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Auditions for Come and Sing The Mikado

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Auditions for Come and Sing The Mikado

Time: March 23, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm
Location: St. Paul's Church
Street: Wightman Road
City/Town: London N4 1RW
Website or Map: http://www.saint-pauls-harrin…
Phone: 020 8341 3306
Event Tag: audition, soprano, alto, church, music, concert, solo, wightman, ladder, tenor, bass, mikado, opera, operetta, musical
Posted By: Bethany Burrow Atherton
Latest Activity: Mar 19, 2013

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Event Description

We will be holding auditions for the principal roles in The Mikado, so if you fancy your chances as a Pish-Tush or a Pitti-Sing, please e-mail us at musicontheladder@gmail.com to book your slot - please let us know which part (or parts!) you wish to audition for. 

Although we're putting on a concert performance of The Mikado, we are looking for people who can portray the characters, rather than just singing prettily. The principals will be permitted to use books in the performance if they wish. The auditions will take place in the church hall (entrance on Cavendish Road).

Here is a link to a selection of free scores available free on the internet, all of which are more or less the same. We will also have hard copies available on the day. http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Mikado_(Sullivan,_Arthur)

The principal roles and audition pieces are as follows:

The Mikado of Japan (bass or bass-baritone) (Act II, No.6 "A more humane Mikado")
Nanki-Poo, His Son, disguised as a wandering minstrel and in love with Yum-Yum (tenor) (Act I, No.2 "A wand'ring minstrel, I")
Ko-Ko, The Lord High Executioner of Titipu (comic baritone) (Act I, No.5a "As some day it may happen" (the List Song)*)
Pooh-Bah, Lord High Everything Else (baritone) (Act I, No.4 "Young man despair")
Pish-Tush, A Noble Lord (baritone) (Act I, No.3 "Our great Mikado, virtuous man")
Yum-Yum, A Ward of Ko-Ko, also engaged to Ko-Ko (soprano) (Act II, No.2 "The sun whose rays are all ablaze")
Pitti-Sing, A Ward of Ko-Ko (mezzo-soprano) (Act I, No.11, from "away, nor prosecute your quest")
Peep-Bo, A Ward of Ko-Ko (soprano or mezzo-soprano) (As for Pitto-Sing)
Katisha, An Elderly lady, in love with Nanki-Poo (contralto) (Act II, No.10 "Alone, and yet alive")

In addition to attending the Come and Sing event (obviously!), we will be asking principals to commit to one or two ensemble rehearsals to go through the trickier principals-only numbers during the few weeks prior to the event.

* Note that most of the free scores are quite old and have the unadulterated, not politically correct lyrics to this song. As is now usual, we will begin verse two with "There's the banjo serenader."

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