The Sandwich Board | Summer 2016
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2016 Summer Show is a Comedy,
Maid to Order

This summer, The Sudbury Savoyards will present Maid to Order by Tom Taggart. In this farce set in a small college town in 1952, college football meets Shakespeare, newlyweds meet old money, finding a trophy is hard, figuring out who is who is harder, and a pivotal role is played by a closet! The cast of 10 includes 7 veteran Savoyards and 3 people new to the company. 

We are excited to be performing at a new location—the Cannon Theatre in Littleton. Just 30 minutes from Sudbury, this air-conditioned space provides a wonderfully intimate theater experience. There are only 50 seats so we encourage you to purchase tickets ahead of time, using the link below, to ensure a seat is available. The show opens July 15th and runs through July 24th.

Production personnel include Director James Ravan, Assistant Director Randy Glidden, Producer Susan Elberger, and Assistant Producers Herschel Clopper and Chris Fanger. The cast includes Mike Giblin, Aurora Grabill, Pamela Ryba, Ellen Simmons, Chris Fanger, Sue Flint, Cat Glidden, Katie Goguen-Young, Elisabeth Bennett, and John Gorgone.

Don't miss this laugh-a-minute show. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students, and children. To purchase tickets or get more information, please visit our website

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mikado 2017: New Dates, New Venue

Friends of the Sudbury Savoyards, I am thrilled to announce our upcoming production of The Mikado. As Producer, I wanted to share that this will be a groundbreaking year for the Savoyards. The show will be performed in April of 2017 in the Maynard High School auditorium! We will be interviewing stage and music director candidates in late August and we are actively recruiting staff at all levels. There will be many details to follow, please explore our website or Facebook page for updates.
- Brendon Chetwynd

Sorcerer 2016 Is Smashing Success

The Sudbury Savoyards’ 2016 production of The Sorcerer was a success in every way. As Stage Director, I feel I ought to add “though I say it who shouldn’t,” but I can take only part of the credit. Community theater is a collaborative process. The 9 principals and 26 choristers; the 20+ orchestra members; the directors and design team; the various tech crews; the producers and the business and house staff; and of course, our audience—each person’s contribution would have been missed. Speaking for myself, directing the show was an inspiring and humbling experience.

Special thanks to those with whom I worked most closely: Producers Susan Elberger and John Gorgone, Music Director Craig Tata, and the design team. I am proud almost beyond words of my amazing cast, and proud of what we created together. The village of Ploverleigh was imaginary (and, like Brigadoon, has vanished into the mist), but the village of Savoyards is as real as the love in your hearts. You put the "community" in community theater.
- Tony Parkes

Savoyards Passed

The Sudbury Savoyards are sad to have lost Will Ford, one of our treasured “Yeomen of Regard,” who passed away in February of 2016 at his home in Connecticut. Starting in 1966, and for nearly two decades, Will steered the company behind the scenes as Chairman, a position that included all of the current business operations of producer, technical director, and the dozens of assistants and department heads that accomplish these tasks today. The majority of his volunteers were members of SUMC and their families, all of whom were recruited, cajoled, and guided by Will and his passion for the Savoyards. More about Will Ford.
E. Anne Vesenka of Harvard, Massachusetts passed away on April 21, 2016. Anne sang and acted on stage for more than 40 years, instilling a passion for performance in both her children and her grandchildren. She defined the Gilbert & Sullivan comic alto roles and was a long-time member of the Maynard Savoyards. Anne joined the Sudbury group in 1976 as Lady Sangazure in The Sorcerer and as Queen of the Fairies in the 1977 production of Iolanthe.
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