History of the Savoyards

Savoyards Musical Theatre Ltd. (founded as the Cornell Savoyards) have performed Gilbert and Sullivan operettas at and near Cornell University since 1953. We delight in exposing modern audiences to the wonderful wit and music of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The Savoyards produce G & S along with other light opera, Broadway musicals, revues, and sing-a-longs. We have a colorful history of Ithaca area productions and have been
frequent guests of the Cornell Summer Concert Series. In 2015 we were invited to participate in Cornell’s Sesquicentennial celebration with two productions: Jennie's Will (a chamber opera inspired by early Cornell history) and an original adaptation of Princess Ida (set in Upstate New York after the Civil War). Our 2016 season will include a revival of Princess ida near Bighamton, Berstain's Candide with chamber orchestra and Gilbert & Sullivan't Trial by Jury at Cornell's Law School.

Former and current members include Dave Ross, star of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Seattle; Eric Betzig, 2014 Nobel laureate in chemistry; and many national and regional professional and semi-professional opera and musical theater performers. Our dynamic and diverse group welcomes all people interested in every aspect of music and theater: Ithaca community members; local church choirs; students, faculty, staff, and alumni from Cornell University and Ithaca College, and from the surrounding region; and even seasonal visitors to the Finger Lakes region.

The Savoyards are always seeking new performers, producers, and backstage/technical help. Our group survives through donations, grants, and ticket sales. Please consider supporting us today! Contact us at: savoyardsithaca@gmail.com or P.O. Box 742, Ithaca, NY 14851.