Pirates of Penzance – a comic opera in English by Gilbert & Sullivan
Hello fans of EPIC Opera!
I regret to announce that the EPIC Opera production of Pirates of Penzance has been postponed indefinitely due to some health challenges and family obligations in the EPIC leadership team. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in participating. This show will happen, just not in February 2020 as we planned.
We are very much looking forward to our EPIC Opera Orchestra collaboration with Willamette Apprentice Ballet on October 22 at Lasells Auditorium at OSU as well as our EPIC Opera Outdoor Concerts in summer of 2020 at Westwood Creek Farm in Philomath.
All the best,
Artistic Director EPIC Opera
E.P.I.C. Opera is holding vocal auditions for a staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Pirates of Penzance” to be performed at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis (POSTPONED INDEFINITELY) This primarily acoustic performance will be performed with a live chamber orchestra. Prior to tech week, one or two concert style performances will take place outside of the Majestic Theater (at a local church or school etc.) as both a community outreach and as a way of marketing our theatrical staged production at the Majestic.
PERFORMERS AND DIRECTORS ARE VOLUNTEERS ASPIRING TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM. EXTENSIVE PERFORMING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED TO AUDITION, BUT NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN OPERA OR MUSICAL THEATER IS REQUIRED.
AUDITION LOCATION: TBD Corvallis Oregon
OPEN CALL AUDITION (POSTPONED INDEFINITELY) – please prepare a 30 – 60 second art song or operatic excerpt that best demonstrates your vocal quality. A pianist will be provided or you may bring your own piano accompaniment. Auditions sung cappella or with recorded accompaniment are discouraged. Roles will be offered only to those persons who are at least 18 years old by the date of the first rehearsal.
AUDITION CALL BACKS (POSTPONED INDEFINITELY) – vocalists who are being considered for a role will be invited to a call back audition approximately one week after the open audition. The call back audition will include a group movement / dance workshop, an acting workshop, and the opportunity to sing one or more excerpts from the role or roles you are being considered for. Pirates of Penzance requires a very involved chorus that can sing while dancing medium-easy choreography in unison.
Pirates of Penzance Roles
- Major-General Stanley (comic baritone)
- The Pirate King (bass-baritone)
- Samuel, his Lieutenant (baritone)
- Frederic, the Pirate Apprentice (tenor)
- Sergeant of Police (bass)
- General Stanley’s daughter Mabel (soprano)
- General Stanley’s daughter Edith (mezzo-soprano)
- General Stanley’s daughter Kate (mezzo-soprano)
- General Stanley’s daughter Isabel (speaking role)
- Ruth, a Piratical Maid of all work (contralto)
- Chorus of Pirates, Police and General Stanley’s Daughters (men and women)
VOCAL / ACTOR REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will take place primarily in the Corvallis area.
WANT MORE INFO?
For more information or to express an interest in being involved with E.P.I.C. Opera please email David@trumpet.bz or call 707-373-9966
We are currently recruiting team for every back stage role as well as production administration.