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Performing Arts

African Music and Dance Ensemble

Mitcan is the MIT African Music and Dance Ensemble. Its focus is on the musical traditions of sub-Saharan African cultures. Mitcan is New England's only performance group offering hands-on practice and performance experience in song, dance, and a wide variety of musical instruments from the musical traditions of East Africa. The instruments include the ndingigi, adungu, ndongo, akogo, madinda, ngmoa, awal, enkwanzi, nsaai.

Mitcan was started by Prof. James Makubuya in 1996. Over the next four years responsibility for running the group was passed onto the students. Membership varies from term to term but we typically have around a dozen members.

No previous musical or dance experience is necessary to join. We practice every Thursday (excluding holidays) from 7-9. Members put in additional practice times on their own, usually on Tuesday between 7 and 9, or on Friday or Saturday between 3 and 5. Members usually commit between 3-4 hours a week to the group, slightly more before performances.

Our first meeting will be Sept 7th. More information can be found at <>.

The Chorallaries

The Chorallaries of MIT, founded in 1977, are MIT's only coed, secular, non-jazz a cappella group. They are a bunch of crazy MIT students who love to sing. The Chorallaries usually have three concerts on campus a year, including the infamous Concert in Bad Taste, and will be working most of IAP on a new CD. There will be auditions Wednesday, August 30th, through Friday, September 1st. For more information, go to <>, e-mail <>, or visit our booth at the activities midway.

Community Players

The MITCP is a group of MIT students, staff, alumni/ae, and other interested people who produce fall, spring, and summer shows each year at MIT. We are always looking for people interested in participating both on stage and off. We are happy to have experienced people looking for a good opportunity to use their technical and creative skills, and we also welcome interested people with little or no experience. If you would like to get involved with MITCP, receive e-mailings, or send us a comment or question, send e-mail to <> or call 253-2530 and leave a message. And, of course, check out our web site <>.

Cross Products

There are two words that describe the MIT Cross Products: Christian and a capella. We use our voices (singing a capella, without accompaniment) to share the love of Jesus Christ, spreading the good news-- that He died on a cross, and surrendered His life so that we might live forever with Him. We are called the Cross Products because that’s what we are-- products of the cross of Jesus. His death on the cross has changed our lives, and that is why we sing.

During the year, we hold concerts at MIT, and also perform whenever we can in the Boston area, and at other colleges in New England. This year, we will also be planning a tour during spring break, and perhaps record a few songs for a new cd.

We normally have between 12 and 16 members; both undergrad and grad students are welcome in the group. Auditions will be held before classes start; come to our activities midway booth for more information. Musical and vocal experience is helpful, but not required. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays 7:30-10:30pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.

For more information, visit <> or e-mail <>.


Dramashop is a co-curricular theater group on campus -- this means that our major productions are directed by the faculty, and students may receive credit for participating in our shows, either as a performer or as a techie. This year, our faculty-directed shows are Sheridan’s The School For Scandal, directed by Michael Oullette in IAP, and a yet-to-be-decided play in Spring, directed by Janet Sonenberg.

In addition, Dramashop produces a show of student-written, student-directed One-Acts in the fall. Students interested in writing a play or directing should e-mail Auditions for the production will be held early in the fall term.

Throughout the year Dramashop also sponsors cold readings, radio plays, workshop productions, and staged readings (one-week wonders). If you are interested in these, please e-mail us or check our board in the Infinite Corridor.

Auditions for all Dramashop productions are open to all students, staff, etc. Casting is preferential to students. For more information about Dramashop, mail the officers at <>, visit our website at <>, or come to the Theater Arts Open House on Registration Day.

The MIT Folk Dance Club

The MIT Folk Dance club sponsors three different nights of folk dancing each week. Sunday is International Dance night (7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.), concentrating on Eastern European, American, Middle Eastern, European, Indian and other dances. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the group holds a Contra Dance with exciting live music. This traditional American dance form is fun and easy to learn. Wednesday (7 p.m.- 11 p.m.) is devoted to a weekly Israeli Dance, with early teaching from 7-8 p.m.

The Folk Dance Club also sponsors Vinovana, a folk orchestra and chorus that plays for some of their International dances. International dance night also occasionally has live music provided by other ensembles.

We cater to both beginners and more experienced dancers. Each dance session includes plenty of teaching throughout. Try out the Beginners’ Nights: International dance beginners’ nights are on September 10th and 17th, and Israeli dance nights are September 6 and 13. Beginners are always welcome at the Contra Dances, especially on September 12th and 26th. No partners are necessary.

Dance locations vary from week to week -- you can always find out where we are dancing and get other information from our web site, <> or by calling the Folk Phone hotline at 253-FOLK.

We also maintain e-mail lists to announce dances. To subscribe, please e-mail <> and let us know which types of dance you want to know about.

Gilbert and Sullivan Players

Do you act or sing? Do you play an instrument? Do you like power tools or hanging from high places? If so, the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players (MITG&SP) is the group to join.

MITG&SP performs the works of Sir William S. Gilbert and/or Sir Arthur S. Sullivan such as HMS Pinafore and The Mikado, which was featured in the newly released film "Topsy-Turvy."

Although MITG&SP is an undergraduate organization, membership is open to the entire MIT community and to those who work and play in the Boston area. There are many ways to get involved with MITG&SP, even if you have never done theater before and just want to learn the ropes. MITG&SP welcomes everyone, beginner and expert.

Upcoming events include: “Midnight Mikado,” a showing of the beloved The Mikado accompanied with authentic sushi; and “Space Pirates,” a spontaneous production of The Pirates of Penzance against the background of the Musical Theater Guild’s spectacular Return to the Forbidden Planet set in Kresge Little Theater. This fall we will be producing The Sorcerer. Audition will be held in room 413 of the MIT Stratton Student Center at 7 p.m., September 5-7. The first night is for MIT and Wellesley students only. Subsequent nights are open auditions.

For more information, please contact <>, or check out our website: <>.


Oori is a Korean Traditional drumming group of the Boston area. We have members from MIT undergrad and grad, from other schools such as Harvard and Berklee, and from the Boston community. We are dedicated to promote Korean traditional arts, including Korean traditional drums, Korean folk dance and Korean folk songs. Through playing, dancing, and singing, we strive to build strong relationships with one another and create a family-like atmosphere within the Boston community.

Oori is a fairly new group at MIT. We do not expect our members to be Korean or Korean-speaking. We welcome anyone who is motivated to learn about Korean traditional arts. We teach the new members how to play drums and have fun while playing.

Oori practices on campus every Saturday from 1-4pm. We have a couple of performances and membership training during the year. The main contact person is Grace Lim, <>. She can be reached at x5-8728. Oori will have several activities during orientation and their first meeting will be on 9/2. Please come see Oori perform during Activities Midway on 8/29.

Marching Band

The World-Famous, Nationally-Renowned, Often Copied but Never Cloned, Unforgettable (No Matter How Hard You Try), One-and-Only Supa Phat, Supa Fly, MIT Marching Band is looking for a few good Frosh. We are a mixture of about 20 undergrad and grad students who provide hours of fun and entertainment at events ranging from sports games to academic contests to parades. Musical or marching experience is great, but not necessary. Time commitment is 3-5 hours/week during football season, and sporadic the rest of the year. If interested, visit our home page at <> or send mail to <>.

Movements In Time Dance Company

Movements in Time Dance Company was created 9 years ago by Robin Hamilton, a former employee of the MIT Undergraduate Admissions Office. The idea was to create a company that would not only teach dance and performance technique, but to gather a group of students, particularly minority students, that would meet regularly as a means of support during their academic years at the Institute. In turn, the company would help to enhance efforts to bring art, dance and culture to the Institute. We practice a wide range of dance techniques, including ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, pointe and tap, and provide opportunities for anyone interested in dance to develop their abilities, regardless of skill level.

The company meets for 6 to 8 hours on the weekends, and usually 2 hours during the week, on Wednesdays. We perform two shows in the spring, in addition to various guest performances on campus and in the community throughout the year. Classes are free, and usually consist of a combination of choreography and technique, and these are all taught by our director. The company consists of about 20 members. In addition to MIT students, MIT alumni and non-MIT dancers are part of the company which provide a diverse range of experience and skill level.

For more information about Movements In Time, visit our web page at <> or e-mail us at <>.

Musical Theatre Guild

The MIT Musical Theatre Guild is the oldest and largest theatre organization at MIT, and is entirely student-run. MTG was formed from the merger in 1971 of the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Classical Musical Society, and the Tech Show Society (whose first performance was in May 1899). We produce a wide variety of musical theatre. We perform four shows a year giving plenty of opportunity for students to act, sing, dance, tech, design, direct, and produce.

Both undergraduates graduates, and alums work together to make each production happen. Recent shows include Chess, Evita, Company, and this summer’s show, Return to the Forbidden Planet! For information, send e-mail to <> or call x3-6294.

Plush Daddy Fly

We like to eat cake. We like to sing songs about peanuts. We like to dance with monkeys and get rowdy on a Sunday night in your mama’s pickup truck. Yeah but what do we do, you ask? Well, why don’t you learn to phrase things correctly. The question should be: What don’t we do? We are the toaster pastry ninja clowns after all. We even have trading cards. yeah you’re jealous.

So welcome to the wild, wonderful, wacky world of plush. daddy fly, that is. We were founded four score and seven years ago by thirteen lonely guys and one lonely mouse who were looking for a little action on a Saturday night. And look what happened. Some one told us we made people laugh, and the next thing you know we’re the hottest thing since George Foreman’s grill. On a good day we have about 3 people in our group and on a bad day we have about 10 people plus a monkey and a lobster.

If you like to write humorous little ditties, or run around with breakfast foods on your bum, we might need you to give us a hand, so keep your ears peeled for news on our little auditions and such. Otherwise just prepare yourself for buckets o’ fun come the end of the semester. And don’t forget what your daddy told you.

For more information e-mail <>.

The Shakespeare Ensemble

The Shakespeare Ensemble is a co-curricular theater group that performs primarily the works of Shakespeare. We have one major show and one scene night every term. The actors and technical crew are drawn from within our membership, and all members help build the sets and costumes. Membership is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, no experience necessary. New members spend their first term in the Ensemble as an apprentice. To contact the Ensemble e-mail <> or come to our booth at the Activities Midway. The first members’ meeting is on Registration Day. Our fall major, Richard III, opens at the end of October.

Songwriting Club

The Songwriting Club celebrated its first birthday this summer. For such a young club, we’ve been very active and had a strong presence on campus. As our name might suggest, we’re a group dedicated to helping people write songs.

We generally hold weekly meetings. Some of these meetings are educational -- members of our club speak about various topics related to songwriting. Recently, we’ve had some music theory discussions, as well as a look at modern drumming, and indie rock. Other meetings are more like a writing workshop; we play or read our songs, and get feedback.

We also hold a monthly open mic at the Coffeehouse in the Student Center. This has grown from a small activity to one with a regular following on the campus. Many people from our group perform their own material here to see how it flies in public.

We don’t require or assume any amount of experience for our members, and the only commitment is that you attend a few meetings. Most people don’t attend ALL of our meetings.

If you’d like to find out more about the Songwriting Club, please e-mail our executive board at <>. We also have a few mailing lists, <>, which is an announcement list, and <>, which is a more general musical discussion list.

Thank you, and I hope to see you at our first meeting this term! Although the date is not set yet, we’ll be putting up posters.


Techiya is the MIT a cappella group specializing in Jewish music. We sing in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, and Ladino. (Don’t worry, we don’t know half those languages either.) We’ve been around since 1994, composed of half a dozen to a dozen members of all ages, freshmen to grad students. Rehearsals are two hours a week, more right around performances, which typically take place once or twice a semester.

Anyone interested in trying out is welcome. You don’t need previous singing experience; you don’t need to be able to read music already; you don’t even need to be Jewish. All you need is to enjoy singing.

E-mail <> if you want more information, or visit our embarrassingly out-of-date web page at <>. Come meet us at the Activities Midway; sign up for an audition there, or send e-mail if you miss us.

Tech Squares

Tech Squares is the square dance club of MIT. Every Thursday our active membership of forty strong gather on the second floor of the Student Center to enjoy a pastime that is both a dance and a mental puzzle. We invite all members of the community to join us in fun and fellowship and experience an updated version of a classic American folk dance!

You don’t need a partner or any experience to get started. If you can walk and listen at the same time, you can square dance. Our 13-week class teaches everything you need to know about club-level square dancing. It is faster than any other class we know of, but then this is MIT. (A more typical class length is 40 weeks, but really, 13 weeks is plenty of time.)

All classes are held Thursdays at 8pm at the Student Center. The first night is free; after that it is $2 for students and $3.50 for all others.

Fall 2000 class starts September 7. Thursdays at 8pm, Student Center, 2nd floor. Casual dress, no partner required. Your first night is free!

For information call 617-253-7000, e-mail <>, or go to <>. We hope you’ll come and join us.

MIT / Wellesley Toons

The MIT/Wellesley Toons is a coed a cappella group made up of 12 to 18 students from both campuses. We perform several times each year at Wellesley and MIT, including a fall and spring concert at each school. We also perform at collegiate and community functions, as well as other a cappella groups’ concerts. The Toons accept undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1990, The Toons is MIT’s youngest a cappella group. As an a cappella group, The Toons’ primary focus is on singing. However, we are also devoted to providing a visually entertaining show for our audiences including high-energy choreography and creative skits.

We perform songs from every genre including oldies, rock, rap, soul, and pop. In the past two years, The Toons has performed songs by Simon and Garfunkel, No Doubt, Des’ree, George Harrison, Dave Matthews Band, They Might Be Giants, The Sneaker Pimps and many other groups.

The Toons rehearse twice a week, once at Wellesley and once at MIT. Each rehearsal is 3 hours long, and the away rehearsal requires about another 1.5 hours for travel. In addition to this standard time commitment, The Toons make efforts to perform as many times as possible, usually on weekends. Group members can expect to have a Toons gig once a month. The Toons also have a retreat over Labor Day weekend.

The Toons audition new members each fall and in the spring as necessary. New members are selected based on group needs as well as the talent of auditionees. The audition is a singing audition and includes sight reading, singing scales, and a rhythm test. Auditionees also prepare a solo to sing to the group. No experience is required to audition, and we encourage students with all kinds of musical backgrounds to audition. However, previous experience with music and/or performance is often very helpful. Currently instrumental, classical, theatrical and non-musical backgrounds are all represented in the group. For further information on The Toons, please e-mail <> or call Casey Muller at (617) 492 - 6983. You can also visit our website at <>.