Ruddigore – October 2019

The Pittsburgh Savoyards open their 82nd season this October with Gilbert and Sullivan’s spookiest operetta, Ruddigore. Performances will be held October 11-13 and 17-20, 2019 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. (Directions and parking)

All performances are at 8pm, except for the Sunday matinees which are at 2:30pm.

Join us on opening night (October 11), and you’ll also be invited to join us for a special post-performance reception!

A satirical take on the Victorian Melodrama genre, Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse, has a zany plot with it all—ghosts, witches, curses, disguises, and even a wicked villain who tries to make off with the fair maiden. All of the Baronets of the locale of Ruddigore are under a terrible curse enacted by a witch long ago—each of the successive Baronets must commit some kind of a crime every single day, or else they will die in terrible agony. Robin Oakapple has been living as a farmer for years, working up the courage to ask the beautiful village maiden Rose Maybud for her hand, but he is hiding a secret: he is actually Sir Ruthven, the Baronet of Ruddigore, and has been hiding in disguise while his younger brother Despard assumed the title—and the curse. Betrayed by his foster-brother Richard, Robin is discovered and must take on the responsibility of committing a crime every day in order to appease the curse—and the ghosts of all his ancestors past, who are none too happy with his attempt to shirk his title. Robin must somehow find a way to lead the honest life he loves… but how?

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Music Director – Guy Russo
Stage Director – Michael McFaden
Production Manager – Lynette Garlan
Production Stage Manager – Andrea Lisiak
Assistant Stage Manager – Megan Hixon
Technical Director – Robert Hockenberry
Lighting Designer – Garth Schafer
Costumier – Ellen Rosen

Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
Disguised as Robin Oakapple, a Young Farmer
Michael Brawdy
Richard Dauntless
His Foster-Brother – A Man-o'-war's-man
Russell Henry Hulbert
Sir Despard Murgatroyd
of Ruddigore, A Wicked Baronet
Corey Nile Wingard
Rose Maybud
A Village Maiden
Sarah Marie Nadler (Oct. 12, 18, 20)
Jenna Ziccardi (Oct. 11, 13, 17, 19)
Mad MargaretMeghan M. Hilker (Oct. 11, 13, 17, 19)
Rachelmae Pulliam (Oct. 12, 18, 20)
Dame Hannah
Rose's Aunt
Sally Denmead
Sir Roderic Murgatroyd
The Twenty-first Baronet Ruddigore
Richard Currie (Oct. 12, 18, 20)
Bob Herold (Oct. 11, 13, 17, 19)
Old Adam Goodheart
Robin's Faithful Servant
Michael Greenstein (Oct. 11, 13, 17, 19)
Jack Mostow (Oct. 12, 18, 20)
Professional Bridesmaid
Mia Bonnewell
Professional Bridesmaid
Lindsay Ferreira
Ballet MistressLeslie Clark
Petulant BridesmaidKat Bowman
Professional BridesmaidsLisa Dunlap
Mia Gallo
Elizabeth Partee
Chorus of "Bucks and Blades"and AncestorsChristopher Carter
Don Gudenburr
Phil Hayes
Don Neuhaus
Gerald Neuhaus
Jordan Speranzo
Eric Starbuck
Craig W. Yankes
Chorus of VillagersCatherine Grace
Tricia Hixon
Megan Kelly
Heidi Pilewski
Carolee Shearer
Marichristine M. Storch
Kira Varela
Tanya Veverka

Reviews for Ruddigore

“…instead of dark and shadowy, it’s all spoof and satire and jolly good fun…feel free to take along the kiddies…it’s the sort of fun that’s contagious and leaves you feeling light-hearted and emotionally buoyant.”
David Zuchowski, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe