The Summer Savoyards Present 'The Sorcerer"

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The Summer Savoyards of Binghamton present Gilbert and Sullivan’s early operetta ‘The Sorcerer’ in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. An egotistical nobleman about to be married conspires with a hapless “Family Sorcerer” to administer a love potion to the entire village. Since it is a comedy, the plot goes hilariously wrong. WSKG’s Sam Goodyear chats with Music Director Sherri Strichman and with the Sorcerer himself, John Starks. http://wskg.org/audio/sorcerer.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kirsten Johnson for the Summer Savoyards

'The Mikado' Comes to Binghamton University

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The Binghamton University Music Department, in conjunction with the Summer Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan’s perennial favorite ‘The Mikado’ in two performances, February 10 at 7:30pm and February 12 at 1pm in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  Timothy Perry leads the orchestra and tenor Steven Nanni directs.  We hear from the two sopranos sharing the role of the young Yum-Yum, who seems innocent, but she’s “very wide awake” in dealing with a frightening rival, as well as threats of decapitation and other more “stuffy” deaths. http://wskg.org/audio/0206mikado.mp3

 

Photo credit: Summer Savoyards

Rachel Lampert’s ‘Precious Nonsense’ is Revived at Kitchen Theatre

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Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre is reviving Rachel Lampert’s Gilbert and Sullivan mash-up ‘Precious Nonsense’.  A Depression Era G & S company battles financial troubles to produce ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ with only seven actors.  Kitchen Theatre is also the recent recipient of a theatrical award.  Director Sara Lampert Hoover and Associate Directing Producer Lesley Greene talk about the play and about the award. http://wskg.org/audio/preciousmix.mp3

 

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Rachel Lampert's 'Precious Nonsense' is Revived at Kitchen Theatre

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Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre is reviving Rachel Lampert’s Gilbert and Sullivan mash-up ‘Precious Nonsense’.  A Depression Era G & S company battles financial troubles to produce ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ with only seven actors.  Kitchen Theatre is also the recent recipient of a theatrical award.  Director Sara Lampert Hoover and Associate Directing Producer Lesley Greene talk about the play and about the award. http://wskg.org/audio/preciousmix.mp3

 

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Love and Passion On The H.M.S. Pinafore

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Summer Savoyards presents “H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved A Sailor” July 15-17 at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. Crystal Sarakas talks with Jana Kucera, who plays Josephine, and Danel Vaglica, who plays Little Buttercup. Here’s a fun look back at the 2002 Summer Savoyards production of H.M.S. Pinafore. See if you can spot the WSKG folk who were part of the cast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0-x_SiGlJA

Gilbert & Sullivan's collegiate satire feels at home in the Finger Lakes

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire on women’s education, Princess Ida, has been relocated to a thinly disguised Wells College in the late 1800s by Anthony Di Renzo. The Cornell Savoyards are on a tour of this version, now appearing at the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 10th at 3pm. Two wealthy robber barons unite to launder their ill-gotten gains by founding a college, but the high-minded daughter of one of them refuses to cooperate, and opens her own university. http://wskg.org/audio/Idafinal.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Savoyards Musical Theatre

 

"Glitter and Gold" pairs period music with the Phelps Mansion architecture

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Theatre Street Productions presents Glitter and Gold: Operatic Jewels of the Gilded Age, music from the era when the Phelps family built their home on Court Street in Binghamton. Soprano Andrea Gregori, mezzo-soprano Kasey Stewart, tenor Steven Nanni, and pianist Margaret Reitz perform selections from opera and Gilbert and Sullivan in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion.  This past summer they performed at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, Great Britain.   The Mansion is decorated for the holidays, and the singers are in period costumes. The concert is on Sunday, December 20th at 3pm. http://wskg.org/audio/glitterphelps.mp3

Photo courtesy of Angel Zdimal

The Cornell Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan's "Princess Ida"

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Stage Director Judith Pratt talks about the Cornell Savoyards’ production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida. It’s both a satire on women’s education and the misogynistic views of it prevalent in the Victorian Era. The Savoyards have set this production in the era of the Robber Barons of the late 1800’s and, specifically, at Wells College. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1040122.mp3

The Summer Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe" in a re-vamped style

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WSKG’s Sam Goodyear speaks with Mary Donnelly, Kate Murray, and Jim Mica about the Summer Savoyards’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe — Re-Vamped.  In Celtic literature fairies were not cut from the same cloth as Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather, but rather more like the vampires of popular culture.  This production satirizes both the current crop of vampires and politics at the same time. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1035327.mp3

 

 

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