Gondoliers color7-page-001 (1)Sierra Madre Playhouse an Equity Theater operating under L.A. 99 Seat Plan – with an additional rehearsal stipend announces auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers – directed by Alison E. Kalmus.

Auditions – February 6, and February 13 in Pasadena with callbacks February 17

Submissions with your Headshot and Resume through Actors Access or LA Castingor by emailing info@sierramadreplayhouse.org. Questions to: ecooksoprano@yahoo.com or (626) 840-0792

As a topsy-turvy London prepares for the Queen’s 1953 Coronation, screwball performers meet for a final pick-up rehearsal of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic.

The musical runs from May 16 to June 21, 2014 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, Sierra Madre (N.E. Pasadena), California (Three performances a week; Friday and Saturday evenings with Sunday matinee). Rehearsals start March 9, 2014 evenings Monday – Thursday, and weekend days.

As this has a bit of a play-within-a-play motif, performers are playing commedia-archetypes of 1953 Britain (i.e. Marilyn Monroe-Wannabe, Miss Marple, Clueless Ingénue, Ambitious Bitch, Cockney Hustler, Befuddled Ret. Colonel, Lascivious Pantalone, etc.) echoing their Gondolier characters. Strong improvisation and physical comedic skills are a plus.


  • The Duke of Plaza-Toro, A Grandee of Spain (comedic baritone 40+ yrs.)
  • Luiz, his Attendant (lyric baritone or tenor, drumming a comedic plus 20–40yrs)
  • Don Alhambra del Bolero, the Grand Inquisitor (bass-baritone 35+)
  • Marco Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (tenor 20-40)
  • Giuseppe Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (baritone 20-40)
  • Antonio, Venetian Gondolier (baritone 20-45)
  • Francesco, Venetian Gondolier (tenor 20-45)
  • Giorgio, Venetian Gondolier (bass25+)
  • Annibale, Venetian Gondolier (speaking, and singing 20-50)
  • The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (baritone with fabulous falsetto who adores cross-dressing 30+)
  • Casilda, her Daughter (soprano 20-40)
  • Gianetta, Contadina (soprano 20- 40)
  • Tessa, Contadina (mezzo-soprano 20-40)
  • Fiametta, Contadina (soprano 20-40)
  • Vittoria, Contadina (mezzo-soprano 20-40)
  • Giulia, Contadina (mezzo-soprano or soprano 20-40)
  • Inez, the King’s Foster-mother (mezzo/contralto 40+)
  • Chorus of Gondoliers and Contadine, Men-at-Arms, Heralds and Page, Dancers

PREPARE: Eighteen bars from two songs of Musical Theater or Operetta showcasing comedy, vocal legitimacy and lyricism. Be prepared to read from script.

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