Sunday, January 23, 2011

Upcoming: Auditions for The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin, March 4 & 5

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Mikado auditions Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

The Austin Gilbert & Sullivan Society announces

Auditions for The Mikado

Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6
By appointment only

Call Chuck Antonie at (512) 733-1006 or (512)-825-5187 or email to reserve an audition time slot.

Complete information at

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin announces auditions for its June 9-19 production of The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona will be returning as artistic and musical directors, respectively.

Auditions are approximately ten minutes long, by appointment only. All 33 roles (except that of Katisha) are open for casting, including principals and chorus. A prepared, accompanied aria, completed audition form, résumé, and headshot are required. A small honorarium will be paid to all performers. For complete details, visit Auditions will be held at Genesis Presbyterian Church, 1507 Wilshire Blvd.

About The Mikado

Last produced by the Society in 2005,
The Mikado has delighted audiences for more than a century, and is arguably the most popular comic opera ever written. This quintessential satire of human nature represents both Gilbert and Sullivan at the height of their creative geniuses.

The Mikado opened in London on March 14, 1885, and ran for a record-breaking 672 performances at the Savoy Theatre. This comedy about an executioner, while set in Japan, displays wit that is very much British, albeit kimono-clad. Victorian England is the target of Gilbert's satire, thinly disguised as a strange and distant land. Its influence on popular culture is pervasive, from “Pooh-Bah,” “Tit-Willow," “A Wandring Minstrel I” and “Three Little Maids” to the 1999 Mike Leigh film “Topsy-Turvy” which tells the story of the creation of The Mikado.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin was founded in 1976 with the purpose of education by preserving and presenting the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. The Gilbert & Sullivan Society is sponsored in part by the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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