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Our 2015 production of Utopia Limited got some attention from local media:

Durham Savoyards’ Performance of ‘Utopia Limited’ Captivates Queen Victoria (and Her Subjects)” : “…a luscious, simple set… the exquisite lighting of Jenni Becker … The multitalented Derrick Ivey has created the familiar style of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Savoy Operas, with quick paced, tightly knit dancers circling one another and weaving amongst themselves. Musically supporting this fine cast is the excellent Durham Savoy Opera Orchestra, under the baton of Alan Riley Jones.” Martha Keravuori and Chuck Galle, Triangle Arts & Entertainment [full review]

Durham Savoyards’ Sparkling Utopia, Limited: “That King, Jim Burnette, was delightfully absurd…He and Alana Sealy as Lady Sophy, were extremely enjoyable together, with Sealy nearly stealing the show…Even better in the singing were Kathleen Jasinskas and Mitchener Howell as Princess Zara and Captain Fitzbattleaxe. The other princesses, the alleged Flowers of Progress and the assorted maidens, guards and choruses all sang well, but some of the greatest pleasure came from from Stuart Albert and Steve Dobbins as the wise men Scaphio and Phantis, along with Chris Newlon as the Public Exploder…All the singers were well supported by the Durham Savoy Orchestra in the pit…Director and choreographer Derrick Ivey (also responsible for the charming set) keeps the show lively, with brisk timing and constant motion…” Kate Dobbs Ariail, Classical Voices North Carolina[full review]