PIRATES OF PENZANCE AUDITIONS 22 and 24 February 2013
Character descriptions – Pirates of Penzance
FREDERIC Stage age 21 Tenor Needs to be a good mover for some dance sequences. Young, manly, genuine and innocent. He is funny because he is so sincerely trying to do the honorable thing. He is energetic & out-going & honest. Well spoken, precise English accent. MABEL Stage age approximately 20 (match Frederic) Coloratura Soprano Doesn’t strictly need to dance, but move reasonably, be light on her feet Needs an out-front, natural expressive voice with excellent diction. She is sweet and innocent but still needs good comic timing. Well spoken, precise English accent. PIRATE KING Age open Bass Baritone Needs to be very athletic and a good mover for some dance sequences He is funny precisely because he means it – good comic timing needed. He wants to be a pirate to wear his shirt open and to swashbuckle around like Errol Flynn. Well spoken, precise English accent. MAJOR GENERAL STANLEY Stage age 50 plus Baritone Mabel’s father. He must be vivid, with warmth & good humour and be quirky but believable. Excellent diction and articulation important. Well spoken, “terribly terribly” upper class English accent. RUTH Actually plays a 47 year old – will need to take a somewhat older appearance Contralto Needs to be a good mover and energetic. Comic timing important. Ruth’s character undergoes a transition from nurse maid to Pirate with the change being quite obvious. Accent can be proper, cockney, Cornish, Scottish, Irish – let us see what you can do! SAMUEL Age Open Baritone The Pirate King’s right hand man. Has a little dialogue and some solo singing Accent open as with Ruth SERGEANT OF POLICE Age Open Bass Comic role – leader of a band of scaredy cats who want to appear brave. Can be portrayed as somewhat o a ‘bumbling’ or clumsy character. Needs to be a good mover, preferably a good dancer. Common English accent
PIRATES OF PENZANCE AUDITIONS 22 and 24 February 2013 EDITH, KATE & ISABEL Ages open Soprano, Mezzo Need to be able to move well Mabel’s sisters, each with a unique personality. Big legitimate voices. Sassy, vivid characters. Well spoken, precise English accents. CHORUS OF DAUGHTERS Variety of ages needed Soprano, Alto Mabel’s sisters, each with a unique personality Audition NOT required for these roles. CHORUS OF PIRATES Variety of ages needed - BOTH Male and Female Tenor, Bass An assorted band of larrikins who love & serve their Pirate King Audition NOT required for these roles. CHORUS OF POLICE Ages open Bass All police will need to be good movers for dance sequences. Police will perform as Pirates in Act I. Audition NOT required for these roles however, level of dance ability will be ascertained during movement workshop at first rehearsal.