In February of 1973, a group of students, staff, spouses, community members, and three professors, brought together by founding student Jack Marshall, sat backstage in the Moot Courtroom, waiting to perform Gilbert and Sullivan's courtroom farce, "Trial by Jury". The show had been rehearsed sporadically, amid warnings by professors and students that it was a grievous waste of precious study time. No tickets had been sold; admission was free. Nervously, they waited to see if anyone would bother to come to their show. Six hundred people turned out to watch the performance. They sat in the aisles, on the stage, and on each other. By the finale, nobody believed that "Trial by Jury" had been a waste of time. Thus was born the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
Along with an odd history, comes odd traditions. GGSS is home to several special traditions that only members will enjoy unveiling the more time they spend with the group.
GGSS is sustained primarily by law students and lawyers, persons not known for having copious amounts of free time. GGSS is open to all to join, including law students, undergraduate students, faculty members, and the community at large.
A Broadway musical is presented every fall, a drama/comedy in the winter, and, of course, a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta in the spring.
GGSS is headed by the Board of Directors, a group of law students and one alumni member who are elected each year.