Thespis - Auditions

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Audition Selections
Roles by Size
Call-back Selections

Audition Selections

This production will use the newly composed Alan Riley Jones setting of W. S. Gilbert's libretto (including the two surviving vocal numbers from Arthur Sullivan's original 1871 score).

Auditions will be held Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23, 2017, for the upcoming production of Gilbert and Jones's Thespis by the Durham Savoyards, Ltd., along with Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial By Jury, to be presented October 12-15, 2017, at East Chapel Hill High School. See also the separate page of selections for Trial By Jury auditions, which will be held at the same time.

Below are the preferred audition selections we recommend for each role. For more information about scheduling an audition time, see the Durham Savoyards audition page.

Auditions need not be memorized, though you may sing from memory if you wish. We'd rather you sing confidently and at ease from the score than struggle with memory.

Principals: Roles are listed in high to low order regardless of size. Our pianist will already have sheet music for the selections listed below. You may choose to sing another selection in lieu of the one listed if you feel it will better demonstrate your ability to sing the role in question. If so, please follow the Chorus guidelines given below. But we strongly prefer the recommended selection, and we may ask you to sing a brief phrase or two from it if you sing something different.

Chorus: If you wish to audition for the chorus (or to sing an alternate selection for a role), please sing a selection of your own choice not to exceed two minutes in length. If you would like for our pianist to accompany you, please bring sheet music in the key in which you will be singing. Or you may provide your own accompanist, accompany yourself, or sing unaccompanied.

The composer's April 2016 revision of the vocal score will be used for rehearsals. Once the show is cast, the Durham Savoyards will provide scores which cast members may be asked to purchase to help offest printing costs. NOTE: Cast members will need to obtain an up-to-date score, even if you still have the 2004 edition from previous readings. The Selection column in the following table corresponds to the April 2016 vocal score, where references are given by page and measure number. For example, "p. 39 m. 11" means page 39 at measure 11. The measure number is indicated for the first measure in each system, from which you may count to the measure in question.

PDFs are provided for each indicated selection in the Download column. Right-click the PDF icon and choose 'Save link as...' or 'Save target as...' from the popup menu to download the sheet music file. NOTE: All of these selections are under copyright, and are provided here strictly for the purpose of supporting auditions for this production. Please destroy any copies you may have made once auditions and call-backs have concluded.

Role Range Selection Download
Nicemis
(Soprano)
D4-G5
D4-G5
From #6. "Here Far Away from All the World"
2nd stanza (take 2nd ending) and Coda
(p. 39 m. 11 - p. 43 m. 73)
Download 'Here Far Away'
2nd stanza and Coda
Daphne
(Mezzo-Soprano)
Bb3-D5
Bb3-D5
From #10. Act I Finale
At lyric, "When, as the fruit of warlike deeds"
p. 96 m. 127 - p. 97 m. 143
(2nd line of words)
Download 'When as the fruit of warlike deeds'
mm. 127-143
(2nd line of words)
Diana
(Contralto)
G3-C5
G3-C5
From #10. Act I Finale
At lyric, "I as the modest moon"
p. 84 m. 19 - p. 84 m. 26
Download 'I as the modest moon'
mm. 19-26
Apollo
(Tenor)
Bb2-G4
Bb2-G4
#15. "Oh, Rage and Fury!"
Sing Apollo's part as a solo, whole number
p. 146 m. 6 - p. 151 m. 28
Download 'Oh, Rage and Fury!'
Whole number
Apollo's part
Sparkeion
(Tenor, or Soprano)
D3-F4
Tenor: D3-F4
Soprano: D4-F5
#12. "Little Maid of Arcadee"
Whole number
p. 116 m. 5 - p. 122 m. 64
Download 'Little Maid of Arcadee'
Whole number
Timidon
(Tenor or Baritone)
Bb2-F4
Bb2-F4
From #10. Act I Finale
At lyric, "Mighty old Mars, the God of War"
p. 96 m. 127 - p. 97 m. 143
(1st line of words)
Download 'Mighty old Mars, the God of War'
mm. 127-143
(1st line of words)
Sillimon
(Lyric Baritone)
Cb3-Eb4
Cb3-Eb4
From #11. "Of All Symposia"
At lyric, "To work and think, my dear"
p. 111 m. 21 - p. 113 m. 37
Download 'To work and think, my dear'
mm. 21-37
Mercury
(Comic Baritone, or Mezzo)
(G2)Bb2-Eb4
Baritone: (G2)Bb2-Eb4
Mezzo: (G3)Bb3-Eb5
From #13. "Olympus Is Now in a Terrible Muddle"
1st stanza only, pp. 123-126
Download 'Olympus Is Now in a Terrible Muddle'
1st stanza only
Thespis
(Baritone)
Bb2-D4(F#4)
Bb2-D4(F#4)
From #8. "I Once Knew a Chap"
At lyric, "I once knew a chap"
p. 61 m. 5 - p. 64 m. 58
(High option preferred at end of selection,
but the lower notes are quite okay)
Download 'I Once Knew a Chap'
mm. 5-58
Mars
(Bass-Baritone)
A2-D4
A2-D4
#15. "Oh, Rage and Fury!"
Sing Mars's part as a solo, whole number
p. 146 m. 6 - p. 151 m. 28
Download 'Oh, Rage and Fury!'
Whole number
Mars's part
Jupiter
(Bass)
G2-Db4
G2-Db4
From #17. Act II Finale
At lyric, "Enough, your reign is ended"
p. 169 m. 82 - p. 171 m. 98
Download 'Enough, Your reign is ended'
mm. 82-98
Chorus roles

Solo Star (soprano/alto)
Pretteia (soprano)

Speaking roles:
(will sing chorus)
Tipseion
Prepostoros
Stupidas
Cymon
These small roles will be filled from the chorus. You may indicate your interest on the audition form, and perform a chorus audition. Downloadable excerpts at right are for your perusal, and need not be used for the audition.

Solo Star sings a brief solo during the opening chorus.

Pretteia sings a brief solo during "Climbing Over Rocky Mountain," and shares a dialogue scene in Act II.

Prepostoros, Stupidas, Tipseion take part in the Picnic Scene in Act I

Tipseion, Cymon take part in the Court of Olympus scene in Act II
Download Solo Star solo
Solo Star's solo

Download Pretteia solo and scene
Pretteia's solo and scene

Download Picnic Scene
Picnic Scene, from libretto

Download Court of Olympus scene
Court of Olympus scene, from libretto

Roles by Size (largest to smallest, roughly)

 
Lead Roles Thespis
Mercury
Supporting Roles Jupiter
Sparkeion
Nicemis
Daphne
Apollo
Diana
Cameo Roles Sillimon
Mars
Timidon
Chorus Roles Pretteia
Solo Star
Tipseion
Prepostoros
Stupidas
Cymon
 

Call-Back Selections

After the initial auditions, selected performers will be called back on Thursday evening, May 25, to be heard in ensembles and alternate solos. In this less-formal setting, individual groupings of performers will be asked to sing each relevant passage so that we may try out different combinations of voices and personalities. You may want to review any selections ahead of time for which you think you might be called back, but advance preparation is in no way required. We will go over each selection as a group before asking anyone to sing individually. Selections are given in the order they appear in the score. At the call-back auditions, these may be called up in any order.

Copies of the vocal score will be on hand at call-backs, but you may download and review the excerpts listed below if you wish. NOTE: All of these selections are under copyright, and are provided here strictly for the purpose of supporting auditions for this production. Please destroy any copies you may have made once auditions and call-backs have concluded.

Roles Selection(s) Download
Diana, Apollo, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter From #5: "Oh, Incident Unprecedented"
At lyric, "Goodness gracious, how audacious"
p. 35 m. 116 - p. 37 m. 140
Download 'Goodness gracious, how audacious'
mm. 116-140
Sparkeion, Nicemis From #6: "Here Far Away from All The World"
Coda
p. 42 m. 54 - p. 43 m. 73
Download 'Here Far Away' Coda
mm. 54-73
Diana, Apollo, Mercury, Jupiter From #10: Act I Finale
At pickup to letter D
p. 86 m. 34 - p. 87 m. 42
Download Quartet from Act I Finale
mm. 34-87
Nicemis, Daphne, Sparkeion, Thespis From #14: "You're Diana, I'm Apollo"
At letter B
p. 132 m. 23 - p. 134 m. 45
Download Quartet from 'You're Diana, I'm Apollo'
mm. 23-45
Apollo, Mars, Jupiter From #15: "Oh Rage and Fury!"
At lyric, "Oh wicked Thespis!"
p. 148 m. 14 - p. 151 m. 28
Download 'Oh Rage and Fury!'
mm. 14-28
Nicemis, Daphne, Sparkeion From #17: Act II Finale
At lyric, "Great Jove, this interference"
p. 159 m. 12 - p. 162 m. 28
Download Trio from Act II Finale
mm. 12-28
 

 


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