“Can you sing?”

—Sir Joseph Porter
H.M.S. Pinafore

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Auditions for Princess Ida

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company will hold auditions for its Spring 2018 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, 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 Joe Andrews, with Music Direction by Dr. Randal Buikema.

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


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

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

All positions receive a stipend of $200.00.

To Audition

We ask you to bring a performance resume as well as a completed an audition form, which we will email to you.  Those without performance resumes may simply submit a completed 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 (other languages are acceptable), which 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

You do not need to prepare a monologue.  The Directors may provide you with sides during your audition.  If they do so, you will rehearse the sides privately with others who are auditioning and then present to the Directors.

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 6, 2017 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.  Sides will be provided at Call Backs.  The music and sides that will be used for specific roles is available for you to review HERE.  

Roles in Princess Ida


       King Hildebrand  (bass-baritone)

      Hilarion, King Hildebrand’s Son  (tenor)

      Cyril, Hilarion’s Friend  (tenor)

      Florian, Hilarion’s Friend  (lyric baritone)

      King Gama  (comic 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.

Ensemble rehearsals begin promptly at 7:00 pm and run until 10:00 pm on Monday and Thursday nights.  The Ensemble 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 are held at Lake Harriet Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Avenue South, Minneapolis, from Monday, January 8, 2018 to Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Directions – Google Map

Rehearsals will be held at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis from Monday, February 19, 2018 to the Thursday, March 1, 2018 Preview Performance.

Directions – Google Map

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, 2017 rehearsal is an Understudy Rehearsal.  All cast members are called.  Estimated call: 6:30 pm.

Preview Performance:  Thursday, March 1, 2018.  Estimated call: 6:30 pm.

Performance Schedule

Thursday,  March   1,                  7:30 pm,  Preview Performance
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

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


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 Ensemble roles will be called.  Finally, we will notify via email those whom we are unable to cast.  This process usually takes about two weeks, but everyone who auditions will be called or notified via email.

To Schedule an Audition

We will begin to schedule auditions in October.  Everyone is scheduled for a specific audition date and time.  If you would like to receive direct notification for our future auditions, please sign up for our audition mailing list.

“They sing so nicely too!”

—Lady Blanche
Princess Ida