MONMOUTH – Auditions for The Theater At Monmouth’s fall production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Cumston Hall.

Set in 20th century Japan, the operetta is the story of the fictional town of Titipu and the comedic love story of Nanki-Poo, a traveling musician, and Yum-Yum, the ward of the outrageous Ko-Ko, who has just been appointed Lord High Executioner.

This production of “The Mikado” will feature community members in the chorus and professionals in leading roles. Local professional performers who wish to take on leading roles must be available during the afternoons of Tuesday through Sunday during the rehearsal period.

Leading roles include The Mikado, a bass; Nanki-Poo, a tenor; Ko-Ko, a baritone; Pooh-Bah, a baritone; Yum-Yum, a soprano; Pitti-Sing, a young second soprano, Peep-Bo, a young alto; and Katisha, a strong alto.

Chorus roles are available for men and women of all ages and include first and second soprano, alto, tenor and bass voice parts. Some roles include solo lines.

Anyone auditioning should prepare any song, bring sheet music if you want accompaniment and be prepared to learn and sing part of a chorus from the show. Those wanting principal roles should prepare a song from the Gilbert & Sullivan canon, bring sheet music for accompaniment and must perform a memorized classic or modern monologue. They will also be asked to sight read from the score and perform a cold reading from the libretto.

The show will be directed by Bill Van Horn, with musical direction by Marcia Gallagher. It will preview Thursday, Sept. 25 and open Friday, Sept. 26, with shows Sept. 27 and Oct. 2, 3, 4 and 5.

For more information, contact David Greenham, producing director, at 933-9252 or www.theateratmonmouth.org.


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