The Grand Duke (Winter/Spring 2022)
After a year hiatus from our mainstage show – only the second in our 60-year history – the Sudbury Savoyards are thrilled to be planning a return to the stage with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Grand Duke for winter/spring of 2022. Auditions are planned, rehearsals start mid-November and the show opens at Lincoln/Sudbury Regional HS on Friday, February 25th!
Two-Ring kick-off gathering: Sept 25th
Join us for our kick-off Grand Duke gathering on Saturday, September 25th from 3 – 6 pm at 25 Wood Road, Marlborough, MA. This will be weather permitting, and we have a rain date scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd from 3 – 6 pm. The event will be held outdoors so we can safely sing and be a little more socially distanced. Meet our Grand Duke directors, producers, tech and production team, and visit with fellow Savoyards!
We will sing through the score of our show, so please bring a score if you have one. This is a BSTS event (i. e. “bring something to share”): we will be looking for nibblies, desserts and beverages. Two Ring is also an opportunity for anyone who wants to join the chorus for Grand Duke to register! Chorus members are not required to audition. There is plenty of street parking. We hope to see you there! Questions?
From our 2006 production of The Grand Duke
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Grand Duke
(a plot summary care of Wikipedia):
In The Grand Duke, Gilbert and Sullivan come full circle, back to the theme of their first collaboration, Thespis: a troupe of actors taking political power. The plot hinges on the misinterpretation of a 100-year-old law regarding statutory duels (decided by drawing cards). The baffled leading man of the troupe, Ludwig, spearheads the rebellion against the hypochondriac, miserly Grand Duke and becomes engaged to four different women before the plot is resolved.
The frugality and phoniness of the wealthy classes and the nobility is lampooned and, as in Princess Ida, The Mikado, The Gondoliers, and Utopia, Limited, the foreign setting emboldens Gilbert to use some particularly pointed satire.