Audition Information for HMS Pinafore

  • CALLBACKS DAYS CHANGED TO DECEMBER 9TH AND 11TH- WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY- IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.

    I'M SO SORRY, BUT I JUST GOT WORD BEFORE THE REHEARSAL TODAY THAT THERE IS NO SPACE WE CAN USE ON THURSDAY, BUT THERE IS A SPACE WE CAN USE ON FRIDAY. I'M WORKING ON THE LIST AND IT WILL BE POSTED ON THE CALLBACK PAGE. I'M REALLY HOPING THIS WORKS OUT FOR MOST OF YOU…

    PEOPLE NEEDED WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON CALLBACKS TAB BY 7:30 TONIGHT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY. 

    This year we will be doing HMS Pinafore for the 6th grade show. Last year's Pirates of Penzance was such a great success, that we decided to do another Gilbert & Sullivan piece. They are just wacky enough that we all enjoy working on them, the music is fabulous, and there are at least nine principal roles. We will have lots of fun with it. I am making my own adaptation for sixth graders.

    There are two separate choruses in the show: the Crew of the boat HMS Pinafore (mixed male and female), and Sisters and Cousins and Aunts of Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. (female). There are 9 [or 10] solo roles, both small and large, male and female. Some solo roles traditionally played by males will likely be played by females in our production.

    I, Doug Marouk-Coe, will be the Director and Music Director; Kate Ashby will be the choreographer. Many of you know one or both of us already.

    Performances are Friday and Saturday February 26 and 27. Auditions will be on Monday and Tuesday December 7th and 8th at 3:15. Location to be announced.  You only need to come to one of these audition days. Call backs will be Wednesday and Thursday December 9th and 10th, so please be available if we need to see you a second time.

    There will be a full cast meeting on Monday December 14th. Location to be announced.

    During most of the rehearsal period (December 14th - February 6th) rehearsals will be scheduled when you tell me you are available, but the last two weeks, from February 8th through February 12th and again Feburay 22nd through February 29th, you need to be able to put all other activities aside and be at every rehearsal, every day.

    There is an audition sign up form which parents need to fill out before the audition. To submit this form please click on this link.

    Auditions will be in three parts: singing, speaking, and dancing.

    1) Singing: Everyone in this show sings. We’ll need to know how you sing in a group. We will teach one selection from the show— "We Sail the Ocean Blue", and use that as our vocal audition. You can find it on You Tube if you want to get a head start [begin at 1:10] mark:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezr5_vae1CE

    If you are interested in a solo role, we’ll need to know how you sing by yourself. After we've learned it and sung it together, we’ll have you sing it by yourself. (If you wish to prepare one of the solo pieces from the show, that is fine, but there is no necessity to do that.)

    2) Speaking: In this show, the words are often like tongue twisters. They need to be sung with excellent pronunciation, speed and understanding. For the audition I would like you to learn the following:

    Betty Botta bought some butter
    “But” she said, “the butter’s bitter
    If I put it in my batter
    It will make my batter bitter
    But a bit of better butter
    That will make my batter better.”

    So she bought a bit of butter
    Better than her bitter butter
    And she put it in her batter
    And the batter was not bitter.
    So twas better Betty Botta
    Bought a bit of better butter. 

    See how fast you can say it and still have it make sense.

    3) Dancing: Everyone in this show will need to do simple movements, so Kate will teach some choreography at the audition and watch you perform it in groups. There are also some roles for stronger dancers, which Kate will see from how you move during the audition.

    Auditions can be a little scary, but our auditions are fun!! So please come if you have any desire to be in this show. We will encourage and support you at the audition to do your best.

    Kate and I look forward to working with you on HMS Pinafore

    Doug Marouk-Coe