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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:

A Night in Venice


A Night in Venice artwork

A Night In Venice

Composed by Johann Strauss II
Libretto:  F. Zell and Richard Genée
English libretto by Thomas Petiet,
    Comic Opera Guild



“In masquerade, nothing’s betrayed!”

Auditions:
  Saturday November 4, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
  Sunday November 5, 2:00-5:00 PM
Callbacks:
  Wednesday November 8, 7:30-10:00 PM

Auditions and Callbacks will take place at
  Lyric Theatre warehouse
  430 Martin Ave.
  Santa Clara, CA  95050

Rehearsals will start the week of April 16, 2018 (subject to change) and run each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at the rehearsal hall until dress rehearsal week of June 18, 2018 in the theater.
 
Performances June 23-July 1, 2018, San José City College Theater

Click here to sign up for an audition spot.

If you are unable to audition on any of these dates, please contact our production staff, at auditions@lyrictheatre.org to make alternate arrangements, or call (408) 986-9090 and leave a message (please allow 48 hours for a response).

All roles are open. Non-AEA, no pay.   Prepare a song to demonstrate your vocal range and skill, memorized.  An accompanist will be provided; unaccompanied auditions and recorded accompaniment are not allowed.  Due to the advanced nature of the lead roles, it is recommended that you sing an opera aria or an aria from operetta.  Other song types, such as Musical Theater or Art Songs, will be accepted for the Chorus only auditions.  Although English is preferred, any original song language is acceptable. 

Stage Director:  Michael Morris
Music Director: 
Bruce Olstad
Producer:  Laurie Hupman

   Male Roles:
Guido, the Duke of Urbino, tenor
Caramello, the Duke’s personal gondolier and general factotum, tenor
Bartolomeo Delacqua, senator of Venice, high lyric baritone
Stefano Soporoficao, senator of Venice, tenor
Georgio Testaccio, senator of Venice, lyric baritone

   Women’s Roles
Barbara Delacqua, the Senator Delacqua’s wife, soprano or mezzo-soprano
Annina, a fisher-girl and Caramello’s girlfriend, soprano
Ciboletta, Delacqua’s mistress, soubrette-soprano
Vipsania Soporoficao, Senator Soporoficao’s wife, soprano
Agrippina Testaccio, Senator Testaccio’s wife, mezzo-soprano

   Comprimario Roles
Centurio, the Duke's page, spoken role and chorus
Alba, mezzo-soprano, member of chorus and soloist
Luigi, baritone, member of chorus and soloist

SATB Chorus, including several solo lines throughout the work, to be cast from chorus.

Background:  A Night in Venice (Eine Nacht in Venedig) is an operetta in three acts based on Le Château Trompette by Eugène Cormon and Richard Genée. The farcical, romantic story has intrigue, mistaken identity, disguises, gondoliers, Venetian masks, and, of course, Johann Strauss waltzes, all set in Venice on the day of Carnival. The work premiered in 1883 in Berlin and then Vienna. It became one of Strauss’s three most famous operettas.

Snapshot Synopsis: Everyone in Venice is preparing for the Carnival Eve events, especially to attend the Duke of Urbino’s annual Carnival Ball at his palace. The Duke is a notorious playboy and uses the Ball to extend his conquest of the women in attendance. Senator Delacqua is aware of the Duke’s reputation, especially because he witnessed the Duke kissing his beautiful wife, Barbara, during the Ball the previous year. Delacqua plans to send his wife to the convent for the evening to protect her virtue. However, Barbara has decided to attend the Ball and makes secret arrangements without her husband’s knowledge, by sending disguised vendor, Aninna, to the convent in her place. Naturally, great confusion ensues, and in the end the Duke, the Senator, his wife, and all involved learn valuable lessons in love and life.

Production Era: No specific era will be presented in this production. The directors have chosen a “timeless” presentation.