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"The Pirates of Penzance" Auditions - Open Call - Chicago IL

Audition Details

Casting ID #
1602280
Submission Type
Open Call
Location
Chicago IL - 60637
Union
Non-union
Rate/Pay
$0.00
Release Date
9-24-2019
Audition Date
10-27-2019
Expiration Date
10-25-2019
Casting Category
Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)
Chicago, IL | Milwaukee, WI

Audition Description

The Pirates of Penzance unleashes its rollicking band of inept pirates and bumbling policemen for the seventh time on the Mandel Hall stage this March. Filled to the brim with songs, jokes, and visuals that promise to be familiar and accessible to those new to Gilbert and Sullivan, Pirates also holds a special place in the hearts of countless performers, as it represents the first exposure for many to the world of light opera.


Material To Prepare:
Please prepare a portion of a song that shows off your voice.
An accompanist will be provided.
Please bring music for any song not from The Pirates of Penzance.

  • Role #1 - Maj. General Stanley

    Prissy, proper, and persnickety, the deliciously quirky Major General is the personification of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta for much of the American theatergoing public. A practiced comedic actor and patter veteran who can bring his own characterization and oddities to the role is essential. No dancing required. - [Comic baritone]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #2 - Pirate King

    The Pirate King does not have a regal bone in his body. He is, however, a force of nature—a bundle of bull-in-a-china-shop energy who demands to be the center of attention at all times, if not by sheer force of personality then through loudness and threats of violence. He is not measured, careful, or subtle, and he offers little in the way of planning, strategy, or subtext. Equal parts confident and accident-prone, he has the mind of a boisterous golden retriever puppy in the body of Errol Flynn. An excellent physical comedian is required in this role. - [Bass-baritone]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Initially a doting matron, Ruth ultimately reveals herself to be a bold, funny, and enthusiastic leader of the pirate band. A confident and dynamic comic actress is required in the role. Moderate stage movement is also required. Ruth may sing some with the men while on stage (particularly in the more complex musical numbers), so a true contralto is ideal in this role. - [Contralto]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #4 - Sergeant of Police

    A bundle of nerves and anxiety or, alternatively, an expressionless, monotonous dial-tone. Which of these two extremes makes up the essence of the Sergeant will depend on the performer. Heavy stage movement required—ideally the Sergeant will have some sort of distinctive physical ability, such as notable flexibility or gymnastic skill. - [Bass-baritone]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #5 - Frederic

    Honest and dutiful to a fault, Frederic is smart, brave, and skilled—making him far too qualified to be a member of the titular band of pirates. Despite his skill and intelligence, Frederic is young, innocent, and painfully naive, yet he has a boyish sex appeal that captivates the women around him. The role of Frederic has more stage time than any other G&S role, and requires a performer with excellent physical and vocal stamina. Light-to-moderate movement required. - [Tenor]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 35
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • A bossy, nosy, know-it-all, Edith is the oldest and the unquestioned leader of her adoptive siblings. Though risk-averse and proper, she secretly loves the adventure and disorder caused by the pirates, though she outwardly offers them nothing but scorn. A soprano or high mezzo will be cast in this role. Edith sings with the women’s chorus. - [Mezzo-soprano]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 35
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • The most intelligent and conservative of her adoptive siblings, Kate is second-oldest and defers only to Edith in the filial chain of command. Kate has the soul of a repressed librarian. She is smart and responsible bordering on humorless, but sparks to life with the excitement and chaos brought by the pirates. Kate sings with the women’s chorus. - [Mezzo-soprano]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 25
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #8 - Samuel

    Unfailingly enthusiastic and energetic, Samuel is the first mate of the Pirate crew, which means he is responsible for cheering on the King’s every move. Samuel is a bottomless pit of positive energy; as a colleague he’d grow tiresome within minutes, but as a character he’s nothing if not endearing. Samuel sings with the Pirate chorus, but not the Police chorus. - [Baritone]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #9 - Isabel

    Though speaking in only a single scene, Isabel has the potential to be a show-stealing role as the wide-eyed ditz of the sisters with comedic physical bits sprinkled throughout the show. Isabel sings with the women’s chorus. - [Cameo]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #10 - Women’s Chorus

    These are Major General Stanley’s wards. Awkward, gangly, whimsical, and dramatic, the women are too stuck in their Victorian ways to allow themselves to enjoy the adventure of the pirates—but they enjoy it all the same. The female chorus in Pirates is one of the silliest, most energetic, and most fun choruses in all of operetta.
    Seeking 5 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #11 - Men’s Chorus

    Pirates! They aren’t real pirates. They’ve never really been in a fight and aren’t necessarily sure what a pirate does, exactly. Rather, they’re well-bred noblemen who grabbed what looked vaguely “piratical” in their closets and set out to act as piratical as they can without having to get their hands dirty. This is the most fun chorus in which to perform in the entire G&S canon. The men also double as the Chorus of Police, at least partially, and will be responsible for all of the vocals for the Police, either on- or off-stage.
    Seeking 5 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #12 - Chorus of Police

    These are stiff, cowardly, limber, hilariously incompetent Keystone Cops. As originally conceived, the entire men’s chorus doubles as the policemen’s chorus in the opening of Act II. In the second half, the lower-voiced men remain as police while the higher-voiced men make up the Pirate chorus. In this production, the Chorus of Police will be made up of the men’s chorus but augmented in places by women with dancing ability.
    Seeking 5 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male, Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #13 - Mabel

    Dauntless in her courage and almost cloying in her sweetness, Mabel irritates her less-comely and more conservative sisters. She captivates the men around her, earning the love of Frederic, the favoritism of her father, and the immediate loyalty of the policemen. Mabel primarily communicates through song and must be able to convey a variety of emotions through complex vocal trills and runs. No dancing required. - [Soprano]
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019

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