Our Next Production
Stage Director: Tony Parkes
Music Director: Craig Tata
February 20 - 27, 2016
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Meet the directors for The Sorcerer
Tony Parkes (Stage Director) was introduced to Gilbert & Sullivan at the age of eight by his parents, who gave him recordings of highlights from several operas including The Sorcerer. While other boys were memorizing baseball statistics, Tony memorized the patter songs. He dreamed of singing G&S onstage but was led to pursue a career as a teacher and caller of traditional square and contra dances. After calling in 35 states, Canada and Europe, Tony returned to his childhood dream and joined the Sudbury Savoyards in 1997. With them he has performed in all 13 extant G&S operas, several in leading roles. In 2014 he was Associate Stage Director and Choreographer for Sudbury’s Pirates of Penzance. This year Tony makes his directorial debut and looks forward to working with many of the friends he has made in the past 19 productions.
Craig Tata (Music Director) began studying violin at age 10, and by 11 was learning other instruments as well. He received an undergraduate degree in instrumental music education from Westfield State College before attending the University of Miami, where he received a master's degree in music with an emphasis on conducting. After Miami, he taught music at every level from third grade through college, and was a frequent guest music director for the University of Central Florida's Theater Department. He is currently a regular performer with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and was most recently seen in the role of Melchior in Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.
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