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Summer Savoyards present 'Ruddigore' by Gilbert & Sullivan, July 8-11 at Anderson Center, Binghamton University
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Summer Savoyards present 'Ruddigore' by Gilbert & Sullivan, July 8-11 at Anderson Center, Binghamton University
Online interview audio now available Summer Savoyards present
Ruddigore
by Gilbert & Sullivan


Thursday, July 8, 8pm
Friday, July 9, 8pm
Saturday, July 10, 8pm
Sunday, July 11, 3pm

Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Binghamton University Campus
Vestal, NY 13850

website: www.SummerSavoyards.org

The Summer Savoyards present their 50th glorious season: Ruddigore by Gilbert & Sullivan, Thursday July 8, Friday July 9 and Saturday July 10 at 8:00pm, with a matinee Sunday July 11 at 3:00pm. All performances are in the air-conditioned Anderson Center Chamber Hall on the Binghamton University Campus. Tickets may be charged online at www.SummerSavoyards.org. Summer Savoyards' box office may be reached at 777-4237. Tickets are $18. Friday night is Family/Alumni night, all seats $2 off. Alumni will be recognized with a special audience sing-along of "Hail, Poetry" from The Pirates of Penzance at the end of Friday night's performance.

Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse, is a comic operetta in two acts from the brilliant Victorian team who produced HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. It's a send-up of the traditional melodrama, featuring portraits of the ancestors of Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd that come to life in the second act, stepping down from their picture frames to torment their heir with "inconceivable agonies." The humor, exaggerated characters and hummable tunes make for a delightful evening of theatre suitable for the whole family. A complete cast list may be seen at www.SummerSavoyards.org.

Summer Savoyards is the longest-running community theater group in Broome County, having mounted a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta every summer since 1961, when The Mikado was performed, using bathrobes for kimonos. The group now mounts a professional-quality production with full orchestra, led this year by Music Director Barb Fuller. Staging is by Wm. Clark Snyder. The cast ranges in experience from junior high school through professional opera.

It is this mingling of talented veterans and enthusiastic neophytes that is the hallmark of The Savoyards, whose mission includes providing "a learning experience for members through production of musical drama, primarily Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. No one who is willing to learn will be excluded."