Auditions for Gilbert & Sullivan's Princess Ida

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company will hold auditions for its March 2018 production of Princess Ida on Saturday, November 4, 2017 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, November 5, 2017, 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  Call Backs will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm.

This production of Princess Ida will be directed by Joseph Andrews with Music Direction by Dr. Randal A. Buikema.

The auditions will be held at Lake Harriet Methodist Church, at 4901 South Chowen Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55410.

Casting ……

All principal roles for the production are cast through these auditions. No principal roles are pre-cast.

While approximately a third of the chorus is already filled by performers who are company members, the remaining chorus vacancies, all voices, will be filled through these auditions.

All positions receive a stipend of $200.00.

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To Audition …

We ask you to bring your performance resume, if you have one.  We will have everyone complete an audition form.  Those with resumes, however, may simply refer to their resumes on the audition form.  We also ask you to bring a copy of your head shot or another good photo of yourself.

Please audition with a song or aria in English.  Your selection may be an opera or operetta piece, a Gilbert and Sullivan selection, a show tune, etc.  No pop or rock music please.

An accompanist will be provided.  We strongly recommend that all those auditioning prepare an accompanied piece rather than something unaccompanied.

If you are auditioning for a principal role, you do not need to prepare a monologue.  The Directors may provide you with sides at your audition.  You will rehearse the sides with another person who is auditioning and then present it to the Directors.

To sign up for an audition time, please complete an Audition Form.  You will be contacted via email to confirm that an audition time has been scheduled.

Call Backs ……

Most of those being considered for a named role in the production will be asked to come to Call Backs, which will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm. You will be notified via email if you are being called back. Those emails will be sent out on Sunday, November 7, 2017, after auditions are completed that evening.

You will be notified for which role or roles you’ll be asked to read and sing. The sides and music that will be used for all roles are available for you to review here.

Roles in Princess Ida to be cast …

         King Hildebrand (bass-baritone)

         Hilarion, King Hildebrand’s Son (tenor)

         Cyril, Hilarion’s Friend (tenor)

         Florian, Hilarion’s Friend (lyric baritone)

         Arac, King Gama’s Son (bass-baritone)

         Guron, King Gama’s Son (bass-baritone)

         Scynthius, King Gama’s Son (bass)

         Princess Ida, King Gama’s Daughter (soprano)

         Lady Blanche, Professor (contralto)

         Lady Psyche, Professor (soprano)

         Melissa, Lady Blanche’s Daughter, University Student (mezzo-soprano)

         Sacharissa, University Student (soprano)

         Chloe, University Student (speaking role / Ensemble)

         Ada, University Student (speaking role / Ensemble)


          Soldiers, Courtiers, University Professors and Students


Rehearsal Schedule …

Full Cast Introductory Rehearsal: Monday, January 8, 2018, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Chorus rehearsals begin promptly at 7:00 pm and run until 10:00 pm on Monday and Thursday nights. The Chorus will be called to rehearse on Tuesdays, as necessary.

Principal rehearsals will be scheduled by the Directors, and will generally occur, as scheduled, on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Principals will be called on Mondays and Thursdays, as necessary.

Rehearsals will be held at Lake Harriet Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Avenue South, Minneapolis,
from January 8, 2018 to February 17, 2018.

Rehearsals will be held at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis
from Monday, February 19, 2018 through the Thursday, March 9 (Preview Performance).

Tech Week: Sunday, February 25, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018, night off on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Estimated call: 6:30 to 11:00 pm.

The Sunday, February 25, 2018 rehearsal is an Understudy Rehearsal. All cast members are called. Estimated call: 6:30 pm.


Preview Performance / Final Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Estimated call: 6:30 pm.

Performance Schedule …

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company performs at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis.

   Thursday,   March 1,                          7:30 pm, Preview Performanc
   Fridays,     March 2, 9, 16, 23          7:30 pm, Evening Performances
   Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24     7:30 pm, Evening Performances
   Saturday,   March 17                           2:00 pm, Matinee Performance
   Sundays,  March 4, 11, 18, 25      2:00 pm, Matinee Performances

Notification …

We intend for casting to be completed by Monday, November 20, 2017.  We will call those being offered principal roles first.  They are given a limited amount of time to accept or decline the offer before the offer will go to the next candidate.  After the principal roles have been filled, those being offered chorus roles will be called.  Finally, we will notify via email those whom we are unable to cast.  Everyone who auditions will be called or notified via email.

Contact information

The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company
Stephen Hage
Web site

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