Auditions in Richmond

08/04/2011

Posted by the Associater Director
Casting notice posted on auditionsfree.com, casting location: Pt. Richmond
AUGUST 28 & 29:

The Hot Mikado
ADAPTED BY DAVID H. BELL
FROM THE MIKADO BY GILBERT & SULLIVAN;
DIRECTED BY ELLEN BROOKS;
MUSIC DIRECTION BY DAVID HOWITT;
SET DESIGN BY BRUCE LACKOVIC;
COSTUME DESIGN BY JO LUSK;
CHOREOGRAPHY BY SHANTALA DAVIS

The Hot Mikado is an exuberant 1940 update of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan classic. It combines a classic with the excitement and abandon of American Swing, Jazz, Gospel and Blues…played in a fast paced contemporary idiom of zoot suits, slick gents and foxy ladies. The Mikado, Katisha and Pooh Bah sing in African-American musical styles.

Click here for an example of the style we’re talking about. This is the original West End cast performing “Three Little Maids.” Enjoy!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28: 2–6 PM
MONDAY, AUGUST 29: 7–10 PM

PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT:
JOHN HULL, PRODUCTION MANAGER—(415) 864-4467

Prepare a Broadway show tune or strong Jazz, Blues or Gospel piece that show off your vocal range and confidence.Bring sheet music in your key. Accompanist provided. No tapes or CDS, please. Non-AEA. All roles are open. The Hot Mikado requires secure voices, good acting and the ability to move. Swing/character dancing a plus. Callbacks are Wednesday August 31st at 7 pm.

Please dress to move. You will learn a short swing dance piece at the callback.
More information: email mikado@onstagesf.com.

IMPORTANT DATES

Rehearsals: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2011
Monday–Thursday evenings and one weekend afternoon.
Full ensemble not at all rehearsals.

Performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
November 4–December 17.

CAST
AGE RANGE: 20–65; 7 GENTS, 6 LADIES, MIXED RACE

MIKADO : THE FAT CAT OF JAPAN, Baritone, mature
NANKI POO : HIS SON, A SLICK ITINERANT MUSICIAN Tenor, 25-30
YUM YUM : LOVELY AND HIP WARD OF KOKO Soprano, 20′s
PITTI SING : SASSY, BOLD FRIEND OF YUM YUM Mezzo-belt, 20′s
PEEP BO: THE THIRD “SISTER” Mezzo or soprano, 20′s
PISH TUSH : COOLEST GENTLEMAN OF JAPAN Tenor or Lt. Baritone, 35-40
KO KO : LORD HIGH EXECUTIONER AND EX-TAILOR, Baritone, droll and self-effacing, 40s
POOH BAH : LORD HIGH EVERYTHING ELSE Baritone or bass, 50-60
KATISHA: THE JEALOUS “OLDER WOMAN” Contralto-belt, 50′s
2-4 “SLICKS” : COOL GENTS OF TITIPU 25 – 35, Mixed voices
2 FOXY LADIES : 25- 35, good movers or swing dancers

PLOT
Nanki Poo, disguised son of the Mikado arrives in Titipu searching for the beautiful Yum-Yum. He learns she is about to marry her protector Ko-Ko, a former tailer recently named Lord High Executioner. The Mikado demands that Ko-Ko behead someone or lose his own. Nanki Poo volunteers to be executed if he can first spend a month as Yum-Yum’s husband. Ko-Ko reluctantly agrees.Katisha, the spurned lover of Nanki Poo, suddenly appears demanding that he honor her “claim” to him. Finally the Mikado himself arrives and decides to decapitate a whole number of Titipu citizens to show his dissatisfaction with the state of affairs. In manic desperation Ko-Ko concocts a solution that satisfies even the Mikado.

Casting Location: Pt. Richmond
Contact email: lyricjay@gmail.com

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