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University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society

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Greeting Savoyards! UMGASS is delighted to announce our that Fall 2012 production will be Iolanthe, performed for your pleasure on December 6th-9th at the Lydia Mendelssohn theater. This G&S show is full to the brim with dukes, marquises, earls, viscounts, barons, fairies, and (in typical Gilbert and Sullivan fashion), topsy-turvy comedy!

The setup:

Prior to the start of Act 1, the fairy Iolanthe was banished from fairyland for the crime of marrying a mortal. She is pardoned and returns as the operetta begins, but reveals that she has had a son named Strephon. Strephon is a half-fairy half-human Arcadian shepherd, and he is deeply in love with Phyllis, the ward of the Lord Chancellor. Unfortunately, due to his lowly rank (as well as the Chancellor's own attraction to Phyllis), the Lord Chancellor forbids them to marry. Things start to look up when Strephon asks Iolanthe for help, but soon get out of hand when some peers (along with Phyllis) see him embracing his mother, who looks like a seventeen year old girl!


One of UMGASS' most valuable treasures, the Pretty Committee is a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing the magic of Gilbert & Sullivan's greatest hits to the community. Are you thinking to yourself, "Wow, that sounds like something I would find both fun and rewarding"? Well, as luck would have it, we're looking for warmhearted people such as yourself to join us! Just contact the Executive Board at and they'll be sure to get you in touch with the Director of the Pretty Committee, Beth Ballbach. Everyone is welcome, so don't be shy. Make a difference and have fun today!

The University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society (UMGASS) was founded in 1947 and is the oldest student-run society nationwide dedicated to performing the operettas of Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Each year UMGASS brings together students and community members for two fun, fully staged productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. UMGASS also produces several outreach productions annually.

We're proud to be a great place for future performing arts professionals as well as a creative outlet for students, professors, and community members of all ages looking to blow off steam and have a great time participating in high-quality productions.

UMGASS is made possible by FUMGASS. Please consider making a gift or buying a program ad today.

  • President: Amanda O'Toole
  • Vice President: Candace Pierce-Winters
  • Treasurer: Alexandria Strother
  • Secretary: Jeremy Williams
  • Pooh Bah (Ticket Manager): Tina Munoz Pandya
  • Pish Tush (Program Editor): Mary Claire Sullivan
  • Company Promoter: Allison Hawkins

Event Info

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre is located in the rear of the Michigan League Building on the corner of N. University and Fletcher St. Tickets will be sold at the door. The Mendelssohn Box Office opens one hour before each performance. Patrons will be allowed into the theater 30 minutes before curtain. Student IDs will be checked at the door.


Parking in downtown Ann Arbor can be difficult and take longer than expected, so please allow plenty of time to park. Parking is available in the following structures:

  • Liberty Square Entrance off Washington between State Street and Division; $2 after 3 pm, free on Sunday.
  • Maynard Street Entrances off Maynard Street and Thompson between William and Liberty; $.80/hr, free on Sunday.
  • Fletcher Street (Power Center structure) Entrance off Fletcher Street at Washington; $5 Event parking begins 2 hours before the event.
  • Palmer Drive $1.10/hour Accessible to University of Michigan blue and gold permit holders with an AVI device.
  • Thayer Street Entrance off Thayer Street between Washington and North University Avenue. $5 Event parking begins 2 hours before the event.

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