Monday, August 22, 2016

Auditions: Light Opera of New Jersey

In a special double billing, LONJ presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone (L’Amour à Trois) and The Old Maid and the Thief directed by Joanna Hoty Russell and Jamie Baer Peterson. Performances are November 4 and 5 2016 at 8 pm at St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, NJ. The Telephone (L’Amour à Trois) is a charming piece where Ben drops by unexpectedly on his girlfriend Lucy. He can only stay a short while before leaving on a trip, and has planned to propose to Lucy on this visit. Lucy’s phone begins to ring off the hook, and she refuses to ignore it. Will Ben be able to propose in time?

Seeking auditions for:
Lucy, coloratura soprano
Ben, baritone

The Telephone is smartly paired with The Old Maid and The Thief, which Menotti composed with equal humor and wit. The old maid, Miss Todd, lives with her maid Laetitia. They are both very single and are growing tired of visits from their busybody neighbor Miss Pinkerton. When a handsome man comes knocking at the door seeking shelter from the rain, Miss Todd and Laetitia become determined to make him stay with them as long as possible. When Miss Pinkerton arrives in panic with the evening news that a thief has escaped from prison and is hiding in town, Miss Todd and Laetitia must decide between turning in their guest or trying to hide him while they continue to pursue him.

Seeking auditions for:
Miss Todd, the old maid, mezzo-soprano or contralto
Bob, the wanderer, baritone
Laetitia, Miss Todd’s Maid, soprano
Miss Pinkerton, Miss Todd’s neighbor, soprano

Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville directed by Jamie Baer Peterson. Performances are April 7 and 8 2017 at 8 pm at St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, NJ. The Barber of Seville is Gioachino Rossini’s classic and beloved comic opera. Count Almaviva has fallen hopelessly in love with Rosina, the beautiful ward of Doctor Bartolo. Bartolo intends to marry Rosina, and keeps her locked away from the outside world in his house. Almaviva engages his former employee, the barber Figaro, to help him contact Rosina and steal her away from the frumpy old Bartolo. Comedy prevails throughout as Figaro guides the Count through different disguises so he can gain access to the house, closer to Rosina and a marriage proposal. Barber will be presented in English.

Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT only. Please email with your headshot, resume, and availability to audition for Monday August 29th 7pm-10pm or Tuesday September 6th at 8pm-10pm. No calls please. You must include the TOWN IN WHICH YOU RESIDE on your request. All positions PAID.

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