Auditions for Summer on Stage and Prairie Fire Theatre's production of Pirates of Penzance Jr.!!
Calling all actors and singers ages 12-18
Sunday May 17th 5-7
Call Backs Monday May 18th 6:30-8
Please come with a 16-32 bar cutting of a song you feel confident singing. Bring music or a CD. An accompanist will be provided. Audition in Presser Hall 308 on Illinois Wesleyan University .
Please RSVP by email to email@example.com
Students will also read from the script and do a short movement exploration.
Looking to cast 20-25 students.
Camp Dates Monday-Friday July 20- August 7 1pm-5pm
Students must be available for all three weeks of camp.
Rehearsals will take place in the Phoenix Theatre at Illinois Wesleyan for the first two weeks. The final week we will rehearse in Westbrook Auditorium
Performance for friends, family and the public in Westbrook Auditorium Saturday August 8 at 11:00 am
Tickets $5.00 per person Children and students $3.00
Summer on Stage has teamed up with Prairie Fire Theatre’s production of Pirates of Penzance to offer a unique performance opportunity for the youth of Bloomington-Normal. Students aged 12-18 will perform a sixty minute version of the swashbuckling musical in Westbrook Auditorium incorporating the set, props and pieces of costumes being used in the professional production mounted by Prairie Fire that same week. Students will have acting and voice instruction and rehearse for three weeks before presenting their fully realized Gilbert and Sullivan for friends and family at 11:00 am on August 8, 2015. Students must audition for participation in the camp.
(Some roles could be played by males or females)
SAMUEL is a pirate and serves as the second in command to the Pirate King. Where the Pirate King is self-assured, assertive, and strong, Samuel is more bookish. Think of him as the accountant to the Pirates. Vocal Range - Bb to Eb.
The PIRATE KING – is a great comic role for someone who is self assured, a bit of a ham, and great at physical comedy and can hold a tune. This role is for someone who is inventive, fearless and willing to take positive risks. Vocal Range - B to Eb
FREDERIC – is the male ingénue of the show. He should have a great voice that is polished. Frederic should also have looks that qualify as "dreamy" if at all possible. Think Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, Zac Effron or anyone who may be worthy of the cover of Teen Beat or Teen People. Vocal Range - B to F
RUTH – is a humoristic tour-de-force for a young comedian. She should be able to play matronly but still be vibrant and full of energy. Ruth should be an actor with a good voice and comic timing who can be bigger than life and be able to hold a vocal harmony by herself. Vocal Range - G to Eb
KATE, EDITH, ISABEL are the leaders of General Stanley's daughters. These three should be good singers, dancers, actresses and Edith should be able to hold a complex vocal harmony by herself. Vocal Ranges - G to F
MABEL is the female ingénue. She must have a strong, polished, operatic or legitimate voice with a very wide range and the ability to sustain higher notes and handle vocal runs with ease. Vocal Range - G to G
MAJOR-GENERAL STANLEY is one of the signature character types in any Gilbert and Sullivan show. In The Pirates of Penzance, the Major-General is the character who delivers the rapid fire patter song. This comedic role requires an actor with excellent rhythm and impeccable timing with superior diction and articulation. Vocal Range - A to Eb
The SERGEANT of Police should be a good singer and a natural leader when on stage. The Sergeant leads a bumbling police force, think "Key Stone Cops" as your inspiration. Vocal Range - C to E
The POLICE should be great dancers and singers. The police are traditionally portrayed as "Key Stone Cops"; so performers who are very funny and physically adept will be great in this featured group. Vocal Range - E to F#
The DAUGHTERS of Major General Stanley range in type and talent from great singers, dancers and actresses to any combination of the three. Though mostly on stage as a group, each of these ladies is unique, possesing individual characteristics (silly, bored, awkward, jealous, brainy, etc). Vocal Range - F to G
PIRATES - Rowdy! Loud! and Loveable! is the only way to describe this motley crew of sea-loving Pirates. This kooky band of outlaws is a hodgepodge of individual personalities as wide as the actor's imagination will allow. The more creative the actors, the more this group of hammy hooligans shine. Vocal Range - Bb to F#