May 2020

In this Issue

  • Annual Meeting Goes Virtual: June 28th
  • Membership Updates
  • Upcoming Shows and Events:
    • Gala – August 8th 7pm
    • Christmas Carol – December 2020
    • Grand Duke – Spring 2021
  • HMS Pinafore 2020 Recap

Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

The Board of Trustees has rescheduled our Annual Meeting to June 28th, 2020 at 2pm. We will be conducting the meeting virtually this year. Additional details will be provided through our members mailing list and Cast & Crew Facebook page as we get closer to the meeting.

We will be discussing our plans for the future including our “Gilbert and Sullivan and Friends” Concert and Auction, our upcoming production The Grand Duke in February 2021, and plans for celebrating our 60th anniversary. We will also be electing trustees and providing a general financial summary.

We welcome your participation!!! We remind you that, per our bylaws, you must be a member at least 30 days before the meeting (May 30th, 2020) to vote. See below for more on membership.

Zoom Meeting


With all that’s been happening, participating in the Savoyards may only seem like a distant (happy) memory. But we’re still here, thinking and planning for the future, and we hope you’ll join us by becoming a member or renewing your membership. Membership is now done on a rolling basis, effective for one year from the month in which you sign up. We will send renewal reminders in plenty of time for renewal with no lapse. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s a vote of confidence in the future of our group.

While nearly all participants and donors can become members without paying dues, if you wish to support us by voluntarily paying dues or making another contribution, you can send a check or donate online via PayPal. 

Unsure if you’re already an active member? Check on the status of your membership by emailing our Membership Coordinator, Mike Lague. 

Upcoming Shows and Events

Gilbert and Sullivan and Friends Concert -CANCELLED

Due to the COVID-19 virus affecting us all, our 2020 Fundraiser, “Gilbert and Sullivan and Friends” Concert and Silent Auction, has been rescheduled from June 13th to August 8th, 2020 [now cancelled]. Our event will be held at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury from 7-10pm. Tickets will be $40 and reservations can be made on our website starting at the end of June. Watch for the reservations link and more information as it becomes available. We hope to see you there!

Christmas Carol – Coming December 2020

The Sudbury Savoyards were fortunate to inherit, in 2019, a long-standing program of presenting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to audiences at the Wayside Inn. We plan to continue the tradition in 2020! Watch for audition notices and details on our website. [Stay tuned, we don’t know what or how things will change before December 2020]

The Grand Duke! – Coming Winter 2021

Planning has started for our production for Winter 2021, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Grand Duke! In the group’s 60-year history this will be only the second time we have performed this ultimate collaboration of the two men. Watch for audition notices and “Three Ring” party information on the website and in our next Sandwich Board. [Again stay tuned for changes.]

HMS Pinafore Recap

We are grateful to have had successful production of HMS Pinafore in February 2020, before the winds of COVID-19 blew many ships astray. With one of the best orchestras Sudbury Savoyards has assembled, amazing leads, and a chorus of terrific sailors and beautifully-costumed sisters, cousins and aunts, the comic story of children switched at birth and forbidden love unfolded. The two-story ship’s deck, designed by Laurel Martin and built by a team led by Brendon Chetwynd, provided the perfect setting for Captain Corcoran (Brad Amidon) to console his lovely daughter Josephine (Janet Pohli) over her love of a common sailor (Peter Boettcher). We were fortunate to be directed by Jacqueline Haney, and to have sound designer Bill Lopoulis working with music director Kathryn Denney to create a balanced, glorious sound. We received high praise from the DASH-EMACT adjudicator who came to the show.

Since the final day of the show fell on February 29, an important date to Gilbert and Sullivan fans, we were visited by members of the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society in the afternoon for “Frederick’s birthday party!” Co-Music Director Lindsey Soboleski directed the audience and cast to sing “Hail, Poetry,” and everyone enjoyed cake. This production was a joyful and successful celebration of the best of community theater, in which everyone plays an important part and together we create magic.

Ralph (Peter Boetcher) and Josaphine (Janet Pohli)
Captain Corcoran (Brad Amidon) and Sir Joseph (Tony Parkes)
Pinafore 2020 Cast