“I see that you are a nobleman of the highest rank.”

The Mikado

Board of Directors

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company is an organization run by its membership.  Once a year, at an Annual Meeting the company elects a volunteer Board of Directors from among its membership, to facilitate the production of the next show.  Eight company members serve for a one-year term.

Current Board

The members of the Board for the 2017 to 2018 season include:

Producer: Stephen Hage
Secretary: Shawn Holt
Treasurer: John Orbison
Labour Pool Coordinator: Malka Key
Publicity: Waldyn Benbenek
Women’s Chorus Representative: Mary Gregory
Men’s Chorus Representative: Alexander Gerchak
Orchestra Representative: Barb Hovey

Board Member Duties

The duties of the various members of the Board may be summarized as follows:

  • The Producer is the Board’s representative to the production staff.
  • The Secretary handles company correspondence, keeps minutes and acts as company historian.
  • The Treasurer handles money, collects dues and keeps financial records for the company.
  • The Labour Pool Coordinator recruits workers to make materials and handle them at show time, including sets, props and costumes.
  • The Publicity person plans and handles publicity for the company and manages correspondence with the news media.
  • The Women’s Chorus Representative represents the female chorus to the Board.
  • The Men’s Chorus Representative represents the male chorus to the Board.
  • The Orchestra Representative represents the orchestra to the Board.

The Board will select one of its members to serve as Chairperson of the Board.  That person will perform the duties normally ascribed to president.

A simple majority of Board members must be present at a Board meeting to transact business.

“If you will be so good as to formulate a detailed list of your grievances in writing,
addressed to the Secretary of Utopia Limited, they will be laid before the Board,
in due course, at their next monthly meeting.”

—King Paramount
Utopia Limited