The NYGASP Guild
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The NYGASP Guild is a fan club of enthusiastic Company supporters. Members attend special events throughout the year where they may mingle with other Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiasts as well as with members of the professional Company. We’re a friendly crew, and happy to share our enthusiasm for both the material itself and our collegial approach to its presentation.
Recent Guild seasons have included:
- The annual fall presentation of the Isaac Asimov Award for the year kicks off the performing season. Past years’ awardees, and other Company performers, present selections of their choice and relate anecdotes from their performing experiences, while Guild members join in singing familiar refrains. The Isaac Asimov Fund was created on the occasion of NYGASP’s 25th anniversary to honor the memory of a legendary Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiast and to recognize outstanding achievement among the Company’s many talented artists. The fund is used to subsidize the expenses associated with the recipient’s performing activities for the year. Tax deductible contributions to the Fund are always welcome.
- A special preview event relating to the production(s) being presented in January at City Center highlights the holiday season. Artistic Director Albert Bergeret delivers personal insights and invites other experts to air their points of view on specific aspects of a particular show and/or the G&S canon as a whole.
- “Nostalgia Night” (or afternoon) features video excerpts from memorable performances of past seasons – including many appearances by celebrated guest artists such as John Reed – O.B.E., John Astin, Noel Harrison, Steve Allen, Pat Carroll, Frank Gorshin, and Hal Linden.
- The end of season recital by the Asimov Award recipient and Company colleagues is a free for all event featuring unexpected twists and casting combinations – a good time for both Guild and Company members.
Refreshments are served at all Guild functions.
Possible activities for the NYGASP Guild are limited only by its members’ potential energy and interests. Active participants in planning and presenting more events are always welcome, as are contributors to the Guild’s newsletter The Happy Despatch. Yearly dues of $50 per person are considered membership fees and are therefore not tax-deductible contributions.
To join the NYGASP Guild, simply download, print, and then mail or fax in the form below with appropriate payment to:
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
302 West 91st Street
, NY 10024