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IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Gilbert and Sullivan Players

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Singthrough of The Pirates of Penzance

Chris Snyder, Julie Frakes

Add to Calendar Jan/24 Sat 02:00PM-05:00PM 24-115

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Prereq: None

Singers, musicians, and theater-lovers!

What better way to get acquainted with the humor of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan than one of their most famous productions, with equally silly pirates and soldiers? We'll informally sing through The Pirates of Penzance. Folks singing lead roles will be selected electronically during the first week of January, and we'll have some informal rehearsal opportunities available for those less familiar with the music.

If you wish to sing a lead role, please fill out this form by Fri 1/9/15:  If you wish to sing with the chorus, no RSVP needed (though it's helpful for us to predict attendance).

Depending on interest and available space, we may also be accompanied by orchestra! If you're interested in playing, let us know on the form.

Synopsis: Frederic is a pirate's apprentice until his 21st birthday -- but what is a "birth day" when you're born on the February 29 of a leap year? Will he fulfill his duty to the pirates, or will he side with the Very Model of a Modern Major-General (and his Very Eligible Bachelorette of a Daughter)?

Sponsor(s): Gilbert and Sullivan Players
Contact: Chris Snyder, 617 253-9401, SNYDERC@MIT.EDU

Stage Lighting Seminar for the Theater

Mike Bromberg '70

Enrollment: Sign up at -- walk-ins welcome, space permitting
Limited to 20 participants
Attendance: Attendance at all sessions recommended but not required
Prereq: None

How do you begin to think about lighting a set for a theatrical production, and what techniques can you use to go from "good" to "great"?

Led by Mike Bromberg '70, this seminar will introduce folks to how to do lighting design for a theatrical performance. The first session is an introduction to stage lighting hardware with demonstrations of the quality of light obtainable from the various fixtures. The second covers lighting design techniques such as frontlight, sidelight, washes, specials, etc. with a live demonstration of the effects of different angles and qualities of light. The third session covers the chronology of a stage lighting design including the light plot, hookup, and other documents.

No experience required! Sign up at so we can predict attendance, since we can take up to 20 people per session.

Sponsor(s): Gilbert and Sullivan Players
Contact: Chris Snyder, 617-253-9401,

Lighting Hardware

Add to Calendar Jan/08 Thu 07:00PM-10:00PM W20 - PDR4

Mike Bromberg '70

Lighting Design

Add to Calendar Jan/15 Thu 07:00PM-10:00PM W20 - La Sala

Mike Bromberg '70

Lighting Organization

Add to Calendar Jan/22 Thu 07:00PM-10:00PM W20 - PDR4

Mike Bromberg '70