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
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.