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Lamplighters is pleased to announce auditions for

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Auditions will be held March 1, 3, and 8, 2024 in San Francisco. Sign-up slots are HERE

IMPORTANT: Please fill out the information form and upload headshots and resumes prior to the auditions.

If you are unable to attend in person, video audition submissions may be linked to the information form as well.

 

STAGE DIRECTOR: Michael Mohammed

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Brett Strader 

Wacky, irreverent, and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, star-crossed young lovers, self-possessed wards, and an eccentric Major-General, struggling with the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. Peppered with unforgettable melodies and tongue-twisting songs such as “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” and “Poor Wand’ring One”, The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most popular operettas ever written. The humor is rollicking and the music infectious, and the stage director and music director are looking for performers who can sing and act with the passion this grand opera spoof requires. 

All roles are open. We are looking for strong singer-actors for the roles listed below. Experience in Gilbert & Sullivan is not necessary if you can sing and act the role. Lamplighters welcomes and encourages performers of diverse ethnicities and abilities to audition. We specifically welcome diversity in casting. Some roles may be double-cast or understudied.

Lamplighters is non-AEA and casts a mixture of paid (leads) and volunteer (ensemble) performers. Paid performers will be temporary part-time employees per CA AB5, and must be able to work legally in the United States. Total compensation will be based on actual hours worked, at $18.07/hour. Transportation and housing are not provided. All ensemble singers will be offered expense reimbursement up to $500 to help offset costs such as purchasing tights and footwear, voice lessons and coaching, travel and lodging, etc.

BREAKDOWN OF ROLES:

FREDERIC (Tenor) – Young (just turning 21) and naive, a pirate apprentice (by mistake) and an absolute “slave of duty.” Seeking redemption from his infamous past. Has never seen a woman besides his nursemaid, Ruth.

MABEL (Soprano) – Beautiful ward of Major-General Stanley. Shares Frederic’s sense of duty and love of singing high notes. She even decorates her own name with cadenzas.

RUTH (Mezzo/Contralto) – Frederic’s hard-of-hearing nursemaid and the pirates’ “maid-of-all-work.” Her passionate devotion to Frederic changes to a bit of bloodthirstiness in Act II.

MAJOR-GENERAL STANLEY (Patter-Baritone) – A wealthy widower raising his wards alone. “The very model of a modern major-general” – fast-talking, fast-thinking, upper-class, and terribly pleased with himself.

THE PIRATE KING (Baritone) – Swashbuckling, fearless, and not terribly bright. Not immune to the unfortunate plight of orphans. 

SERGEANT OF POLICE (Bass-Baritone) – The bumbling leader of the police. Dutiful but terrified of actual combat with pirates.

SAMUEL (Baritone) – the Pirate King’s fearless lieutenant.

EDITH (Soprano/Mezzo) – Mabel’s sister – a strategist, following in the major-general’s footsteps.

KATE (Soprano/Mezzo) – Mabel’s sister – adventurous and athletic.

ISABEL (Speaking role) – Mabel’s sister – A curious and imaginative young lady.

CHORUS OF PIRATES, POLICEMEN, MAJOR-GENERAL’S WARDS

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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Mountain View Performing Arts Center, Mountain View

Saturday 3rd August 2024 – 2 pm

Sunday 4th August 2024 – 2 pm

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Saturday 10th August 2024 – 2 pm

Sunday 11th August 2024 – 2 pm

Theater at Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco

Saturday 17th August 2024 – 2 pm

Sunday 18th August 2024 – 2 pm

AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT THE LAMPLIGHTERS REHEARSAL HALL, 469 BRYANT STREET (between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the South of Market area of San Francisco). Please use this sign-up program to book your audition time. No phone calls or emails, please!

Here is the audition information form again. Please be sure to fill this out!

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.

CALLBACKS WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, MARCH 10 – BY INVITATION APPOINTMENT ONLY!

REHEARSALS will begin on or around June 10th and will be held Sunday – Thursday evenings. Some Friday and Saturday rehearsals may be scheduled as opening night approaches. A tentative schedule will be available at the auditions, and more detail will be provided as soon as available. We will take breaks for the major holidays, but will probably not be able to cast people with extensive holiday travel plans.

THE VOCAL SCORE is available at music stores or online services such as J.W. Pepper or sheetmusicplus.com. We use the G. Schirmer edition. Cost is around $20.

Volunteer for the Lamplighters!

There are many ways to get involved with Lamplighters Music Theatre: from singing on stage to helping us load into the theatre; from sewing costumes, to helping in our office. Whether you want to become a volunteer, a donor, an intern, or part of our pool of performers, designers, and crew—whatever your skill set or needs—we’re likely to have a spot for you. Please join us—we love building the Lamplighter family!

Send your resume and letter of intent to us at info@lamplighters.org or, in the more traditional manner, to:

Lamplighters
469 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107