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Carnegie's Savoyards to usher in new season

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It's a perfect world in the Pittsburgh Savoyards' 75th anniversary season.

The community-based non-profit theater group, which produces Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas, will perform “Utopia Limited” for its anniversary season.

Cast member and company trustee Michael Greenstein said it is a challenging production for community theaters, which historically have very few male members. “Utopia Limited” has 11 male leads and calls for a male chorus.

“Only now are we big enough and strong enough that we can make the effort and put it on,” he said. “We've managed to assemble what is the most crowded stage we have had since the 80s. This is a very ambitious production.”

Set on the island of Utopia in the South Pacific, the story focuses on King Paramount, who is controlled by two wise men, or judges. The king decides the island should adopt all English customs, and declares it should become a “company limited” — a term derived from the British “companies act” of 1862. This upsets the judges and, eventually, the island inhabitants, who revolt.

Greenstein said the production is a product of creative tension between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, who had been embroiled in a lawsuit against one another prior to completion of the script. It was the 13th of their 14 productions.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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