Pirates of Penzance audition notice

The Savoy Society of Ottawa announces auditions for Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera The Pirates of Penzance to be performed June 12, 13 and 14th at Woodroofe United Church.

To be assigned an audition time, please send an email to info@ottawasavoysociety.org, or call (613) 727-6321.

The first audition is being held Wednesday, January 7th at Notre Dame High School, 710 Broadview Avenue, room 125.  Subsequent ones will be held next Monday January 12 and Wednesday January 14.  If these nights are not good for you, please call anyway, as we can make some arrangements for stragglers.

If you are not doing a number from the show, please bring two copies of the music:  one for the accompanist, and one for the musical director.  You may be asked to read lines, if you are applying for a role.

Rehearsals to begin in early February.

Roles include:

The Pirate King
– Baritone (range is from G (G2) an octave and a half below middle C (C4) to G (G4) above middle C; in other words, G2 to G4)
Swashbuckling, athletic, and handsome leader of The Pirates of Penzance. An adventurer and a sentimental, romantic fellow.

– Coloratura soprano (Range is two octaves up from
C4, i.e., C4 to C6, but sometimes with extra top notes. Mabel’s top note in the production is Eb6)
Young (17-20) and beautiful, very much a young woman of the 19th century. Her naivety and innocence make her a sweet and funny character.

– Tenor (Range is from C3 to C5. Top note in the production is Bb5.)
Young, handsome, manly, and genuine. He is funny because he is so sincerely trying to do the honorable thing. For him, duty is before all.

Major General Stanley
– Baritone (range is from G2 to G4)
He is “dignified respectability”, in the truest sense of those words. He is “vivid”, with the warmth and good humor one would expect from Santa Claus. Quirky with military discipline.

– Contralto (Range is from F3 to F5)
She is a proper English nanny and has raised young Frederic “properly” to be a gentleman. Easily old enough to be Frederic’s mother (47 according to the script).

Sergeant of Police
– Bass (range is F2 to F4)
Obeys his duty and the law, but is a coward at heart.

– Baritone (range is G2 to G4)
The Pirate King’s right hand man, he is sincere, earnest, and simple-minded.

– Soprano (Range is C4 to C6) One of Major-General Stanley’s daughters.

– Mezzo-soprano (range is A4 to A6) One of Major-General Stanley’s daughters.

– Soprano (Range is C4 to C6) One of Major-General Stanley’s daughters.

Chorus of Daughters
– Contraltos (F3 to F5) and Sopranos (Range is C4 to C6)
The more vivid and individual each daughter is, the better.
Big voices are essential as there are more Pirates and Constables than daughters.

Chorus of Pirates
– Baritones (range is G2 to G4) and Tenors (Range is from C3 to C5)
Simple minded, tender-hearted souls. Pirates can be played by males or females.

– Constables are either Bass (range is F2 to F4) or Baritones (range is G2 to G4)
They obey their duty and the law, but are cowards at heart. Constables can be played by males or females.

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