The Galway University Musical Society (GUMS) is known for being the only college musical society to let everyone take part. It doesn't matter if the closest thing to being on stage was your Junior Infant Nativity play - all that you need to have to be in GUMS is enthusiasm, a love of musicals (or at least to be prepared to love musicals) and a willingness to get involved.
GUMS is the most active society on campus, having won the Most ALIVE Society for three years in a row at the annual Socs Awards. Not only do we put on a full scale musical production annually, but we also have a collaborative musical with NUIG's drama society, Dramsoc, a ton of open mic nights, a competing Musical Intervarsities Team, and other opportunities to perform such as our recently introduced Semester Two Mini Musical, which saw The Addams Family take to the stage last year.
GUMS' main aims are to stage a fantastic show while also encouraging creativity, fun, new friendships and new experiences for all its members. As we're so busy, GUMS is so perfect for first years who feel a little lost when coming to college. We love welcoming new members, and our committee and older members are always ready to help anyone who ever needs it.
Along with all our other events, GUMS like to have¬†a lot¬†of house parties (for bonding), our annual GUMS Ball (full of cheesy music to delight anyone who loves that whole 90's/00's vibe AND of course show tunes) and plenty of other social events in collaboration with other societies and our amazing sponsors around Galway City!
And if you can't commit to our main musicals there are other ways to take part including:
Our main musical takes place in the Black Box Theatre of Galway every year. Last year (2022), Elvis took the stage with our production of 'All Shook Up'. In 2021, GUMS was revived following the COVID pandemic with a chilling production of 'Carrie: The Musical'. Other past shows include Kipps: A Half Sixpence Musical (2020), Pippin (2019), The Producers (2018), Urinetown (2017), The Addams Family (2016), Cabaret (2015), The Drowsy Chaperone (2014), Rent (2013), Spring Awakening (2012), The Wedding Singer (2011), The Wiz (2010) and more.
All in all, whether you are a seasoned performer with an ache for front and center, or someone who wants to try their hand at something new either on or off-stage, or even if you just want to make some solid friendships and have a laugh - GUMS is the place for you and our door is always open to new family.
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