Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston

Your Source for Innocent Merriment

aka Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society   |   Houston, TX   |  http://gilbertandsullivan.org

Mission

The mission of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston is to preserve and promote the classic works of Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan through the production of live musical theater. We seek to entertain and educate the public on the relationship between modern culture and these historical works by presenting high-quality performances, while maintaining a strong commitment to the community and fine arts by donating tickets to at-risk children's organizations and providing scholarships to vocal performance and theater tech students.

Ruling year info

1954

Principal Officer

Steve McCary

Main address

P. O. Box 741267

Houston, TX 77274 USA

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EIN

74-6010073

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Opera (A6A)

Singing Choral (A6B)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gilbert & Sullivan were the forerunners of musical theater as we know it. Gilbert's comedic genius and Sullivan's gorgeous melodies are as enticing today as they were when first introduced to the public. Presenting and exposing young minds to these operas ensures that the inspiration these works provide continue to engage with future generations. An example: Lin Manuel Miranda, whose current musical Hamilton is a runaway sensation, got his start in musical theater playing The Pirate King in G&S' The Pirates of Penzance, and one of the songs in the former, "Right Hand Man", is partially based on "Modern Major General" from the latter.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Production

Each summer we produce a professionally-staged performance of one of the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan. We were the first group to perform in the Cullen Theater of the Wortham Theater Center, and this year marks our thirty-first anniversary there. Through our outreach program with groups like Boys and Girls Country, Boys and Girls Harbor, and DePelchin Children's Center, the Society gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to see live musical theater, some for the first time.

Population(s) Served

The Society has just established a touring group to bring an educational and entertaining introduction to the world of Gilbert & Sullivan to schools and community venues across Houston. Based upon established programs in Austin, San Francisco, and New York City, our goal will be to allow audiences to have substantive experiences that will promote a life-long love of exploring the arts. We are seeking foundation grants to allow us to perform at Title I schools without cost to them.

Population(s) Served

Each year, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston awards a scholarship to a promising vocal student attending a college or university in the Houston area, or to a student from the Houston area attending a college or university elsewhere. High school seniors entering college in the fall are also eligible. When financially able, the Society also awards additional scholarships to other strongly qualified candidates. The Society offers a technical internship as well to a Houston area college student of a Theater Management program. The student spends June and July assisting the Artistic and Stage Directors with the Society's summer production, gaining valuable experience in the workings and production of a large budget show.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Emmy Nomination 1974

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Best Show - Runner Up 1995

International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

Best Conductor 1995

International Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Best Female Singer 1995

International Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Best Show - Runner Up 1998

International Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Best Conductor 1998

International Gilbert & Sullivan Society

International Champions 2004

International Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Best Conductor 2004

International Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Best Supporting Male Performer 1998

International Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Best Female Performer 1998

International Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• Present the people of Houston and the greater Gulf Coast with the opportunity to experience a traditional theater form not otherwise available, and at the same time uphold the highest artistic standards while maintaining ticket prices at the lowest level possible.
• Afford young performers the opportunity to display their talent to audiences and critics alike.
• Give underserved youth the opportunity to see professional musical theater.
• Provide vocal and production intern scholarships to deserving students.

We meet our goals by:
• presenting a professional-caliber production of a Gilbert & Sullivan opera each summer...for the past thirty-one seasons in the Cullen Theater of the Wortham Theater Center in Houston's Theater District;
• casting local talent, including students and recent graduates of the Moore's School of Music, the Shepherd School of Music;
• partnering with groups like Boys & Girls Harbor and DePelchin Children's Center to bring at-risk youth to enjoy live theater;
• audition and interview vocal and technical theater students to provide scholarships to further their education.

Over sixty-five years, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston has built a reputation for providing good, wholesome entertainment of the highest caliber to audiences of all ages. This successful track record and our debt-free status assures donors and ticket buyers that their money will be well-spent.

The Society has continuously presented operas for sixty-five years, to the delight of audiences and critics alike, provided thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to vocal and theater students, and brought the magic of live theater to hundreds of at-risk youth.

We can do more. To reach more students, the Society has just established an educational outreach program to present programs in the schools during the school year. We will be seeking grants to help us provide these programs to Title I schools at no cost to them. To reach wider audiences and to further our support of education, we have awarded our first scholarship to a marketing intern.

Financials

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Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston

Board of directors
as of 6/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve McCary

Mary Metz

Steven Robbins

Joe White

Alan Buck

Cathy Comeaux-Wright

Jack Blanton

Andrew Caplan

Sarah Lee

Dru Lundquist

Lisa Marut-Shriver

Judy Pushkin

Sandra Pushkin

Martha Taylor

John Yabraian

Geoff Copper

Lisa Warren

John Anderson