To enrich the community of the greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan by continuing the tradition of producing Gilbert & Sullivan performances and, in so doing, make community theater available to senior citizens and students by creating a circle of cooperation between local business, school systems, and the community to form a self sustaining program.
Dedicated Volunteers Perform Lasting, Wholesome Comic Operas
Named for the famous Savoy Theater in London, we are dedicated to bringing the joy of discovery and performance of the works of William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan to new audiences in West Michigan. The relevance of the parody, comic satire, and social commentary of these shows has stood the test of time. We thoroughly enjoy the wit, humor, and music and have a wonderful time bringing these shows to you.
Since 1999 the Savoyards have performed a show each year. We work January through April, learning music and stage movements, building sets, costuming the actors, rehearsing an orchestra, and bringing forth a funny and wholesome artistic product from capable volunteers.
Education, Outreach, and Community Service
Besides bringing the delightful works of Gilbert and Sullivan to the people of West Michigan, the Savoyards offer a theater experience to people who might not otherwise have one, because of the physical limitations or economic hardship. We offer a number of free and/or discounted tickets to both seniors and students. We are now planning to establish a scholarship program for high school Juniors and Seniors.
We offer West Michigan residents from the age of 8 to 80 the opportunity to perform in Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas or work in stage production. The next nearest G&S companies are in Ann Arbor and Chicago. We are a true grass roots community group. We hope you will join us.
Board of Directors
President: Patrick Herdegen
President Elect: Steve Marouchoc
Past President: Clark Wells
Secretary: Leah Brand Hein
Treasurer: Cindy Matthews
At large members:
Elizabeth Barry Carpenter
West Michigan Savoyards, Ltd
1277 Cobb Dr., SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Patrick Herdegen – President