Sinfonicron Light Opera Company

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Known as the Williamsburg area's premiere Gilbert and Sullivan company, the College of William and Mary's Sinfonicron is student-run on every level of production, from set design and construction, to direction, costuming and administration. Members come from William and Mary's three music fraternities, Delta Omicron, Phi Mu Alpha and Nu Kappa Epsilon, and the Theater Students Association. Sinfonicron produces one show every January on a three-year rotating schedule of two Gilbert and Sullivan shows and one non-Gilbert and Sullivan show.

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William & Mary Publications

Most issues of the Flat Hat are available online from Swem Library.[1] Issues published in 2001 and forward are not indexed here. The Alumni Gazette and William & Mary News are not available online at this time.

  • To present “Iolanthe”, Flat Hat, March 26, 1935, 1, 2.
  • Cast selected for “Iolanthe”, Flat Hat, April 2, 1935, 1, 2; Flat Hat, April 9, 1935, 1, 2.
  • Ticket sale begun for “Iolanthe”, Flat Hat, April 16, 1935, 1, 2; Flat Hat, April 30, 1935, 1, 2 (picture).
  • Try-outs for “Patience” to be held, Flat Hat, January 14, 1936, 1, 6; Flat Hat, February 11, 1936, 1.
  • Presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Gondoliers”, Colleague (C?), November 6, 1969, 3.
  • Review, Flat Hat, November 14, 1969, 1.
  • Presents “Pirates of Penzance”, Colleague (C?), November 19, 1970, 3.
  • Rehearsal pictures, Flat Hat, November 13, 1970, 6.
  • Reviews, Flat Hat, November 20, 1970, 4.
  • Announces “Mikado” cast, Flat Hat, September 24, 1971, 7; Colleague (CO?), September 24, 1971, 5B.
  • “Mikado” in rehearsal, Colleague (CO?), November 21, 1971, 1.
  • “Mikado” to be presented, Colleague (C?), November 11, 1971, 3.
  • Review of “Mikado”, Flat Hat, November 19, 1971, 2.
  • Delta Omicron and Phi Mu Alpha cited for production of “Mikado”, Colleague (C?), December 9, 1971, 5.
  • Presents Paul Wergley in concert, Colleague (C?), February 3, 1972, 5.
  • Company “aesthetes” stage Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “Patience”, Flat Hat, November 3, 1972, 2.
  • “Patience” captures unified praise, Flat Hat, November 10, 1972, 2.
  • presents “Iolanthe”, Flat Hat November 9, 1973, 7; Flat Hat November 16, 10.
  • Tenth Anniversary, Alumni Gazette, 42.1:9.
  • To produce “The Gondoliers”, William & Mary News, November 5, 1974, 1; Flat Hat, November 8, 1974, 5; Flat Hat November 15, 1974, 11.
  • Statement of its composition, purpose, activity, Flat Hat, November 15, 1974, 11.
  • Will produce “Ruddigore”, this year Flat Hat, September 26, 1975, 23.
  • To present “Ruddigore”, William & Mary News, October 14, 1975, 1; Flat Hat October 17, 1975, 17.
  • Review of “Ruddigore”, Flat Hat, October 24, 1975, 16.
  • “The Sorcerer” to be next year’s play, Flat Hat, March 26, 1976, 14.
  • To stage “The Sorcerer”, William & Mary News, October 19, 1976, 3.
  • “Sorcerer” is enjoyable performance, Flat Hat, October 29, 1976, 20.
  • Announces auditions for spring, Flat Hat, February 4, 1977, 15.
  • Officers first spring show, “Trial by Jury”, Flat Hat, March 18, 1977, 20; William & Mary News, March 22, 1977, 2.
  • Review of “Trial by Jury”, Flat Hat, April 1, 1977, 11.
  • To perform H.M.S. PINAFORE Flat Hat , January 20, 1978, 9.
  • Review of H.M.S. PINAFORE Flat Hat, January, 27, 1978, 20.
  • PATIENCE, Flat Hat, January 26, 1979, 9.
  • Opens tomorrow, William & Mary News, January 30, 1979, 3.
  • Tickets for “Iolanth”, William & Mary News, January 22, 1980, 5.
  • Iolanthe opens, Flat Hat, January 25, 1980, 13 (picture); February 1, 1980, 20 (pictures).
  • “The Mikado” to be produced, Flat Hat, April 4, 1980, 17.
  • “The Mikado” brings the Orient to PBK Hall, Flat Hat, January 23, 1981, 15.
  • Celebrates 15th year with “The Mikado”, William & Mary News, January 27, 1981, 5 (picture).
  • “The Mikado” Has PBK Hall Turning Japanese, Flat Hat, January 30, 1981, 24 (picture).
  • Sets auditions for cast, pit orchestra, William & Mary News, October 27, 1981, 3.
  • “Ruddigore” to open, Flat Hat, January 22, 1982, 15 (picture); William & Mary News, January 26, 1982, 1, 6 (pictures).
  • Sinfonicron stages “Ruddigore,” adding a humorous not to opera, Flat Hat, January 29, 1982, 19 (picture).
  • Court room provides set for “Trial by Jury”, William & Mary News, September 7, 1982, 1.
  • Gilbert and Sullivan: “Trial” date set, Flat Hat, September 10, 1982, 14 (picture).
  • “Jury” to hold extra sessions, Flat Hat, September 24, 1982, 19.
  • Sinfonicron casts “The Merry Widow”, William & Mary News, November 9, 1982, 6.
  • Sinfonicron’s “Merry Widow” cast visits school, William & Mary News, December 14, 1982, 3 (picture).
  • “Widow” offers ticket bonanza, William & Mary News, January 18, 1983, 2.
  • Sinfonicron adds new flair to “Widow”, Flat Hat, January 21, 1983, 14 (picture).
  • Sinfonicron’s “Merry Widow” delights audience, Flat Hat, January 28, 1983, 16.
  • Offering review of Gilbert and Sullivan music, William & Mary News, November 1, 1983, 2 (picture).
  • Sings Gilbert and Sullivan, Flat Hat, November 4, 1983, 14.
  • Opera revue: “All in good fun”, Flat Hat, November 11, 1983, 24.
  • “Pirates of Penzance”, William & Mary News, January 17, 1984, 6 (picture).
  • “Pirates” land at PBK, Flat Hat, January 20, 1984, 22 (picture).
  • Opens “Pirates” Wednesday, William & Mary News, January 24, 1984, 4.
  • “Pirates” capture stage, fancy, Flat Hat January 27, 1984, 18 (picture).
  • To present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience”, Flat Hat, January 16, 1985, 3 (picture).
  • Opera debuts milkmaid in “Patience”, Flat Hat, January 18, 1985, 12 (picture).
  • After 20 years of performing, Sinfonicron has “Patience”, William & Mary News, January 23, 1985, 3 (picture).
  • “Patience” stylizes humor, Flat Hat, January 25, 1985, 10 (picture).
  • Student musical reawakens King in His Finest Hour, Flat Hat, February 22, 1985, 10.
  • Student organizations promote creative outlets, Alumni Gazette, March, 1985, supplement.
  • Holding auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan Revue and “The Gondoliers”, Flat Hat, October 4, 1985, 18.
  • To present “The Gondoliers”, Flat Hat, January 17, 1986, 10.
  • Opens “Gondoliers;” celebrates 20th anniversary at the College, William & Mary News, January 22, 1986, 1, 8 (picture).
  • Favorable review of “Gondoliers”, Flat Hat, January 24, 1986, 7 (picture).
  • To hold auditions for “Evita”, William & Mary News, September 24, 1986, 8.
  • Presents “Evita”, William & Mary News, January 21, 1987, 1, 4 (picture); William & Mary News, January 28, 1987, 3; Flat Hat, January 30, 1987, 7 (picture).
  • Presents “The Mikado”, William & Mary News, January 20, 1988, 8; Flat Hat, January 29, 1988, 7, 11 (picture).
  • Shark attack, Flat Hat, December 9, 1988, 11 (picture).
  • Presents “West Side Story”, William & Mary News, January 18, 1989, 3.
  • Life’s good on the West Side, Flat Hat, January 20, 1989, 6, 9 (picture).
  • Opens “Pinafore” Thursday, William & Mary News, January 17, 1990, 1, 6.
  • Sets sail with Pinafore, Flat Hat, January 19, 1990, 8.
  • Light Opera company sets audition dates for “Pirates of Penzance”, William & Mary News, September 18, 1991, 6.
  • Light Opera company to present “The Pirates of Penzance”, William & Mary News, January 15, 1992, 3.
  • Donated to Theatre fund, William & Mary News, March 25, 1992, 5.
  • Sponsors design contest, William & Mary News, September 30, 1992, 3.
  • “The Yeoman of the Guard”, William & Mary News, November 18, 1992, 8.
  • Yeoman of the Guard, Flat Hat, November 20, 1992, 16.
  • “Into the Woods”, William & Mary News, January 12, 1994, 3.
  • “Ruddigore” presented, William & Mary News, January 19, 1996, 8 (pictures).
  • Street smart show dazzles, Flat Hat, January 24, 1997, 13.
  • “Princess Ida”: Royal enjoyment, Flat Hat, January 30, 1998, 8.
  • Take on “Gondoliers” lighthearted, Flat Hat, January 22, 1999, 9, 10 (picture).

The index was no longer maintained after 2001.



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