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Announcing Auditions for Lamplighters’ August Production: IL DUCATO (The New Mikado)

LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE is pleased to announce open auditions for IL DUCATO (The New Mikado).  Directed by M. Jane Erwin and conducted by Robby Stafford, this is Lamplighters’ copyrighted version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE MIKADO, set in Renaissance Italy.  Background regarding Lamplighters’ reimagined treatment of this material can be found here:

Milan is the new Titipu:

Lamplighters Music Theatre stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community against acts of hate and violence. We wish to create space for frustration and grief about the continued racial and intersectional oppression against members of this community. We acknowledge the work yet to be done in our own allyship with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  We specifically also acknowledge our prior harm to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community with The Mikado and other standard works in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon.

All roles are open.  Lamplighters welcomes and encourages performers of diverse ethnicities and abilities to audition.

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.

Expense reimbursement and non-monetary compensation is available to volunteers.

Roles available:

Il Ducato, The Emperor of Milan:  F3 – D5.  (Bass, Bass-Baritone)

Niccolù, the Ducato’s son, disguised as a wandering minstrel, and in love with Amiam:  E flat4 – A5 (Tenor)

Coco, Lord High Executioner:  G3 – E5.  (Comic Baritone)

Poobà, Lord High Everything:  G3 – E flat5.  (Baritone)

Piccia Tuccia a noble lord:  F3 – E5.  (Baritone)

Amiam, ward of Coco, and object of his affections:  E4 – A5.  (Soprano)

Pizzi, ward of Coco:  E3 – F5.  (Mezzo-Soprano)

Pippa, ward of Coco:  D4 – D5.  (Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano)

Catiscià, an elderly lady in love with Niccolù:  G#3 – F5. (Contralto)

Chorus of Schoolgirls, Nobles, Townspeople.  (SATB)


Rehearsals will begin the last week of June.

9 performances, two per Saturday, on the following dates:

August 12, 13 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

August 19, 20 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

August 26, 27 at Hofmann Theatre, Lesher Center, Walnut Creek

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Video auditions are also welcome.  Audition information form for resumés, headshots, etc., is here: 

Thank you!

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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 or, in the more traditional manner, to:

469 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107