Auditions (Calgary): Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers – Morpheus Theatre

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Auditions (Calgary): Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers – Morpheus Theatre

Morpheus Theatre

Morpheus Theatre will be presenting The Gondoliers, a comic operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan April 19 to May 4, 2013 at the Pumphouse Theatre. This production will be directed by Tim Elliott, Musical direction by Naomi Williams, and Choreographed by Karen Iwanski.

Open auditions for all roles will take place:
Sunday November 18th (12:00 to 4:00pm)
Tuesday November 20th (7:00 to 9:30pm) and
Thursday November 22nd (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Callbacks will be Sunday November 25th

Auditions will take place at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre
(lower level of the Parkdale Community Centre)
3512 – 5th Avenue NW

Audition Requirements:
* To prepare a song from Gilbert and Sullivan (but not from the Gondoliers), or another opera that highlights their proficiency in their area of interest, whether it be comic, dramatic or romantic.
* Though monologues are not required, a cold read may be requested.
* While we hope to have an accompanist, please bring either a CD or iPod with your music on it, just in case.
* Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition.

ROLES
The Duke of Plaza-Toro (M – comic baritone): (a Grandee of Spain); middle aged aristocrat.
Luiz (M – high baritone / tenor): (his Attendant and drummer); young and in love.
Don Alhambra del Bolero (M – bass-baritone): (the Grand Inquisitor); middle aged or older.
Marco Palmieri (M – tenor): possibly the king. Starry eyed republican.
Giuseppe Palmieri (M – High baritone): see Marco Palmieri.
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (F – mezzo soprano/contralto): middle aged aristocrat, down at the heels, but putting on airs.
Casilda (F – soprano): (her Daughter); young lady in love with Luiz, but knows her station.
Gianetta (F – soprano): young contadine, married to Marco in the opening scene.
Tessa (F – mezzo-soprano): young contadine, married to Giuseppe in the opening scene.
Inez (F – mezzo soprano/contralto): (the King’s Foster-mother); older lady who has lived a hard life (character part).

Chorus of Gondoliers and Contadine, Men-at-Arms, Heralds, and Pages. There are several small parts that will be drawn from the chorus.

Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning January 12th.

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To book your audition time please visit www.morpheustheatre.ca, or call (403) 246-2999.
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Storyline:
List and learn! It is with all necessary and appropriate pomp, Ducal and otherwise, that we announce, pronounce and soundly declare, our final show of the season will be: Gilbert and Sullivan’s, The Gondoliers! This 12th collaborative operetta by the beloved pair is set in Venice and is rife with Nobility, mistaken identities, Royalty, young lovers in love with and married to the wrong people, commoners, wit, patter, a Cachucha and of course, Rapture! You may have to wait until the last show of our season, but there will always be Rapture! To bookend our 18th season, we are happy to host The Gondoliers once more. We, as in the common pronoun used when there is more than one of us, or We, the Royal We…we’re not sure anymore, but we are sure you’ll enjoy The Gondoliers!

The king of Barataria has died, and the kingdom now belongs to his son. However, his son was spirited away as a very young child, and placed in the care of a gondolier in Venice. Unfortunately, the gondolier died without reveling which of his two boys was the king, and both boys have just become married to their sweethearts. So both boys are sent to Barataria to rule jointly until the true king is sorted out.

To further muddy the plot, the young king, before being spirited away, was married by proxy to the daughter of the Duke of Plaza-Toro. She comes to Venice, with her parents, to claim her husband, and the queenship. She does so reluctantly, however, as her heart really belongs to her father’s drummer. And it all sorts itself out in two acts.

Regards,
Sean Anderson
Morpheus Theatre

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