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The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.
2002 production of

H.M.S. Pinafore

Cast and Crew Bios

The Ensemble

John Adams (Captain Corcoran), happily returning in his 10th G&S production, has appeared in Triangle Opera's Fidelio, Raleigh Little Theatre's Dracula, Opera Company of NC's Carmen, and Long Leaf Opera's Amahl, and with the Vocal Arts Ensemble, since Savoyards' 1998 Iolanthe. "Try G&S at least once — it's boatloads of fun!"

Christopher Andrews (Chorus) moved back to Chapel Hill 1998 after attending St. Olaf College where he studied Chemistry and Computer Science. He is currently working as an internet web and database developer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, as well as performing in his first season with the Savoyards, is playing tuba with the United Church Brass quintet.

Kay Bailey (Chorus) is very glad to be back on stage with the Savoyards after several years' hiatus. She looks forward to many more productions.

Lois Eve Ballen (Assistant Head Costumer) is in her third Savoyard play to assist a bit with costumes. In her other life, she is a labor and delivery nurse.

Larry Broadright (Bob Becket) is a veteran Savoyard for whom Pinafore is his 9th in the G&S canon having formerly performed with the Southern Ohio Light Opera. When not aboard the Pinafore, Larry is captain of HMS Broadright with first mate Sherry along with crew mates Shalyn (9) and Royce (7). Larry is also employed by The Carpenter as pastor of the Little River Presbyterian Church in Hurdle Mills.

Loren Clark-Moe (Chorus) is a senior at the Durham School of the Arts and is thrilled to join her mother in her first performance with the Durham Savoyards. She has been singing in the DSA Chorale for 6 years and is assistant choreographer for the Choral program. Loren will be far far away in college next year, and sends her love and thanks to all her family and friends.

Carolyn Coolidge (Chorus) is pleased to return to the stage as a chorister in her fifth Savoyards production. She also sings with Long Leaf Opera and various area choruses.

Marty Cox (Assistant Stage Manager) finds working with H.M.S. Pinafore a new experience. At the urging of a very dear friend (see Publicity), she decided to take the plunge. Her previous experience with performing arts has been as a parent volunteer for the Jordan High School Band and the Durham School of the Arts Band and Chorus. So far, so good.

Richard Dideriksen (Chorus, Graphic and Set Designer) celebrates a milestone this year, his 30th season with the Savoyards, by dancing with his life partner, Teme. He is our graphics and set designer this year; now it's time to get back to their starring roles as the Savoyards most recently married couple.

Jay Dunbar (Dick Deadeye, Assistant Ticket Manager) is director of the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School, and teaches t'ai chi throughout the Triangle (www.magictortoise.com). He returns to the Savoyards for the third time ("I'm three-cornered, ain't I?"), appearing last in 1999 as the Police Sergeant in Pirates.

Shawn Girdham (Lighting Assistant) has been working in triangle theater for six years with many companies, in many capacities, including the Somnambulist Project, Burning Coal, Shakespeare & Originals, Archipelago, Jordan High School and with the Chapel Hill Forest Theater Festival. He holds two degrees in theater and is currently with Playmakers Repertory Company administrative staff.

Deborah Grausman (Chorus), a native New Yorker, is a music major at Duke University. Credits include: Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro (Duke, 1999), principal understudy Little Women-The Musical, (pre-Broadway workshop, 2001), vocal soloist (Duke Chamber Players, European tour, 2000), Alice in Wonderland, Just So Stories (Berkshire Theater Festival, 2001). She is thrilled to be in Pinafore, and thanks her family for being so supportive.

Karen E. Gray (Chorus, Little Buttercup understudy, Board of Governors) celebrates her 8th season with the Savoyards family, and keeps coming back for more skipping and tripping. Mild-mannered(?) Duke Staff Assistant 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) is a local artist who has his second "official" Savoyard production under his belt now, although he has helped behind the scenes for several years. Besides acting as assistant producer with his wife, Karen, he also was very involved in set construction and set painting. In future years, he hopes to return to his primary position as keg monitor at Savoyard gatherings.

Karen Guidry (Assistant Producer, Wardrobe Mistress) has worked in several different roles during her six Savoyard productions. She has not only been involved herself, but has recruited most of her family as well, with husband, Charles, serving as assistant producer, and daughter, Pam Guidry-Vollers, doing the makeup design. Her spare time, when she has any, is spent spoiling her grandson, James.

Pam Guidry-Vollers (Head Makeup Artist) is happy to be joining the Savoyards for a fourth show. She has been a musical theatre performer since her debut as a schoolgirl in her 4th 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 last year designed makeup for the Savoyards' The Sorcerer.

Emily Harville (Chorus, Cousin Hebe understudy) is a graduate student in epidemiology at UNC's School of Public Health. This is her first appearance with the Durham Savoyards, but she has previously performed the Gilbert & Sullivan roles Katisha (The Mikado), the Fairy Queen (Iolanthe), and Lady Blanche (Princess Ida).

Greg Hill (Chorus) became involved with the Savoyards three seasons ago after reading about them in the newspaper. Not having done theater since high school he thought it would be fun — and it is. He has been married to his lovely wife Annie for nineteen years, and they have one wonderful son, Greg II. Having done many things in his life, he says that being associated with the Savoyards is one of the best.

Mark Jackman (Photographer), in addition to capturing the Savoyards' photographic image for many years, he has also produced, stage-managed and performed in Savoyard shows. In his professional life, Mark owns Life Signssm, providing weight management, fitness training, life-style change coaching and help with health conditions. He's a Duke Ph.D., certified by the American Council on Exercise and accredited by the National Fitness Therapy Association.

Carl A. Johnson (Ralph Rackstraw) began singing early in life with the American Boychoir, then majored in voice performance at the NC School of the Arts. He has performed as a soloist with the Duke University Chapel Choir, The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, Triangle Opera, and Long Leaf Opera. This is Carl's second production with the Durham Savoyards. He has lived in the Triangle since 1986 and is the General Manager of the Chapel Hill Herald.

Alan Riley Jones (Chorus Master), veteran performer of seven Savoyards productions (most recently, Wells in The Sorcerer), has directed a variety of choruses over the years, and is currently rehearsal director of the Oakwood Waits. A temporarily-retired computer trainer by trade, Alan enjoys composing music, reading history, and computing Easter in his head.

Patrick Kenan (Assistant to the Producer) is a founding member and an active performer from '63 `til '96. Pat was producer of Iolanthe in `98, and one of three producers of Pirates in `99. He started his G&S career with Pirates, and he steadfastly claimed he would retire in `99 with Pirates. He says, "The Savoyards are the source of some of my most significant friendships, for which I shall always be grateful … I love you guys."

Toby Kennedy (Lighting Designer) was recaptured for his 7th Savoyard show (Oh, woe…) after several blissful years of peace. Thankfully, he gave up acting in 1981 (after H.M.S. Pinafore!). Toby and Sharon live in Cary with 3 little performers, where Toby is working to build a cultural arts center.

Vivian Killough (Chorus) is delighted to be back on stage after a 20-year hiatus and performing for the first time with the Savoyards. She made her musical debut as Lady Larken in Once Upon A Mattress at the age of 19. She also performed in Carousel (chorus), portrayed a jazz torch singer in Seemed Like Old Times, and has sung in various gospel and classical ensembles over the years. Vivian is a senior media studies major and voice minor at UNC-Greensboro.

Anna Kirby-Sullivan (Josephine) joins The Durham Savoyards for the first time in H.M.S. Pinafore. She has most recently sung with The Long Leaf Opera Company's Fall 2001 production of The Consul. Ms. Kirby-Sullivan holds a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from UNC-Greensboro and is a frequent soloist in the Triangle area. Anna currently resides in Durham with her husband, Niegel, and maintains a private voice studio.

Cathy Lambe (Chorus, Board of Governors) has played Savoyard professional bridesmaid, fairy, dancing maid, Japanese and South Seas girls, daughter, cousin and other giggly village maidens. Offstage she has been board member, producer, publicity and program heads, helped with costumes, sets, and warehouse — a general Savoyard "maid of all work." She is also a scientist, gardener, voracious reader and Habitat volunteer.

Randy Lambe (Business Manager, Board of Governors) joined the Savoyards for the 1989 production of The Sorcerer. As Pinafore is a favorite of his, he looks forward to this year's production. "Thanks to all for the hard work, especially Paula!"

Gene Leonardi (Accompanist) rejoined the Savoyards in 1996 after a twenty year role as a private citizen. From the first day back it felt as if he'd never left! Gene is Music Librarian at North Carolina Central University.

Teme Levbarg (Chorus, Board of Governors) made her Savoyard debut in 1992 as a "cousin" in H.M.S. Pinafore. She has worked backstage in every show since 1991 and serves the Savoyards as immediate past president. Teme is delighted to return to the stage and particularly tickled to be partnered with Richard, the love of her life on stage and off!

Bob Maarschalkerweerd (Chorus, Bob Becket and Bill Bobstay understudy) is from Cape Town (southern tip of Africa), now proudly living in Raleigh, NC. Bob has sung in many charity/gala performances with the S.A. Navy Band and other gala performances at the Josephine Mill in Cape Town since 1992. He is certified in singing from the Royal Schools of Music (London). From 1991-1999 he was on the board of the Cape Town G&S Society.

Stephen Marquez (Chorus, Dance Captain) has most recently been seen as a lead dancer in Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Consul with Long Leaf Opera. He is very excited to be back amongst the Savoyards and dancing once again! Stephen's next show is The Medium with Long Leaf Opera in April. "Many thanks to those who continually help me reach for my star!"

Ann McCloskey (Chorus) is performing in her 10th Savoyard production. Ann feels truly blessed having grown up in a musical family. Her mom had a beautiful voice, her dad played violin, mandolin and piano, and her brother, Tony, was always singing opera. With a family background like this, how could she miss!

Barbara Namkoong (Cousin Hebe, Properties Mistress, Giguemistress) grew up in Raleigh, then graduated from Vassar College and UNC Law School. She hasn't decided what she wants to do when she grows up. Barbara frequently performs with local choral and theater groups, and joined the Savoyard family in 1988.

Chris Newlon (Chorus) is in his second year with the Durham Savoyards, having also performed in The Sorcerer last year. By day, he is a mild-manner computer consultant living in Chapel Hill with his lovely wife, Betsy, and their three beautiful daughters, Alyssa, Claire, and Abby (a.k.a. Hercules).

Jim Nuss (Set Realizer) moved to Durham last January from Athens, GA where he had been active in community theater for years. As a set builder he has made a pumpkin turn into a coach on stage and a bondage chair to hold an angel. His on stage roles have ranged from hunting vampires as Van Helsing in Dracula to hunting Scrooges as Santa in `Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Noelle Debora Paull (Chorus, Company Stage Manager), when told that sisters were 14-17 years old, responded "Acting with a really big A!" As always, she's having a wonderful time, and sends her love and thanks to Ranny, Ben, Boleyn, the cast and crew, and especially Andrew and her mother Shirley.

Elizabeth Clark Peretti (Chorus, Ralph Rackstraw understudy) last appeared on the Savoyard stage as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance. She is now proud to be "a British tar… a soaring soul" and the understudy for Ralph Rackstraw.

Steven Peretti (Chorus, Sir Joseph understudy) is in his first Savoyard production; actually, his first production period. Blessed with two left feet and a tin ear, he has energetically thrown himself into his role (much to the consternation of the cast) and hopes to wreak havoc upon the G&S canon for years to come. His "customary attitude" is that of a "smart and sober man", teaching those who would dare to study chemical engineering at NC State.

Victoria Perry (Chorus) is delighted to make her first appearance with the Savoyards! Her previous experience includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), Bye Bye Birdie (orchestra: flute/piccolo/sax), Little Mary Sunshine (orchestra: flute), An Evening With Mark Twain (lighting), Inherit the Wind (lighting/sound).

Litz Plummer (Little Buttercup) joined the Savoyards on stage in 1999 for The Pirates of Penzance. Since then, she has been production stage manager for both the Savoyards and the Long Leaf Opera. In April she has the title role in LLO's production of The Medium. "Huzzah!"

Charles Register (Program Editor) learned to knit for a stage role in Trial by Jury, and then retreated to the relative safety of the orchestra pit where he and his piccolo-playing sweetheart have enjoyed Sullivanesque flute cocktails since Iolanthe in 1987. He is a retired computer security and system administrator, hammer dulcimer player and shape note singer (Fa So La!).

Kathy Register (Publicity) has her first career brush with the Peter Principle. All she can figure is that her 12-year stint in the Savoyard pit as the entire piccolo section and one-half the flute section (with husband Charles—see above) must be a bust, because she was bumped up to administration. She admits, however, she has enjoyed her new duties, and the Savoyards have graciously allowed her to play for the orchestra again this year.

Paula Scotland (Producer, Chorus, Board of Governors) loves the Durham Savoyards community, and is enjoying working with them both on and off stage. She has performed with the Savoyards in The Sorcerer as well as with other groups in A Country Christmas Carol and Neil Simon's Fools.  Paula would like to thank her family, Anthony, Averyl and Addison, for their continued support and encouragement.

David Smith (Chorus) is appearing in his third Savoyards' Pinafore — the first being his stage debut in 1980. His other recreations include grandchildren (8, going on 10), St. Philip's Choir and Madrigal Singers, travel, editing an on-line journal (joma.org), and teaching mathematics at Duke.

Bruce Stewart (Chorus) made his inaugural Savoyards appearance four years ago as a Peer in Iolanthe. But due to circumstances beyond his control (school and work wreak hob with rehearsal schedules) has spent the last three years behind the scenes as a techie. However, this year the planets aligned and he is now able to return to the stage as one of the featured dancers in the chorus.

Mary Maddry Strauss (Costume Designer, Head Costumer, Board of Governors), after "acting up" in The Sorcerer, has turned her energies to "cutting up" as costumer for Pinafore. Her qualifications include designing for "Dolls and Daughters" (since she was four) and admiring Victorian fashions in Godey's Lady's Book. Regretfully her degree from Duke was worthless in securing the position.

Dwight Sullivan (Bill Bobstay) is in his first Savoyard production. Dwight is an Engineering Manager at IBM, and he enjoys playing guitar and writing songs. Dwight moved to North Carolina from Vermont in 1999 and lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, daughter, two surly cats, and a long list of overdue chores.

Ann Marie Thomas (Chorus, Josephine understudy, Dance Captain) is delighted to be appearing in H.M.S. Pinafore, now her favourite of the G&S canon. She extends a welcome to all members of the audience, and inadequate thanks to Daniel, her true love.

Ben Tomczak (Assistant Director, Production Stage Manager) is a graduate of Hampshire College, where he composed pieces of his own opera. He is honored to be working on his second Savoyards production and wants to thank his family for their support.

Shiangtai Tuan (Chorus) has never, well, hardly ever encountered any temptation to belong to other nations before he was shanghaied from the seaport town upon Yangtze. He was sold by the Pirates of Penzance to Mikado-land until he was rescued by the gallant captain of Pinafore, becoming one of the sober men to stand by the guns all day. Yes, he loves the blushing beauties and loves to sail the ocean blue.

Mara Vorachek-Warren (Ticket Manager, Board of Governors) was a cast member in last year's production, The Sorcerer. She enjoyed the Durham Savoyards so much that she decided to volunteer herself for various other responsibilities in order to find out more about what happens "behind the scenes." By day, she is a graduate student in Biochemistry at Duke University.

Boleyn H. Willis (Choreographer) began dancing at age 6 and later attended NYU School of the Arts. She first performed with the Savoyards at age 16 and returned for the 2001 production of The Sorcerer as choreographer. Ms. Willis recently choreographed for Long Leaf Opera and was very pleased to be asked to choreograph for Pinafore. On stage, Ms. Willis performs with the Triangle Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker and maintains her technique at Bounds Dance Studio in Chapel Hill.

Lloyd Zurbrigg (Accompanist) is a Canadian import who, while in Virginia, had leading roles in Pinafore, Yeomen of the Guard, and Iolanthe. He also conducted a performance of Gondoliers. With a Ph.D. in music, Dr. Zurbrigg is a retired keyboard and voice professor. He enjoys his role as rehearsal accompanist.

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 H.M.S. Pinafore bios

See 2008's The Yeomen of the Guard bios

See 2009's The Gondoliers bios


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