We are extremely excited to announce that we have hired four wonderful creative team members to join our team! Marc Ducusin has joined us as Producer, Nicholas Burns is returning to Savoy as Music Director, Roger Andrews will act as Stage Director, and finally Ella Martindale is taking on the role of stage manager!
For more information on these wonderfully talented people, see below!
|Marc Ducusin, Producer: Marc Ducusin is delighted to be producing one of his favourite Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, having previously been involved with Savoy as both a performer (Sir Roderic in Ruddigore, 2011; the Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers, 2012) and a producer (Certainly Not Sullivan Cabaret, 2013-16). Originally from Winnipeg, he has been active in Montreal musical theatre as a singer and actor in shows for Beautiful City Theatre, CETM, In the Wings Promotions, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Les Productions Coracole, Music Theatre Montreal, and other companies. A graduate student and course lecturer at McGill, Marc is completing a PhD in the English Department and teaching in the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.
|Nicholas Burns, Musical Director: Nick is very excited to be the music director for Savoy’s 2016/17 production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Nick has slowly risen through the ranks of Savoy, originally starting off as a tenor chorister in our production of ‘The Mikado’. His musical background includes, but is not limited to the repertoire of the high renaissance, avant-garde highland bagpipe music and of course, G&S. He is most looking forward to having a fun time making fun music with fun people!
|Roger Andrews, Stage Director: Roger has worked for over 30 years as a professional singer, performing as a soloist with, among others, the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the New York Philharmonic and New York’s Musica Sacra. He toured the country with several opera companies, including a year of H.M.S. Pinafore, singing the role of Captain Corcoran. He has performed 24 roles in G&S, and has been involved in productions of all the shows, including the Grand Duke. Trained originally as a composer and theory teacher, he has also been a program annotator, accompanist, choir director, college professor and, for over a season, an usher at Carnegie Hall. He has directed opera and operetta on both coasts, specializing in the lesser-known operas in the Savoy canon, especially Yeomen, Princess Ida and Utopia, Ltd.
FUN FACT: He once directed a benefit performance in which the Sgt. of Police was sung by Isaac Asimov!
|Ella Martindale, Stage Manager: Ella Martindale is delighted to be the stage manager for Pirates of Penzance!
She is a musical theatre enthusiast and a classically trained soprano who finds herself in all sorts of productions – from high school musicals, to women’s choirs, to operas, to music festivals, to community theatre shows, and back to high school musicals. Although she has most often been found on stage in the past, it is her pleasure to be spending her first year with McGill Savoy in a backstage role. She expects this role to engage, challenge, and broaden her stage managing skills, and she is beyond excited to see what can be accomplished this season with this iconic operetta. In short, she hopes to put on a tight, beautiful and fun show this coming February, so stay tuned!!!
Fun fact: she is way too obsessed with raspberries (both frozen and fresh).