Auditions for “H.M.S. Pinafore in Concert”
(Co-Production with Auburn Chamber Orchestra)
are scheduled for Saturday, January 21st from 2-5 pm and Sunday, January 22nd from 3-6 pm. Auditions will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 112 South St, Auburn NY. Please bring 16-32 bars of a musical theatre piece or art song. If you would like accompaniment, please bring sheet music for the pianist. There are 9 soloist roles in addition to chorus roles of about 30 singers. We are looking for all vocal ranges and ages middle school and older. Rehearsals will be in the evenings and on weekends and will not number more than 2-3 per week (Thursdays and Sundays/Mondays). Performances are March 3 and March 5th at the Auburn High School Auditorium.
Soloist Roles for consideration:
Sir Joseph Porter – comic baritone (A2 – E4)
Captain Corcoran – lyric baritone (A2 – F4)
Ralph Rackstraw – tenor (D3 – A4)
Dick Deadeye – bass-baritone (G2 – E4)
Bill Bobstay – baritone (G2 – Eb4)
Bob Becket – bass (E2 – C4)
Josephine – soprano (B3 – Bb5)
Cousin Hebe – mezzo soprano (Ab3 – F5)
Mrs. Cripps (Little Buttercup) – contralto (G3 – F5)
Since its premiere in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular operetta H.M.S. Pinafore has delighted audiences with a nautically-tinged story of star-crossed lovers. The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran of the good ship Pinafore has a daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly but gallant sailor named Ralph Rackstraw. The Captain forbids the marriage, wanting to match Josephine instead with the well-bred Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty. In the meantime, the Captain finds himself in nearly the same position as his daughter: his former nanny, Little Buttercup, falls in love with him, but he hesitates to reciprocate due to his higher social rank. The whole situation is turned on its head when Little Buttercup reveals a game-changing secret she has kept for decades. A rollicking farce with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously happy ending, H.MS Pinafore is a classic, time-tested delight not to be missed.
Coming up next….
Auditions for “Of Mice and Men” will be in late Feb/Early March. Please check back soon for more information!