The Savoy Company Exhibit at University of Pennsylvania
On exhibit December 8, 2014 through late 2016
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 4th floor
"Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy"
Philadelphia's Savoy Company
The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur theater company in the world devoted to the production of operas by Gilbert and Sullivan. "Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy" traces the history of the company, beginning with its founding in 1901 by Penn alumnus Alfred Reginald Allen. Featured are posters, programs, and photographs from four representative productions: The Yeomen of the Guard (1908); Utopia Limited, or The Flowers of Progress (1936); The Pirates of Penzance (1967); and H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor (1997).
Go to http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/savoy.html
for more information.
Back on Broad - Saturday, March 21, 2015
The Savoy Company performed last on Broad Street at the Academy of Music in 2011. On Saturday, March 21, 2015, The Savoy Company threw a black tie party -- Savoy’s Back on Broad Celebration -- at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre with cocktails, performance, and after-show merriment around the piano.
Main Line Times photos and coverage of the event.
“We’re thrilled to be back on Broad,” said Michael Wittich, The Company’s Co-President. “Gilbert and Sullivan’s works are among the most frequently performed opera series in the world – in any language. The City of Philadelphia has such a rich theatrical tradition it’s only right that G&S is coming back.”
In a virtual world, Savoy honors many old-school theater traditions. Stage backgrounds are coated with gesso, painted and glued together “pretty much like Shakespeare’s crew made them,” said Wittich. Before every curtain, Queen Victoria appears in a theatre box, just as she did at G&S performances in London, and all rise to sing “God Save the Queen.”
“Friendship is another old Savoy Tradition,” said Geoffrey Berwind, Co-President. “Some Savoyards are second and third-generation members, and in 100 years at least 50 couples have met and married here.”