The Sudbury Savoyards are a community theater organization founded in 1961 in Sudbury, Massachusetts that specializes in the light operas (“operettas”) composed by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.
As of June 2016, the Sudbury Savoyards became an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We believe that in community theater, the “community” part and the “theater” part are equally important.
We are one of the few theater companies in New England that performs all the works of Gilbert & Sullivan as “Theater on a Grand Scale” – with a large chorus, full orchestra, and full staging, costuming, and lights. These productions feature a chorus open to all who wish to participate, while our leads are selected through competitive auditions.
We perform one large scale G&S show a year, in winter. We produce a smaller-scale, usually non-musical comedy or light drama in the summer, and occasionally produce concerts and smaller outreach events.
What’s with the name “Savoyards?”
The original G&S productions were staged in the Savoy Theater in London; a “Savoyard” was an habitue of said theater, hence our name.
Charity had always been an important element in our program of work; the Savoyards have donated more than a quarter million dollars to world hunger relief over the past three decades. Although as a non-profit arts organization, our direct donations are limited, we continue to work to find ways to support relief of hunger though collaborations.
As a registered 501(c)(3) organization, donations and gifts to the Savoyards are applicable as charitable deductions for tax purposes.
The Sudbury Savoyards are supported, in part, by grants from:
- Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council
- Sudbury Cultural Council
- Marlborough Cultural Council
- Lincoln Cultural Council
- Hudson Cultural Council
Local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
We are also grateful for the generous support of our members! Your donations help to keep community theater alive. Thank you!