A new season began for the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society theatre group with a presentation of the organization’s fall showcase, “The Year of the Swords.” Held Sept. 11 on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Student Center, the event was aimed at recruiting new students and showcasing members’ many talents.
“Honestly, I remember being at this event last year as a 1L, and looking around at everyone, and everyone was laughing and having a great time and knew each other,” said Anna Bodi, the group’s Membership Chair. “I just thought, ‘I want to be friends with all these people! I don’t know who they are, but I want to be friends.’ So for me it’s really exciting to be here a year later, kind of doing the same thing for the 1Ls now.”
According to president Jeff Asjes, the goal of the group is to entertain and have fun.
“We are a group that likes performing, but that’s not all we’re about. We’re one of, I think, the best outlets on campus to be involved with a student group that isn’t about more law,” he said. “It’s a wonderful way to just put that all aside for a minute and have fun. And you can have fun by wielding power tools that you’ve never used before. I’ve taught people to use a hammer drill or a saw. [Or] you can do it by deciding to operate a spotlight, which is something you may have never done before. If you play an instrument, it’s a great outlet to play the instrument in front of an audience. So even if you’ve never wanted to be on stage, it’s a great organization — and we have great parties every Friday!”
Technical Director Xander Tapling said there are a large amount of positions open within the organization.
“We’re pressing very hard for 1Ls, 2Ls, transfer students, LLMs — people need to just come out and join our society,” he said. “So we wanted really tonight to be about connecting the alums who graduated with the new students who would be interested in coming out for Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and I’m actually really happy with how it turned out.”
The event contained a variety of skits, musical numbers and presentations from current members and alumni. Interested students were also given information on how to join the society, as well as how to audition for the group’s upcoming show, “Spamalot.”
Tapling stated all who are interested in participating will be given a position in the show.
“It doesn’t matter your skill level; it doesn’t matter anything other than your interest level. If you want to do it, come out and do it,” said Tapling.
Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday on campus, and “Spamalot” will run from Nov. 6 to 8. Interested students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or send an email through the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s OrgSync page.
“I encourage everyone to come,” stated Asjes. “You will see fish slapping, sword fights, people’s limbs getting chopped off, the whole bit! It’s going to be a lot of fun.”