Valley Light Opera Announces Auditions for “My Fair Lady”

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Valley Light Opera announces May auditions for its 43rd annual Fall production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady – to be presented at the historic Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12, 2017.

Auditions will be held at Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave, Amherst, MA on Tuesday, May 16th and Thursday May 18th from 7:00-9:30PM and on Saturday, May 20th from 10AM-3PM. To audition please click on this link to schedule a date and time: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b48a8ab22a0f58-auditions

 
 Callbacks may be requested at the directors’ discretion. 

Rehearsals will be in Hadley or Amherst, start in early September and are typically held on two weekdays from 7-9:30 and Sundays 5-9:00 (with snacks coordinated by rotating cast member volunteers and company dinner on Sundays) Rehearsals will be at the Academy daily in the evening during tech week just prior to opening night.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady is the tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady. The classic American musical features one of theatre’s greatest scores, along with memorable, iconic characters such as Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins.

Valley Light Opera will be performing My Fair Lady as a fully-staged and orchestrated production, complete with the sumptuous costumes and splendid sets for which the company is renowned.

Artistic/Stage Director: Drew Gilbert
Music Director: Aldo Fabrizi

Auditioners should be familiar with descriptions of the show and roles, which may be found by searching general online material related to My Fair Lady for more information. Vocal scores, recordings and piano-vocal sheet music for audition selections are widely available online – and may be downloaded for a nominal charge or membership fee at sites such as Scribd. Piano-Vocal scores have also been placed on reserve at Jones Library in Amherst and Forbes Library in Northampton.

Auditioners for lead parts are encouraged to come on Saturday, although it is certainly possible to audition other days.

All auditioners should be prepared to indicate dance ability and any experience – some may be asked to participate in a brief dance/movement piece.

Character descriptions, vocal ranges and required audition vocal selections:

Eliza Doolittle – A poor Cockney flower seller from the lower-class who yearns for a better life. She accepts an offer to learn proper English under the stern tutelage of Professor Higgins. Not content just to be a pawn for Higgins, she uses his teaching to transform herself into an independent woman. Eliza is one of the most iconic roles in American musical theater. Should be a strong singer & actor. Must be able to play someone in the their 20s to 30s. Vocal Range: Soprano A3-G5. Audition songs: Just you Wait (the whole song,) I Could Have Danced All Night – pickup to 92 to the end.

Henry Higgins – Professor of phonetics and expert elocutionist. Impatient & lacking in social graces; a confirmed bachelor that makes a wager that he can beguile high society into believing a lower-class woman is a duchess. Requires a strong & dynamic actor. Ages 40s to 50s. Vocal Range: Baritone A2-F4. Audition Song: I’m an Ordinary Man- Beginning to measure 88. Please be prepared to sing Higgins’ vocals as scored.

Colonel Pickering – Kindly, older gentlemen that shares Higgins’ passion for phonetics. Lifelong bachelor and colleague of Higgins that in his thoughtfulness & kindness to Eliza, teaches her that she is someone deserving of value & respect. Ages 40s to 60s. Vocal Range: Baritone C3-F4. Audition song: The Rain in Spain – Pickup to measure 43-49

Alfred P. Doolittle – Eliza’s father, a freeloader & drunkard who is unabashed about his lifestyle of leisure. He attempts to extort money from Higgins for having the good fortune of working with his daughter Eliza. Strong comedic actor desired, ages 40s to 60s. Vocal Range: Baritone G2-E4. Audition song: Get Me to the Church on Time – measures 12 to 72.

Freddy Eynsford-Hill – Young aristocrat and heir that falls in love with Eliza. He offers her his hand in marriage if she will accept his affections. Strong tenor that can play ages 20s to 30s. Vocal Range: C3-F4. Audition song: On the Street Where You Live – pickup to measure 27 through 90

Mrs. Higgins – Professor Higgins’ mother. A refined lady of high society that questions Higgins’ arrangement with Eliza, and is disapproving of her son’s lack of social graces. Must be able to play ages 50s to 60s

Professor Zoltan Karpathy – Hungarian former student & rival of Professor Higgins. Broad age range, 30s to 50s.

Mrs. Pearce – Higgins’ housekeeper & caretaker of Eliza and the Professor. Must be able to play ages 50s-60s. Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano. Audition Song: Prepare a piece to sing in the style of the show – bring piano music if not from My Fair Lady.

Auditioners for leads will be asked to read from the script for their roles.

Ensemble Roles

There are also a variety of singing and dancing ensemble parts of all vocal ranges and ages, such as servants, flower girls, Ascot race patrons, and employees, Embassy Ball guests – including the Queen of Transylvania and her escort, bar patrons, cockney choristers, buskers, market vendors and bystanders. Ensembles will likely play multiple roles and some will later be selected for individual speaking and singing parts.

Auditioners for ensemble should prepare a piece to sing in the style of the show – bring piano music if not from My Fair Lady. Ensemble auditioners will not be required to read.

Again, To audition please click on this link to schedule a date and time:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b48a8ab22a0f58-auditions

Audition forms will be accessible shortly from our web page at vlo.org and in a Facebook file, and will also be available at the audition. Please fill out your audition form in advance or arrive early enough to complete it prior to your audition.
Valley Light Opera is committed to diversity and everyone is encouraged to audition and participate. We also have MANY roles behind the scenes. If you have a talent for theatre arts and sciences, or want to learn – we welcome volunteers at all levels for backstage, technical, costume, administration, publicity and assistants to the production team – whether or not you audition or are cast!

Valley Light Opera is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization based in Amherst, MA. Each year for over 40 years the VLO has produced fully-staged, orchestrated and lavishly costumed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and other large musical theater works. Rehearsals are typically in Hadley or Amherst, and performances at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Applicants who are unfamiliar with the VLO are encouraged to explore our website at vlo.org.

Questions? Please email the VLO at valleylightopera@gmail.com. You can also visit our facebook page at facebook.com/valleylightopera

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