It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the shows, because it’s been a while since I’ve been in one! But I’m back in a production, with the Savoy Theater in Philadelphia, and we’re doing Ruddigore in May and June. I am in the ensemble (I auditioned for that alone since I’m still warming back into performing and concentrating on work.)
I am used to 2 months of constant rehearsals from the groups I worked with on the other side of the state, but this troupe does things more elongated — just two rehearsals a week, but for almost 6 months. This is going to take some getting used to.
Regardless, our first rehearsals have been these past couple of weeks and I am already incredibly impressed. The leads are magnificent, top level singers and actors. Should I want to do a lead later, I’m going to have to step up my game. The ensemble is more a mix of amateur and professional, but still amazing and very well balanced, and very good at blending together. And THE MEN. There’s an actual full section of men, including tenors! And they sound SO GOOD. When I first heard them, I gasped.
I’ll post more about it as it comes up, but in the meantime I am already impressed.
I’ll also be performing a solo with them for Philly Theater Week on February 15th. The show is sold out at this time, but I’m looking forward to helping with their fundraising that week. Hooray!
The Grand Duke opens THIS FRIDAY, March 2nd! I play The Baroness on Saturday March 3rd, 9th, and 11th, but the other casting for this role is Sally Danmead, who is amazing. Our cast overall for this production is wonderful, and I think that I have now fallen in love with the music — my new favorite of all of the Gilbert and Sullivan shows. And Rob Hockenberry has outdone himself with the choreography for this one, taking advantage of some wonderful dancers among the cast!
Have I mentioned that The Pittsburgh Savoyards haven’t performed this particular show in something like 50 years?
You really must come see this production. I have a few tickets left at the $15 price, good for any show, and I do accept Paypal and can leave them at Will Call for you. Otherwise you can purchase them online or at the door for $25.
Just to let you know, I’m singing with the Renaissance City Choirs for this holiday season, and we’re doing two concerts. One is with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra this Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Edgewood. We’re singing some familiar carols and Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata during this concert with the Edgewood Symphony, and they’ll continue with their own works (and also with soloist Robert Frankenberry!) Tickets can be obtained online for $15.
We’ll then have our own main holiday concert on December 9th at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. We will be once again singing the carols and the Pinkham, but also will sing many other works of humorous or touching natures. Of course our traditional audience-participation 12 Days of Christmas will be part of the show! It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to support the GLBTQ community. Tickets can be obtained online for $25.
Lastly, I have a couple of big announcements coming up in the next two weeks… including some great news from my Cryptic Canticles group!
Hey all, I know it’s been a while since I checked in, but I’ll be singing this weekend in the Robert Page Tribute concert. I worked with Robert Page for 10 years as a child singer, and much of what I still use for singing he taught me.
Tickets for the show are free, but do need to be ordered in advance.
Who doesn’t love singing pirates?
Seriously, that’s what got me singing with the Pittsburgh Savoyards in the first place. Pirates of Penzance was the first show I ever did with them in March of 2012, now 4 years ago! I adored the show so much, I decided I had to do it again. And this time I am cast as Kate! It’s a minor role, which is very much a relief after playing Nirena in Giulio Cesare.
This is a fantastic production too, full of incredible talent, including so many of the folks who were in Giulio Cesare with me, and also others I’ve known from previous Savoyards. It’s great seeing Liz Rishel and Deborah Greenstein reprise their roles as Mabel and Ruth, respectively, as well. The incredible Sean Lenhart is directing.
As always, I have tickets for sale! $15 a piece if you buy from me, and I do take paypal and can leave them at will call. The show runs Friday March 4th-Sunday March 6th, and Thursday March 10th-Sunday March 13th. I am Kate on the even dates, and ensemble on the other dates (the amazing Sarah Perconte is playing Kate when I am not!) My tickets are good for any of those nights, no need to know which you’re going to in advance!
I hope to see you there!