The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.
2006 production of


Cast and Crew Bios

The Ensemble

Charlie Bartee (Chorus, "Major" Murgatroyd understudy) After leading the local constabulary to victory last season, Charlie has joined the Dragoon Guards for this year's production of Patience. Charlie has done the complete Gilbert and Sullivan canon, and this is his second time for Patience. Off stage, he is an electrical engineer with RTI-International.

Jennifer Mann Becker (Lighting Designer) packed her bags and moved to Raleigh from Brooklyn for fear that New York's winter would turn her into a human popsicle. An MFA graduate from NYU, her NC credits include lighting for Suddenly Last Summer, An Inspector Calls and The Children's Hour at Peace College, and scenery for Tartuffe and Crumbs from the Table of Joy at Burning Coal Theatre.

Ginny Brockett (Chorus, Ella understudy) — This is Ginny's first performance with the Durham Savoyards. She also performed for two years with the Norfolk Savoyards. Prior performances of this network engineer include singing with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Opera and the NC Master Chorale. She is honored to be performing with this wonderful troupe.

Jim Burnette (Archibald Grosvenor) is honored to be part of another Savoyards production. He thanks Derrick and Alan for this opportunity, and all Savoyards for their continuing warm welcome — it is, it is a glorious thing to be in such Company! His performance is dedicated to the memory of Rick Rottschaefer — Teacher, Actor and Friend.

Bobby Cameron (Chorus) looks forward to his first experience of Patience. Bobby telecommutes from his home south of Chapel Hill for a Cambridge, Mass. high-tech market research firm. He's thankful to the Savoyards for providing some insane relief from all-too-normal world of business and technology — although it's Bobby's now-11-year-old daughter Brynn who really provides the wonderful craziness that breaks through the work-a-day world.

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

Elizabeth Clark (Chorus, Patience understudy) is 17 years old and has a résumé spanning thirty-two shows. She is thrilled to return to her treasured Savoyard family, after having sung Zorah in last fall's Ruddigore and chorus in The Pirates of Penzance. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Beth, and especially, Cathy.

Thomas Clark (Rehearsal Accompanist) — Musically, and in his job as a forensic pathologist, Tom deals mostly with organs, but has enjoyed dusting off his piano skills for such an enthusiastic and accomplished group. He holds a degree in music from Duke, and studied baroque ornamentation with Kathy and Charlie Register while he was young and musically impressionable.

Kenny Cruz (Chorus) marks his second season with the Savoyards and he is thrilled to once again, be part of a stellar cast. Previous credits include Ruddigore (Richard Dauntless), The Pirates of Penzance (Chorus), The King and I (Lun Tha), and various other shows. He thanks his friends and family for their support.

Richard Dideriksen (Royal Chorus, Set Designer) pops up in the Royal Box in his thirty-fourth season with the Savoyards and eighth season as set designer — revisiting our youth through the second act. With four daughters successfully acting out around the US, including Katrina starring in Las Vegas' Hairspray, it reminds us what raising babies in backpacks while rehearsing will lead to! He lovingly shares life (and the Royal Box) with his wife, Teme (Royal Chorus & Assistant Producer).

Steve Dobbins (Reginald Bunthorne) is honored to be in his eighth Durham Savoyards production. From previous shows he is best known as the coiffurially-challenged lunatic Despard in Ruddigore, for which no actual acting or hair-styling was necessary. Far more demanding is the portrayal of Bunthorne, who, unlike Steve, is suave, clever, well-groomed, and ćsthetic. Tough role indeed.

Shoshana "Shoshi" Furth (Chorus, Angela understudy) is a busy high school senior who loves every moment she spends with the Savoyards. Celebrating her second year as a Savoyard junkie, she hopes there will be many more years to come. Thanks to all friends and family who have put up with her crazy schedule!

Sandy Gerli (Chorus) has performed the Savoy operas for more than twenty-five years, first with the Simsbury (CT) Light Opera Company, and now the Durham Savoyards. By day, he's an Associate with Kohl's Department Stores and lives in North Raleigh with his two cats, Skimbleshanks and Mungojerrie.

Karen Gray (Jane, Board of Governors) is in her twelfth season with the Savoyards, but not an understudy this time! She is NOT typecast! Program Coordinator for Duke Integrative Medicine by day and Savoyards Board VP by night, she sings at St. Luke's Episcopal and more than dabbles in politics. Thanks to husband Michael for his "patience".

Michael Hale Gray (Royal Chorus) is back in his box (3rd year) assisting the Queen's entrance and has helped wife Karen with libretto rehearsal for her NON-understudy part. By day he: briefs pilots on weather, tutors kids, Boy Scouts; by night he works on projects and cancels Karen's vote.

Frances L. Greenstein (Royal Chorus) is singing for the second time with the Savoyards. Fran is excited to be active and productive again after lumbar spine surgery in December 2005. For the eight previous seasons Fran has constructed sets and helped with properties with the Savoyards. Outside of the theatre, Fran enjoys crafts, volunteer work, travel, reading, and her one remaining cat.

Charles Guidry (Producer, Technical Director, Set Realizer) is a local artist who has worked on ten Savoyards productions. He has been a producer, has been active in set construction and paint design, and has even done laundry. He is best known for his choreography in "Dance of the Screw Guns", featuring Paint and Saw.

Karen Guidry (Producer, Costumer, Wardrobe Mistress, President - Board of Governors) marks the beginning of her tenth year of voluntary servitude with the Durham Savoyards. She has served as a "techie" in some capacity each year (unless you count the one year she channeled Queen Victoria), usually involving costumes.

Pam Guidry-Vollers (Makeup & Hair Designer) is happy to be joining the Savoyards for an eighth 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 (1998, 2005), The Grand Duke, The Mikado, and Ruddigore, and has designed makeup for the Savoyards' The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, Ruddigore and The Pirates of Penzance (2005).

Kimberly Hirsh (Chorus) makes her Savoyards debut with Patience. She first participated in Triangle community theatre ten and a half years ago; she never recovered. In her free time, she teaches Latin at East Chapel Hill High School, where her students regularly tread a classic measure.

Lisa Hirsh (Properties Mistress) hunts down and keeps up with a wide variety of props for this exciting production. Lisa's non-theatre pursuits include home-schooling Micah and doing graphic design and illustration. Her patience is tried (and rewarded) by her loving family — Ken, Kimberly, Mary Elisabeth and Micah.

Houston Horn (Chorus) is thrilled to be making his Savoyards debut. For his employer's newsletter, he once wrote an article explaining how Gilbert got Frederick's 21st birthday wrong. (1900 was not a leap year.) He dedicates this performance to his late father and mother. Thanks, Joyce, Franklin, and Mary. Happy Birthday, Mary!

Saki Kinney (Chorus) has sung in various choruses here and there since second grade, though this is her first time in a stage production. By day, and night, she is a graduate student at Duke University.

Mei-li J. Kuhns (Royal Chorus) is a newcomer to the Savoyards. She worked back stage for one season with the Simsbury (CT) Light Opera Company, and joined the Durham Savoyards when she moved to North Carolina. She is an active member of The Church of the Holy Cross, Anglican, in Raleigh. By day, she is an Office Supervisor with Design Distributing, Inc. and lives in Raleigh.

Cathy Lambe (Chorus) is glad to revisit the past, and this time be a lighthearted flower child. Now she can be silly instead of serious and languishing instead of responsible and professional. Singing, dancing and working with the Savoyards since 1981 has been a wonderful source of fun and friendships.

Teme Levbarg (Royal Chorus, Assistant Producer) returns for a fifteenth Savoyard season of performing and working behind the scenes. When not attending to Queen Victoria (and the production team), Teme can be heard singing with the ensemble in the Royal Box. By day, a continuing education specialist at the NC Institute for Public Health, Teme also lovingly shares life on and off stage with her multi-talented husband, Richard (Royal Chorus and Set Designer).

Evelyn McCauley (Assistant Director) joins the production staff for the first time, having performed onstage in previous productions. She'd heard the rumors, attended the parties, and after careful consideration, decided to see how it felt to sit on the "other side of the footlights." Merde to the entire cast and crew!

Sarah Miller (Chorus) is 20 years old and is very happy to be performing in her second production with Savoyards. Her favourite roles include Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Durham Savoyards), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (YPPC), and Abigail in The Crucible (YPPC). She would like to thank her friends and family who all encourage her to pursue the things she loves!

Marie Moulin (Royal Chorus) is still French and absolutely enchanted to be in her third production (after Ruddigore and The Pirates of Penzance) with the Durham Savoyards as a loyal member of the Royal Chorus. She continues to be grateful to the people who gave her the opportunity to join the group and to all its members for their kindness. At home she is grateful to the excellent musicians who currently help her keep alive her musical interest

Mollie Moses O'Dell (Chorus) is very familiar with the Savoyards, having essentially grown up with the group. After a lengthy hiatus, she has enthusiastically returned to the fold as a Soldier of Our Queen. She works two jobs and creates bead jewelry whenever possible.

Chris Newlon ("Duke" Dunstable, Publicity Director) is delighted to be in his sixth year with the Durham Savoyards. In addition to performing annually in the Spring show, he also produced a "cabaret" version of Ruddigore. When not on stage, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and daughters in Chapel Hill.

Daryn O'Shea (Chorus) found out there were 20 love-sick maidens on this set looking for companionship and won't leave now. Don't tell Saphir, his wife (Laurie Siegel). Or, on second thought, please do so he'll go home!

Wil Pardue (Chorus) is excited to make his stage debut with Patience. A well-accomplished pianist, this NC State student plans to attend pharmacy school. He thanks his friends and family for their support.

Rock Pereira (Chorus) relished English opera at his boarding school in India. He is delighted to rekindle this "love long dead" in an opera that singularly celebrates love. A young girl in the audience once asked him if Queen Victoria was "real". So he joined the Savoyards to find out.

Charles Register (Program and Publications Design) is a retired security consultant and all-purpose computer geek, plying the dark digital (and occasionally madly musical) arts with the Savoyards since 1989's Iolanthe. He is honored to be the invisible wizard to the incomparable sibyl, Katherine.

Katherine Register (Orchestra Manager) has enjoyed rubbing elbows with the talented members of the pit orchestra since her first appearance in the flute section for Iolanthe in 1987. This is her third year as Orchestra Manager. As much fun as it is hiring musicians and organizing scores, she would be lost without the computer wizardry of her husband and soul-mate, Charles.

Betty Romani (Rehearsal Accompanist) teaches piano lessons, accompanies singers, and is church pianist at Parkwood UMC. This is her third season on the bench for the Savoyards. Between rehearsals she tries to chase Sullivan's catchy tunes out of her head. Thanks again to the family for their patience.

Pat Roos (Chorus) makes yet another triumphant return to the chorus. In the past few years, Pat has been elderly and confused; a dandy or a fop; a pirate, and now a gridiron athlete, and, yes, that's only on stage. Pat, still a tenor, enjoys the camaraderie, work and goofiness that goes into these shows.

Kathleen Sharpe (Ella), is a 17-year-old, home school senior. Patience marks her theater debut, although her ensemble experience is deep and wide. (Patience also conceals her alternate identity as a princess and a prima ballerina!) She is currently worship leader and guitarist in her church. Kathleen will attend UNC-Chapel Hill next fall as a voice performance major.

Laurie Siegel (Saphir) holds BM and MM degrees from UNC-Greensboro in music education with a voice concentration. She is currently teaching elementary music and art at Lerner Jewish Community Day School in Durham. This is Laurie's third production with the Durham Savoyards. She is happy to be sharing the stage once again with her new husband, Daryn.

David Smith ("Major" Murgatroyd) says "All it takes is Patience" - 26 years a Savoyard, he is finally completing the canon of 13 extant G&S operas as a performer, and for the first time his character has a name. His other recreations include 10 grandchildren, St. Philip's Choir and Madrigal Singers, travel, mental health advocacy, interactive online text materials, and tandem biking with wife Dorothy.

Donna D. Smith (Royal Chorus) is enjoying her eighth Gilbert & Sullivan season with the Savoyards. Always ready to sing, she makes music with the "Calling Chords," a local women's vocal ensemble, her church choir, and with her teacher and vocal partner Joan Wittman.

Ann Marie Thomas (Angela) is greatly relieved to be back with the Savoyards after missing last year's show. She's also done the occasional "outside" project, e.g. Quilters (Deep Dish Theater); Crimes of the Heart (OdysseyStage); Down in the Valley (Long Leaf Opera); and Skull Treasure Pirate Mountain Island, Medea (the Somnambulist Project). Huge thanks to her hero Dan for everything, her voice teacher Penny for a lot, and the Savoyards for putting up with her.

Shiangtai Tuan (Chorus) was very happy when the Pirates of Penzance, on their only trip East, Shanghaied him from Shanghai. Having fired all thirteen cannons of G&S on board, and also having been exposed to both "fleshly" and "idyllic" poetry, he now cannot even distinguish a milk maid from a patrician.

Thea Tullman (Patience) is delighted to be making her North Carolina debut as Patience. She has sung roles with Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Festival of NJ, and Central City Opera, and has performed at Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She thanks all of the Savoyards for such a warm welcome!

Ray Ubinger ("Colonel" Calverley), Savoyard since 1998, is sometimes onstage (e.g. Old Adam in 2004's Ruddigore), other years in the orchestra (violin). He has sung in five Opera Company of North Carolina productions. He works at DUMC, is active in Libertarian causes, and lives with his sweetie Christa and two hilarious cats.

Diane Woodard (Chorus) is a newcomer both to Durham and Gilbert & Sullivan. Diane developed tremendous patience explaining the ratings to radio execs, recently retiring from Arbitron in Columbia, Maryland. She also performed as lead rock/blues/country vocalist with the "Arbitoons." No fickle, love-sick maiden, she and her husband Steve will soon celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

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 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 and Choreographer) is pleased to be back for his fourth collaboration with the Durham Savoyards, and with Music Director Alan Riley Jones. His previous work for the company includes directing and choreographing The Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore and The Mikado. Derrick has performed, directed, produced, choreographed and designed for various companies throughout the Triangle over the past twenty-three years. His directing credits include 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. Recent acting credits include: The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen for Manbites Dog Theater; Dr. Cukrowics in Suddenly Last Summer for Peace College Theater; Alex in Dragon Lady for Chinchilla House Productions; and Richard Nixon in Nixon's Nixon for Manbites Dog Theater. Derrick is next slated to appear in One by One by Once Upon a Time, a two-person dance/theater performance with Killian Manning, running May 18-21 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham.

Alan Riley Jones (Music Director) returns for his fourth year at the podium, having made his Savoyard directing debut with The Mikado in 2003. 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 (The Pirates of Penzance, 1999), and J. W. Wells (The Sorcerer, 2001). Besides performing, Alan enjoys composing and arranging choral music, and served for several years as rehearsal conductor and co-arranger for the Raleigh-based Oakwood Waits vocal ensemble. 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's original score to Gilbert's Thespis — the first Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, for which Sullivan's 1871 score is almost entirely lost — was first heard in concert in 2004, and was performed by members of the American Philological Association at their conference in Montreal in January, 2006.

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 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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