Auditions for the spring production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado are Sunday evening, Nov. 3 at Manchester University. Members of the community are encouraged to participate.
“I've waited for just the right time to do this production in North Manchester,” said Debra Lynn, director of choral activities and voice study. “It is a chorus-heavy cast and the best songs are the choruses.
The popular two-act comic opera is set in a fictional Japanese town but really is a satire of British politics and institutions.
“We need lots of people for this show, and especially, lots of men,” said Lynn. “With our production of 1776 two years ago we had a fantastic cast from among community members and the university students, faculty and staff. The timing is perfect with the talent available. It is time for The Mikado.”
Auditions begin at 7 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 3 in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. Participants will sing at least 32 measures from any memorized song in English. The song may be art, Broadway or opera. Those auditioning for principal roles will read from the script. Sample excerpts are on reserve at the Manchester Public Library and MU’s Funderburg Library.
Manchester University will present The Mikado on May 2-4, with rehearsals beginning in February.
“The Mikado is very heady, dry humor – so it's not for everyone,” said Lynn, in her 16th year with Manchester music. “There is some slapstick as well – but the dialogue is truly where the funniest things happen. I strongly encourage those who are interested, but unfamiliar with the show, to do some online research first.” Clips of The Mikado are on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet. DVDs are available in libraries. For more about the auditions, contact Lynn at 260-982-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.