Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston

  • Houston, TX
  • http://gilbertandsullivan.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Production
  2. Educational Outreach
  3. Scholarships
Service Areas

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Texas

Harris

ruling year

1954

Principal Officer

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Steve Robbins

Keywords

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G&S, Gilbert & Sullivan, HGNS, Savoyards, Savoy Operas, Gilbert, Sullivan, Opera, Musical Theater, Musical Theatre

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Also Known As

Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society

EIN

74-6010073

 Number

7547094049

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Opera (A6A)

Singing Choral (A6B)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We have presented the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan to both critical and audience acclaim for sixty-five years. We have introduced hundreds of children to the magic of live theater. We have provided thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to aspiring performers.

Programs

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

Program 1

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$380,000.00

Program 2

Educational Outreach

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 3

Scholarships

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.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    • 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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Success will be measured both artistically and financially. Artistic evaluation comes from the acclaim of both audience and critics. Financial evaluation is more difficult in that, despite our expectation to meet or exceed our budget, we must measure actual revenues against our goal of presenting the entire canon of Gilbert & Sullivan operas, including those that are not as familiar – and thus not as great a draw – to the general public. We will strive to maintain our better-than-peer group metrics (latest Opera America Field Survey) in the categories of paid attendance, box-office percentage, and board giving.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    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.
Service Areas

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Texas

Harris

Funding Needs

1) Income: The budget for our 2017 summer production will be approximately $380,000. 2) Marketing: Critics and audiences love us, but we need exposure in the community in order to increase attendance. 3) Networking: We have an excellent working board, but we need to expand our contacts with leaders of the arts community, and with the community at large. 4) Database: We need to procure a modern, on-line database to track donors, grants, volunteers, performers, vendors, &c. 5) Long-term home: We rent rehearsal space, warehouse space, and our office is a P. O. box. We need a permanent home, consisting of: • 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse with 20' ceilings and loading dock (larger would allow us to also do scenic work on location); • rehearsal stage space to mimic our primary performance space at the Cullen Theater in the Wortham Center (approx. 80'x50', or slightly smaller than a basketball court...this could also serve as a performance space for school groups and non-traditional performances); • smaller rehearsal spaces for music and separate group rehearsals; • office space.

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THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY OF HOUSTON INC
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Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston

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Principal Officer

Steve Robbins

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Though our stage performers are all volunteers, the Society prides itself on presenting productions of the highest professional caliber. In addition to being nominated for an Emmy, we were invited to open both Jones Hall and the Cullen Theater in the Wortham Theater Center. Three times we have competed at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in England, winning First Place, First Runner-Up twice, Best Music Director, Best Stage Director, and Best Chorus, along with a host of other individual awards and nominations.For more than half a century, the Society has provided scholarship and performance opportunities for young artists, as well as a technical theater internship. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Steve Robbins

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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