The Forgotten Opera Company (Victorian Lyric Opera’s contemporary arm) presents AUDITIONS for a double bill of Arthur Sullivan’s COX & BOX and the world premiere of a new one-act opera, BRIDES AND MOTHERS, composed by D.C. native Sean Pflueger with libretto by Laura Wehrmeyer Fuentes. Director: Deborah Grossman / Music Director: Francine Krasowska
WHEN: September 14th, 3-6 PM September 15th, 3-4 PM Sign up at https://www.theaterforms.com/FOC/CBBM/auditionform/ CALLBACKS (by invitation) September 15th, 3-6 PM *Men (for Cox & Box), please prepare an aria by, or in the style of, Gilbert & Sullivan. Women (for Brides & Mothers), please prepare an aria and recitative from opera or operetta. Accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning for Cox and Box may be asked to read.
WHERE: Bethesda Presbyterian Church 7611 Clarendon Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
ABOUT THE SHOWS: COX & BOX, or, The Long-Lost Brothers, is a one-act comic opera with a libretto by F. C. Burnand and music by Arthur Sullivan, based on the 1847 farce Box and Cox by John Maddison Morton. It was Sullivan’s first successful comic opera.
James John Cox – BARITONE, renter John James Box – TENOR, renter Sergeant Bouncer – BASS, landlord
A relatable character study for the 21st century, BRIDES AND MOTHERS looks at the complexity of mother/daughter relationships from a new angle. Sean and Laura’s previous collaboration, Do Not Disturb, was praised as “wonderfully witty”. Brides and Mothers, their third operatic collaboration, is poised to be a modern-day classic.
Bride 1, SOPRANO – Excited to host the event of a lifetime, with all the pictures to prove it. Mother 1, MEZZO – Down-to-earth and practical. Doesn’t understand why her daughter needs to make such a fuss over herself. Bride 2, MEZZO – Modest and understated. Marrying her girlfriend, very much in love. Mother 2, SOPRANO – Image-conscious and hyper-feminine. Has always envisioned a traditional wedding with her daughter as the center of attention.
PRODUCTION SCHEDULE: Rehearsals will be held in Takoma Park and downtown Bethesda Appr. 2-3 rehearsals per week, weeknight evenings, weekend afternoon (dates and times TBD) First day of rehearsal: TBD, possibly not until October. 6-8 rehearsals in the month of October for music and blocking TECH WEEK: November 2 – November 8 (~ 3 rehearsals: piano run, sitzprobe, dress rehearsal in Bethesda) TECH DRESS: November 9 @ 2pm at the performance venue
PERFORMANCES: MC Cultural Arts Center 7995 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, MD November 9 @ 8pm November 10 @ 2pm
DISCLOSURES : !! Ages 18+ !! Singers will be expected to learn their parts on their own. Music rehearsals will be for putting parts together !! Actors may need to help move set pieces (furniture, screens) !! This production is accessible to actors who use a mobility device.