Who are the Sudbury Savoyards? We are a community theater organization founded in 1961 in Sudbury, Massachusetts that specializes in performing the light operas ("operettas") composed by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The original G&S productions were staged in the Savoy Theater in London; a "Savoyard" was an habitue of said theater, hence our name.
We are one of the few theater companies in New England that performs the G&S canon as "Theater on a Grand Scale," with casts as large as 60 or more people, a full orchestra of as many as 30 pieces, and full staging, costuming, and lights. These productions feature a chorus open to all who wish to participate, while our leads are selected through competitive auditions. We perform one large scale G&S show a year, in winter.
We often produce a smaller-scale, usually non-musical comedy or light drama in the summer, and occasionally participate in community events like parades and public festivals.
Our organization believes that in community theater, the "community" part and the "theater" part are equally important.
Charity has always been an important element in our program of work; the Savoyards have donated more than a quarter million dollars to world hunger relief over the past three decades.
We are a 100% volunteer organization. None of the scores of people involved in our activities each year receives any financial compensation.
The Sudbury Savoyards, Incorporated, is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. For many people, donations and gifts to the Savoyards are applicable as charitable deductions for tax purposes.