Performance of 'Utopia Limited' celebrates 75 years of Savoyards

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The Pittsburgh Savoyards, a semiprofessional theater company that presents productions of the Victorian musical comedies of Gilbert and Sullivan, is presenting the Pittsburgh premiere of “Utopia Limited” at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.

The show opens Friday night and runs Saturday and Sunday and next Thursday-March 16.

The classic comic operetta from 1893 was the next-to-last comedy from the collaboration between lyricist Sir William Gilbert and composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. The play takes place in the mythical South Seas island kingdom of Utopia.

This year marks the 75th anniversary season of The Pittsburgh Savoyards Inc., which bills itself as “Western Pennsylvania’s oldest continuously performing theater company.” Guy Russo is in his 17th year as music director and conductor of the Pittsburgh Savoyards Orchestra. Robert B. Hockenberry is returning for the fourth time as stage director.

The cast includes professional and amateur performers.

The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. for performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday performances start at 2:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale one hour before the performance starts, or visit www.pittsburghsavoyards.org to order tickets online.

General admission tickets are $25. The cost is $21 for seniors and students, $12 for pre-teens and $20 each for groups of 10 or more people.

In honor of the group's 75th anniversary, a limited number of free tickets will be offered to local nonprofit organizations for performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 412-734-8476.

The Grand Dukes Dress Ball will be April 16 at the Twentieth Century Club, the site of the company's first performance in 1938.

The name of the company comes from the Savoy Theater in London, where many operas were premiered and performed for many years.

Onstage vocalists have included members of the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus and Mendelssohn Choir and principle vocalists from the Civic Light Opera off-Broadway productions.


Linda Wilson Fuoco: lfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-722-0087.

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