The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.
2009 production of

The Gondoliers

Cast and Crew Bios

The Ensemble

Jonathan de Araujo (Antonio, understudy Giuseppe) is so thankful for the opportunity to perform with the Savoyards for the first time. He most recently appeared as John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and Cliff in Cabaret at the Gilbert Theatre in Fayetteville. When not performing, Jonathan is a Realtor, Real Estate Investor, and avid photographer.

Kay Bailey (Royal Chorus) is very happy to be back, singing with her Savoyard friends, some long-time, some newly met. You will see her sitting proudly in the loge behind Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, singing along with the contadine and flirting shamelessly with the handsome gondoliers.

Chris Bernier (Lighting Designer) is an MFA graduate from NYU. His NC credits include lighting for: Yeomen of the Guard, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Crucible; and scenery for The Crucible, Steel Magnolias, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow, Violet, and 1776. Thanks to Delaina and Susannah.

Adam Z. Bowers (Giuseppe) is making his debut performance with the Durham Savoyards. He graduated from Appalachian State's Hayes School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in music education, where he played the role of Frank Maurrant in the Kurt Weill opera Street Scene. Adam will enjoy performing in his home town of Durham.

Jim Burnette (Don Alhambra, Board of Governors) is honored to work again with Derrick, Alan and all the Savoyards – It is, it is a glorious thing to be in your Company! His performance is dedicated to the memory of Rick Rottschaefer – Teacher, Actor and Friend; and to Stephen, whose support is, Wag-a-Wagging, Never Flagging!

Bobby Cameron (Giorgio) wonders to the contadine "but what of us," the rest of the gondoliers, trying by singing in public to keep his wife Shere and his 14 year-old daughter Brynn from complaining too loudly about his incessant singing at home.

Donna Cavallo (Stage Manager) has worked for a variety of area theater companies. While primarily a stage manager, she has worked on almost every aspect of theater production including lights, costumes, props, and has even on occasion appeared on the stage. This is her seventh production with the Savoyards.

Ray Clark (Royal Chorus) is enjoying his third performance with the Durham Savoyards. He previously sang in the chorus for Trial by Jury and in the royal chorus for Yeomen of the Guard and the stage chorus in Long Leaf Opera's Regina.

Megan Colborn (Royal Chorus) is in her fourth performance with Savoyards! A graduate of Durham School of the Arts, she has studied voice since fifth grade. She's currently at Durham Tech and hopes to attend Brevard College. Megan would like to thank God, her family, friends, and teachers for their huge support!

Erin Conn (Chorus) returns for her fourth Savoyard season, singing tenor as a gondolier! She sings as a soprano in the St. Philip's Episcopal Church choir. By day, she works at Cisco doing tech support.

Bruce Conner (Royal Chorus) returns with great pleasure, having sung with the Savoyards in Pirates, Pinafore, and Yeomen. Bruce has performed Off-Broadway and in regional and summer stock. He considers himself extremely fortunate to have found the love of his heart. She is currently singing as a tenor member of the gondoliere.

Reid Dalton (Royal Chorus) is a Burlington attorney and Presbyterian minister who has performed with the Long Leaf Opera and the NC Kid's Theatre. Last spring, he starred as "Big Daddy" in Gennaro D'Onofrio's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which was featured on UNC TV's "North Carolina Now."

Jesse Darden (Luiz) received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UNCG. He recently placed first at the district and regional NATS student auditions, placed first in the 2006 Euterpe Vocal Competition, and was a recipient of the Cooper Music Scholarship.

Richard Dideriksen (Royal Chorus and Set Designer) – Thank you for letting me be your good guys & bad guys, lovers & buffoons for 37 Savoyard seasons; seeing through my eyes the vision of G&S worlds of ships & graveyards, Japanese museums and Venetian throne rooms for eleven seasons; and for the joy of singing with my bride of eight and 18 years

Steve Dobbins (Duke of Plaza-Toro, Board of Governors) is in his eighth season with the Savoyards. Favorite roles have included: Bunthorne; Despard; Pish-Tush; Mars and Sillimon on the CD of Gilbert and Jones's Thespis; and co-director of the cabaret Ruddigore redux. Steve likes to make people laugh by pretending to be a singing, dancing lunatic. (He is pretending, isn't he?)

David Duke (understudy Duke of Plaza-Toro) lives in Fayetteville and is pleased to be associated with Savoyards. His performing credits include opera music theater and G&S productions of Mikado and Pirates of Penzance. He has taught music in college for many years and is currently a real estate appraiser.

Pam Forsythe (Chorus) is thrilled to be performing with the Savoyards for the first time. She felt that after many musical years at the piano as an accompanist, it was time to try some singing and dancing. Many thanks to her college comrade, John Adams, for his encouragement

Mary Ann Freedman (Chorus) had a great year performing in Cary's Love Bits and Bites and as Maude in Orange County's The Music Man. The Savoyard stage has been a home for over 20 years. She currently performs with the Village Revue at nursing homes and senior centers.

Karen Gray (Chorus, Board of Governors), in her 15th season with the Savoyards, is enjoying being back in the chorus! "Bean counter" at Duke Global Health Institute, Savoyards Board member, soprano at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, professional paintball Mom, perennial ham, and political junkie. Thanks to husband Michael Gray and voice coach Anna Kirby!

Michael Hale Gray (Business Manager, Board of Governors) is giving up acting for Lent this year. He pays the Savoyard bills; talks to airplane pilots to pay his bills; cooks (pancakes) and sews (tapestries) and sings (bass) for St. Luke's Episcopal Church. President of Cat (Dutch niece) and Karen (wife) Fan Club!

Frances L. Greenstein (Royal Chorus) is singing for the fourth time with the dynamic Savoyards. Fran has been involved with the Savoyards for eleven seasons, constructing sets and helping with properties in the earlier years. Fran also enjoys crafts, exercise, volunteer work, travel, reading, and her two dogs.

Charles Guidry (Set Realizer, Technnical Director) is a local artist who has worked on fourteen Savoyards productions. He notes that no boats were sunk and no babies were physically or mentally harmed during this production. He, however, cannot vouch for the current condition of cast and crew.

Karen Guidry (Costume Designer, Wardrobe Mistress) has been involved in Durham Savoyards productions as costume designer, seamstress, assistant producer, and producer for the last twelve years. Someday, she will get a life.

Pam Guidry-Vollers (Chorus, Assistant Choreographer, Hair and Makeup Designer) happily joins the Savoyards for her eleventh show. A musical theatre performer since her fourth grade debut in The Mikado, Pam has performed in Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate, The Pirates of Penzance (twice), The Mikado, and The Yeomen of the Guard, and has designed hair and makeup for the Savoyards since 2001.

Cat Hoffmann (Tessa) appreciates the chance to actually prepare for the role she's playing! This is her second production with the Savoyards, and she's having even more fun than before. Many thanks to Anna Kirby, a fabulous voice teacher.

Kimberly Hirsh (Chorus) is pleased to return for her fourth Savoyards production, in a very pretty costume. When not on the stage proper, Kimberly provides three performances a day to her Latin classes at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, where her students constantly attempt to upstage her.

Houston Horn (Chorus) is having a bullish year, after singing backup to Escamillo in Capital Opera's Carmen last fall, and lately hanging with the Duke of Plaza-Toro. In between, he danced with Cinderella. (Really. Only in rehearsal at RLT, but really.) By day, he is a mainframe programmer.

Clay Hudson (Chorus) is new to the Gilbert and Sullivan experience! Off-stage, his formal educational background focuses on Agricultural Education. He is extremely lucky and grateful to have a 12 year-old daughter who lives nearby.

Brittany Huie (Vittoria) joined the Savoyards as a high school junior in 2001, and has continued through her college days and beyond. Brittany continues to be star struck by her fellow performers. She looks forward to listening from backstage and joining the merriment on stage.

Kara John (Properties) hails from Michigan, and is a graduate of Hillsdale College with a major in biology. She is a science enthusiast and is now debuting in the arts. She has enjoyed being involved in her first production with the Savoyards!

Pam Kadzielawski (Chorus) is excited to be joining the Savoyards for her fifth season. Off stage, she is a crazed Caniac. Many thanks to this wonderful family for all the fun and gifts of friendship. Lots of love to Mike and Phil.

Kim Kingsley (Fiametta, understudy Gianetta, Board of Governors) has had a great time singing and dancing with her new and old(er) Savoyard family friends. It seems that each year is more fun than the last and she considers herself very lucky to be a part of this wonderful group. Thanks to Derrick, Alan, Ruth, and especially Andrey.

Cathy Lambe (Chorus, Ticket Master) is happy to be singing and dancing again with the Savoyards. The bouncy music sticks delightfully in her brain, distracting her during the mundane tasks of life. She also enjoys volunteering at the Habitat ReStore and, to further her love of gardening, is training to become a Master Gardener.

Teme Levbarg (Royal Chorus) returns for an 18th Savoyard season of performing and working behind the scenes. She lovingly shares life on and off stage with her multi-talented husband, Richard (Royal Chorus and Set Designer). Teme wishes to thank all our supporters for helping Savoyards achieve 46 years of wonderful shows and community outreach.

Deanna (Chou) Lim (Orchestra Manager) left for Seattle before she could finish the full G&S canon, but she's doing it remotely and cheering everyone on from the northwest. She knows the orchestra is in capable hands with Tanner, Alan, and Ruth. Break a leg out there!

Janell Lovelace (Chorus) happily returns for her second Savoyards show. She works part-time for ScifiGenre.com and avoids having free time by singing in the Duke Chapel Choir, traveling, geocaching, running, and enjoying her family. Thanks to Tanner, Bram, Grandmumda, and all Savoyards for support worth more than armfuls of roses.

Tanner Lovelace (Assistant Orchestra Manager) returns for his third Savoyards show in the orchestra and his first as assistant orchestra manager. A software engineer by day, the rest of his time is spent on music, mountain biking, rockets and time with his family. Thanks to Janell, Bram, and Grandmumda for all their support.

Steven Lumpkin (Marco) has greatly enjoyed his second production with the Durham Savoyards. Steven graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a love of opera. Most recently he's been involved with Capital Opera of Raleigh, and he hopes eventually to proceed to graduate school in music.

Hugh Mace (Chorus) returns for yet another show with this wonderful group of zanies. Hugh has been a Savoyard since 1983. A retired high school Latin teacher and track/cross country coach, he finds his life busier than ever with his volunteer work. He even married a Savoyard, Jan Harris, 19 years ago.

Kaori Maeda (Rehearsal Accompanist), originally from Japan, graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is enjoying her second season with the Savoyards and she thanks Evelyn for her introduction. She works as an accompanist for anyone who asks her!

Theodora Mason (Casilda) is slowly adding the G&S canon to her repertoire (previous credits include Princess Ida and Yeomen of the Guard). A voice teacher at the Durham Arts Council School, she thanks Milo and Briggs for singing along as she practiced and Jeff for everything.

Evelyn McCauley (Duchess of Plaza Toro), a Savoyard since 1991, adds "The Duchess" to her other G&S roles, which include Phoebe, Buttercup, Mad Margaret, Katisha, Ruth, Lady Sangazure, Pitti Sing, Tessa, and Iolanthe. She also performs with other area companies and groups, and deeply thanks her "One" Lance, family and friends for their loving support. Viva! Viva!

Olive McKrell (Chorus, understudy Duchess of Plaza-Toro) has sung major G&S roles, but this is her first Gondoliers performance. She earned BA and MM degrees (SUNY-Binghamton) in Vocal Performance. Olive has also performed with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY; Long Leaf Opera; Raleigh Little Theatre; Capital Opera; and Deep Dish Theatre.

Sarah Miller (Chorus, understudy Casilda) is 23 and happy to be performing for the fifth time with the Durham Savoyards. When Sarah is not assisting customers at her day job as a CSR Team Leader, she is singing with her band "Triangle's Edge," writing, reading, or relaxing at home. Enjoy the show!

Kathy Neal (Chorus) is delighted to be back performing with the Savoyards after a long absence. Her "light fantastic" may not be quite so light anymore, but the singing sure is fun! Thanks to Alan, Derrick, Sarah and all the cast and crew who have made this such a great experience.

Ben Neufang (Francesco, understudy Marco) is enthused to be with the Savoyards for the fourth time! He has been enjoying this world of wonder, so different from his college studies and work at the veterinary hospital. He is pleased to be in company with the many cavalieri and signorine in this production.

David Nevill (Co-producer) spends his days trying to engineer crop plants. He hails from Basel, Switzerland, and says: We flew the skies so blue / To Durham's fame & beauty; / The Gondoliers to make true, / We took producers duty.

Sarah Nevill (Co-producer) goes from one performance on stage to promotion to Producer! What does that tell us? Thanks to all for trust and support. The broken arm that she appeared with in Yeomen caused her to fall into employment as Managing Editor of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery!

Chris Newlon (Chorus, understudy Luiz) has been performing with the Durham Savoyards since 2001. His roles have included Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd in Ruddigore, Fredric in Pirates of Penzance, and the Duke in Patience. Many thanks to Betsy, Alyssa, Claire and Abby for their love and support.

Richard Palmer (Royal Chorus, understudy Don Alhambra) is joining the Savoyards for his third production (Chorus in Pinafore, Sir Richard Cholmondeley in Yeomen) and looking forward to Mikado and beyond as he phases into retirement from the Chemistry faculty at Duke over the next year or two.

Kelly Potts (Chorus) has had a lovely first year with the Savoyards. She attended the ECU School of Music as a music education major, and hopes to continue her studies at UNC-C or UNC-W. The Savoyards have helped broaden her acting experience, and she hopes to come back again!

Betty Romani (Rehearsal Accompanist, Royal Chorus) has enjoyed being a rehearsal accompanist for four previous Savoyard productions, and performance accompanist for last fall's Trial by Jury and The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan. Away from the theatre, she is a homemaker, church musician, and piano teacher. Viva! to cast and crew for another enchanting performance.

Pat Roos (Chorus, Board of Governors) notices how many new skills can be learned in the Savoyards; in recent years: pirate; football player; clown; sailor, ghost; guard, and now gondolier. Despite on-going gender confusion, Pat, once more a tenor, happily participates in the hard work and wackiness that goes into our shows.

Michael Rowe (Chorus) is reprising his role as Faceless Chorus Guy and Gondolier. When Michael is not singing, he splits his time between hosting the internationally acclaimed podcast dogearnation.com and working as a strategist for IBM.

Laurie Siegel (Gianetta) is excited to be on stage again with the Durham Savoyards. She has been enjoying being a parent to Danya (one of our poster babies), who is almost one year old! Laurie would like to thank her husband Daryn, her biggest support and a most excellent babysitter.

David Smith (Chorus, Board of Governors) is performing in his second Gondoliers and 29th Savoyards production. He is coauthor of an interactive online calculus text to be published by the Mathematical Association of America. Other recreations (mostly shared with Dorothy, his wife of 50 years) include 13 grandchildren, St. Philip's Choir, travel, and mental health advocacy and education.

Bruce Stewart (Chorus) returns for his14th Savoyards production. When not spending time being a peer, pirate, ancestor, sailor, gondolier, he can be found onstage with the Triangle Youth Ballet as Dracula, a king, corsair, or Arabian. When not on stage he's at NC State making sure hazardous materials get handled properly.

Shiangtai Tuan (Chorus), after being shanghaied from Shanghai by the Pirates of Penzance, has manned all thirteen canons of G&S onboard. On the way to Italy, he cooked for Madama Butterfly and served Prince Ramira to rescue La Cenerentola from her evil sisters. He is now happy chasing contadine, though not successfully.

Joyce Weiser (Inez) has done theater for over 50 years. This is her first Gilbert and Sullivan and she finds it a challenge. With the kindness of the cast and wonderful director and musical director, Joyce hopes to make it! Love to my family.

Dawn Williams (Rehearsal Accompanist) is delighted to work with such a talented group. She holds a degree in piano performance from Gustavus Adolphus College. Dawn plays for weddings and special events whenever possible, enjoys composing/arranging, and teaches piano to a wonderful group of 45 students each week.

Ruth Winecker (Giulia, understudy Tessa): This is Ruth's third year with the Savoyards and she remains hooked on the music, laughs and fantastic people. She thanks her wonderful husband John for his support and for enduring Savoyards widower-hood for three months a year without complaint.

Diane Woodard (Royal Chorus, Costume Designer) retired to Durham from the Washington DC area with her husband Steve in 2005 and joined Savoyards in 2006. She's appeared in and built costumes for Patience and HMS Pinafore and costumed Yeomen of the Guard, Trial by Jury and A Servant of Two Masters (Deep Dish Theater).

See 2002's H.M.S. Pinafore bios

See 2003's The Mikado bios

See 2004's Ruddigore bios

See 2005's The Pirates of Penzance bios

See 2006's Patience bios

See 2007's Pinafore bios

See 2008's Yeomen of the Guard bios

The Directors

Derrick Ivey (Director/Choreographer) is pleased to return for his seventh collaboration with the Durham Savoyards, and with Music Director Alan Riley Jones. Previous work for the company: The Yeomen of the Guard; H.M.S. Pinafore; Patience; The Pirates of Penzance; Ruddigore; and The Mikado. Other directing credits: The Glass Menagerie; Rough Crossing; Deathtrap; Chicago – A Musical Vaudeville; The Zoo Story; The Diary of Anne Frank; Lady Windermere's Fan; and Oliver – as well as his original stage adaptations of Moliere's The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Greek Myth Antigone, James Barrie's Peter Pan, and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Regional performances: Martin Dart in The Receptionist; Miles/Lady Romola/Valentino in Act a Lady; the Cook in Mother Courage; Howie in Rabbit Hole; The Historical Event in How I Got That Story; The Photographer in At the Vanishing Point; Martin in The Goat; Orson Welles in Orson's Shadow; Richard Nixon in Nixon's Nixon; Mark Antony in Julius Caesar; and many years of dance performances with choreographer Killian Manning.

Alan Riley Jones (Music Director) is a veteran of nineteen Durham Savoyards productions. The Gondoliers marks his seventh partnership as Music Director with Derrick Ivey as Director. Holding Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from East Carolina University, Alan has appeared in numerous Triangle area productions, most often as singer and actor, occasionally as composer and playwright. Longtime Savoyards fans may remember Alan as Counsel for the Plaintiff (Trial By Jury, 1984), Scaphio (Utopia, UnLimited, 1997), Lord Chancellor (Iolanthe, 1998), Major-General Stanley (The Pirates of Penzance, 1999), and J. W. Wells (The Sorcerer, 2001). His many non-G&S roles include Tito in Lend Me a Tenor, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Falstaff in Verdi's Falstaff, Burl in Smoke On the Mountain, and Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods. Original works include the musical play Ladri Waits, a new score for Gilbert's libretto Thespis (recently recorded by the Durham Savoyards), and choral compositions and arrangements for the Oakwood Waits vocal ensemble, of which he is a longtime member. Alan has performed his own original setting of Gilbert's Bab Ballad "Lorenzo de Lardy" at several Savoyards' concerts.

See 2002's H.M.S. Pinafore bios

See 2003's The Mikado bios

See 2004's Ruddigore bios

See 2005's The Pirates of Penzance bios

See 2006's Patience bios

See 2007's Pinafore bios

See 2008's Yeomen of the Guard bios

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