About Washington Savoyards
Definition: the name "Savoyards" is derived from the name of the theatre in London, Richard D'Oyly Carte's Savoy Theatre, where many Gilbert & Sullivan operas were first performed. It refers to aficionados and performers of Gilbert & Sullivan's operas.
Pronunciation: there are at least three ways to pronounce "Savoyards": SA-voy-ards, with emphasis on the first syllable; sa-VOY-ards, with emphasis on the second syllable; and SAVVEE-ards, with emphasis on the first syllable. Take your choice.
at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
box office and administration 202.399.7993 — fax 202.399.6761
N. Thomas Pedersen, artistic director & vice president
associate artistic director
John Dellaporta, staff associate
Angela Ammerman, secretary
Christine McElroy, treasurer
members of the board
Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden
"non-stop fab" —"the depth of musical talent ... is truly amazing!"
"a must-see musical triumph, easily earning 6 stars out of a possible 4."
"great fun ... full of energy" — "breathtaking and beautiful"
"packs a wallop ... exciting ... delicious"
"the music alone could justify the trip"
"merriment galore" — "a standing ovation"
"an orchestra that spins out beautifully" "frothy treat for the whole family"
Washington Savoyards is Washington's professional musical theatre company. Recent productions include A Grand Night for Singing, Ain't Misbehavin', The Music Man , and The Pirates of Penzance. It casts Washington area actors, including Equity actors, and is committed to non-traditional casting. Its fall 2012 production is the fabulous Richard O'Brien's ROCKY HORROR SHOW.
Washington Savoyards was founded in 1972 as a professional company performing the light operas of Gilbert & Sullivan.
It has moved its performance venues from Montgomery County to Georgetown and is now at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in the lively Atlas District on H Street, NE.
Washington Savoyards has also expanded its repertory to embrace the theatrical descendants of Gilbert & Sullivan. Sandy Bainum brought Washington Savoyards its first Helen Hayes nomination for her role as Marian Paroo in the 2009 production of The Music Man.
Washington Savoyards is grateful for the sustaining support of the Nora Robert Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and many friends and supporters. It is an arts partner at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
History of Washington Savoyards and all productions, 1972-2012