Ruddigore Opening Night!

UMGASS is proud to present Ruddigore; Or the Witch’s Curse starting tonight and running through Sunday! Tickets will be available at the door or online up to 12 hours before each show. Read about us on MLive and spread the word to your family and friends.

Thursday, Dec. 4th: 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5th: 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6th: 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 7th: 2 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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The UMGASS Board is now accepting petitions for production staff positions for our spring show, The Mikado. If you are interested in petitioning, please contact us for more information.

Ruddigore Auditions!

It’s that time again! Auditions for Ruddigore are happening THIS WEEK, on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7-10:30 p.m. in the Student Theater Arts Complex (STAC). As usual, you can reserve a time by emailing us, or you can walk in. All are welcome; bring your friends!

Please have a piece prepared, preferably in English if possible, and bring a copy for the accompanist. Dress to move, and be prepared to stay until the end of the hour and the next dance audition, which will be very short (~10 minutes). Don’t stress out if you can’t dance – we are looking for people of all ability levels for the show.

Join us for auditions this week in STAC! Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7-10:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome; bring your friends!

Fall Mass Meeting

The Mass Meeting for our Fall 2014 show, Ruddigore, will be on September 14th at 7:30pm in Room B of the Michigan League. If you are interested in learning more about us, please stop by! We will have sign-ups for auditions, which will be held the week following. You can also learn about orchestra auditions, crew sign-ups, and meet the UMGASS board and production staff.

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Ruddigore Poster

Fall 2014

Ruddigore!

We are pleased to announce that our fall show will be Ruddigore; or, The Witch’s Curse and our spring show will be The Mikado; or, the Town of Titipu. We are still accepting petitions for Music Director, Stage Manager, Properties Manager, Make-Up Designer, Lighting Designer, and Supertitle Operator for Ruddigore on a rolling basisWe are now accepting petitions for Mikado with an October 1st deadline. If you are interested, please contact us at umgass@umich.edu.

Interested in a different side of UMGASS? We are still looking for new board members for next year, as well as a new Pretty Committee Business Manager! Please email us for more information.

A Fine Proposal!

On April 13th, 2013, during the curtain call for the evening Saturday performance of Pirates of Penzance, our very own Jon Roselle proposed to our Mabel, Ali Kahn. Not one of the nearly 1200 eyes in that room were dry.

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Pirates!

Show Dates and Times:

Thursday, April 11th at 8:00 pm
Friday, April 12th  at 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 13th at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 pm

Tickets available at the door.

Pirates of Penzance; or The Slave of Duty

Our very own UMGASS will be presenting Pirates of Penzance; or The Slave of Duty with vim and vigor over the weekend of April 11-14. Pirates of Penzance is one of the most beloved of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas and is sure to prove to even the most skeptical why the duo went down in history. In true G&S fashion, this classic is a biting satire filled to the brim with absurdity. Having lost a considerable amount of money after their last show (H.M.S. Pinafore) was “pirated” by various companies throughout America — as, at the time, the nation offered no copyright protection to foreigners — Gilbert and Sullivan tried to protect this show, and throw a few biting sideways comments on the incident, from further piracy by premiering it on Broadway in the hopes of getting their productions throughout America before the pirates’ productions. This makes Pirates of Penzance the only G&S show to premier in the States.

Set in the exceedingly peaceful town of Penzance, Cornwall (the mere thought of pirates stepping foot there is absurdity enough for the whole show), Pirates of Penzance is the story of Frederic: an apprentice at the pirate trade, bound by duty to this position until his twenty-first birthday. As it so happens the story opens with just a half-hour left before Frederic’s twenty-first year, where we learn that, although Frederic has loved each of his pirate companions individually with compassion unspeakable, collectively he has hated them with a disgust that amounts to absolute detestation. He promises that from the moment of his freedom he will devote himself heart and soul to their extermination. But upon leaving his piratical comrades he is struck by a new devotion when he sees, for the first time in memory, young lovely maidens. Although many are repulsed by his trade — despite having forsworn it — one, Mabel, sees his true beauty. The pirates soon show up as well and, also having not seen fair maidens in recent memory, fall madly in love. However, their father, the Major-General Stanley, pleads to the pirates not to take his daughters and fabricates — as so orphan one does in such a situation — that he is a pitiable often.  This precarious fib is the catalyst for death plots made by nearly everyone for nearly everyone. Will Frederic and Mabel make it out to live happily ever after, especially once a most ingenious paradox is revealed? Find out this April 11-14 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater as UMGASS presents Pirates of Penzance; or The Slave of Duty!

PIRATES!

Pirates!

Auditions

The auditions for the show will be held in the Mendelssohn Room at STAC (not to be confused with the theater of the same name). This link will give you a rough idea of where this building is, but for more specific directions just use google maps and type in Student Theater Arts Complex, Ann Arbor, MI. For students, the Commuter South will take you down there, just pull the chord as soon as you can see the Big House.

If you’ve forgotten when you are auditioning or would like a walk in, please avail yourself of the audition list under the Auditions page, to the left of this screen. Note that for walk ins, if the last audition is at 9, do not expect us to wait around until 10.

The Show

Our very own UMGASS will be presenting Pirates of Penzance; or The Slave of Duty with vim and vigor over the weekend of April 11-14. Pirates of Penzance is one of the most beloved of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas and is sure to prove to even the most skeptical why the duo went down in history. In true G&S fashion, this classic is a biting satire filled to the brim with absurdity. Having lost a considerable amount of money after their last show (H.M.S. Pinafore) was “pirated” by various companies through America — as, at the time, the nation offered no copyright protection to foreigners — Gilbert and Sullivan tried to protect this show, and throw a few biting sideways comments on the incident, from further piracy by premiering it on Broadway in the hopes of getting their productions throughout America before the pirates’ productions. This makes Pirates of Penzance the only G&S show to premier in the States.

Set in the exceedingly peaceful town of Penzance, Cornwall (the mere thought of pirates stepping foot there is absurdity enough for the whole show), Pirates of Penzance is the story of Frederic: an apprentice at the pirate trade, bound by duty to this position until his twenty-first birthday. As it so happens the story opens with just a half-hour left before Frederic’s twenty-first year, where we learn that, although Frederic has loved each of his pirate companions individually with compassion unspeakable, collectively he has hated them with a disgust that amounts to absolute detestation. He promises that from the moment of his freedom he will devote himself heart and soul to their extermination. But upon leaving his piratical comrades he is struck by a new devotion when he sees, for the first time in memory, young lovely maidens. Although many are repulsed by his trade — despite having forsworn it — one, Mabel, sees his true beauty. The pirates soon show up as well and, also having not seen fair maidens in recent memory, fall madly in love. However, their father, the Major-General Stanley, pleads to the pirates not to take his daughters and fabricates that he — as so orphan one does in such a situation — that he is a pitiable often.  This precarious fib is the catalyst for death plots made by nearly everyone for nearly everyone. Will Frederic and Mabel make it out to live happily ever after, especially once a most ingenious paradox is revealed? Find out this April 11-14 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater as UMGASS presents Pirates of Penzance; or The Slave of Duty!

Iolanthe: Show, Pretty Committee

Coming Soon!

Greeting Savoyards! UMGASS is delighted to announce our that Fall 2012 production will be Iolanthe, performed for your pleasure on December 6th-9th at the Lydia Mendelssohn theater. This G&S show is full to the brim with dukes, marquises, earls, viscounts, barons, fairies, and (in typical Gilbert and Sullivan fashion), topsy-turvy comedy!

The setup:

Prior to the start of Act 1, the fairy Iolanthe was banished from fairyland for the crime of marrying a mortal. She is pardoned and returns as the operetta begins, but reveals that she has had a son named Strephon. Strephon is a half-fairy half-human Arcadian shepherd, and he is deeply in love with Phyllis, the ward of the Lord Chancellor. Unfortunately, due to his lowly rank (as well as the Chancellor’s own attraction to Phyllis), the Lord Chancellor forbids them to marry. Things start to look up when Strephon asks Iolanthe for help, but soon get out of hand when some peers (along with Phyllis) see him embracing his mother, who looks like a seventeen year old girl!

See if someone you know is in the show!

Pretty Committee

One of UMGASS’ most valuable treasures, the Pretty Committee is a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing the magic of Gilbert & Sullivan’s greatest hits to the community. Are you thinking to yourself, “Wow, that sounds like something I would find both fun and rewarding”? Well, as luck would have it, we’re looking for warmhearted people such as yourself to join us! Just contact the Executive Board at umgassexec@umich.edu and they’ll be sure to get you in touch with the Director of the Pretty Committee, Beth Ballbach. Everyone is welcome, so don’t be shy. Make a difference and have fun today!