Augusta University Opera Institute announces Camelot open auditions

The Augusta University Opera Institute announces open auditions for Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot, the all-time Broadway classic that tells the enchanting and exciting tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. With a large cast that includes the legendary characters of Guenevere, Lancelot, the wizard Merlin, the enchantress Nimue, the evil Mordred and more, this Tony-Award winning musical deals with themes of Chivalry, Love, Honor, Betrayal and Hope.

Guest Stage Director: Steve Walpert, recipient of the 2016 Greater Augusta Arts Council President’s Award

Guest Conductor:  Christopher Turbessi, Houston Grand Opera

Guest Choreographer: Mickey Lubeck

Chorus Master:  Peyson Moss

Rehearsal Pianist: Cindy Wilkinson

Costumes: Dianna Gay

Milliner: Elizabeth Tudor

Audition Requirements:
Voice, cold readings and dance. Actors may also prepare a short monologue. All Auditioners are requested to prepare a verse and/or chorus of a standard Broadway song. Please bring your sheet music in the proper key. Our accompanist will not transpose. Please no accompaniment on phones, tablets or CD.

A headshot and resume are preferred but not required.

Audition Dates:

Aug. 26, 7-10 p.m.

Aug. 27, 1-4 p.m.                                

Audition Location – Augusta University, Summerville Campus, Fine Arts Center Room C1
Possible Call-Backs: TBD
Chorus Music rehearsals –
start Nov. 2, on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m.
Production rehearsals –
Principal staging rehearsals start mid-Nov.
Performances – Feb. 10, 11, 12, 2017

Character Descriptions (Age ranges flexible)

ARTHUR: 25-50 Low A to Eb.  “The Once and Future King.” Arthur is at once generous, compassionate, boyish- unsure of himself, yet an inspiration to others. A rich and complex character, strong actor.

GUENEVERE: 20-40 Mezzo Low B to High #F. Younger than Arthur, a spirited woman quite caught up in chivalry and the exciting possibilities of a promising life. She loves Arthur, but is in love with Lancelot- the famous “love triangle.”

LANCELOT: 20-35, Baritone Low A to D. Abundantly self-assured knight from France who is a passionate disciple of Arthur and his Round Table. “The Greatest Knight in the World,” whose only weakness is his love for Guenevere.

KING PELLINORE: 40-70. Non- Singing. A wonderfully funny and stuffily “British” old Knight- provides the most consistent comic relief in the play. Dedicated to Arthur. Very eccentric.

MORDRED: 20-35 Tenor. A truly evil young man, who was “sired” by Arthur when the knight was young and naïve. Thoroughly and fascinatingly unlikeable fellow.

MORGAN LE FEY: 25-55 Low C# to High D#. A powerful sorceress in the Arthurian legend, she is the half-sister of Arthur and aunt of Mordred, who inhabits the forest.  She great capacity for mischief, and a “hidden” strength- she is invisible.

MERLYN: 50+ The famous wizard who teaches Arthur almost all he needs to know. He disappears after the second scene of the show.

TOM OF WARWICK(M):  A young boy, age 10-12 (+-), under 5’ tall.  A young boy destined to be a Knight. He wants to fight for what is right and gives Arthur hope for the future.

SIR DINADAN, SIR SAGRAMORE, SIR LIONEL: Three named knights who serve Arthur. All devoted to Guinevere. They don’t care for Lancelot.

NIMUE: 20-30 Low C# to High D#. The “nymph” that lures Merlyn away.

DAP: Age open, Lancelot’s squire.

LADY ANNE: Lady-in-Waiting to Guenevere, early to mid-20s.

ENSEMBLE: Additional singers and dancers – Knights, Heralds, Pages, A Bishop, A Priest, Lords and Ladies of Camelot with vocal ranges of all types.

 

For Questions and more information please contact: Tonya Currier, Director AU Opera Institute, aopera@augusta.edu or visit our website: www.augusta.edu/aoi

Office: 706-667-4937

 

 

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