Want To Perform With Us?  Wonderful!

You're thinking about performing with us? Wonderful—come and audition for a show! We need people who are singers, dancers and actors, and we accommodate a variety of abilities. Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur looking at your first performance or a seasoned opera vocalist, we may have just the part for you. If you are a musician, check out our orchestra information.

In practical terms, rehearsals are on weeknights in the two months leading to a show. We expect that you have day jobs and don't sing or perform for a living. In fact, at the beginning of the schedule we will run though a teaching process with the music before placing staging. The schedule will vary from show to show, and it can get quite intense before opening night.

But... this is fun! Not only do we get to dress up, jump around and speak like a pirate (occasionally), it's also a bonding experience with the added benefit of improving our voice and acting skills. It's one thing to sing in a choir or waltz around a ballroom, but quite a different experience to engage an audience with song and dance.

And our plays are fun! Gilbert and Sullivan's works are nuanced musical orchestrations with librettos that trip off the tongue with the full force of an opera behind them. Our other shows usually combine music, comedy and drama.
Upcoming Auditions:

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The Gondoliers

Tues., November 6th, 7 - 10pm
Sat., November 10th, 10am - 1pm
Mon., November 12th, 7 - 10pm

Callbacks Sat., November 17th beginning at 10am

If you are unable to make any of these times please send an email to producer@lyrictheatre.org to make other arrangements.

Stage Director:                 David Bamberger
Music Director/Conductor:  Paul Zawilski

Performance dates: June 22 & 28 at 8pm,
June 23, 29 & 30 at 2pm

All performances will be at San Jose City College.

Auditions will be held at the Lyric Theatre warehouse, 1609 Regatta Lane, Ste. D, San Jose.

Click here to sign up for auditions.

Non-AEA, all roles are open.  Bring music in your own key, an accompanist will be provided, no unaccompanied auditions. Songs from the show are encouraged, but songs from other Gilbert and Sullivan shows are equally welcome.  If you do not have any G&S available, bring a selection from another stage work, but your selection must be in English. You may be asked to do a cold read from the script. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Arrive early to fill out paper work and bring a recent photo and conflict calendar.  Rehearsals begin early April.

More about The Gondoliers:

Gilbert intentionally wrote a “star-free” work in which all the roles are significant but none dominates the production.

Character Descriptions:

The Older Generation:

The Duke of Plaza-Toro: (Patter Baritone) A nobleman who lives well-beyond his means and has come up with a variety of solutions to the problem. Comic lead.

Don Alhambra del Bolero: (Bass-Baritone) Only Gilbert could create a Grand Inquisitor who would be entertaining! Don Alhambra is a little slimy, but also ingenious.

The Duchess of Plaza-Toro: (Contralto) A suitable partner for the Duke in developing shady deals to exploit their noble titles.

Inez: (Contralto or Mezzo) A slightly mad gypsy who, in a mere 22 bars, resolves all the complexities of the plot! (If suitable, the singer may double as one of the Contadine.)

The Younger Generation (all the following are young, romantic, and eager to marry)

Marco and Giuseppe: (Tenor and Baritone, respectively) The leading Gondoliers who discover that one of them may be king – but which? Much comic dialogue in addition to singing.

Gianetta and Tessa: (Soprano and Mezzo, respectively) The girls who marry Marco and Giuseppe. Both are lively and funny, with Tessa the kookier of the two.

Luiz: (Tenor-Baritone) Attendant to the Duke and Duchess, in love with their daughter Casilda. Singer must also play snare drum on stage.

Casilda: (Soprano) Daughter of the Duke and Duchess. A “princess type” but with a great deal of spunk.

Choristers with Solo Singing and/or Dialogue: Fiametta, Vittoria, Giulia, Antonio, Francesco, Giorgio, Annibale

Chorus of Contadine [country girls] and Gondoliers [boatmen].

Particularly large and rewarding chorus parts!