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The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.
2003 production of

The Mikado

Cast and Crew Bios

The Ensemble

John Adams (Ko-Ko) first appeared as a Savoyard in 1993's The Mikado, as Pooh-Bah. After portraying Capt. Corcoran in DSL's 2002 H.M.S. Pinafore, he took on Sir Joseph Porter at Raleigh Little Theatre and was awarded that organization's "Cantey" for Best Actor in a Leading Role of the 2001-2002 season! Other favorite G&S roles include Bunthorne, Jack Point, and the Learned Judge.

Kristin Armstrong (Yum-Yum) of Cary is currently pursuing a degree in music education and performance at NC Central University. She has performed with the Triangle Opera Company in Fidelio, and a new work entitled Luyala, and recently has participated in an apprentice program with the Houston Ebony Opera Guild in a performance of The Magic Flute. She has won numerous awards, including first place in the national Leontyne Price Vocal Competition, and currently studies with mezzo-soprano Annette Daniels.

Kay Bailey (Royal Chorus, Board of Governors) has sung in G&S Mikado productions from Akron, Ohio, to Bermuda, but this is the first time for her to appear with Her Majesty, the Queen! Kay is a graduate of Westminster College and holds a degree in music education. She directs the chorus at The Forest at Duke and teaches privately, focusing on piano and recorder.

Bobby Cameron (Chorus) performs in his third Durham Savoyards production, after having been in the 1977 production of The Sorcerer and the 1978 performance of Pirates of Penzance. Bobby telecommutes for a Cambridge, MA firm from south of Chapel Hill -- but it's his eight-year-old daughter and his flower garden that keep him busy.

Donna Cavallo (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed numerous productions in the past for a variety of theatre companies in the area. Favorite productions include Rough Crossing, Frankenstein and Nunsense. She is on the Board of Directors of OdysseyStage Community Theatre and is currently stage managing their next production, Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers which will run May 9-18 in Chapel Hill.

Carolyn Coolidge (Chorus) has been in Savoyard choruses since 1997. She also sings with the Choral Society of Durham, St. Philip's Madrigal dinners, Longleaf Opera, and the Duke Classic. She and her husband Timothy Riggs are grateful for the fellowship of the Savoyards' community and the rich artistic climate of the Triangle.

Richard Dideriksen (Chorus, Graphics and Set Designer) is happy to be a chorister of "silly walks" and "fan"-dangos with old friends & new, in his 31st season with the Savoyards. He is also our graphics and museum set designer this year (please, no touching — but your laughing out loud at both the artwork and the patrons is much encouraged). He is married to Royal Chorister, Teme and in his other life is a continuing education specialist at UNC-CH.

Steve Dobbins (Pish-Tush) began his local theatre career in 1998 with a 30-second appearance as Silent Servant #2 in a production of Rigoletto. Since then, he has sung and danced as chorus member or solo performer through fifteen different opera, cabaret, and variety shows. His performance in The Mikado is dedicated to the friend who led him to the stage, Rafy Tosado.

Steve Dubay (Lighting Designer) is an NC native with an MFA in theatre design and technology from University of Missouri, Kansas City. Steve's recent lighting design credits include: Rosmersholm for Open Door Theatre, Turn of the Screw for StreetSigns at UNC, A Lesson Before Dying for Deep Dish Theatre Company, West Side Story for Greensboro College, and Nutcracker for City Ballet of Raleigh. He served as master electrician for Opera Company of NC's Sampson et Delila, and was associate LD and production manager for the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals at the RBC Center.

Jay Dunbar (Pooh-Bah, Ticket Manager) is director of the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School, and teaches t'ai chi throughout the Triangle (www.magictortoise.com). He is in his fourth production with the Savoyards, appearing last year as Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore.

Darryl Freedman (Videographer), president of Animated Communications, loves being behind the camera. When he's not filming, he's creating animations to merge with his movies. He and his wife, Mary, recently completed a video, Making Music Together, which documents a choral group from the Triangle singing their way through South Africa and Namibia.

Mary Ann Freedman (Royal Chorus) has been singing with the Savoyards since the Dark Ages. She is now singing and tap-dancing weekly with the Village Review, a group which entertains at nursing homes and senior centers. "All I ever wanted was the music and the mirror and a chance to …' sing."

Karen E. Gray (Chorus, Katisha understudy, Board of Governors) celebrates her ninth season with the Savoyards family, and keeps coming back for more. Staff Assistant for the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine (acupuncture, anyone?) by day and Savoyards Board member by night, she also sings at St. Luke's Episcopal. "Thanks, as always, to Michael, Rob, and Stubbs, for your patience!"

Charles Guidry (Assistant Producer, Technical Director) is a local artist who has worked behind the scenes on seven Savoyards productions. This is his first as technical director but in the past he has been a producer, has been active in set construction, was responsible for paint design and has even done laundry. The Savoyards have become a big … (help me, it's a cult! I can't escape!!) … part of his life. He very much enjoys the company of his keepers.

Karen Guidry (Assistant Producer, Costumer, Wardrobe Mistress, Board of Governors) - With The Mikado, her seventh show with the Durham Savoyards, Karen has crossed the halfway mark in completing the entire G&S canon as a "techie." In addition to working on this production, Karen also serves as vice president of the Savoyards' Board of Govenors. She looks forward to a trip to the beach (or the mountains, or even the mall) as soon as possible after the show!

Pam Guidry-Vollers (Chorus, Dance Captain, Makeup Designer) is happy to be joining the Savoyards for a fifth show. She has been a musical theatre performer since her debut as a schoolgirl in her fourth grade production of The Mikado. Since then, she has performed in many shows, including Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate, The Pirates of Penzance, The Grand Duke, and has designed makeup for the Savoyards' The Sorcerer and H.M.S. Pinafore.

Emily Harville (Chorus, Pitti-Sing understudy) is a graduate student in epidemiology at UNC's School of Public Health. She first appeared with the Durham Savoyards as a sister in last year's production of H.M.S. Pinafore, and she has previously performed the Gilbert & Sullivan roles Katisha (The Mikado), the Fairy Queen (Iolanthe), and Lady Blanche (Princess Ida).

Mark Jackman (Publicity Photographer) produced The Mikado for the Savoyards in 1982 and has stage managed and acted in other Savoyards productions. In his day job, Mark, a Duke Ph.D., owns a private practice providing integrative training and coaching for weight management, fitness, and health improvement.

Carl Johnson (Nanki-Poo) began singing in third grade with the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ. He attended the NC School of the Arts for high school and college, majoring in vocal performance. He was a soloist for seven years with the Duke Chapel Choir. This is his third season with the Savoyards (Alexis in The Sorcerer, Ralph in H.M.S. Pinafore). He performed as Amahl's King Kaspar the last two seasons with Long Leaf Opera. He studys with Penelope Jensen, and is the General Manager of The Chapel Hill Herald.

Anna O. Kirby-Sullivan (Peep-Bo) is proud to be performing with the Savoyards for the second year. Last spring she appeared as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and was seen recently in Long Leaf Opera's production of Lost in the Stars. Anna holds a master's degree in vocal performance from UNC-G and maintains a private voice studio. She resides in Durham with her husband, Niegel, and is employed by Trinity UMC.

Cathy Lambe (Chorus, Board of Governors) is enjoying being a Japanese maiden without the wig and makeup this time. After 23 years with the Savoyards, it is remarkable that she is still "18 and under," but that just shows the rejuvenating power of this group. Good friends, Randy, music and dancing keep joy in her life.

Randy Lambe (Business Manager), after fifteen years as the Savoyard Business Manager, is retiring. He will return to his favorite role as a member of the audience. Thanks to all for the friendships and the great shows.

Teme Levbarg (Royal Chorus) is delighted to return as royalty in her 12th Savoyard season! You will find her singing in one of the royal boxes while watching her husband, Richard, join in the merriment on stage. Teme wishes to thank all of our supporters for helping us achieve 40 years of wonderful Savoyard shows and community outreach.

Jan Maher (Royal Chorus) is in her second Mikado with the Durham Savoyards. She has also appeared with the Savoyards in H.M.S. Pinafore, Ruddigore, two Iolanthes, and as Lady Blanche in Princess Ida. When not "tripping hither, tripping thither" on stage, Jan is a technical writer in RTP and enjoys reading, gardening, and playing with her twin Maine Coon cats, Chloe and Kerfluffle.

Evelyn McCauley (Katisha) has been a Savoyard since the 1992 production of H.M.S. Pinafore. She has sung the following roles: Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), Tessa (Gondoliers), Iolanthe (Iolanthe), and Lady Sangazure (The Sorcerer), and chorus in Patience and Yeomen of the Guard. Thanks are too little for Michele, her parents, and most especially, Lance, for their love and support while she romps on stage.

Ann McCloskey (Chorus) joined the Savoyards in 1993 and performed The Mikado in the traditional fashion. Ann was called the "bow meister" during that production. She has served in various capacities but mostly on stage. Presently, she is the "Giguemistress," which is an appointed position by the Board. Ann comes from a musical background. The stage is not new to her. She loved the theatre as a child (and still does). During those early years she recalls choosing as her stage name, Ann VanBuren, and had dreams that one day she might use it. Needless to say, it is still a dream!

Chris Newlon (Chorus, Nanki-Poo understudy) is thrilled to be back again with the Durham Savoyards for his third year in a row. By day, he is a mild-manner IT consultant living in Chapel Hill with his lovely wife, Betsy, and their three beautiful daughters, Alyssa, Claire, and Abby (a.k.a. Hercules).

Kent Parks (Chorus, Pooh-Bah understudy, Dance Captain) is a first-time Savoyard, and found G&S after being in Raleigh Little Theatre's 2002 production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Besides appearing in several musicals at RLT, where he has also received a Wolfheimer Volunteer Service Award for backstage work, he has appeared in Boys in the Band and A Dybbuk at NCSU's University Theatre. He has an MS in information science from UNC-CH and works as a SAS programmer for the state.

Noelle Debora Paull (Royal Chorus, Company Stage Manager) is a day care teacher during the week, an animal care provider for St. Francis Animal Hospital on weekends, and a stage manager & chorus member at night. In her spare time she enjoys being home at the James St. petting zoo with her sweet patootie Andrew. Love and thanks to the cast and crew, Alan, Derrick, and Carol.

Charles Register (Program Editor) sends special thanks to Kathy, Sam, Randy & Cathy, Mary Ann & Darryl, Richard, Dan & Harriet, Paula, Derrick, Karen & Charles, Donna, and Trixie for their help and support in making this editor's job possible.

Carol Richard (Associate Choreographer) has held dance faculty positions at Duke University, UNC-CH, UNC-G, the NC School of the Arts, Elon College and Meredith College. In 1985 she received a choreography fellowship at the American Dance Festival and in 1993 was named Dance Teacher of the Year by the NC School of the Arts. Currently, Carol acts as the administrator for The Ballet School of Chapel Hill.

Betty Romani (Royal Chorus, Rehearsal Accompanist) teaches piano and voice, accompanies music students, and is a frequent guest organist/choirmaster at several area churches. Having sung with Triangle Opera, the Choral Society of Durham, and the Vocal Arts Ensemble, she studies voice with Elizabeth Linnartz. Making a home for husband David, six-year-old daughter Celia, and the cats Muff, George, and Papageno, enlivens her days. This is her first Savoyards production.

Pat Roos (Chorus) continues to mix up her roles in the chorus — is she a tenor, is she an alto, is there any hope she'll get it right? She last performed The Mikado when she was in sixth grade, which could explain some of the confusion (but probably doesn't). Pat is delighted to be back among her friends, and to have a place where her usual foolishness can be an asset.

Carol Sackett (Royal Chorus), a founding member of the Savoyards, has appeared in principal and chorus roles in many of its productions as soprano, alto and tenor. She has also sung with the Choral Society of Durham for many years. Carol is a recently retired urology nurse specialist.

Jim Sackett (Royal Chorus) is a founding member of the Savoyards and has appeared in many of its productions. A retired broadcaster, he has performing credits extending to roles in theatre, television and motion pictures.

Paula Scotland (Chorus, Producer) joined the Savoyards three years ago, and it didn't take her long to discover that the Savoyards are more than a group that loves G&S music and stage performance. The Savoyards are a family, commited to each other and to the goal of bringing the beauty of music to the community. Paula thanks both of her families for this opportunity to work with such a wonderful group!

Dierdre Reynolds Shipman (Chorus) has been doing community theatre in the Triangle sporadically since 1972. Recently settled in Durham, she is thrilled to debut with the Savoyards this year, and grateful for behind-the-scenes help from husband Edward and sons Elijah and Jesse.

David Smith (Chorus) has been a member of the Savoyards since 1980 and is appearing in his third Mikado. He recently retired from the Duke faculty to concentrate on his other recreations: Savoyards, 10 grandchildren, St. Philip's Choir and Madrigal Singers, travel, and editing an online journal (joma.org).

Donna D. Smith (Chorus) is in her fourth performance with the Savoyards and still loving it! Her life-long enjoyment of music and theatre has found her performing in church and community choirs, the Uniontown, PA Chorale and Community Theatre, and teaching children music. Her singing partner and devoted husband Harmon always keeps her passion for music alive!

Bruce Stewart (Chorus, Dance Captain), having finally shed the onerous demands of pursuing a degree while working full-time, is finally free to do what he wants in what little spare time he has, to whit, tripping the lights fantastic. Most recently he performed with the Triangle Youth Ballet's production of The Nutcracker and was one of the featured dancers in last year's production of H.M.S. Pinafore.

Dwight Sullivan (Mikado, Board of Governors) is in his second Savoyard production, having played the Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore. He since appeared in Long Leaf Opera's Lost in the Stars and Amahl and the Night Visitors. He explains: "Last year I learned there's no rush on earth like singing with an orchestra, particularly these fabulous musicians. Now I'm hooked big time!" Mr. Sullivan is an engineering manager at IBM Microelectronics.

Ann Marie Thomas (Royal Chorus, Yum-Yum understudy) thanks you, theatre comrades, for your gallantry, cheerfulness, indulgence, endurance, joy, wit, dancing, singing, and so much that is sweet. May all of these come to you as well, dear audience, for price of admission. Especially thanks to Dan.

Lisa Tranquillo (Chorus) is delighted to be making her first appearance with the Savoyards. Previous experience includes The Fantasticks (Luisa), Sunday in the Park with George (Dot), Pirates of Penzance (Edith), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Lisa teaches US government and European history at Raleigh Charter High School.

Shiangtai Tuan (Chorus, Mikado understudy), for an Asian who does not know how to recite miya sama, he had to go to Penzance first, went through the Italian town of Gondoliers, sneaked on board H.M.S. Pinafore to land in the Town of Titipu under the current reigning Mikado.

Jim Wright (Royal Chorus) produced The Grand Duke for the Savoyards in 2000. He sings in the Chapel Hill Community Chorus and teaches remedial English for Vance-Granville Community College's program for federal prisoners in Butner when he is not playing househusband or playing golf with Larry Broadright.

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

See 2004's Ruddigore bios

See 2005's The Pirates of Penzance bios

See 2006's Patience bios

See 2007's H.M.S. Pinafore bios

See 2008's The Yeomen of the Guard bios

See 2009's The Gondoliers bios

The Directors

Derrick Ivey (Director/Choreographer) has been involved in Triangle area theatre and performance for the past twenty years. He has performed, directed and/or designed for Manbites Dog Theater Co., Shakespeare and Originals, Dog & Pony Show, American Theater Practice, and Deep Dish Theater Co. Derrick is also a former principal dancer for modern choreographer Killian Manning. For the last decade of the twentieth century, he was Director of Theater Programs for Carrboro's ArtsCenter and Artistic Director of The ArtsCenter Community Theater. Directing credits include The Glass Menagerie, Heartbreak House, Rough Crossing, Deathtrap, Chicago - A Musical Vaudeville, The Zoo Story, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Lady Windermere's Fan; 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. Recent performing credits include La Ronde with Dog & Pony Show and Love's Labours Lost with Shakespeare and Originals. Derrick will direct Loose Lips Sink Ships for Shakespeare and Originals in April, and will play the role of Mark Antony in the company's production of Julius Caesar next fall. In the spring of 2004 he will portray Richard Nixon in Russell Lee's Nixon's Nixon at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham.

Alan Riley Jones (Music Director) is both honored and humbled to take the podium for The Mikado after the departure of longtime guiding light Benjamin Keaton. Alan served as Maestro Keaton's chorus master for the past two seasons. With Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from East Carolina University, Alan is a twenty-year veteran of Triangle area theaters, having appeared as actor and singer in such productions as Triangle Dinner Theater's The Music Man and Song of Singapore, Raleigh Little Theater's Lend Me a Tenor and Into the Woods, and the Temple Theater (Sanford) production of Clyde Edgerton's Raney. Alan made the first of his eight stage appearances with the Durham Savoyards in Yeomen of the Guard (1984), and has since taken on such roles as Counsel for the Plaintiff (Trial by Jury, 1984), Scaphio (Utopia, UnLimited, 1997), Lord Chancellor (Iolanthe, 1998), Major General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance, 1999), and J. W. Wells (The Sorcerer, 2001). Besides performing, Alan enjoys composing and arranging choral music, especially for the Raleigh-based Oakwood Waits, for whom he serves as rehearsal conductor. In 1995, he was a contributing songwriter for Raleigh Ensemble Players' staging of Lee Smith's novel, The Devil's Dream. In 1996, Alan's original musical drama, Ladri Waits, was performed by Perihelion Theater at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. More recently, Alan has completed an original score to Gilbert's Thespis, the first G&S collaboration for which Sullivan's 1871 score is almost entirely lost. Alan is delighted to be working once again with Derrick Ivey, with whom he performed in Durham Theater Guild productions of Godspell and Kiss Me Kate some years ago. ("Don't worry, Derrick. I'm not telling how many.")

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

See 2004's Ruddigore bios

See 2005's The Pirates of Penzance bios

See 2006's Patience bios

See 2007's H.M.S. Pinafore bios

See 2008's The Yeomen of the Guard bios

See 2009's The Gondoliers bios


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