Frequently Asked Questions
"Who are you guys?"
"What makes you so cool?"
If you're asking any of these questions, you're in the right place. This is a list of some of the more commonly asked questions about Ram's Head. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
(Ram's Head encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for staff positions and to audition for our productions.)
Here is a rough schedule for Gaieties: Production and artistic staff are hired late winter or early spring quarter. Writers and composers are hired in the spring, and finish a rough draft by the end of Spring Quarter. The script is polished over the summer. Auditions are held the first week of classes fall quarter. Pit orchestra auditions are held soon afterwards. Rehearsals last for five or six weeks, in the evenings. The show opens on Wednesday of Big Game Week, and usually holds three performances for packed houses of adoring students.
Here's a timeline of events for OWOA: Production staff are hired spring quarter. Scripts are selected and artistic staff are hired during fall quarter. Auditions are held mid-fall quarter. Rehearsals go through part of fall and part of winter, and OWOA opens the second week of winter quarter, holding about three performances.
Here is a timeline of events for Spring Show: Spring Show Selection Committee selects three musicals for Ram's Head to choose from in the middle of spring quarter at Membership Meeting. Shortly thereafter, production staff is hired. Artistic staff is hired mid-fall quarter, and auditions are held right after winter break. The show loads into Mem Aud over spring break, and performances begin the second week of spring quarter, running for about five nights over two weeks.
We love doing Special Projects which fall outside our usual scope, and fill some sort of gap in the campus theater community. Previous Special Projects have included Little Shop of Horrors, Our Country's Good, and an original musical entitled One Bad Apple which went on to its professional debut in Washington, DC in September, 1994. More recently, we produced Rumors and an original opera entitled Pinkertons.
In the past, we also helped encourage Stanford's tradition of dorm theatre by providing informational flyers, resource packets available on request, and holding our famous Dorm Theatre Awards in the spring. Unfortunately, in recent years there has been a decline in interest in dorm theater.
We have a yearly Membership Meeting and Gala, which are pretty well advertised, and open Board meetings every week, which are not as well advertised, but still open to the public. These are all great ways to become involved in the governance of Ram's Head.
And then there's the stuff we do mostly just for fun, like beach retreats, ski trips, Vegas trips, theatre trips, movie nights, techie tea-times, "brenting", midnight chalkings, birthday parties, dinner parties, poster parties, cast parties, picture parties, karaoke parties, Hawaiian parties, a huge costume ball on the stage of Mem Aud, and much much MUCH more we can't even tell you about!... you'll just have to join us and see for yourself.