This is the 18th year of the Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes Program, our collaboration with the San Francisco Conservatory Music’s Pre-College division for students ages 10-18. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this summer, our program has had to move online using Zoom. Instead of the usual two-week fully costumed and staged program, we are concentrating on building skills in dialogue scene work, vocal solos, and movement. Our one-week camp runs June 22-26, M-F, 12:30-4:30pm, and will culminate in a virtual recital on Saturday, June 27, 2-4pm. 

This year we exceeded our enrollment expectations and accepted 36 eager students (22 of whom are first-timers) from the Bay Area and beyond. Music director Baker Peeples and creative director M. Jane Erwin have chosen materials with a focus on three themes — duty, class/privilege and rules/laws — to show how Gilbert used his rapier wit to skewer some foibles of human nature, and how humankind still grapples with the same issues. Other engaging activities include “What is a patter song?” and a chance to update lyrics to reflect current issues.

We are thrilled to welcome as faculty this year the following talented Lamplighters:
Ellen Kerrigan, Program Director
M. Jane Erwin, Creative Director
Baker Peeples, Music Director
Robby Stafford, Asst. Music Director
Jennifer Ashworth, Coach
Lisa May, Coach
Claire Kelm, Coach
Martin Lewis, Coach
Patrick Hagen, Coach
Deborah Martínez Rosengaus, Coach
F. Lawrence Ewing, Movement/Choreography
Susanna Peeples, Video Technology

We are excited to continue our long-standing education opportunity to share the magic of G&S with our youth!

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