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Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes Workshop

Explore a "Topsy-Turvy" world of unforgettable melodies, ingenious lyrics, and wacky storylines! Engage with peer musical theatre lovers in a program that will nurture creativity and build skills in acting, singing, and movement in a fun and upbeat environment! Now in its 20th year, Lamplighters Music Theatre artistic staff directs daily classes and rehearsals leading to a fully-staged and costumed performance of Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes.

Ages: 10 – 18
When: June 13 - 25, 2022; 1-5pm Mon - Thurs; 12 - 5pm on Fridays; Performance Saturday June 25th at 2pm
Tuition: $1,060
Application Deadline: Extended to May 13, please email for details.

Up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination and booster is required for all those participating in Summer at SFCM programs. If you are unable to get vaccinated due to a medical reason, please email

Participants must have previous singing experience and acceptance will be based on demonstrated ability in a live audition (accompanist provided) as well as compatibility with other applicants. Auditions will be scheduled after registration for the admission course.

Sample Daily schedule (1 PM - 5 PM)

1:00 PM - Physical and Vocal Warm-ups and Diction
1:30 PM - Vocal/Acting Coachings and Scenes Staging
3:00 PM - Break
3:15 PM - Vocal/Acting Coachings and Scenes Staging
4:45 PM - End of Day Review
**All sessions emphasize building individual and ensemble skills in vocal production, diction, stage movement, acting techniques, and character development.


Ellen Kerrigan (Program Director) versatile soprano, has been honored as a winner of both the National Council Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the San Francisco Opera Auditions Grand Finals. Ms. Kerrigan was subsequently chosen to participate in the Merola Program, performing the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, and spent the following year as a San Francisco Opera Affiliate Artist/Adler Fellow. She has long delighted Bay Area opera audiences, most prominently in the roles of Norma (West Bay Opera), Madama Butterfly (Oakland Opera), and Martha (Pocket Opera). A native San Franciscan, Ms. Kerrigan began her performing career singing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in high school, and thereafter joined the Lamplighters, where she sang nearly all the soprano lead roles. An active arts education consultant, she recently celebrated 25 years as creator and producer of the San Francisco Opera Guild's Opera à la Carte program, which brings an abbreviated version of well-known operas to over 30,000 Bay Area students yearly. As Education Director for the Lamplighters, she created the interactive school assembly program, H.M.S. Pinafore: Get on Board with Gilbert & Sullivan, and the engaging mini-residency programs of The Pirates of Penzance, The (New) Mikado, and H.M.S. Pinafore, which are enjoying popularity throughout the Bay Area.

M. Jane Erwin (Stage Director). In addition to her private voice studio, Jane is on the voice faculty of Sonoma State University, and serves as Stage Director for the SFCM Pre-College Opera & Musical Theater Scenes and Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes programs. Jane is a longtime teaching artist at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT), where she has taught singing, acting and musical theater in the Young Conservatory (YC) and the MFA Program. She has performed across the U.S. and in San Francisco in two national companies of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as sung many leading roles with Bay Area opera and theater companies. Her outstanding performances have earned two Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards and a Drama-Logue Award for appearances with Lamplighters Music Theatre. As a stage director, she has helmed productions for Island City Opera, Sonoma State University, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Pocket Opera, SF Opera Guild’s Opera á la Carte, and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England. For her 2016 direction of Ruddygore she received a Theatre Bay Area Awards nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Jane received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her M.A. in Integrative Health Studies with Sound Healing Focus from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she is also a graduate of the Certificate Program in Sound, Voice & Music Healing. Her passion is to help vocal and performing vocal artists become wholehearted storytellers and communicators through their craft.

Baker Peeples (Music Director) is Music Director of the Lamplighters Music Theatre, where he has sung or conducted hundreds of performances of Gilbert and Sullivan, Offenbach and Viennese operettas, and Broadway musicals. An accomplished tenor, he won the Best Male Singer Award in the 1995 and 1997 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festivals in Buxton, England. He holds a degree in French from Yale, where he was a member of the renowned Whiffenpoofs. Mr. Peeples was a finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera Auditions. He serves as Music Director for the San Francisco Opera Guild's popular Opera à la Carte program. In addition, Mr. Peeples has written and directed collaborative school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, which the Lamplighters have presented in Bay Area schools. Mr. Peeples maintains an active voice studio in San Francisco