The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.
2005 production of

The Pirates of Penzance

Cast and Crew Bios

The Ensemble

Chris Andrews (Chorus) has been with the Durham Savoyards ever since he made his debut on stage in the 2002 production of H.M.S. Pinafore. By day, Chris works as a programmer for LEARN NC (www.learnnc.org), an educational web site for teachers and students in North Carolina. On a side note, in August, Chris married another Savoyard, Emily Harville, whom he met during that same production.

Hanna Wheeler Andrews (Costume Designer) worked on costumes for the Savoyards in the mid-1980s. Now she is back to design the major-general's glad rags for this production of Pirates. Meanwhile, she's designed and made wedding gowns (1985 to 1990); been the book-review editor for American Scientist magazine (1990 to 1998); restored an antique gown and veil for the wedding of Emily Harville to Chris Andrews (son) in August 2004; and become a grandmother.

Kay Bailey (Chorus) — While she did enjoy being part of the Royal Chorus and hob-nobbing with the Queen, Kay is happy to be back treading the boards again and sincerely thanks Derrick and Alan for the opportunity. Kay is a graduate of Pennsylvania's Westminster College from which she holds a degree in music education. In addition to teaching piano and recorder privately, she does substitute teaching at Durham Academy and is currently on the board of the Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association.

Charlie Bartee (Sergeant of Police) — After a four-year hiatus, Charlie signed on as Sergeant of Police to lead the local constabulary against the Pirate King's band. When not performing constabulary duties, Charlie can often be found plying the waters about Morehead City or checking out electronic devices in Research Triangle Park.

Jim Burnette (Pirate King) is honored to be making his first Savoyards appearance. He thanks Derrick and Alan for this opportunity, and all of the Savoyards for their 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, Pirate King understudy, Assistant Producer) survived last year's Ruddigore and has returned for much, much more ("That's what doing chorus and understudy combined feels like," he says). Bobby telecommutes from his home south of Chapel Hill for a Cambridge, MA 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 10-year-old daughter Brynn who really provides the wonderful craziness that breaks through the work-a-day world.

Donna Cavallo (Stage Manager) has stage managed numerous productions in the past for a variety of theatre companies in the area. This is her third year with the Savoyards. She is on the Board of Directors of OdysseyStage Community Theatre and is currently working on their next production, A Man For All Seasons, which will run April 29 - May 8 in Chapel Hill.

Elizabeth Clark (Chorus) is 16 years old and is thrilled to make her Savoyards debut with Pirates. She most recently performed in Seussical the Musical with the NC Kids Theater. Some of her other favorite roles include Buddy in Nutcracker Delight (Peace College), Hippolyta/Moth in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Beth in Little Women, and Pepper in Annie. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Beth, and Dana.

Donna Clement (Publicity Manager) happily marks her third year with the most talented bunch of people she's worked with. She's grateful to the Savoyards community for introducing her to the captivating world of theatre.

Megan Colborn (Royal Chorus) — This is Megan's Durham Savoyards debut! She is a graduate of Durham School of the Arts and has been in a chorus since fifth grade. She is currently at Durham Tech and hopes to attend Brevard College. Megan would like to thank God for the gifts He has given her and her family, friends, and teachers for their huge support!

Carolyn Colquitt (Rehearsal Accompanist) is a native of Gary, Indiana. She began her musical study at age four with her first piano lesson. She is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, violinist, composer/arranger and music educator. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Valparaiso University and a Master of Arts from Indiana University with post graduate studies at Vandercook School of Music in musical theatre.

Bruce Conner (Samuel), after a hiatus of 20 years, returns to the stage and to his "first love" in the theater, Gilbert and Sullivan. Bruce spent a decade in the professional theater in New York, including appearances Off-Broadway in Hijinks!, and at the American Stage Festival and the Pennsylvania Stage Company as Jackson in Pump Boys & Dinettes.

Kenny Cruz (Chorus, Frederic understudy) is thrilled to make his Savoyards debut. Previous credits of this nursing student include H.M.S. Pinafore (chorus), Once Upon A Mattress (chorus), and The King & I (Lun Tha). Other than his on-stage time, Kenny also humbly enjoys serving as cantor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Garner. He thanks his family and friends for their continued support!

Richard Dideriksen (Major-General Stanley, Set and Graphics Designer) is in his thirty-third season with the Savoyards, his twenty-second year as graphics designer, and his seventh season as our Piratical set designer. Richard had his haughtiness surgically elevated for this role, but his four daughters (and several daughters adopted) keep him well grounded. He is married to Teme (Chorus) and in his other life is a traveling continuing education specialist at UNC-CH.

Steve Dobbins (Chorus, Major-General Stanley understudy) loves singing and dancing with the whole Savoyard family. In last year's Ruddigore, his portrayal of Despard was simply electrifying – at least for his hair. Steve has performed everything from "Ave Maria" to "Great Balls of Fire" in dozens of roles, including cowboy, nobleman, playboy, pilgrim, Beatle, Greek god, political prisoner, mad scientist -- and now, PIRATE! Aarrgh.

Steve Dubay (Lighting Designer) is an NC native with a MFA in Theatre Design and Technology from University of Missouri - Kansas City. This is his third season with the Savoyards, previously lighting The Mikado in 2003 and Ruddigore in 2004. Steve has been a free-lance lighting designer for Triangle area theatre companies since August of 1999. His full-time job is with Stageworks Lighting in Raleigh. Steve is also an active member of theatrical protective IATSE Local 417.

Nancy Ferree-Clark (Rehearsal Accompanist) is delighted to be a part of her first Savoyards production. Many years ago she was musical director for The Fantasticks at the Yale Divinity School, but has been busy pastoring churches ever since. She enjoys accompanying for her daughter Elizabeth in lessons and recitals.

Mary Ann Freedman (Chorus) has been traipsing over the Savoyard stage for twenty years having sung soprano, alto and tenor. She is thankful to Derrick for creating chaperones so she isn't "skipping rivulets and fountains" as a teenage ward this year. Of course, she wouldn't mind playing the Major-General.

Shoshanna "Shoshi" Furth (Chorus) is a junior at Durham Academy. This is her first season with the troupe, and she plans to try out for the next show. And the next and the next ... With many thanks to her singing teacher, Sharon Szymanski, and to the Savoyards for a wonderful first experience, she hopes the future will bring much fun with them all!

Sandy Gerli (Royal 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 E. Gray (Chorus, Ruth understudy, Board of Governors) is back for her eleventh season with the Savoyards family. Program Coordinator for the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine by day and Savoyards Board VP by night, she also sings at St. Luke's Episcopal and more than dabbles in things political. Thanks to husband Michael for "putting up with me all these years!"

Michael Hale Gray (Royal Chorus) is glad to be pirating/policing from the box. He has done several G&S shows in Durham and Shreveport, LA. He most recently assisted with Riverside High's Music Man and is actively encouraging young apprentices from ALL high schools! His "real" job is air traffic weather. He applauds his wife Karen for making it through all those understudy rehearsals!

Frances Greenstein (Royal Chorus) is thrilled to be singing for the first time with the Savoyards. Retirement from a career in clinical research this year has provided the needed time. Fran has also constructed sets and helped with properties with the Savoyards for seven previous seasons. Outside of the theatre, Fran enjoys crafts, volunteer work, travel, reading, and her three cats.

Charles Guidry (Producer, Technical Director, Set Realizer) is a local artist who worked happily behind the scenes on four Savoyards productions. Then, he moved into "management". In the past nine years he has been a producer, has been active in set construction, was responsible for paint design and has even done laundry. In the future, he hopes to take up something easier – cat herding.

Karen Guidry ( Producer, Costume Design, Wardrobe Mistress, Board of Governors) — Pirates of Penzance is Karen's ninth show, as well as her second Pirates production, with the Durham Savoyards. She has been a "techie" for all these productions (unless you count the one year she channeled Queen Victoria). In addition to producing and co-designing costumes for Pirates, Karen also serves as President of the Savoyards Board of Governors.

Pam Guidry-Vollers (Chorus, Dance Captain, Makeup & Hair Designer) is happy to be joining the Savoyards for a seventh 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, The Mikado, and Ruddigore, and has designed makeup for the Savoyards' The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and Ruddigore.

Emily Harville (Kate) scheduled her dissertation defense in epidemiology for production week. She thanks her committee and the cast for being understanding. She was married last August to Chris Andrews, whom she met when they were in the chorus of H.M.S. Pinafore together three years ago. Oh joy, oh rapture!

Mark Jackman (Publicity Photographer) has been involved with the Savoyards since 1978. He has produced, stage managed and performed in shows. For the last decade, Mark has had great fun designing and shooting the Savoyard's publicity photos. A Duke PhD, he owns Life Signssm, a fitness practice specializing in weight management, exercise for medical conditions and post-rehabilitation (www.life-signs.com).

Pam Kadzielawski (Chorus) is happy to be joining the Savoyards for her first show. She has performed with the Concert Singers of Cary and the small group A Song for All Seasons. Pam appeared in the chorus of The Magic Flute with The Opera Company of North Carolina. Lots of love to Mike and Phil.

Cathy Lambe (Chorus) is glad to once again be fleeing (but slowly enough to be caught) from Savoyard pirates. After playing a saucy maid twice in Savoyard productions, she has risen in the social scale to being a chaperone this time. Offstage, she enjoys her many friends from twenty-five years with the Savoyards, as well as dancing, singing, gardening and volunteering with Habitat Hand-Me-Ups.

Teme Levbarg (Chorus) is delighted to return for her fourteenth Savoyard season, re-creating her chorus role as one of Major Stanley's beautiful daughters! She helped build the set and is assisting backstage with makeup. Teme is thrilled to be on-stage with her husband Richard (Major General). When not on stage, Teme works as a continuing education specialist at the UNC School of Public Health, training practitioners and boards of health statewide.

Robbie Marriott (Chorus) is in his first season with the Savoyards. A senior at Durham Academy, Robbie has been in ten school productions since moving to Chapel Hill in 1999. He also enjoys taking voice lessons from long time Savoyard, Sharon Szymanski, and summer performances at StageDoor Manor musical theater camp in New York.

Evelyn McCauley (Ruth) — While Evelyn seems to be destined to play these broad comic characters, her secret desire is to be a helpless waif, tied to railroad tracks, and calling delicately for help ... NOT! Katisha, Marcellina, Mad Margaret, Maddalena – all these women have their charms too, and are much more fun to play. Love always to this cast, her family, her One. Slainté!

Ann McCloskey (Chorus, Gigue Mistress) joined the Savoyards in 1993. When asked to write a bio, she said, "What is a bio? Well, to quote my husband, Jim, 'It's not how many years you live, but how you live those years.' That is your bio – a day to day encounter with those you meet. He lived by these words." She dedicates this performance to his memory.

Sarah Miller (Isabel) is 19 years old and is very happy to be performing in her first production with Savoyards. Her favourite roles include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Abigail in The Crucible (both productions with the Young People's Performing Company). She would like to thank her friends and family who all encourage her to pursue the things she loves!

Marie Moulin (Royal Chorus) is French, she has enjoyed living, teaching, studying, writing in the Durham, Duke, UNC community over the past fourteen years. She has sung with the Durham Savoyards in Ruddigore and is very thankful for this second opportunity to perform again with the Company. She is also grateful to her son Victor, a confirmed jazz musician, for his enthusiastic and constant support of her musical endeavours. Other interest include archaeology, languages and country-hopping.

Chris Newlon (Frederic, Board of Governors) is delighted to be back for his fifth year with the Savoyards whom he looks upon both individually and collectively with affection unspeakable despite the abuse they gave him last year as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd. He appreciates the support of his beautiful wife and charming daughters who have however asked him not to sing his parts in small spaces. Chris studies voice with Catherine Alderman.

Daryn O'Shea (Chorus, Sergeant of Police understudy) is in his first show with the Durham Savoyards ... OK, first show ever! He has sung during the past year with the Durham Chorale and before that was a member of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte during the late 1990s.

Annika Pfaender (Properties Mistress) grew up in the Triangle and after attending school in Ohio, studying abroad in London and teaching in Virginia, she was lured back to the area by family and friends. She's currently teaching drama in Raleigh and Cary and is very pleased to be working with the Savoyards.

Charles Register (Program and Publications Designer) is pleased to once again make the shuffle between flauting the high and fast life in the orchestra pit and nerding the quiet art in the computer room. This one-time purling peer from Trial by Jury, having spent too many years pursuing software pirates, finds the Savoyards pirates ever so much more agreeable.

Katherine Register (Orchestra Manager), flautist, piccoloist, gambist, and oenophile, is enjoying her second year as Orchestra Manager. "What is that," you ask? She gets on the horn and begs and cajoles "instrumental members of the community" to play for a song. She is pleased to have a role assembling this bastion of civilisation: a live community pit orchestra.

Betty Romani (Rehearsal Accompanist) teaches piano, accompanies singers and instrumentalists, and has been a guest organist/choirmaster at several area churches. She portrayed Queen Victoria in the Royal Chorus for the 2003 production of The Mikado. Love and thanks to David, Celia, and Muff for their patience and support.

Pat Roos (Chorus) is fairly sure she wanted to be a pirate when she was a child. Just when she thought it was too late to run away to sea, that wish is granted. She has now been in enough G&S productions that she can no longer remember how many times she has been a loyal member of the chorus, but again happily joins in. Now if only she had a parrot.

Michael Rowe (Royal Chorus) is appearing in his fourth production with the Durham Savoyards this year. Having admired the stateliness of the Royal Chorus in the past, he has decided that sitting in a booth and enjoying the show is a wonderful way of continuing his part in the Savoyards family.

Paula Scotland (Chorus) is pleased to be performing with the Durham Savoyards once again. She has performed with the Savoyards in The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, and Ruddigore, in addition to Long Leaf Opera's Lost in the Stars, The Tempest, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. When not on stage, Paula can be found teaching third graders at Durham Academy, or at home with her family, Anthony, Averyl and Addison. Paula would like to thank the many people who support the Durham Savoyards for giving her this opportunity to perform once again!

Felicia Sharpe (Royal Chorus) is a newcomer. She is excited about her first performance with Pirates. She has a passion for laughter, taking on new experiences, helping others in the community, and finding loving homes for cats and dogs.

Dierdre Reynolds Shipman (Board of Governors) is learning some new ropes this year. Two fun years in the chorus convinced her to donate time year round as a board member. She brings a background in theatre, administration and publicity to her new role, and is grateful to the Savoyards for a chance to work with the nuts and bolts of the organization. Especially the nuts!

Laurie Siegel (Mabel) holds BM and MM degrees from UNC-Greensboro in music education with a voice concentration. She is currently teaching elementary music at Lerner Jewish Community Day School in Durham. Laurie's first production with the Durham Savoyards was as Zorah in Ruddigore. She is very excited to be playing Mabel and sharing the stage for the first time with her fiancée, Daryn.

David Smith (Chorus) has been a Savoyard since 1980 and is appearing in his third Pirates. He retired in 2002 from the Duke faculty to concentrate on his other recreations: Savoyards, 10 grandchildren, St. Philip's Choir and Madrigal Singers, travel, the local affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications (joma.org).

Donna D. Smith (Royal Chorus) has been singing with the Savoyards for the past seven years. She has been a board member, co-producer of The Sorcerer, chorus member in five productions, and gets great musical joy singing in the community. With instructor Joan Wittman, Donna has experienced the wonderful results of learning vocal techniques. Thank you, Joan, for your extraordinary and gracious gift as teacher and friend.

Marie Snider (Board of Governors) currently teaches English at Orange High School in Hillsborough. She has recently retired as music director for Amity United Methodist Church. She hopes to cultivate enough leisure time in the future to return to the stage with the Savoyards.

Bruce Stewart (Chorus) is in his eighth production with the Savoyards. My how time flies when you're having fun. When not working with the Savoyards he performs with the Triangle Youth Ballet where he most recently appeared in their production of Nutcracker and as the title role in their fall production Dracula. When not on stage he is normally found at NC State keeping their hazardous chemicals cleaned up.

Dwight Sullivan (Business Manager) first appeared with the Savoyards as the Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore (2002). In 2003 he sang the title role in The Mikado. After that Mr. Sullivan abandoned his work on the stage to write checks, negotiate theatre contracts and raise funds. We have no idea why he went over to the dark side, but he asked us to remind the reader that, in the Savoyard's business office, there is never a bad time for checks in the mail!

Lisa Tranquillo (Edith, Mabel understudy, Board of Governors) is thrilled to be performing with the Durham Savoyards for the third time. Aside from dancing and singing on stage with her Savoyard friends, Lisa has had a chance to work behind the scenes as secretary of the Savoyard board. During the day Lisa teaches history at Raleigh Charter High School. She lives in Durham with her husband of three years, Joe Tranquillo.

Shiangtai Tuan (Chorus) — The fleet of the Pirates of Penzance reached far to South China Sea where he gave up his noble Mandarinship and went on board HPMS (His Pirate Majesty's Ship) Penzanella. Since he is foreign (as you know, anyone who is not British is foreign) he is still an apprentice although he was not born in a leap year.

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

See 2003's The Mikado bios

See 2004's Ruddigore 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, Costumer Designer) is pleased to be back for his third collaboration with the Durham Savoyards, and with Music Director Alan Riley Jones. His previous work for the company includes directing and choreographing last year's Ruddigore and the previous year's The Mikado. Derrick has performed, directed, produced, choreographed and designed for various companies throughout the Triangle over the past twenty years. Previous 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 design work includes costumes for Manbites Dog Theater's Far Away, and original in-home designs for Paisley & Co. Fine Fabrics and Papers in Chapel Hill's Southern Village. Recent acting credits include portraying Richard Nixon in Manbites Dog Theater's Nixon's Nixon, Henry in Burning Coal's Safe House, and Mark Antony in Shakespeare and Originals' Julius Caesar. Derrick is next slated to perform in Robert Daseler's Dragon Lady for director Carl Martin at Manbites Dog Theater, June 2-12; and in a collaboration with choreographer Killian Manning in the fall.

Alan Riley Jones (Music Director) returns for his third 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 last fall.

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

See 2003's The Mikado bios

See 2004's Ruddigore 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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