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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Audition dates:
Saturday, September 28th  1:00 - 4:00pm;
Sunday, September 29th, 2:00 - 5:00pm;
Tuesday, October 1st, 7:00 - 10:00pm

Callbacks: October 7th beginning at 7:00pm.

Location: 1609 Regatta Lane, Suite D, San Jose, 95112

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

Performance dates:
March 7th & 13th, 2020 at 8pm,
March 8th, 14th & 15th at 2pm.
All performances will be at San José City College.  Rehearsals begin early January.

To sign up for an audition slot click here

More details:

Stage Director:  David Bamberger           

Music Director/Conductor:  Michael Taylor

Non-AEA.  All roles are open. A multi-ethnic/racial cast of ~30 people will be cast.

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 noting conflicts from January 6th through March 15th, 2020. 

Characters & Vocal Ranges:

John Wellington Wells (comic baritone)

The sorcerer of the title.  His introductory number (“My name is John Wellington Wells”) is the first of the great Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs.  The sorcerer’s love potion is effective, but creates chaos.

Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre (bass-baritone)
Lady Sangazure (mezzo-soprano)

Two senior members of noble families who loved each other in former days.  Now widowed, and with their children about to marry, they still nurse hidden passion for each other.

Alexis Pointdextre (romantic tenor) member of the Grenadier Guards
Aline Sangazure (romantic soprano) his fiancée

The children of Sir Marmaduke and Lady Sangazure respectively.  Madly in love, they are eager to share their happiness with the rest of the community.

Dr. Daly (baritone) The local vicar who has reached an age where, he fears, the chance for love has passed him by.

Constance (ingénue soprano) Although she is not yet 18 years old, she is in love with Dr. Daly.

Mrs. Partlet (mezzo-soprano) Constance’s mother and a servant in the church, she is eager to make a match between her daughter and the vicar.

Notary (comic baritone) A comically plain and deaf old man (not necessarily played by an older person).

Chorus of Villagers (S-A-T-B)


Alexis believes “true love, faithfully given and faithfully returned” is the source of real happiness, which he wishes for the whole community.  He convinces his fiancée Aline that they should consult a sorcerer, who sells them a love-at-first-sight potion. With this they spike the tea at a village banquet.  The potion works too well, resulting in total mismatches of age, rank, and appearance.  The sorcerer must be prepared to sacrifice himself to get things back in order.