Gilbert & Sullivan’s
Music Director – Ian Wesley
Director & Choreographer – Mel Hogan
Audition Date: Tuesday 4th & Thursday 6th December 2018
Rehearsals Commence: 5th February 2019
Performances: 14th – 22nd June 2019
Rehearsals and performances will be held at Normanhurst Uniting Church, 2 Buckingham Avenue, Normanhurst
The fifth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and the only one to receive a New York premiere, this parody of grand opera is packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes.
Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag. Born on 29th February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?
The Pirates of Penzance has become a favourite of performers and audiences as it features some of Gilbert’s most loveable characters and Sullivan’s most famous and singable melodies.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday 4th & Thursday 6th December at Normanhurst Uniting Church. If you have not already booked an audition time, please contact the secretary (details in the Audition Pack). If you are unable to attend the auditions due to very special circumstances a different audition date may be organised at the discretion of the production team.
For the vocal audition, please prepare a two-to-three-minute song from a Gilbert & Sullivan opera, or any other light operetta, excluding The Pirates of Penzance*. Please bring printed music, in the correct key and clearly marked where you would like to begin and end. For the speaking audition, please prepare a short monologue.
*If you are auditioning for the role of Mabel, please also prepare “Poor Wand’ring One” section B to E including cadenza. The music is in the Audition Pack.
Full audition details, including character details and vocal ranges, are in the Audition Pack.