The Sandwich Board | December 2016
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To the Sudbury Savoyards community - 

Hello to you all! Welcome to this edition of The Sandwich Board, our company newsletter. We have a lot of information for you, as there has been a lot going on over the last few months.  You’ll read about
  • The Mikado
  • NEGASS benefit
  • Membership
  • Getting involved
  • AmazonSmile
  • Renovations in Sudbury United Methodist Church
  • Next summer show
  • In memoriam
We are always interested in your questions, comments, and ideas.  You can send them to us at

With best wishes for a wonderful new year, 

Susan Elberger, Chair, Board of Trustees

The Mikado

The Mikado is coming, and the senior production team bringing him to you consists of Producer Brendon Chetwynd, Stage Director James Ravan, Music Director Craig Tata, Assistant Music Director Matt Tragert, and Technical Director Tom Powers. Staff recruiting has been going on for several months, and the lineup of designers and business staff is filling in.  Many of these people will be presenting their plans for this Mikado at our traditional Two Ring Kick-off Party at the home of Laura Jacobson 54 Atkinson Lane, Sudbury on Sunday January 8 at 5:00pm. Visit the Savoyard website at for more information.

Auditions for The Mikado will take place at the newly refurbished Hawes Hall at SUMC on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10 and 11, starting at 7:30pm. Again, visit the website for audition details and to fill out your audition forms before arriving. Our open chorus remains a staple of Savoyard culture, and would-be choristers are required to attend auditions to register, and encouraged to accompany potential leads and warm up for the show.

This year, the performance home for our annual big G&S show since 1969, the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, could not offer us their facilities for our usual February tech and performance weeks, nor was any other two week period available. A search among alternatives landed us at Maynard High School, but in April (22-29) rather than February. Maynard boasts a large auditorium with wonderful acoustics, amazing sight lines and the most modern of technical facilities. Performers and audiences alike will surely be favorably impressed.

We hope to see a good crowd for all our kick-off activities. Rehearsals will begin in February, with the first full-cast read through on the 3rd.

NEGASS Benefit January 21st, 2017

Come with cat like tread and bring your sisters and cousins and aunts (and everyone else) to a fabulous concert featuring selections from all 13 Gilbert and Sullivan operettas!  This concert is generously sponsored by NEGASS, the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society, as a benefit for The Sudbury Savoyards. As The Sudbury Savoyards have become their own incorporated non-profit in the past year we have some financial burdens that did not exist in previous years.  Please support the Savoyards and enjoy the talents of an all-star group of singers coming together for this one night only!  Listen to your favorite G&S songs performed by Connie Benn, Ethan Butler, Elaine Crane, Kaori Emery, Tom Frates, Angela Jajko, Katherine Meifert, Ben Morse, Tom Ostrowski, Lonnie Powell, and Carolyn Schwartz.  It should be a fun and jubilant event!

Date: Saturday January 21st, 2017 @ 7pm
Where: Sudbury United Methodist Church Sanctuary; 251 Old Sudbury Rd, Sudbury, MA
Suggested donation of $15 at the door, all proceeds to support the mission of The Sudbury Savoyards.
Light refreshments will be provided during intermission.


Following a request from the Sudbury United Methodist Church, our long-time sponsor, The Sudbury Savoyards, Inc., officially became a 501(c)3, non-profit, charitable, tax-exempt organization this summer.  As such, we can accept donations and receive matching donations from people whose employers match donations.  Since our incorporation, we have received generous donations from the Highland Street Foundation and Nancy Burdine, for which we are deeply grateful.  

Through the work of Hersch Clopper, Treasurer, and Steve Malionek, Webmaster, we have set up a SMILE account at Amazon (more about this below) which can bring us some additional funds without any cost to purchasers.  

We also have a more specific definition of membership than we had before.  A member is anyone who pays the annual dues established each year by the Board of Trustees.  Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.  Because we have just begun as a corporation this year, the Board decided to keep our dues low.   The dues for this year are $25.  You can get more information about how to pay from our website here:  

As a member, you have the opportunity to vote for Board members and to serve on the Board.  These are critical roles for members, and we encourage you all to join. 

Getting Involved

We are in the early stages of long-term planning, and are dealing with areas as diverse as finances, marketing, communications, technology, governance, location, and what shows we want to produce.  We are looking for you to join this process by serving on the Board, participating in committees, and supporting the activities in which the company is involved.  This is a very exciting time for us, as we have the opportunity to shape the company’s future in a thoughtful, deliberate way.  We have not done this before at any time in the Savoyards’ history, and hope that you will offer your talents and expertise.

If you are interested, you may contact any Board member through our website at  We look forward to hearing from you!


The Sudbury Savoyards will benefit from your purchases at Amazon if you start at AmazonSmile! Just click the link below and connect The Sudbury Savoyards to your account and Amazon will donate .5% of your eligible purchases to the Savoyards.   You can get more information from Amazon here:

Changes at Sudbury United
Methodist Church

This summer, SUMC undertook a major renovation project which will soon be completed.  The first change you will see is the parking lot, which has been rebuilt and has dividers between the aisles.  Second, there is no longer a direct entrance into Hawes Hall.  We now go in through a new entrance where the kitchen used to be.  The other changes are within Hawes Hall.  The kitchen has moved to where the stage used to be; the stage no longer exists.  The kitchen is much bigger than the old one was and extends about 5’ farther into Hawes Hall than the stage did.  We will still have storage space in the large drawers that have replaced the kitchen shelving and in the refrigerator.  There is a dropped ceiling in the hall which covers the unistrut bars from which we could hang lighting and also covers the speakers which we used for sound effects and microphone use.  The floor has been replaced with brown wood-grained linoleum, the walls have been painted green, and there are new heating units.

Because of concerns about damage to the new floor, the church has told us we can no longer build sets in Hawes Hall.  We have found rental space to construct and paint sets in Stow about 15 minutes away from Maynard High School.  Due to the nature of the space, we will be changing some of the ways we will be getting the work done.  We will continue to do costume and small props work at SUMC.  You’ll hear more about this at Two-Ring and afterward.

For the same reasons, we will also no longer be able to perform shows at Hawes Hall.  We have been looking at several other options including a return to The Cannon Theatre as well as other locations.

Next summer’s show

We are in the early stages of planning next summer’s show and are looking for a producer to be part of the planning process.  If you are interested, please contact Sue Flint, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, at

In Memoriam

W. Ted Jones of Sudbury passed away on October 17, 2016. Ted was a long-ago member of SUMC and an accomplished bass, appearing as Guiseppi Palmieri in the 1964 production of The Gondoliers and as Wilfred Shadbolt in the 1966 production of The Yeomen of the Guard.  A celebration of Ted's life took place on November 26th.
Ted Jones (left) as Wilfred Shadbolt with Bruce Campbell
as Jack Point, The Yeomen of the Guard 1966

Erin VanSpeybroeck of Natick passed away on November 28, 2016.  Erin began her Sudbury Savoyards tenure with the 1997 production of The Yeomen of the Guard and appeared in most productions ever since.  With her large vocal range, Erin was a versatile member of the chorus  whether singing soprano with the sisters,cousins and aunts or tenor with the pirates. Erin also enjoyed behind the scenes work sewing costumes and applying make-up. Gilbert & Sullivan songs often provided the basis for affectionate parodies and tributes she prepared to mark major events in friends and colleagues' lives.  Even though she performed with other regional companies her heart belonged to The Sudbury Savoyards.

Erin VanSpeybroeck, The Pirates of Penzance 2014

Royston Nash passed away at the age of 82 on April 4, 2016 after a period of declining health.  Mr. Nash was the Music Director of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in London until 1979, touring throughout the UK and USA.  During his time with the company they made a film of HMS Pinafore and seven recordings of the operas including works by Arthur Sullivan which had never been recorded before. To complete the G&S operas, Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke were brought back into the repertoire. The Sudbury Savoyards were honored to host Mr. Nash as the keynote speaker for the companies 50th Anniversary celebration in 2011 and treasured the friendship ever since.
Steve Malionek with Royston Nash at the 50th Anniversary
production of Trial by Jury & HMS Pinafore, February 2011
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