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Posted on Jan 12, 2015 in News, Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance!

The Savoy Society of Ottawa is please to announce the following directors for their upcoming production of the Pirates of Penzance.

Headshot_Nagy_Gloria_JeanGloria Jean Nagy, Musical Director:  a conductor, musical director, musician and singing teacher of substantial experience, Gloria Jean has conducted the Amabile Singers of Nepean for twenty seasons, Kanata Choral Society for nine seasons, the West Ottawa Children’s Chorus, Goulbourn Jubilee Singers and Concordia Women’s Choir, each for five seasons, as well as shorter contracts with the West Carleton Choral Society, Kanata Children’s Chorus and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church Choir.  She has conducted the opera Eugene Onegin, was assistant director for the The Magic Flute, is the musical director of Musica Ebraica, and is an examiner for Conservatory Canada in voice and piano.  Her solo series of concerts (Cantabile) is now in its twenty eighth season.  Last year, Gloria Jean was Music Director for Savoy’s Ruddygore, and this year designed and implemented a very successful fundraising concert for Savoy.  She has also performed for Savoy in HMS Pinafore.

Headshot_MacDonald_AllanAllan MacDonald, Stage Director:  a drama teacher with literally decades of experience, an experienced actor, and a director of dozens of plays and musicals, Allan brings a wealth of diverse experience to Savoy.  In his capacity as teacher, Allan has directed Annie, Annie’s Orphanage, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Wizard of Oz., Pink Panther Strikes Again, Bye Bye Birdie, A Murder is Announced, M*A*S*H, The Diary of Anne Frank, Guys & Dolls, Godspell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, Les Miserables, Stage Door, Prime Time Crime, Twelfth Night, Alice in Wonderland, Get Smart, Get Witch Quick, Peter Pan, Little Women, Aladdin, and Stage Door (which won 5 Cappies).  Last year, Allan was a member of Savoy’s board of directors, and has performed in Savoy’s HMS Pinafore and OLT’s Postmortem and Beyond a Joke.  He is active is provincial and federal election campaigns – will this colour his approach to Pirates?  That would be telling.

Allan’s vision for the show:

  • to create a spirited, high energy show of the Pirates of Penzance using as much movement and expression as possible in the space at Woodroffe United Church;
  • to reflect original vision of G&S while blending in newer topical material to reflect our times as well;
  • to have fun- theatre is primarily play despite all the hard work we will put into it;
  • to be inclusive- theatre is collaborative and open- the importance of teamwork , respect for others’ ideas and openness to needs of others , from actors to technical staff, is important; and
  • to be excellent- bring out the best in self and others to create the best possible production.

Because of our financial restrictions, we had planned to produce a very simple concert version of Pirates, but since our venue boasts a generous stage area, these pros have decided to direct a full version, complete with scenery, dance, staging and props.  We still cannot afford an orchestra, but Gloria Jean is planning to arrange a double keyboard accompaniment.  All the elements will be there to make for a very enjoyable theatrical experience.  

The show will be held June 12-14, 2015, at Woodroffe United Church.  Rehearsals will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm at NDHS, with the possibility of Sunday afternoon rehearsals being added later

If you want to audition, there is still time. Call (613) 727-6321 or contact info@ottawasavoysociety.org