THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
THE PIRATE KING - Baritone (range is from G (G2) an octave and a half below middle C (C4) to G (G4) above middle C; in other words, G2 to G4) Swashbuckling, athletic, and handsome leader of The Pirates of Penzance. An adventurer and sentimental, romantic fellow. He wants to be a pirate just to have his shirt open, the wind in his hair, and to stand around like Captain Jack Sparrow
MABEL - Coloratura soprano (Range is two octaves up from C4, i.e., C4 to C6, but sometimes with extra top notes. Mabel's top note in the production is Eb6) Young (17-20) and beautiful, very much a young woman of the 19th century. She is genuine and utterly sincere as she captures the love of young Frederick. Her naivety and innocence make her a sweet and funny character.
FREDERIC - Tenor (Range is from C3 to C5. Top note in the production is Bb5.) Young handsome, manly, and genuine. The feelings between Ruth, his nursery maid, and him are deep feelings, they care for each other on the most profound level.
MAJOR GENERAL STANLEY - Baritone (range is from G2 to G4) He is "dignified respectability", in the truest sense of those words. He is "vivid", with the warmth and good humor one would expect from Santa Claus. Quirky with military discipline, but believable.
RUTH - Contralto (Range is from F3 to F5) She is a proper English nanny and has raised young Frederic "properly" to be a gentleman. It is from her that he has learned to be so polite and honorable and to cherish respectability... and to give himself over wholly and completely to love. The feelings between Ruth and Frederic are the deep feelings of - almost - mother and son.
SERGEANT OF POLICE - Bass (range is F2 to F4) Obeys his duty and the law, but is a coward at heart. The choreography will call for a good dancer in addition to good vocal ability.
SAMUEL - Baritone (range is G2 to G4) The Pirate King's right hand man, he is sincere, earnest, and simple-minded.
EDITH - Soprano (Range is C4 to C6) One of Major-General Stanley's daughters.
KATE - Mezzo-soprano (range is A4 to A6) One of Major-General Stanley's daughters. Isabel - Soprano (Range is C4 to C6) One of Major-General Stanley's daughters.
CHORUS OF DAUGHTERS - Contraltos (F3 to F5) and Sopranos (Range is C4 to C6) The more vivid and individual each daughter is, the better. Big voices are essential as there are more Pirates and Constables than daughters. Very little vibrato is often recommended. A chest, or "belt", voice is used for many passages to achieve the clarity of young girls while maintaining sufficient vocal power. Comedic understanding and basic dancing ability will be required.
CHROUS OF PIRATES - Baritones (range is G2 to G4) and Tenors (Range is from C3 to C5) Simple minded, tender-hearted souls. Big, full-out singing is what is thrilling about the Pirates. The choreography calls for basic dancing ability in addition to strong vocal ability and a keen comedic sense. Pirates can be played by males or females.
CONSTABLES - Constables are either Bass (range is F2 to F4) or Baritones (range is G2 to G4) They obey their duty and the law, but are cowards at heart. The choreography calls for good dancers in addition to good vocal ability and a keen comedic sense. Constables can be played by males or females.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN TOMFOOLERY
We are seeking 6 comedic character actors (3 Women & 3 Men) who are capable and versatile singers, ages 20-65. Must be able to perform satirical comedy and portray a multitude of different characters throughout. Extensive dance experience is not required but all cast will be required to move. This is an ensemble piece so all cast members must be high energy, charismatic and genuine. Special skills of any kind are a plus. (I.E. musical instruments, acrobatics, juggling, magic tricks etc.)
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN CIRCUS
THE KNIFE THROWER — Lead — Male, 40 to 50 years old, Baritone, Experience in singing Blues, Jazz, Rock and Roll and Gospel Anthems.
He is Dominant and Charismatic.
THE FLYER — Lead — Female, 20 to 25 years old. Soprano, Experience in singing Blues, Jazz, Rock and Roll and Gospel Anthems. She is an aerialist and an orphan in search of a home.
THE KNIFE THROWER’S WIFE: This role has already been cast.
THE CARNIVAL BARKER: This role has already been cast.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN STAGE
BIG BAND & ORCHESTRA
ENSEMBLE: Men & Women of any age welcome to audition. Looking for 5 to 10 performers for each ACT 1 & Act 2