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Space Pirates

In their first-ever spontaneous production, the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players performed The “Space” Pirates of Penzance yesterday at 3 p.m. in Kresge’s Little Theater. There was no rehearsal; auditions were by e-mail, on a first-come, first-serve basis; and a statement at the bottom of the program asked the audience to “step on stage at the appropriate time” if they wanted to join the chorus. Because of orientation activities, the Players could find no performance space, so they asked the Musical Theater Guild for permission to use the sets for MTG’s current production, Return to the Forbidden Planet. Impromptu? Yes. Unusual? Maybe not. David E. Euresti ’01, the Players’ president, was inspired by other campuses’ spontaneous Gilbert and Sullivan productions. “It was a lot of fun to do, definitely,” he said. “It went very well. There was a high enthusiasm level running through the cast.”

Anand D. Sarwate ’01 agreed. “I’m quite happy it went so well,” he said. “There was tremendous support from the cast, and especially the pianist, who was awesome.” Melissa M. Bull performed the entire 28-song piano accompaniment unrehearsed, despite having seen the play.

The Players will hold auditions for their next performance, The Sorcerer, in room 413 of the Student Center from Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.

Story and photography: Jennifer Young--The Tech