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Auditions (Calgary): Princess Ida – Nov 19, 21 & 24!

Auditions (Calgary): Princess Ida – Nov 19, 21 & 24!


A Comic Operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan
Directed/Choreographed by Kaleigh Richards, Music Direction by Winnifred Hume
At the Pumphouse Theatre Apr 26 – May 11, 2019

For more information (including character descriptions), or to book an audition, visit, call 403-246-2999 or e-mail

Princess Ida is having nothing to do with men, never mind love, or marriage. She is so firm in her belief that she has locked herself away in a University, attended only by women, and that is exactly where she plans to stay. She was betrothed to young Prince Hilarion from a very early age, and her failure to arrive to meet him with her father, King Gama, could be interpreted as an act of war, but still, she is having none of it. In fact, she’s willing to fight the men who show up on her doorstep if need be. Her fellow chaste and heretofore uninterested female friends, on the other hand, find themselves face to face with Cupid and less keen to do battle.

A lesser known work of the dynamic duo, Princess Ida is nonetheless brimming with those qualities we love in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan: humour, sweeping and intelligent lyrics, witty commentary, danger, and commotion! In the end, love wins the day, and for more than just our royal couple. It’s an exciting conclusion to our 24th season, so jump for joy and gaily bound down to the theatre to join us for Princess Ida!

Princess Ida is based on the 1847 narrative poem “The Princess” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in which the title character escapes an arranged marriage to found a women’s university. The libretto is drawn from W.S. Gilbert’s 1870 play (also called “The Princess”), with new music by Arthur Sullivan. Sullivan’s music is particularly well-regarded in this piece; his settings for the songs in Act Two are known as ‘the string of pearls.’ Principal roles include Princess Ida, Lady Psyche, and Lady Blanche for the women, and Prince Hilarion, King Hildebrand and King Gama for the men (among others).

Open auditions for all roles will take place:
Monday Nov 19th (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Wednesday Nov 21st (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Saturday Nov 24th (1:00 to 4:00pm)

at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre, 3512 5 Avenue NW (lower level of the Parkdale Community Centre)

Callbacks, if required, will take place on Monday November 26th from 7:00 – 10:00pm

Audition Requirements:

  • A prepared comedic monologue to highlight your abilities (approximately two minutes)
  • A prepared song in any style that best shows off your voice. No matter what style of music you choose to sing bring your best character performance to your audition song!
  • Bring your music on an MP3 player with a regular 1/8″ headphone connection or your own speaker; There will be no accompanist.
  • A cold read may be requested
  • Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition

Note: Morpheus practices inclusive casting and that any person, of any identity may submit for roles. Just because it is listed at male (for example), does not mean it is not open to trans, non-binary or even gender reverse casting.

Not a traditional actor? That is okay, get in touch with us and we will find a way for you to showcase what you have to offer.

Rehearsals will take place from Jan 26th through April 25th. Rehearsals will be Saturday Afternoons, Monday and Wednesday evenings. Morpheus Theatre requires that auditioners come prepared to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule.

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