In the Community: Summer Savoyards to present ‘The Sorcerer’

Love at first sight: Potions producing that effect have long appealed to storytellers, sometimes with tragic and sometimes with comic results. Naturally, the famed British operetta team of Gilbert and Sullivan opted for the latter course with their send-up of romance and class distinctions, “The Sorcerer.”

For only the third time since their 1961 founding, the Summer Savoyards Inc. will be presenting “The Sorcerer” this summer. Performances of a staged concert of the operetta will be 7:30 p.m. July 15 and 3 p.m. July16 in the Chamber Hall of Binghamton University’s Anderson Center.

Several cast members, including leads Michelle Thompson, Tom Blake and David Putrino, are SUNY Broome graduates. The technical director is Professor Mary Beth Donnelly.

General admission tickets for the performances are $22 (seniors/students, $20; children, $12). For reservations, call the Anderson Center box office at 607-777-ARTS (777-2787), or visit www.binghamton.edu/anderson-center.

The Savoyards also are hosting an open rehearsal for community groups. For a reduced rate, groups can attend the final dress rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Anderson Center. For details and reservations, please email info@summersavoyards.org. All reservations must be made by July 11.

Not familiar with “Sorcerer”? Stop by the Broome County Arts Council, 81 State St., fifth floor, Binghamton, on July 7 during the July First Friday art walk. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Savoyards dramaturge James Mica and several of the “Sorcerer” leads will present an “operalogue”-style preview of the show.

Funding for the Summer Savoyards’ production of “The Sorcerer” is provided in part by a project grant from the Broome County Arts Council’s United Cultural Fund.