of The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.
Milestones and Important Events
- May, 1963 Under the auspices of the Durham Theatre Guild, a
group of Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiasts stage a production of The Pirates
of Penzance in the Durham High School Auditorium.
- May, 1964 The same group returns with H. M. S. Pinafore.
- November, 1964 The Durham Savoyards, Limited, is chartered as
a separate organization, an affiliate of the Durham Theatre Guild and under the
auspices of Allied Arts of Durham, Inc.
- May, 1965 With The Mikado, the Durham Savoyards, Ltd. moves
to Duke University, where annual performances will continue at Page Auditorium and
Reynolds Theatre for the next twenty-nine years.
- October-November, 1975 The Savoyards celebrate the 100th anniversary
of the first Gilbert & Sullivan production with a concert of G&S favorites
and a staging of Trial by Jury on the NC State University campus, a performance
that is repeated at public schools in Raleigh and Hillsborough. This is the first Savoyards
production at NCSU's Stewart Theatre, and is the forerunner of a cooperative venture
that extended from 1978 through 1984.
- April, 1983 20th anniversary celebration.
- June, 1984 The Durham Savoyards and the Durham Symphony collaborate
as part of the British American Festival, performing Trial by Jury and a program
of G&S favorites.
- May, 1986 The Savoyards complete the canon of the thirteen extant
Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with a production of The Grand Duke.
- April, 1988 The Durham Savoyards celebrate their 25th anniversary with
the premier of Benjamin Keaton's Places, Please!, A Savoyard Symphony (second
movement), commissioned in honor of the occasion.
- November 1989 Premier of the complete Places, Please! A Savoyard
Symphony by Benjamin Keaton.
- January 1990 The Savoyards go "on the road" again, taking
Places, Please! and Trial by Jury to Southern Pines for a concert sponsored
by the Friends of Penick Home.
- October, 1992 The Savoyards perform H. M. S. Pinafore in Wilmington's
historic Thalian Hall, as part of an eight-year partnership with the Thalian Hall Center
for Performing Arts and WHQR-FM.
- October, 1993 30th anniversary celebration.
- April, 1994 The Savoyards move to Durham's historic Carolina Theatre
- March, 1995 Under the auspices of the Durham Sister Cities cultural
exchange venture, Patrick Kenan takes the Durham Savoyards and a program of G&S
favorites to Durham, England.
- November, 1998 35th anniversary celebration.
- November, 2003 40th anniversary celebration. The Durham Savoyards,
Limited enters their fifth decade as they prepare to stage Ruddigore in March, 2004.
- November, 2005 The Savoyards present a premiere concert reading of Thespis
with new music composed by Alan Riley Jones.
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