February 2018

DIRECTOR: Phil Lowery • CONDUCTOR: Baker Peeples

Gilbert & Sullivan's twelfth collaboration, THE GONDOLIERS, has all of the elements you'd expect from these masters of topsy-turvy musical satire: babies switched at birth, secret childhood betrothals, political machinations, all set to one of Sullivan's sunniest and most melodic scores, inspired by his recent trip to Italy. THE GONDOLIERS is a huge and fun show set in sunny Venice and faraway Barataria, where a pair of charismatic businessmen with no experience in politics or government suddenly rise to power as joint heads of state, and must learn how to navigate the turbulent waters of bureaucracy and keep their constituents happy while the country and their new wives wait to figure out who's really in charge. THE GONDOLIERS has nine principal roles, several good smaller roles, exuberant dancing, and tons for the chorus to do.

We strongly encourage performers of all ages and ethnicities to audition.


We are looking for strong singer/actors for the following roles. Experience in Gilbert & Sullivan is not necessary if you can sing and act the role. Some roles may be double-cast or understudied.

MARCO PALMIERI: Tenor – One of two gondolier singing sensations who have captured the hearts of all the young women of Venice. Beautiful tenor voice a must.

GIUSEPPE PALMIERI: Baritone – The other of the two gondoliers. Good baritone able to handle lots of comic dialog.

DUKE OF PLAZA-TORO: Baritone – a Grandee of Spain. Good comic actor who can do patter song. Noted for “leading his regiment from behind” and somewhat dominated by his wife and daughter.

DON ALHAMBRA: Bass-baritone – The Grand Inquisitor. Grave, authoritarian, pompous. Knows everybody’s secrets, and knows how to make use of that information.

LUIZ: High Baritone or Tenor – Servant to the Duke; in love with Casilda.

ANTONIO: High Baritone or Tenor – A gondolier; essentially the leader of the men’s chorus, with a substantial solo.

GIANETTA: Soprano – one of the “contadine” (“country girls” from around Venice) – Marco’s beloved.
TESSA: Mezzo-Soprano – another of the “contadine” (“country girls” from around Venice) – Giuseppe’s beloved.
DUCHESS OF PLAZA-TORO: Contralto – Overbearing wife of the Duke and mother of Casilda.

CASILDA : Soprano – Daughter of the Duke and Duchess; snooty “princess” secretly in love with her father’s servant Luiz.
FIAMETTA: Soprano - another of the “contadine”– essentially the leader of the women’s chorus, with a substantial solo.

INEZ: Ancient hag with great comic timing and strong Middle C to C on staff range, very small part, will probably double in chorus.


As with most Gilbert & Sullivan shows, the chorus is a very important part of the action, and has much stage time and wonderful music. We need 6 to 8 each sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. There are several small speaking and singing roles that will be cast from the chorus (Francesco, Giorgio, Annibale, Vittoria, Giulia and Inez).

Friday, September 8 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, September 9 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 10, from 6:00 to 9:00

AUDITIONS ARE HELD at the Lamplighters Rehearsal Hall, 469 Bryant Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the South of Market section of San Francisco).

AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please send an EMAIL to requesting an audition appointment. Give your first and second choices of times (e.g. first choice – between 3:00– 4:00 PM on Saturday; second choice – around 8:00 PM on Friday), and a PHONE NUMBER AS WELL AS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, so that we can contact you on the day of the audition in case of any problems. You will be notified by return email of the date and time of your audition appointment.

AUDITION FAQs: Please come to the preliminary audition with two contrasting songs in English, preferably from opera, operetta or classical music theatre, that you feel will show off your voice well. You may only be asked to sing one song. An accompanist will be provided. Bring your music in the key in which you will sing it. Also bring your headshot and resume, and your calendar so that you can give us any conflicts that you may have during the rehearsal period. If you are needed for a callback, you will be notified.

Callback Materials

(subject to change):

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, San Francisco
Friday, February 2, 2018 – 8 PM
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 2 PM
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 8 PM
Sunday, February 4, 2018 – 2 PM

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Friday, February 9, 2018 – 8 PM
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 2 PM
Sunday, February 11, 2018 – 2 PM

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 8 PM
Sunday, February 18, 2018 – 2 PM

CD RECORDING: Please note that we have plans to make an audio recording of this production in order to make commercial CDs for sale. We are not able to offer additional compensation for these recordings – all proceeds will directly benefit the Lamplighters. Performers will be asked to sign a consent, waiver and release for participation in this recording. If a role is double-cast, the directors will determine which performer will be included in the recording.

REHEARSALS will begin in late October and are usually held Sundays – Thursdays. A tentative schedule will be available at the auditions, and more detail will be provided as soon as available. We will take breaks for major holidays, but will probably not be able to cast people with extensive travel plans.

THE VOCAL SCORE is available at music stores is available at music stores or online services such as We use the G. Schirmer edition. Cost is around $25.

PLEASE NOTE: As with any period production, cast members may be required to provide special undergarments that may be necessary (e.g. women, Merry Widows; men, dance belts), as well as tights and footwear. Also, it may be necessary for men to alter or eliminate facial hair. Cast members may be asked to donate a few hours to help with costumes, sets, mailings, etc.

Non-Equity; Non-AGMA; Some Pay
Stipends for leads will range from $250 - $750, depending on size and difficulty of role and whether double-cast. All chorus singers will be offered expense reimbursement up to $150 to help offset costs such as purchasing tights and footwear, voice lessons and coaching, travel and lodging, etc.

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