The Shepherd University Department of Music announces an open call audition for its spring production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s brilliantly comic operetta Iolanthe (or “The Peer and the Peri”) on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the W. H. Shipley Recital Hall of the Frank Arts Center. The performances will take place February 12-14, 2016 in the Frank Arts Center Theater.
Auditions are open not only to Shepherd students, faculty, and staff, but also to the community at large. Those interested in performing in this operetta should come to the audition prepared to sing a music theater song, aria or art song and bring the sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.
Shepherd University Director of Vocal Activities and Department Chair, Dr. Rob Tudor, will direct this production of Iolanthe. Dr. Tudor brings to Shepherd over sixteen years’ experience directing opera and musical theater like Chess, The Apple Tree, Ragtime, The Gondoliers, and Shepherd’s recent productions of Die Fledermaus, Avenue Q, and Dido and Aeneas.
Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri, is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It is the seventh collaboration of the fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan. The first of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas to premiere at the Savoy Theatre in London, it was first produced on 25 November 1882, and ran for 398 performances. The story concerns a band of immortal fairies who find themselves at odds with the House of Peers, and the opera satires many aspects of British government and law.