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Auditions for "Eileen"

Victor Herbert's Eileen

Kel Watson Theatre - November 2018

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria (GSOV) are presenting an Australian premiere season of Victor Herbert's Eileen at the Kel Watson Theatre in November 2018.

An exciting early 20th Century operetta from a prodigious maestro, Eileen is Victor Herbert’s grand Irish ode to his maternal homeland. GSOV is thrilled to be producing a fully staged season utilising a boutique instrumental ensemble and a stirring new libretto courtesy of VHRP Live, the premiere US company for the music of Victor Herbert.

On the eve of Irish revolution, patriot Barry O’Day meets the winsome Eileen in France and falls in love. Torn between passion and duty, his sire land pulls his heart and he leaves, unsure if he’ll ever see her again.

Years later Barry journeys to his home in Sligo Bay ready to lead the rebellion against British occupation with the help of sympathetic English aristocrat, Lady Maude, the current owner of the O’Day lands. Imagine his surprise when Eileen turns out to be Lady Maude’s niece! Love rekindles, but with danger all around will their romance survive?

Directed by versatile auteur Suzanne Barton, with musical direction from multi-award nominee Kent Ross, and featuring choreography and performers from the Cosgriff Irish Dancing School, this superb production will make its Australian premiere at The Kel Watson Theatre in Burwood East.

Applicants should prepare an audition piece, preferably two in contrasting styles, and provide the music in the correct key for our accompanist. Something that showcases the auditionee's vocal type and in the style of the period or of similar musicality is encouraged. Victor Herbert is seen by many as the father of early Broadway, so music from the golden era of musicals - Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, Kurt Weill etc, in addition to catalogue from Gilbert & Sullivan, and even more modern operatic musicals such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera etc. are acceptable. You may not be required to sing all of it.

Dialogue is available to read for principal parts and several smaller roles, which will also be available at auditions. A credible Irish accent for several roles is a definite plus. Performers from all ethnicities are welcome.

All performers wishing to join the chorus will need to audition.

Sunday 24th June 10.30am - 5.00pm
Callbacks (if required) Sunday 1st July 10.00am - 12.00 noon
Auditions and callbacks will be held at SPAAC - 20 McCracken Avenue Blackburn South

Rehearsal / production dates
Rehearsals are expected to start on Sunday, 12 August, and are held at our audition venue.
Regular rehearsal dates at the beginning are Tuesdays for Chorus and Thursdays for Principals.
There will be more combined rehearsals closer to the show dates and also some Sunday rehearsals (full company + Irish dancers as called).
A full rehearsal schedule and call list will be made available near to the first rehearsal.
Production season: 15th - 18 November 2018.

All roles are unpaid.


Eileen Mulvaney, niece of Lady Maude
Beautiful soprano tone, young romantic lead.
Females, character aged 18 to 30
Accents: Irish, UK English
Act II, page 35 (Barry and Eileen)
Act I, page 2-3 (Barry and Eileen)

Barry O’Day, a fine Irish Rebel
Strong tenor; charismatic, confident character - leading man.
Males, character aged 25 to 35
Accents: Irish
Act 1, page 16 (Barry and Sean)
Act I, page 2-3 (Barry and Eileen)

Lady Maude Estabrooke, Eileen’s Aunt
Strong soprano with a wide vocal range. This character drives the show. Starring role as the character is the main voice in the production.
Females, character aged 40 to 60
Accents: UK English, UK Posh
Act I, page 9-10 (Barry and Maude)

Colonel Lester, the local British authority
Baritone vocal type. Intelligent and confident character, witty, able to spar conversationally with Lady Maude.
Males, character aged 40 to 60
Accents: UK English, UK Posh
Act I, page 6 (Lady Maude and Colonel Lester)

Sean Regan, Barry’s steadfast mate
Baritone or bass or bass/baritone.
Males, character aged 25 to 35
Accents: Irish
Act 1, page 16-17 (Barry and Sean)

Sir Reginald Stribling, a British Knight
Comic character baritone
Males, character aged 55 to 75
Accents: UK English, UK Posh
Act II, page 31-32 (Reggie and Maude)

Has a featured song - high/ light Irish tenor vocal. Critical singer musically for a sequence.
Males, character aged 18 to 30
Accents: Irish

Gentleman of the Ensemble - lines for some
Variety of roles either as the townspeople of Sligo Bay/ British soldiers or sneaky smugglers.
A number of characters will have lines - please indicate if you would like to read for the following roles - they will require accompanying vocal types:
Davy - Tenor
Liam - Tenor
Patrick - Baritone
Brendan - Baritone
Fitz - Bass
Willy - Bass/ Baritone
Accents: Irish, UK English
Act I, page 16 (Barry and Sean)
Males, character aged 18 to 70

Ladies of the Ensemble - lines for some
Variety of roles including vocals for nuns in a convent, townspeople of Sligo Bay, fine guests of Lady Maude. Some lines for several named characters - please indicate if you would like to audition for these roles, they will need to accompany certain vocal types:
Maddie - soprano (solo)
Kyra - soprano
Fiona - mezzo
Bree - mezzo
Act II, page 35 (Barry and Eileen)
Accents: Irish, UK English, UK Posh
Females, character aged 18 to 70

Audition Resources
** A PERUSAL Libretto can be viewed by clicking this link
** Here is a short spotify playlist: click this link for a sample of music from Eileen

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If you have further questions please contact the : Auditions Co-ordinator directly.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2018 09:35

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  1. Auditions for each production are advertised well in advance on Facebook, on this website, on Theatrepeople, and by individual email. All audition applications are made online.
  2. Auditionees for principal roles need to prepare and present the set music and dialogue. Casting is by a panel comprising the Director, Musical Director and a third person representing the Committee.
  3. Anyone wishing to perform in the chorus must audition for the Director and Musical Director if their work is not already known to them. Depending on the requirements of a particular production, all chorus members may be required to audition, whether they have worked with the Directors previously or not.
  4. Rehearsals are usually on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm and on some Sundays. Generally chorus will be required for only one of the two weeknights. Further details will be provided at auditions.
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  6. Before you take to the stage in performance, however, you will need to join the Society. If you are not already a member, you can join during the rehearsal period. The cost of doing so is currently set at $50/$40 concession per annum. This fee will allow you to perform in any show within the year covered by your membership if successful at audition.
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  8. You are expected to provide your own makeup, and you will be advised about this during the run of the show. If it is your first time in a show, fellow cast-members are a good source of information about this. There are several theatrical equipment stores in Melbourne from which you can purchase the necessary make-up. A list of such stores will be provided on this website in due course.
  9. You will also pay a performance fee which currently is $50/$40 concession. There is also a score-hire service available if you require it, and any cost in this regard will be discussed at the first rehearsal. You might also be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of your costume, or contribute items towards your costume. This will vary from show to show and advice about this will be provided by the relevant Directors, Stage Managers.