The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company will hold auditions for our 2013 production of The Yeomen of the Guard on Sunday, November 11, 2012, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m, and Monday, November 12, 2012, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, starting at 7:00 p.m.
This production of The Yeomen of the Guard will be directed by Lesley Hendrickson, with Music Direction by Marina Liadova.
The auditions will be held at Lake Harriet Methodist Church, at 4901 South Chowen Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55410.
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 are unpaid.
Poster design by Tom McGregor and Mary Olson
To Audition …
We ask you to bring your performance resume. If you don’t have one, that’s fine. We’ll have everyone complete an audition form. Those with resumes, however, will simply be able to refer to their resumes on the audition form. We would also appreciate it if you would bring a copy of your head shot, if you have one, or another good photo of yourself, if you don’t.
Please audition with a song or aria in English. It need not be memorized. Your selection may be from opera or operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, 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 text during your audition, to rehearse with another person auditioning and then to return and present.
Roles in The Yeomen of the Guard …
Jack Point, a strolling jester (comic baritone)
Colonel Fairfax (tenor)
Wilfred Shadbolt, Head Jailer (bass-baritone or baritone)
Sir Richard Cholmondeley, Lieutenant of the Tower (baritone)
Sergeant Meryll, of the Yeomen of the Guard (bass-baritone)
Leonard Meryll, his son (tenor)
First Yeoman (tenor)
Second Yeoman (baritone)
Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer (soprano)
Phoebe Meryll, Sergeant Meryll’s daughter (mezzo-soprano)
Dame Carruthers, Housekeeper to the Tower (mezzo-soprano)
Kate, her niece (soprano)
Men: Yeomen of the Guard, Townspeople
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule …
Rehearsals will be held at Lake Harriet Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Avenue South, Minneapolis, from January 7th through February 16th. Subsequent rehearsals, beginning February 18th, will be held at the performance space, the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Chorus rehearsals will begin promptly at 7:30 PM on Mondays and 7:00 on Thursdays and run until 10:00 PM. The Directors can call the Chorus to rehearse on Tuesdays, if necessary.
Principal rehearsals will be scheduled by the Directors, and will generally occur on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 PM and Saturdays, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Principals will be added to the Monday and Thursday rehearsals, as necessary.
The general rehearsal schedule is as follows:
Full Cast Introductory Rehearsal: Monday, January 7th, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Mondays, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, and Saturdays, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, January 7th to February 23rd.
Tech Week: Monday, February 25th through Wednesday, February 27th
Estimated call: 6:30 to 11:00 PM
Preview Performance / Final Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, February 28th, Estimated call: 6:30 PM
The performance schedule is as follows:
Thursday, February 28th, 7:30 PM Preview Performance
Fridays, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 7:30 PM Evening Performances
Saturdays, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 7:30 PM Evening Performances
Saturday, March 16th, 2:00 PM Matinee Performance
Sundays, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 1:00 PM Matinee Performances
We intend for casting to be completed by Monday, November 26th. 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 call those whom we are unable to cast. This process usually takes about two weeks, but everyone who auditions will receive a call.
To Schedule an Audition
Click here to schedule an audition. You will be notified when the date and time has been scheduled.
We look forward to hearing from you and to hearing you!
“They sing so nicely too!”