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Club Connection: Philadelphia, PA.

Front and center, John Church ’99 plays Antonio in the Savoy Company production of the comic opera The Gondoliers. Two dozen alumni and guests attended the June performance at the amphitheater at Longwood Gardens, the horticultural wonder created by industrialist Pierre du Pont near Kennett Square, Pa. Before the stage lights were turned up, Dina Silver ’99—an alto in Savoy’s chorus who also does recruitment and publicity work for the 105-year-old amateur theater company (the oldest in the world)—gave the assembled Skiddies a bit of Savoy history. Church then offered additional insights: “Performing outdoors is exhilarating but very challenging… I think we all swallowed a few mosquitoes… We exclusively perform Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, but we have also sung the national anthem at Phillies and Eagles games.” The open-air venue was “absolutely magnificent” proclaims Ken Freirich ’90, who planned the event with Silver. “We all had a spectacular evening.” —MTS

JOIN THE CLUB. Michele Forté ’90, the alumni board’s chair of alumni clubs, serves as liaison among regional club officers, the board, and the college. To get involved or find out more about club activities in your area, send an e-mail to