Princess Ida – October 2021

The Pittsburgh Savoyards open their 84th season this October with Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, Princess Ida. Performances will be held October 8-10 and 14-17, 2021 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. (Directions and parking) Online live streams of the October 10th and 17th performances are also available. We are now offering archive recordings of the live stream broadcasts until November 26, 2021!

All performances are at 7:30pm, except for the Sunday matinees which are at 2:30pm.

A hilarious twist on a traditional medieval fairy tale, Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant tells the tale of the titular Princess Ida and is partially based on the 1847 poem The Princess by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Prince Hilarion has been waiting for his wedding day for twenty years. He is about to meet Princess Ida to whom he was betrothed, as a baby. Unfortunately, Princess Ida has decided that she does not want to honor the commitment, and has, instead, gone off and started a women’s university. But Hilarion does not give up hope! In an attempt to woo her, Hilarion, dresses up as a maiden and sneaks into the women’s compound, accompanied by his friends, Cyril and Florian, who are forced to dress up as well. Once the “maidens” are in the compound, various girls attending the college discover their secret. These girls attempt to keep their knowledge from Ida, but eventually Ida discovers and apprehends the intruders. Will violence erupt in their confrontation, or can a peaceful agreement be made?

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PLEASE NOTE: For this performance we will be requiring guests to conform to the COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking requirements outlined by the Pittsburgh Cultural TrustEntry will be denied for guests who do not adhere to these requirements.

More Information

Interview/song excerpts: In Studio Pop-up: Princess Ida, Pittsburgh Savoyards – Saturday Light Brigade
Preview: PITTSBURGH SAVOYARDS’ 84th season opens with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, opening October 8th – onStage Pittsburgh
Preview: PITTSBURGH SAVOYARDS PRESENT PRINCESS IDA – David Zuchowski, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe

Review: The Pittsburgh Savoyards Present “Princess Ida” – George B. Parous, onStage Pittsburgh
Review: Princess Ida Has Grit and Substance Beneath the Usual Gilbert & Sullivan Froth and Frivolity By Dave Zuchowski – Pittsburgh Owl Scribe

Music Director – Guy Russo
Stage Director – Michael McFaden
Assistant Stage Director – Sean Lenhart
Production Manager – Lynette Garlan
Production Stage Manager – Andrea Lisiak
Technical Director – Robert Hockenberry
Lighting Designer – Garth Schafer
Costumier – Ellen Rosen
Properties Designer – Lara Rogers

King HildebrandCorey Nile Wingard
Hilarion, King Hildebrand's SonJordan Speranzo
Cyril, Hilarion's FriendBen Nadler
Florian, Hilarion's FriendAlex Policicchio
King GamaPhil Hayes (Oct. 9, 15, 17)
Robert Hockenberry (Oct. 8, 10, 14, 16)
Arac, King Gama's SonEric Schaffer
Guron, King Gama's SonDon Neuhaus
Scynthius, King Gama's SonGerry Neuhaus
Princess Ida, King Gama's DaughterTiffany Meyers
Lady Blanche, Professor of Abstract ScienceSally Denmead
Lady Psyche, Professor of HumanitiesKate Manuel
Melissa, Lady Blanche's DaughterKat Bowman (Oct. 8, 10, 14, 16)
Mia Gallo (Oct. 9, 15, 17)
Sacharissa, Girl GraduateLisa Dunlap (Oct. 8, 10, 14, 16)
Savanna Simeone (Oct. 9, 15, 17)
Chloe, Girl GraduateElizabeth Partee
Ada, Girl GraduateLisa Dunlap (Oct. 9, 15, 17)
Savanna Simeone (Oct. 8, 10, 14, 16)
Chorus of Girl GraduatesLeslie Clark
Jennifer M. Davidson
Deborah Geary
Megan Kelly
Inara Manzetti
Sarah Schultz
Kira Varela
Chorus of Soldiers and CourtiersMartin Atschul
Adam Birch
Logan Newman
Craig Yankes
Myles Zuckerman