A Song to Sing O!
Directed by Robert Ray.
A Song to Sing O! returns to the stage with one of Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria’s most versatile and acclaimed performers, evergreen entertainer, Ron Pidcock, leading an accomplished cast under director, Robert Ray. Written by Melvyn Morrow (Dusty) employing lyrics from WS Gilbert, the music of Arthur Sullivan with additional songs by its talented subject, George Grossmith; this musical play about one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most celebrated patter men takes place in his dressing room ahead of his last appearance with the D’Oyly Carte company. With a promising solo career beckoning, Grossmith cleverly weaves insights and gossip amongst performances of some of the most well-known pieces from the G&S canon. A light-hearted biographical piece, this is a delightful insider peek into the renowned musical theatre team and a must-see for any fan of light opera. 5 Performances Running time approx 2hrs Saturday 8th July 8:00pm Sunday 9th July 3:00pm Friday 14th July 8:00pm Saturday 15th July 8:00pm Sunday 16th July 3:00pm Phoenix Theatre 101 Glen Huntly Road, Elwood
Rehearsal, Information, and Audition Venue - SKIPPER HOLLAND HALL, Cnr McCracken Ave and Hunter Drive, Blackburn South
AUDITION INFORMATION: Auditions will be held from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th April
AUDITIONING ROLES DESCRIPTIONS:Richard Temple/Rutland Barrington/Wallace Brownlow - A “heavy” set roles full of bravado, and high “hammy” theatricality. Baritone or Bass.
Jessie Bond. Soubrette. Rather perky and lots of fun. Again, an over the top theatrical type. She’s probably Grossmith’s best female chum. Mezzo or soprano.
Arthur Sullivan/W.H. Denny/George Temple. Again would be good to have a passing resemblance of the man. Kind and sweet. Baritone.
WS Gilbert/ Scottish Butler. Should bear a passing resemblance to the man. Tall is advantage. Should be quite dictatorial. Scottish brogue for butler would be good, but not essential. Baritone.
Ernie, The Dresser. A funny and fussy man, always in a twitter. Baritone or Tenor.
Backstage Call Boy. Young boy 10-14 years of age. Preferably a young teenager who can speak with cockney accent.
Durward Lely/Courtice Pounds. A tenor with a large ego, and voice to match. Tenor.
Herbert Snape. A nerdy know-it-all. Tenor.
Henry Irving/Mr Farmerston/A Critic. Main part is Mr Farmerston who should speak with a country yokel accent. Tenor or baritone.
Weedon Grossmith. Brother of George. Educated and a bit of a smarty pants. Baritone.
Rosina Brandram. The grand lady of the company. Should do an effective performance as Katisha. Alto.
Geraldine Ulmer. The leading lady in excerpts “The Yeomen of the Guard”. Soprano.
Marion Hood/Leonora Braham. Alternate leading lady singing excerpts from “Pirates” and “Ruddigore”. Soprano.
Maud Pembroke. A spinster. A Miss and Missed out. Lovesick and lonely audience member who proposes to George. Alto or Mezzo.
All roles take part in the ensemble as well as having solo dialogue, and passages to sing.
AUDITION PIECESApplicants can sing anything from G&S of their choosing. Likewise they can choose any dialogue passage from any of the operas.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Fill in an online audition form here.
If you have further questions please contact the Director, Robert Ray, directly vie email, or telephone 03 9755 3545.