May 2019

In this issue:

Gala Fundraiser at Wayside Inn
Annual Meeting – June 17th
Membership deadline – May 18th
Nominations deadline – May 18th
Summer Show – opens July 19th
In Memoriam: Dick Sewell

Gala Fundraiser at Longfellow's Wayside Inn!

On June 14th, we will gather to celebrate and support 58 years of keeping the “community” in community theater and presenting the works of Gilbert and Sullivan on a Grand Scale. Upstairs in the historic Wayside Inn’s ballroom, you may begin the evening listening to string quartets as you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, visit the cash bar, and explore the wonderful silent auction offerings.

Then take a seat as our fabulous singers and actors dazzle you with song and humor, sharing Gilbert and Sullivan favorites and important influences of their music. New works from the woodwind players of our orchestra will knock you off your feet (if you’re still standing). Finally, after a cup of coffee and a delightful selection of desserts, you can gather your auction purchases, and trundle home replete with music, food, and friendship.

Seating is limited, and tickets are $50 per person. 
Date: June 14, 2019 from 7-10 p.m.
Location: Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, upstairs ballroom, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA

Sudbury Savoyards Annual Meeting

Please join us for the Sudbury Savoyards’ Annual Meeting on June 17th at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be discussing the state of the group and holding elections for three seats of our nine-member Board of Trustees. Look for statements from the candidates on our website by May 21st.

Date: Monday, June 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Location: First Baptist Church of Sudbury, 162 Landham Road, Sudbury, MA

If you’d like to run for the Board

We are still accepting candidates to serve as Trustees. If you are interested or can recommend someone, please send a note to the Nominating Committee. Written candidate statements are due no later than May 18, 2019, and will be posted on the Savoyard website by May 21, 2019. Currently nominees for the board include: Marc Abouaf, Andrew Conway, Tom Powers (candidate for re-election), and Lindsey Soboleski. Continuing board members include: Brad Amidon, Brendon Chetwynd, Mike Lague, Karen Powers, James Ravan, and Ellen Simmons. Thank you to retiring board members: Susan Elberger and Laura Jacobson!

If you’d like to vote

Anyone may attend our Annual Meeting, but only Members in good standing as of May 18, 2019 (thirty days in advance) will be allowed to vote. If you have not become a member during this fiscal year, you may join online with payment via PayPal, or by sending a check to the Savoyards. Membership details are available on our website. We will be sending an email to the membership by May 13, 2019; if you are a member and have not received this email by that date, please contact us.

Absentee Voting

We strongly encourage everyone to attend the Annual Meeting, but if this is not possible, we will be offering absentee voting this year. Absentee votes may be cast between May 21, 2019 and June 10, 2019, by sending an email to elections When your email has been verified as originating as from a Member in good standing, we will send you a ballot with instructions. Absentee ballots must be received by June 10, 2019.

Summer Show: Twelve Angry Jurors

Coming July 19, 2019!

We’re proud to announce the Savoyards’ Summer Show: Twelve Angry Jurors (better known as Twelve Angry Men) adapted by Sherman Sergel, based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose. The Savoyards’ show, directed by Jake Lewis, produced by Kathryn Denney, will be presented at Cannon Theatre in Littleton this July.

This drama focuses on the men and women of a jury as they deliberate over the trial of a young man charged with murder. As they weigh the evidence, biases come into the open and tempers get as hot as the temperature in the jury room. Dealing with timeless themes of race, class, gender, and the justice system, this powerful piece is as relevant today as ever before.

Performances: July 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee performances: July 21 and 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Cannon Theatre, 410 Great Rd., Littleton, MA

Gone But Not Forgotten

Richard (Dick) Sewell
March 19, 1931 – April 10, 2019

Dick Sewell, 88, passed away on April 10, 2019 in Waterville, Maine. Dick was a member of the Sudbury United Methodist Church and joined The Sudbury Savoyards in 1966 as the First Yeoman in The Yeomen of the Guard. He appeared on-stage in every production for 30 consecutive years as a tenor in the chorus and in the role of Francesco in both the 1971 and 1980 productions of The Gondoliers. For much of his tenure Dick also contributed his efforts with playbill ad solicitation and ticket sales and, in 1987, assumed the role of “Tickets Chief” until 1995 for his last production with the company in The Mikado. In 2005, Dick was awarded “Yeoman of Regard” for his lifetime contributions to the Savoyards. Before retiring to Maine, Dick lived in Sudbury and worked for Raytheon in the Boston area for 39 years. In Maine, he sang with the Colby College chorus.

Dick Sewell, Gondoliers rehearsal 1980
Roy & Bev Paro with Dick Sewell, Yeomen of Regard 2005

Our 2019 production of The Yeomen of the Guard was supported in part by grants from the following cultural councils: Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, Sudbury Cultural Council, Stow Cultural Council, Marlborough Cultural Council, Lincoln Cultural Council, Concord Cultural Council. These local agencies are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.