Christmas Carol (December 2020) and The Grand Duke (2022)
Coming in 2020 & 2021 & 2022
A Christmas Carol “Virtually Dickens” will premier December 4th, 2020:
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Grand Duke delayed until 2022
Friends of the Sudbury Savoyards,
It is with sadness that I announce that the Sudbury Savoyards Board of Trustees has decided to delay our production of The Grand Duke until February 2022.
Like many theater troupes faced with hard decisions during the pandemic, we must also focus on the safety of our participants and patrons. With current uncertainty and auditions to be scheduled in October, we could not assure that safety.
It is important to highlight that we are delaying not cancelling the production. In the meantime, we will be exploring virtual opportunities to reach out to our community including a virtual Christmas Carol and a variety of events to celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2021!!!
In theatrical spirit,
Brendon Chetwynd, Chair, Sudbury Savoyards Board of Trustees
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Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Grand Duke
(a plot summary care of the Gilbert and Sullivan Archives):
“The curtain rises on the market square of Speisesaal where Ernest Dummkopf’s acting troupe is rehearsing for a production of the Greek tragedy Troilus and Cressida. A conspiracy is afoot among the thespians to overthrow Rudolph, the Grand Duke. Ludwig, the company comedian, who is engaged to Lisa, the company soubrette, admonishes everyone that it is forbidden to allude to the conspiracy without first exchanging the secret sign.
Ludwig, meanwhile, inadvertently betrays the conspiracy. A plan is conceived whereby Ludwig and Ernest will fight a statutory duel and the winner will denounce the loser to the Grand Duke. They draw cards and as Ludwig wins, he goes off to tell the Grand Duke of the conspiracy.
Unaware of the intrigue surrounding him, Grand Duke Rudolph prepares for his wedding to the Baroness von Krakenfeldt. The Baroness reveals that Rudolph was betrothed in infancy to the Princess of Monte Carlo, which poses a problem for both couples.
In the meantime, Ludwig approaches the Grand Duke in order to reveal the plot and finds him greatly agitated. Ludwig hatches a plan by which a statutory duel will be rigged and Rudolph will lose. Ludwig becomes the new Grand Duke. However, Julia, the prominent “English” actress of the troupe, points out that according to her contract she is required to play the part of the Grand Duchess. Lisa is disconsolate, but the show must go on and Ludwig is carried around the stage triumphantly.
As the curtain rises on Act II, Ludwig gloriously presents his plan to manage the Grand Duchy. The Baroness arrives, announcing that Ludwig is required to assume all of the late Duke’s responsibilities, including the Baroness herself, and everyone goes off to celebrate the wedding of Ludwig and the Baroness.
Meanwhile, the Prince and Princess of Monte Carlo arrive on the scene. The Princess, finding that Ludwig has taken over all of the extinct Grand Duke’s responsibilities, happily asserts a prior claim to marriage over the other Grand Duchesses. The company prepares for yet another wedding! At this moment Rudolph and Ernest appear, denouncing Ludwig as an impostor. A legal oversight is revealed and all is happily resolved.”