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Auditions for A Song to Sing O

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,

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


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.


Applicants 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.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 March 2017 13:41
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Directed by Diana Burleigh
Musical Direction by Greg Hannan

A spellbinding musical fantasy, Iolanthe is Gilbert & Sullivan at their sublime and satirical best, don’t miss this fable of fairies versus mortals.

Beloved and beautiful, immortal Iolanthe has broken one of her fairy kingdom’s biggest rules – she fell in love with a human and was banished for marrying a mortal.

Now twenty-five years later, these two worlds will collide as her son, Strephon (half fairy from the waist up, and mortal from the waist down), has rapturous plans to wed pretty Phyllis, a sweet voiced shepherdess and ward of the Lord Chancellor. Unfortunately, Strephon has a lot of competition from just about every peer in the House of Lords, including the Lord Chancellor himself!

With class complications, mistaken identities, and not a little bit of supernatural shenanigans, will true love be enough to win out when party political lines are drawn?


Lord Chancellor - Ron Pidcock OAM
Lord Mountararat - Alfred Anderson
Lord Tolloller - Darren Rosenfeld
Private Willis - Robin Halls
Strephon - Andrew McGrail
Fairy Queen - Alexandra Amerides
Iolanthe - Nadia Migliardi
Celia - Stephanie Morgan
Leila - Rebecca Kmit
Fleta - Elizabeth Rusli
Phyllis - Phoebe Deklerk

Chorus of Fairies - Judith Clark, Judy Hall, Gemma Hannan, Robyn Hannan, Joy Lukman, Susan Marshall, Mhairi Riddet, Kerrie Robbins, Heather Walters.

Chorus of Peers - Derek Butler, Michael Hammelmann, Ben Klein, Ken Knight, Liam Marziano, Chris McInnis, Lou Monteret, Peter Spowart.

5th - 7th May 2017

With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra

4 Performances
Running time approx 2hrs 30mins

Friday 5th May 8:00pm
Saturday 6th May 2:00pm
Saturday 6th May 8:00pm
Sunday 7th May 3:00pm

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

Adult: $39
Concession: $33
Student: $25
Child (Under 16): $20
Group 10+ $32 per ticket, per show
Matinee: One free child when accompanied by full price adult

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Colouring Competition

Children attending the Matinee performances are invited to download (eg: right-click, save-as), print out, and colour in this image:
Iolanthe colouring entry
All entries for a given performance must be received before the start of that performance. Please remember to put your name on the back of your entry in case you win a prize.