The Sorcerer – Fall 2022

The Pittsburgh Savoyards continue their 85th season this Fall with Gilbert and Sullivan’s magical operetta, The Sorcerer. Performances will be held October 21-23 and 28-30 2022 at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center in Ross Township, PA (Directions and parking). Online livestreams of the October 23rd & 28th performances are also available! All performances will feature full supertitles for both lyrics and dialogue.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of several productions of other local community theatre groups due to outbreaks, we may require patrons to wear masks at our discretion during the performance.

Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, October 21 at 7:30 pm (CC)
  • Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 pm (CC)
  • Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 pm (Livestream, CC)
  • Friday, October 28 at 7:30 pm  (Livestream, CC)
  • Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 pm (CC)
  • Sunday, October 30 at 2:30 pm (CC)

The villagers of Ploverleigh are celebrating the betrothal of Alexis, son of Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre, to Aline, daughter of Lady Sangazure, who just happens to be Sir Marmaduke’s old flame. However, Alexis is obsessed with the idea of love levelling all ranks and social distinctions. To promote his beliefs, he invites the proprietor of J. W. Wells & Co., Family Sorcerers, to brew a love potion. Unfortunately, this causes everyone in the village to fall in love with the first person they see, which results in the pairing of comically mismatched couples! In the end, Wells must make a difficult choice in order to break the spell and set things back to normal.

Based on the story An Elixir of Love which Gilbert wrote for The Graphic magazine in 1876, The Sorcerer is Gilbert & Sullivan’s third composition as a duo and originally premiered in November of 1877. The success of the opera paved the way the following year for the duo’s first smash hit, H.M.S. Pinafore.

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More Information

PreviewLive Music: The Sorcerer, Pittsburgh SavoyardsSaturday Light Brigade
Preview: Pittsburgh Savoyards – The Sorcerer – Oct 19, 2022WQED-FM Voice of the Arts
Preview: Pittsburgh’s top events: Oct. 20-26Pittsburgh City Paper
Preview: Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Sorcerer’ opens this Friday, October 21, 2022onStage Pittsburgh

Review: Gilbert and Sullivan’s oldest opera ‘The Sorcerer’comes back to life in the Pittsburgh Savoyard’s current revival – MAC Hoover, onStage Pittsburgh
Review: The Sorcerer – Now Casting a Spell as Halloween Approaches – David Zuchowski, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe

Music Director – Guy Russo
Stage Director – Brady Collins
Production Manager – Lynette Garlan
Production Stage Manager – Andrea Lisiak
Technical Director – Robert Hockenberry
Lighting Designer – Garth Schafer
Costumier – Mary Lepiane
Properties Designer – Leslie Clark

Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre, an Elderly BaronetPhil Hayes (Oct. 22, 28, 30)
Bob Herold (Oct. 21, 23, 29)
Alexis, of the Grenadier Guards, his sonAndrew Boag
Dr Daly, Vicar of PloverleighLogan Daniel Newman (Oct. 21, 23, 29)
Alex Policicchio (Oct. 22, 28, 30)
NotaryEric Schaffer
John Wellington Wells, of J. W. Wells & Co., Family SorcerersCorey Nile Wingard (Oct. 21, 23, 29)
Jonah Winter (Oct. 22, 28, 30)
Lady Sangazure, a Lady of Ancient LineageSally Denmead
Aline, her Daughter, betrothed to AlexisCaryn Greco
Mrs. Partlet, a Pew OpenerDeborah Geary (Oct. 21, 23, 29)
Michele Gray-Schaffer (Oct. 22, 28, 30)
Constance, her DaughterTiffany Meyers (Oct. 21, 23, 29)
Savannah Simeone (Oct. 22, 28, 30)
HerculesInara Manzetti (Oct. 22, 28, 30)
Chelsie Clydesdale (Oct. 21, 23, 29)
Chorus of VillagersDenise Allen
Adam Birch
Michelle Cali
Chris Carter
Mike Cerminara
Leslie Clark
Zhen Yu Ding
Don Gudenburr
Tamara Marlise Manzetti
Kathryn Morosky
Don Neuhaus
Gerry Neuhaus
Katherine Ohliger
Elizabeth Partee
Erin Ritson
Sarah E Schultz
Brienne Sharo
Carolee Shearer
Mari Storch
Kira Varela