Ram's Head Theatrical Society
November 13-15, 2020
Gaieties is a student-produced and student-written musical extravaganza that spotlights the Stanford students' theatrical talent while satirizing Stanford culture. Gaieties 2020 re-imagines this 109-year tradition in a virtual format, and it aims to unite the Stanford community as we are scattered across the world. This production include underrepresented voices and communities from all corners of campus while also experimenting with the structure, returning to its original skit format with four acts. Rather than providing the cast a pre-written script, this production has been entirely devised by the cast and centers their voices within this year's narrative.
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If you told me one year ago that I would be producing a show as a sophomore, I would have said “no way”. If you persisted and added on that I would be producing a show amid a global pandemic, I would have panicked and run the other direction. But if producing Gaieties 2020 has taught me anything, it is that art is adaptable as long as you have a mission. Nine months, one unused script, three versions of a production, and lots of coffee later, we have arrived at this moment. Welcome to Gaieties 2020, the very first virtual format of this 109-year tradition and the forerunner (and somewhat of a precedent) to many more student-run virtual productions.
I only had my freshman year in Gaieties to reference, but it was a wonderful one. I thought that I would be reproducing those warm and enlightening moments and beaming with pride backstage as I watch freshmen heroes brighten up MemAud with their glorious talent. Instead, I sit in front of a computer probably longer than is good for my eyes, but here is what has impressed me the most: every single person in this company has risked the same for the larger mission of bringing this tradition to life once more. I will admit: I have never produced a show before, neither in-person nor virtual. Thus, it was really difficult to navigate role descriptions and the way that this production would be assembled. However, my team members made the most of their situation and formed a collaboration across departments, both cast and staff, for the greater good.
We are united by our mission of bringing forward underrepresented voices in the Stanford community. This production is a life form that survives off of the sense of community. It lives and breathes and grows. We've all done our part to nurture it and see it succeed. I adore and look up to every single member of this production, especially my amazing director, Justine Sombilon. This is the family that has supported me in the last nine months of the pandemic and the family that I will remember when I look back at 2020. We are here to reclaim OUR Stanford, the Stanford we know and love, and stand by the fact that our traditions will live on, even as our global climate and community evolve.
As you watch this Gaieties, revel in the voices of this generation. This is just a slice of the amazing population of students here at Stanford who are ready to change the world, one song at a time.
Directed by Justine Sombilon
Produced by Chloe Chow
Music and Lyrics by Katie Pieschala
Diana Sofia Gonzalez
Jessica de la Paz
Production Manager Kyler Stanion
Stage Manager Liam Smith
Vocal Director Kelsey Carido
Choreographer Kaitlin Harold
Video Editor Paulo Makalinao
Lighting Designer Ian Chang
Sound Designer George Hosono
Recording Engineer Trenton Chang
Director of Scenic Design Tiger Zhou
Scenic Design Consultant Liam Fay
Scenic Artist Helen He
Scenic Artist Isabelle Paylor
Scenic Artist Cathy Yang
Costume Designer Jo Leuenberger
Co-Community Manager Georgia Limcaoco
Co-Community Manager Emily Saletan
Assistant Producer Ryan Yu
Assistant Producer Bailey Vought
Assistant Producer Jonathan Arnold
Assistant Director Ellen Abraham
Assistant Stage Manager Kyla Figueroa
Assistant Stage Manager Grace Miller
Assistant Production Manager Derin Kutlay
Assistant Video Editor Haley Stafford