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A brand new folk opera called Pascagoula is casting all ethnicities, but especially seeking strong singers of color to audition. The show combines a centuries old folk tale and adapts the famous opera Madame Butterfly to 1930s Mississippi. This show is historical in nature and the racial and cultural casting is specific.
Monday, July 1st from 5-7PM
We will accept video submissions.
Audition Location: TBD
Butterfly- 20s-30s WOC, Native American and/or African American heritage. Mezzo. Strong but not guarded. Owns prime property that Pinkerton wants.
Pinkerton- 20s-30s, white. Baritone or tenor. Rich and way too charming for his own good. Running for governor in Mississippi.
Sharpless- 20s-40s, any ethnicity. Baritone or tenor. Pinkerton's campaign manager with a used salesman vibe.
Suzanne- 20s-40s, WOC. Alto. Butterfly's best friend, keeps trying to get her to accept Jesus- definitely a lady who wears those amazing church hats. Very loyal and principled.
Gordon- Later 20s-40s, any ethnicity, any voice part. Truly the con man of the town, and is currently trying to make a dime off of Trobedeau.
Trobedeau- 20s-30s, any ethnicity. Baritone or tenor. Foolish loverboy who follows Butterfly around like a puppy. If you play ukulele that's a plus. This character is written for a creole or cajun dialect.
Bonze- Later 20s-50s, African American. True bass. Will sing with chorus. He is Butterfly's uncle and doesn't want her to sell her land to the man. Dabbles in hoodoo.
Kate- 20s-30s. Soprano. White. Will sing with chorus. Charm school debutante. Everything Butterfly isn't.
The River Chorus: 1-2 sopranos, 1-2 Altos, 2 Tenor, 2 Bass.
Rehearsals will be the July 29- September 5, meeting 3x a week for 2 hours, likely Mon or Tues evening, Thurs evening, and Saturday afternoons depending on actor availability.
Performances are September 6 and 7.
Material To Prepare:
A 32 bar musical theatre selection. This folk opera uses Mississippi blues, Appalachian folk, and musical theatre styles, so no need to use Mozart or a fancy arts song.
If submitting a video submission: please attach H/R to email, perform 32 bar musical theatre selection, and if bi or multiracial tell us a little bit about what that means to you.