Iolanthe tickets now on sale

Iolanthe tickets now on sale

Posted on May 18, 2016 in Iolanthe, News

Tickets for this year’s Iolanthe production by the Savoy Society of Ottawa are now available. Click here to purchase them online and have them delivered by email. All tickets are $25 general admission. This year’s production will take place at Cedarview Alliance Church 2784 Cedarview Road (near Fallowfield) Show dates are as follows: Friday, May 27th 7:30 pm Saturday, May 28th, 7:30 pm Sunday, May 29th, 3:00...

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Spotlight on the Iolanthe Orchestra

Spotlight on the Iolanthe Orchestra

Posted on May 18, 2016 in Iolanthe, News

The making of the Savoy Society’s Iolanthe orchestra Savoy Society’s Iolanthe features a 14-piece+  orchestra that even Sir Arthur Sullivan would have been proud of, directed by Gloria Jean Nagy. Without the Savoy operas we would never had had Fiddler on the Roof, Cats or the Lion King. Classical music writer, Lawrence Johnson, reflected that  “Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas are musical titaniums”. Dave Woycheshin, playing the role of Lord Mountararat, is an active community musician in Ottawa and was instrumental (yes, a play on words moment) in recruiting this orchestra. He used all of his connections. The first person that he persuaded was his wife, Maureen, on oboe, followed by his good friend, Larry, on clarinet. He asked the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra (where he plays tuba) and got the violin, cellos and flute. He asked the Divertimento Orchestra and got the trumpet, a second violin, and horn (who is also the principal horn with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra). The viola joined as a result of persuasion from the other strings. He leaned on his Maple Leaf Brass Band connections for the trombone and percussionist, and searched the Ottawa bassoon community (oh yes, there is one!) for our bassoonist. The end result is a very fine pit orchestra. The Savoy Society sincerely thanks them for their wonderful contribution to the show. The show will be held at Cedarview Alliance Church –  May 27, May 28 and May 29.  Larger than life fairies, who can be like naughty children at times, are pitted against the male Peers which is the British name for the Senators (not the hockey team). In G&S musicals, like Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, there is always a young couple who are not allowed to marry until the end of the show because of some misunderstanding. For musical aficionados, G&S always includes a patter song (a word challenge for the singer) and  a capella quartet/quintet. Savoy is pleased to have legendary performer, Sneezy Waters, in a cameo role woven into the G&S story....

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Who will be the bride in Iolanthe: Phyllis, Iolanthe or Sneezy Waters?

Who will be the bride in Iolanthe: Phyllis, Iolanthe or Sneezy Waters?

Posted on May 8, 2016 in Iolanthe, News

The Savoy Society of Ottawa presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s IOLANTHE, with special guest, Sneezy Waters Legendary Ottawa-based folksinger Sneezy Waters, best known for his portrayal of Hank Williams Sr. in the play and film Hank Williams: the Show He Never Gave, makes a cameo appearance in the Savoy Society of Ottawa’s presentation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. [spoiler alert] In Iolanthe, also known as The Peer and the Peri, Sneezy brings music and sublteties of the legal mind to the Gilbert & Sullivan story. This G&S musical is a humourous perspective of life on the Hill with fairies. It could be described as Monty Python (MP) meets TinkerBell, and Justin Trudeau as Peter Pan, at Parliament. And Iolanthe could be Maggie Trudeau . . . Show dates: May 27 -29, 2016. Ticket info here. Sneezy’s latest CD entitled “Sneezy Waters” is now available online and at Compact...

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Student pay what you can show

Student pay what you can show

Posted on May 8, 2016 in Iolanthe, News

The Savoy Society of Ottawa invites all students to Parliament in Barrhaven We are inviting all students to attend Savoy Society’s dress rehearsal of Gilbert & Sullivan “Iolanthe” The dress rehearsal runs Thursday May 26, 2016, 7:30 pm at Cedarview Alliance Church and is a Pay What You Can performance. It’s a chance to see Gilbert & Sullivan’s funny observations about fairies and Parliamentary life, up close and personal. Think Justin Trudeau meets Tinkerbell Monty Pytho-style. This is a two-act musical and includes a live orchestra. Free G&S overview included. A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to CHEO. No need to reserve your seats. Chaperones are requested for any students under the age of 16. Bring your student ID and cash – that’s it! For more information, call 613-825-5855 or email us through our website. Ticket info for May 27 – 29 shows can be found here. Click on the following links for more info about the Iolanthe story and Gilbert & Sullivan’s background....

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