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Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

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Music by

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

Lyrics by

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

Adapted by

Catherine Flye


Production Details

 

Production: The Pirates of Penzance (or the Rascals of the Rappahannock)

Producing Company: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Rehearsal Dates: To begin in April 2019

Technical Rehearsal Dates: Monday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Performance Dates: Wednesday, May 22 – Sunday, July 7, 2019

 

Patrick A’Hearn, Producing Artistic Director

 

Catherine Flye, Director

Linda Miller, Choreographer

TBD, Music Director

 


Audition Detail 

Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

Time: 3pm – 10pm

Location:

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406


Callbacks if needed will be on Monday, January 28, 2019.

Please prepare 32 bars from any Gilbert and Sullivan operetta or in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to read from the script if asked. Please bring a headshot and a résumé. AEA Guest Artist contracts for some roles. All appointments will be scheduled via e-mail. Please contact the Production Manager via e-mail at productionmanager@riversidedt.com for appointments. If you are unable to attend auditions, video submissions are encouraged (with a headshot, résumé, and video link/s) to productionmanager@riversidedt.com.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Production Manager, James Davis via e-mail at productionmanager@riversidedt.com

 


Description

 

This production of The Pirates of Penzance has a delightful twist to Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta which is as appealing today as it was over a century ago. Instead of the rocky coast of Cornwall however, we are in Virginia in the late eighteenth century, when King George 111 ruled the colony. However, the famous soft-hearted Rascals of the Rappahannock (lately of Penzance) are endeavoring to plunder with aplomb along the banks of the famous river. At the same time, the blundering Red Coats of the British army are desperately trying to keep tabs on them and also the befuddled Major General George Boshington, who resides at Mount Vernon Castle alongside his many delightful daughters. Hilarity ensues as the young apprentice Frederick leaves the rollicking band of pirates and falls in love with Boshington’s beautiful daughter Mabel.

 

Note:

There were actual pirates on the Potomac during the late 18th century and they pillaged and plundered right up to the beginning of the War of 1812. They called themselves the Picaroons and were unrepentant loyalists to King George 111 who saw the American revolution as a mere “Colonial Rebellion.” By raiding and disrupting merchant ships, they hoped to strangle the young nations commerce and return the colonies to crown rule.  In 1790 George Washington himself noted that the pirates should be pursued and captured – which they finally were when the U.S Government began a crash program to build a modern Navy to defeat the brigands.


Roles – The Pirates of Penzance

All characters must have British accents. They are a hodge-podge of endearing personalities of all ages and types, and the original dialogue has been adapted to ensure that the ‘chorus’ becomes believable individuals with various traits and idiosyncrasies, rather than lumped together as one.

 

The Pirates

(A soft-hearted bunch – all ‘noblemen who have gone wrong’)

  • The Pirate King (Baritone)

    • A flamboyant swashbuckler, reminiscent of Errol Flynn, self- assured and fearless, but not a very successful commander.

  • Samuel (Tenor)

    • A large, jovial, soft-hearted second in command, slightly smarter than his boss.

  • Frederick (Tenor)

    • A young, handsome, honest, innocent and naïve pirate apprentice who is also a bit of a doofus.

  • Horace the Hulk

    • The strong-man of the group. Reminiscent of the weight lifter Arnold Schwarzenegger. All brawn and no brain.

  • Willie the Wimp

    • A tall, skinny fellow, scared of his own shadow.

  • Algie and Percy – Twins

    • Simple, eager and always cheerful. Algie is one hour older and Percy echoes his every sentiment. Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

  • Pirate Pete

    • A good, decent hardworking fellow with his little pirate dog pee wee.

  • Ancient Albert (Bert)

    • The proverbial ancient pirate – no arm, patch over one eye, a limp and a parrot on his shoulder.

  • Harry the Cabin Boy

    • A young enthusiastic boy – 11 or 12 who adores the King, dresses exactly like him and hangs on his every word.

  • Ruth (Mezzo)

    • A comic, middle-aged nursemaid turned pirate, in love with Frederick but once her hopes are dashed, she turns her eyes on the unsuspecting Sergeant of Police.

  • Major General George Boshington (Baritone)

    • A middle aged, befuddled and inept Major – quirky and eccentric – but a good- natured man who loves his daughters.

 

His Daughters

 

  • Mabel (Soprano)

    • A beautiful, headstrong, quick-witted and spunky girl.

  • Isobel

    • The eldest. Prim, proper, organized and easily shocked. Since the death of her mother, she has stepped into her shoes.

  • Edith (Soprano)

    • Eager, brave, adventurous and inquisitive, very much a leader and twin to Kate

  • Kate (Soprano)

    • Edith’s twin sister who is somewhat of a drama queen and loves to read poetry

  • Bertha

    • The tom boy of the group who is very adventurous and can’t pronounce her “R’s”. Chases butterflies and collects grubs and insects.

  • Mary

    • A day dreamer who loves to paint and is very short sighted. She wears glasses

  • Martha

    • The youngest aged about 11 or 12. Shy, gullible and wide-eyed with wonder.

 

The First Virginia Militia

(Redcoats) 

  • Sergeant of Police – baritone

    • A good-natured fellow and leader of a bumbling squad of inept redcoats

  • Constable Cornwilly

    • Sidekick to the Sergeant

  • Redcoat Ronnie

  • Redcoat Rupert

  • Redcoat Reggie

  • Redcoat Roland

    • The redcoats are more or less deadpan desperately trying to follow orders

          

 

Note: Five of the pirates double as police


 
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Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

announces auditions for

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Adapted by

Aurand Harris

Music by

Carolyn Geer

From the novel by Jane Kristof


Production Details

Production: Steal Away Home

Producing Company: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Rehearsal Dates: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 – Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Technical Rehearsal Dates: Sunday, March 16 – Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Performance Dates: Thursday, March 21 – Saturday, May 4, 2019

 

Patrick A’Hearn, Producing Artistic Director

Steve Thompson, Director

Mary Thompson, Music Director


Audition Detail

 

Date: Tuesday, January 22 & Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Callbacks will be scheduled if needed.

Please prepare 32 measures (a capella) of a spiritual and be prepared for readings from the script. Must be ages 8+ to audition. No audition appointment required.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Production Manager, James Davis via e-mail at productionmanager@riversidedt.com


Description 

Two young slaves escape from a South Carolina plantation, and with the help of many good people, make their way north to join their freed father in Pennsylvania. Their many adventures, dangers, narrow escapes and comic exploits result in a heart-rending experience accompanied by simple spirituals. The play brings new levels of perception of the people who lived in those anguished times…and indeed to those who live in ours.


Roles – Steal Away Home

  • Preacher Prentice

    • Adult male. Freedman, working as a traveling tinker, but he preaches on Sundays.  Wise and avuncular.

  • Amos (12 years old)

    • a slave determined to be free.  Driven to rejoin his family no matter the cost.

  • Obie (10 years old)

    • Amos’ brother. Will follow Amos anywhere.

  • Mama

    • Adult female.  Loving and kind, but fiercely protective of her children.  Mother of Amos and Obie

  • Miss Melissa

    • young adult female age 16 to 20. She opposes slavery and becomes a helper to Amos and Obie

  • Joe

    • young adult male. Angry and bitter about being enslaved, he ignores the wise counsel of Preacher Prentice, much to his regret.

  • Jack

    • Adult male, any age above 20. A gentle and practical freedman who helps Amos and Obie

  • Pa

    • Adult male any age over 30. Courageous and determined father of Amos and Obie

 

The following roles will multi-cast as needed and will sing as a choir throughout the performances.

 

  • Man with Gun

    • Adult male, a bounty hunter

  • Mrs. Straus

    • Adult female any age over 30, helper to Amos and Obie

  • Edgar

    • Adult male, 20 to 30 years old, a lawyer who favors slavery

  • First Man/Second Man

    • Adult males, bounty hunters

  • Elijah McNaul

    • Adult male, 20 plus years, farmer who assists Amos and Obie

  • Jud

    • Adult male, a bounty hunter

  • First Neighbor/Second Neighbor

    • Adult males, friends of Jud

  • Old Man/Young Man

    • Adult males, opportunistic rascals

  • Patrolman

    • Adult male, attempts to thwart Amos and Obie

  • Will

    • Adult male, 20 plus years, farmer who assists Amos and Obie

  • Mother

    • Adult female, age 40 plus, mother of Will

  • Conductor

    • Adult male, railroad employee on the alert for escaping slaves