Auditions for IOLANTHE have been postponed to MAY 1 – 2, OR you can submit a virtual audition!
There are still a few slots to sign up for IOLANTHE auditions! Follow this link for info and to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0949afa62fa6fe3-iolanthe
STAGE DIRECTOR: NICOLAS ALIAGA GARCIA
MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR: DAVID DRUMMOND
Gilbert & Sullivan’s subversive political satire on how a government SHOULD be run. Featuring the tour de force “Nightmare Song” and a band of mischievous fairies doing battle with a dim-witted Parliament.
“It’s as if Mendelssohn had written a musical comedy.” – MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, SF Symphony
We are looking for strong singer/actors for the following roles. Experience in Gilbert & Sullivan not necessary if you can sing and act the role. Some roles may be double-cast or understudied. We strongly encourage performers of all ages and ethnicities to audition.
LORD CHANCELLOR – Patter Baritone – In charge of legislating morality, but has a little problem – he is in love with his ward, Phyllis.
LORD TOLLOLLER – Tenor – Leader of one political party.
LORD MOUNTARARAT – Baritone – Leader of the other political party.
STREPHON – Low tenor/high baritone – Son of Iolanthe, an attractive young man in love with Phyllis.
PRIVATE WILLIS – Bass/Baritone – Sentry who stands guard outside Parliament.
QUEEN OF THE FAIRIES – Contralto – Powerful leader of the fairies, but susceptible to the charms of mortal men.
PHYLLIS – Soprano – The Lord Chancellor’s lovely young ward, with whom all of Parliament is smitten. Loves Strephon.
IOLANTHE – Mezzo – “The life and soul of fairy-land.” Strephon’s mother, but like all fairies, looks like a girl of 17.
CELIA – Soprano – a fairy.
LEILA – Mezzo – a fairy.
FLETA – (speaking role from chorus) – a fairy.
CHORUS OF FAIRIES AND PEERS
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 soprano, altos, tenors and basses. Particularly for women, some dance ability will be a plus.
THERE ARE 8 PERFORMANCES and 1 PREVIEW:
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Thursday, July 30, 2020 – 8:00 PM (Educator Preview)
Friday, July 31 – 8:00 PM (Opening)
Saturday, August 1 – 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 2 – 2:00 PM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, August 8 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 9 – 2:00 PM
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Saturday, August 15 – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 16 – 2:00 PM (Closing)
FRIDAY MAY 1, 2020: 7 – 10 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020: 12 – 5:30 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).
AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO CHOOSE AN APPOINTMENT TIME.
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, if you have such materials, 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. Callbacks are tentatively scheduled for evening April 4.
CALLBACKS: Callbacks are scheduled for the evening of April 4, time TBA.
REHEARSALS will begin in late May – June. Rehearsals are usually Sunday – Thursday. A tentative schedule will be available at the auditions, and more detail will be provided as soon as available.
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.