OPERA-LYTES Chorus Call for The Mikado

Our 25th Anniversary Production of The Mikado is designed to include as many Opera-Lytes Members as possible—current or retired. We hope you can join us!

In addition to the usual chorus roles, this show has options for members who have limited physical mobility, those who prefer to sing from a score, and those who have time constraints but want to participate in this anniversary production.

The Mikado will be a play-within-a-play. The production is based on the actual command performance for Queen Victoria at Balmoral Castle in 1891. We will have two chorus groups.

  • One chorus will perform in The Mikado, as in a traditional production, but with some awareness of the Victorian setting and the presence of the queen and her court.
  • The second chorus will be Queen Victoria, members of her family, her guests, and courtiers. They will be seated onstage as "audience" members. They will hold "programs" containing the chorus score. They may be silent spectators, who will interact with the show just like a Victorian audience, or they may sing along from their seats. The music will be fully rehearsed but need not be memorized. The Victorian chorus will have minimal blocking (mostly exits and entrances) that will require two or three stage rehearsals.

Opera-Lytes' production of The Mikado will be staged at Springville Center for the Arts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 21, 22 and 23. Rehearsals begin March 10 on Sunday afternoons; Tuesday evening rehearsals will be added after Easter. Singing chorus will be called most Sundays, plus some Tuesdays in late May and June. Non-singing chorus will rehearse only in late May and June. Everyone will be called Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights of production week.

If you have previously performed in an Opera-Lytes show, you do not need to audition. Just contact Lisa Berglund at [email protected] or call her at 860-857-5792 and tell her that you would like to participate and what kind of chorus role you'd like. Let us hear from you by Sunday, March 10.
Your options are:

  • the traditional Mikado chorus
  • the Victorian chorus (singing)
  • the Victorian chorus (non-singing)
Members of the Victorian chorus can be given acting (pantomime) roles if interested.

If you have never sung with Opera-Lytes before, we ask that you audition. Prepare to sing two verses of contrasting songs in English (Gilbert & Sullivan, other operettas, or classic Broadway). Bring the sheet music with you; a pianist will be provided. Auditions will be held on Sunday, February 24, 3-5 pm and Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00-9:00 pm at Amherst Community Church. Please call 860-857- 5792 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

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