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The Mikado

An enduringly popular operetta, its sly topsy-turvy tale and self-deprecating humour satirised the established social norms of etiquette and bureaucracy in Victorian England.

Nanki-Poo, the in-disguise son of The Mikado has fled court to avoid an arranged marriage, arriving in the picturesque town of Titipu to marry his own beloved, the beautiful Yum-Yum. She is however, engaged to Ko-Ko, a recently promoted Lord High Executioner, previously arrested on the charge of flirting.

An edict from The Mikado demands a quota execution, but Koko cannot bring himself to kill anyone; concurrently Nanki-Poo declares he cannot live without Yum-Yum and plans to end it all.

An idea is ignited to give them both what they want – a month of honeymoon happiness for the sweethearts, followed by a decidedly abrupt but agreed executioner’s ending. However, the arrival in town of the spurned Katisha lands everyone in hot water. Will the punishment fit the crime?

With melodious mischief and preposterous plots, the tangled web unravels, you’ll just have to see how everyone ends up singing happily ever after.

GSOV is proud to present a vibrant and colourful new staging which will creatively intertwine Gilbert’s imagined Japan with a respectful nod to the country’s traditional culture. Supported by much-admired Musical Director Timothy John Wilson, audiences are in for a treat with a reinvigorated interpretation of a much-loved classic.

19th – 22nd July 2018

With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra

5 Performances - Running time approx 2hrs 30mins

Thursday 19th July 8:00pm
Friday 20th July 8:00pm
Saturday 21st July 2:00pm
Saturday 21st July 8:00pm
Sunday 22nd July 2:00pm

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre
Cnr Bell Street & St. Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072

Box Office: (03) 8470 8282

Click here to purchase your tickets online today

Adult: $43
Student: $28
Concession: $37
Child (Under 16): $22
Group 10+: $35
Family of 3 (Max 1 Adult): $78
Family of 4 (Max 2 Adults): $117


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

TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Fill in an online audition form here.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2018 09:35