improv troupe (as voted by City Paper readers) Select Start returns to the Savoyards for two nights of hilarity! Encompassing long and short form improv, we guarantee you’ll laugh till it hurts!

Join the Select Start team for a night of fun and fast-paced short-form improv comedy. Audiences will inspire the performers in interactive games and scenes throughout the show and see their suggestions turn into laughs!

Performances are June 14 & 15 at 7:30pm at the Margaret Partee Performing Arts Center in Bellevue, PA. All tickets are just $15. Get tickets here. Continue reading

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Announcing our 87th Season!

We are proud to announce our 87th season, where we will bring you four shows, including three operettas! Interested in seeing all our shows for a discounted rate? We are offering season passes that include all four shows plus a ticket to one of our special events (see below) for just $70 (a savings of $15)!

Click Here to Purchase a Season Pass (available through July 27, 2024)

 

Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear, July 12-27 2024 at the Margaret Partee Performing Arts Center, Bellevue, PA
Directed by Robert Hockenberry

A quintessential French farce centered around misunderstandings, mistaken identities, and comedic chaos, A Flea in Her Ear revolves around Raymonde Chandebise, a gossiping wife who suspects her husband, Victor Emmanuel, of infidelity. To test his loyalty, she concocts a scheme involving a fake love letter, inviting him to a rendezvous at a dubious hotel. This plan sets off a whirlwind of confusion involving an array of characters, including Victor Emmanuel’s doppelgänger, a jealous Spaniard, and a series of comedic mishaps. The play’s intricate timing, witty dialogue, and absurd situations ultimately resolve in a humorous yet satisfying conclusion where misunderstandings are cleared and relationships are mended.

Tickets for A Flea in Her Ear

 

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, October 4-13 2024 at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, Ross Township, PA
Stage Director Patrick Daniel, Music Director Guy Russo

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride, satirizes the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and 1880s. Two rival poets, Reginald Bunthorne and Archibald Grosvenor, vie for the affection of the beautiful dairy maid Patience. Bunthorne is a self-proclaimed aesthetic who attracts the attention of the local maidens, despite secretly being a fraud who loathes the movement. Patience, uninterested in the poets, initially struggles with the concept of true love. She ultimately finds herself drawn to Grosvenor, who is genuinely handsome and charming. Meanwhile, the officers of the Dragoon Guards also desire the attention of the maidens, and go to great lengths to try to woo them. The opera humorously critiques the pretensions of the art world and the fickleness of romantic ideals, ending with a series of romantic resolutions that leave the characters paired off happily.

Tickets for Patience

 

Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland, December 6-21 2024 at the Margaret Partee Performing Arts Center, Bellevue, PA
Stage Director Robert Hockenberry, Music Director Guy Russo

Victor Herbert’s 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland is a whimsical musical journey that follows the adventures of siblings Alan and Jane, who find themselves lost in the fantastical Toyland after fleeing from their wicked Uncle Barnaby, who schemes to steal their inheritance after their parents meet an untimely end. As they navigate this magical realm filled with enchanting characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes as well as the enigmatic Toymaker, the siblings face numerous challenges and mischief orchestrated by their villainous uncle and his henchmen. With a blend of captivating melodies and imaginative storytelling, this timeless story weaves a tale of bravery, friendship, and wonder. Will Alan and Jane be able to outsmart Barnaby and find their way back home?

Tickets for Babes in Toyland

 

Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, March 14-23 2025 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Carnegie, PA
Stage Director Meighan Lloyd, Music Director Guy Russo

Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore; or, the Lass Who Loved a Sailor, revolves around the captain’s daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite being promised to Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. The narrative explores themes of social class and true love as Josephine and Ralph’s affection faces numerous obstacles. With a twist of mistaken identity and a satirical look at British society, the topsy-turvy conclusion resolves in a satisfying way while also highlighting the absurdities of the class system.

Tickets for H.M.S. Pinafore

 

Special Events

In addition to our five main shows, we will also be periodically offering special events throughout the season. Finalized details of our special events will be announced at a later date.

 

Click Here to Purchase a Season Pass (available through July 27, 2024)

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Stage and Vocal Auditions for Patience 2024

Audition to be a part of our Fall 2024 production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, or: Bunthorne’s Bride, running from October 4-13 2024 with music director Guy Russo and stage director Patrick Daniel. We will be auditioning for lead and ensemble roles. Auditions are available in-person or via video submission through our online audition form (see below).

We believe in and strive for inclusion, diversity, and representation in casting and encourage actors of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, ages, and body types to audition.

In-person auditions:

Thursday, June 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and
Sunday, June 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (please see the form below)

Location:

The Pittsburgh Savoyards (Margaret Partee Performing Arts Center)
523 Lincoln Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202

Before your audition:

Prepare no more than two minutes of a song that best showcases your voice. Opera (in English), Operetta, or more Traditional (not pop) Broadway recommended.

You may also be asked to do a cold reading.

Please fill out our digital audition form ahead of time and be sure to indicate which time slot or slots you are available. We will compile the responses into a final schedule and contact you about your scheduled audition time.

Please bring:

  • Sheet music for our accompanist (and a second copy for yourself if not memorized).
  • Resume and head-shot, if available.

Virtual auditions:

Prepare no more than two minutes of a song that best showcases your voice. Opera (in English), Operetta, or more Traditional (not pop) Broadway recommended. You can use an app like Appcompanist (available on iOS and Android) to assist you in your recording.

Please fill out our digital audition form. Time slot is not necessary for virtual auditions. Be sure to include:

  • Your resume and head-shot, if available.
  • Your audition video, submitted in one of the ways indicated on the form.

Available Roles

Patience — a dairy maid. (soprano)
Reginald Bunthorne — a fleshly poet. (comic baritone)
Archibald Grosvenor — an idyllic poet. (lyric baritone)
Lieut. The Duke of Dunstable — officer of the Dragoon Guards. (tenor)
Lady Jane — a rapturous maiden. (contralto)
Colonel Calverly — officer of the Dragoon Guards. (bass-baritone)
Lady Angela — a rapturous maiden. (mezzo-soprano)
Lady Saphir — a rapturous maiden. (mezzo-soprano or soprano)
Major Murgatroyd — officer of the Dragoon Guards. (baritone)
Lady Ella — a rapturous maiden. (soprano)
Chorus of Rapturous Maidens and Dragoon Guards

Contact

For questions about auditions, email auditions@pittsburghsavoyards.org or call: 412-734-8476 (voice mail).

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Auditions for A Flea in Her Ear 2024

Audition to be a part of our summer 2024 production – Georges Feydeau’s classic French farce A Flea in Her Ear, running from July 12 to 27 2024 with director Robert Hockenberry. Auditions are available in-person through our online audition form (see below).

We believe in and strive for inclusion, diversity, and representation in casting and encourage actors of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, ages, and body types to audition.

Auditions are open to those 18 and over.
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Pictures with a Princess! Meet our Sleeping Beauty in person!

Bring your little ones (or young at heart) to meet our Sleeping Beauty in person and enjoy a delicious Sleeping Beauty themed beverage. Bring your own device to take pics!

When: Saturday, April 27 from 11:00am to noon
Where: Bellevue Beans Coffee Purveyors, 569 Lincoln Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202
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Paradox Pirate Party: a Leap Year Birthday Benefit!

Come celebrate the birthday of Frederic, the slave of duty from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance! Frederic was born on Leap Day and as such only has a birthday every 4 years.  He’s looking pretty rough for only having had about 40 birthdays, so come celebrate while we can! An evening of pirate and seafaring performances from G&S to classic sea shanties with stops to improv and games along the way, our winter fundraiser will be a beacon of joy in these cold winter weeks!

Come and hear pirate songs, sea shanties, and songs of the sea with some Pirates of the Caribbean thrown in.  There will be songs from Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and other G&S favorites.  Sing along if you like!  There will also be games and prizes.  Join in the fun!  February 29 sees the arrival of the Pirate Ship Cake! March 1 will be Pirate Hat night – wear your own or if you don’t have one, wear one of our free pirate hats.  March 2 is pirate sword night – get your free pirate sword (plastic – sorry no metal allowed).

The event will take place each night at 7:30pm from Thursday February 29 thru Saturday March 2 at the Margaret Partee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 online or at the door.

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Hail Comedy 3: Improv Strikes Back!

Ring in the new year with another hilarious night of improv! Some of the best improv performers in the city will join the Savoyards for two great nights!

Join the Select Start team (nominated by City Paper for best comedians in Pittsburgh) for a night of fun and fast-paced short-form improv comedy. Audiences will inspire the performers in interactive games and scenes throughout the show and see their suggestions turn into laughs!

Performances are January 19 & 20 at 7:30pm at the Margaret Partee Performing Arts Center in Bellevue, PA. All tickets are just $15. Get tickets here. Continue reading

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Auditions for Sleeping Beauty 2024

Audition to be a part of our spring 2024 production – the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, running from May 3rd through May 11th 2024 with director Andy Hickly. Auditions are available in-person through our online audition form (see below).

We believe in and strive for inclusion, diversity, and representation in casting and encourage actors of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, ages, and body types to audition.

In-person auditions:

Wednesday, February 28th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and
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Auditions for Pride and Prejudice 2024

Audition to be a part of our late winter 2024 production – Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, running from February 9th through February 24th 2024 with director Marsha Mayhak. Auditions are available in-person through our online audition form (see below).

We believe in and strive for inclusion, diversity, and representation in casting and encourage actors of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, ages, and body types to audition.

In-person auditions:

Saturday, December 9th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, and
Sunday, December 10th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm Continue reading

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Burgh Goes Bump In The Night! Or Horrific Horror Happenings for Highly Hip and Happy Humans

Join the Savoyards at the Margaret Partee Performing Arts Center in Bellevue for an evening of REAL ghost stories from the tri state area! 16 stories of hauntings, creatures, and all sorts of eerie happenings to get you in the spooky mood. Chocolate prizes for those who can guess where each story takes place! Can you spot the one fake?

Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Tickets only $15.

Tarot card readings will begin at 7pm, show starts at 7:30. Tarot card readings are for entertainment purposes only.

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