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PIRATES OF PENZANCE - Barrington Stage Company Auditions

Posted: January 9, 2016

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Barrington Stage Company | Pittsfield, MA

Date of Audition:

Call Type
Equity Principal

Equity Principal Auditions

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
lunch 1 to 2

ref. to COST; $550/week

Actors' Equity Association NYC Audition Center
165 West 46th Street
16th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Equity Male and Female actor/singers for various roles.

See breakdown for details.

Prepare 16 bars of a traditional up-tempo song and 16 bars of a ballad. Bring sheet music; accompanist will be provided.

Bring headshot and resume stapled together.

Other Dates
1st rehearsal: June 21
1st preview: July 15
Opening: July 20
Closing: August 13

ECCs: 1/27, at AEA, 9:30 male dancers, 11:30 female dancers, 2pm male singers, 4pm female singers


Music: Arthur Sullivan
Libretto: W. S. Gilbert
Artistic Director: Julianne Boyd
Director: John Rando
Choreographer: Josh Bergasse
Musical Director: Darren Cohen
Casting Director: Pat McCorkle
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will be provided.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


On the coast of Cornwall, at the time of Queen Victoria's reign, Frederic celebrates the completion of his 21st year and the end of his apprenticeship to a tender-hearted band of pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday and that he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

The principles do not need English accents, just really good, clean bright speech.

Seeking(* denotes top tier)

A member of the Pirates. He is unaffected, out-going, has great energy, and possesses an unself-conscious sex appeal. Youthful, manly, genuine and innocent. He is funny because he is so sincerely trying to do the honorable thing. Swordplay skills a definite plus, but not required.
Male, Age: 20’s (specified 21 in script), Tenor w/ some lower baritone notes, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Daughter of the Major-General. Mabel is a classic beauty similar to Lillian Gish or Mary Pickford. An astute young woman, she is sympathetic in nature and very much a woman of the 19th century. An out-front, uncovered, natural, expressive voice with excellent, unaffected diction. She and Frederic fall in love.
Female, Age: 18 to 21, Coloratura-Soprano, Vocal range top: Db6, Vocal range bottom: Bb3

*Pirate King
The leader of the pirates. Despite his sharp and loud bark, he is actually a whole-hearted romantic with a soft bite. He and his crew are rather like barking dogs who love the barking but are ready to run away if things get serious. He is hurt and dumbfounded that Frederic would leave the romantic life for “respectability.” A handsome man typically found with an open shirt and wind in his hair. Must move very well –and with great flair. Swordplay skills a definite plus, but not required.
Male, Age: 30-45, Baritone, Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: A#2

A father with many daughters. He resembles a male Queen Victoria in his sensibilities. He is respectability. Possesses the kindness, warmth, and good-humor of Santa Claus, while being believably quirky. The love for his daughters is undeniable. Must be able to deliver "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" at breakneck speed. May have an English accent.
Male, Age: 55 to 65, Baritone, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Frederic's lifelong nanny. A proper, sneaky Mrs. Potts, she is attractive enough for her age but cares very little about such things. She wants nothing more in life than to see Frederic happy, healthy, and by her side. It is from her that Frederic learned to be so polite, honorable, to cherish respectability, and to give himself so wholly and immediately to love. The feelings between Ruth and Frederic are the deep feelings of a mother and son.
Female, Age: 40’s-50’s , Contralto/Mezzo, Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: G3

The leader of the police. He is Groucho Marx-esque and uncomfortably clumsy. Though their duty to protect is clear, the Sergeant and his police are more accustomed to fear and hide. Must be a superb dancer. May have a lower-class English accent, but not necessary.
Male, Age: 35 to 45, Baritone, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: G2

Daughter of the Major-General. Quick-witted and rather sassy. She, like her other sisters, is strikingly beautiful.
Female, Age: 17 to 21, Soprano, Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Daughter of the Major-General. Though a level-headed girl, she is quite mischievous. Very beautiful and the eldest of the daughters.
Female, Age: 20 to 25, Soprano, Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: Ab3

The Pirate King's right-hand man. Perhaps a bit rotund, Samuel is clever but easily manipulated and influenced.
Male, Age: 35 to 45, Baritone, Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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