Winter Welcome!

Welcome back!

It’s a new semester, and we’re off to a running start! Or should I say paddling? Rowing? If you couldn’t guess, this semester, we’re putting on a production of The Gondoliers; or, the King of Barataria. In typical G&S fashion, Gondoliers is a tale of princes switched at birth by a (contralto) nursemaid. Abnormally for G&S, this show features a song in Italian, so wish us buona sorte with the diction!

Music rehearsals are well underway. This past Saturday, we had our sing-through, which is the first time the entire cast and senior staff come together. It’s always exciting to see the beginnings of a new production – especially so for me personally, as I am returning to the stage as Gianetta in Gondoliers! Thank you, thank you, hold your applause until our opening on March 29 (mark your calendars!).

Winter Update #1: The Board of HRG&SP is thrilled to introduce our newest members, Sam Guillemette ‘20 and Ross Simmons ‘21!

Winter Update #2: The weather in Cambridge is dreadful these days. A gondola might be useful to navigate the puddles at this point (although it would be a little tricky to store in a backpack).

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I Wanna Be a Producer!

Written by Isabella Kopits

Over the last several weeks, I’ve found myself listening to the soundtrack of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. While I am a fan of meta-musical theater in general (trust me, it’s a thing), The Producers has spoken to me in particular, largely because I am incredibly fortunate to be co-producing Yeomen of the Guard!

As a first time producer, I’m learning that there’s a lot more to the job than just glamorous parties and fabulous friends (although HRG&SP does provide those, too!). Producing is usually the first thing I do when I wake up, and the last thing I do before I fall asleep. There are shady deals made in the night, endless emails, and hours of meetings. I’ve already stashed a sleeping bag in the costume room for late nights in the Agassiz Theater. It’s a lot of effort, but producing is a labour of love. How could anyone not fall for Elsie’s soaring lines or Jack Point’s patters?

I’ve been thinking about Yeomen since last winter, and thinking about producing since before I knew what it was. For my fellow biologists out there — if directors are the brains behind the show, producers are the mitochondria! We are the power behind a lot of the operations that happen behind-the-scenes. We attend rehearsals, support our staff, build things, paint things, tape things, and coerce our friends into helping out, too. It’s a crazy job, but I am loving every minute of it!

Don’t miss the event of the season,  Yeomen of the Guard; or, The Merryman and His Maid March 23 – April 1 in the Historic Agassiz Theater!

I have a secret desire
Hiding deep in my soul
It sets my heart afire
To see me in this role
I wanna be a producer!”