Reviewed by Lee Shepherd The Summer Savoyards' The Sorcerer created magic last night (Friday, July 14) in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University. One of Gilbert & Sullivan's lesser-known comic operas, presented here as a "staged concert," didn't skimp on much. It featured the full-length score and script, but minimal sets and costumes. The show is full of humor and pathos, timely social commentary, beautiful soaring voices and the spirited acting for which the company is known.
By Barb Van Atta The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) is awarding $231,246 in United Cultural Fund (UCF) grants for 2017. General operating grants will help support operations of seven major arts organizations. Seventeen project grants will support projects by community non-profits and individual artists. The recipients were to be honored at a press conference Tuesday (March 14), followed by a “Pi Day” celebration and fund-raising event at the Water Street Brewing Co. in downtown Binghamton. The press conference has been canceled due to the impending blizzard, but...Read more
I was at the Summer Savoyards' production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Where were you in the arts this weekend?Read more
-- Barb Van Atta...
Reviewed by Lee Shepherd True confessions: I know Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore inside and out – but only as a pit orchestra musician. I always wondered what was going on above my head, what all the foot stomping was about and why the audience was snickering, chortling and guffawing. Friday night (July 15) in the Anderson Center, at the Summer Savoyards' eighth production of Pinafore, I found out. The operetta subtitled “The Lass That Loved A Sailor,” is simply hilarious – not just for the infectiously hummable tunes,...Read more
I was cheering from the wings and from the house for my son and his fellow Summer Savoyards cast members.(See Nancy Oliveri's Iolanthe: Re-Vamped review below.) How have the arts been part of your week?Read more
-- Barb Van Atta...
Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri You have three more opportunities as of this writing, to see the Summer Savoyards' funny, updated and slightly twisted take on the Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. In Iolanthe: Re-Vamped, the fairies of the original operetta are vampires, hence the title. I was fortunate to have seen the opening night performance, and it was really fun. The musicians in the orchestra were right on key under the direction of Kimberly (Bemis) Tyler. Under the stage direction of Kate Murray, who never fails as a director to think...Read more
Reviewed by Tony Villecco [caption id="attachment_8908" align="alignright" width="320"] Roe (left) and Tornberg[/caption] For more than 50 years, the Summer Savoyards have produced the popular English operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, drawing largely on local talent ranging from fledgling teens to retired veterans. Last night (July 12) at Binghamton University's Anderson Center, the troupe (the longest running current community group in Binghamton) presented an entertaining evening with its version of The Gondoliers. There’s no point in trying to explain the story...Read more