Opera/Musical Theatre Ensemble Auditions

two vocal musicians performing

AUDITIONS
Continuing students, new students and students from across campus in all fields of study are encouraged to audition. Our main stage productions provide terrific opportunities to perform and collaborate, and to earn course credit. The Departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We encourage all students interested in performing to audition regardless of cultural background, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Steps to Audition

for Candide

  1. Complete the Audition Questionnaire
    Sign-in using your SSU account: Select 'SIGN-IN', then type your FULL SSU email address (i.e. abcd@sonoma.edu) then click next. Then sign-in to the SSU portal with your SSU credentials.
  2. Sign up for an Audition Time Slot 
  3. Review all the information (audition format, rehearsals, performance dates) for each production, to ensure your schedule can accommodate all show commitments.



Show Commitments
Participation in Candide will be credited as a class. Music majors, Music minors and non-majors should register for MUSIC 330 in the fall and spring semester. Theatre Arts & Dance majors register for THAR 330 in the fall and spring semester. Rehearsal times fall as indicated below on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and on one Saturday per month*. For this production, only those rehearsing will be called, but the cast must be available for all the times listed below. Community members are encouraged to audition.

First Rehearsal
August 27, 7-10p

Rehearsal Call Times
FALL 2018, GMC 1027 & 1028
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10p plus the following Saturdays:
S Sept 14 from 10a-5p
S Oct 19, from 10a-5p
S Nov 9, from 10a-5p
S Nov 23 from 10a-5p (*to allow for Dec 7 Chorus reh)

SPRING 2020, Person Theatre
Starting T Jan 21 (2020) through Jan 31 
M, T, W and TH evenings from 7p-10p

Technical Rehearsals
TH Jan 30 from 7p-10p (Sitzprobe with Orchestra)
S Feb 1 from 10:30a-10:30p
Su Feb 2 from 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals
M-T-W Feb 3-5, from 6:30p -11p

Performances
Week One:  TH Feb 6, 7:30p (OPENING); F Feb 7, 7:30p; S Feb 8, 7:30p; Su Feb 9, 5p (Post-Show Talk)
Week Two: Tu Feb 11, 10a (K12 Free MATINEE, Piano Only); TH Feb 13, 7:30p (Fac/Staff night + Pizza); F Feb 14, 7:30p; S Feb 15, 7:30p; Su Feb 16, 2p (CLOSING MATINEE)

Available Roles
All roles are open to all ethnicities and cultural heritages.
CANDIDE (Tenor)
DR. PANGLOSS (Baritone)
MAXIMILIAN (Baritone)
CUNEGONDE (Soprano)
PAQUETTE (Mezzo Soprano)
THE OLD LADY (Mezzo Soprano)
MARTIN (Baritone)
CHORUS- other small roles

COURSE CREDIT/UNITS
All SSU cast members must register for these courses - you will not be automatically enrolled.

Cast lists will be sent to the Theatre Arts & Dance office, and a permission number for the correct course (THAR 301, 302, THAR 330 and MUSIC 330) will be provided to all cast members.

Since Candide rehearses in Fall 2019 but performs in the spring of 2020, cast members should register for 1-3 units in both semesters. MUSIC majors/minors and non-THAR majors/minors register for MUSIC 330 (Musical Theater Production) in the fall and spring.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
In order to achieve more accurate enrollment for the work student and faculty are providing shows, ALL students who are cast in any of the season’s shows MUST enroll in the appropriate MUSIC course (listed above) for 1-3units in Fall 2019.

•         If fulfilling this requirement means you will go over the 18-unit enrollment limit, you must AT THE TIME OF AUDITION fill out a Petition form to go over the 18-unit limit. We generally expect that all Petitions will be approved.

•         If fulfilling this requirement means you will have an official time conflict with another course in which you are enrolled, you must AT THE TIME OF AUDITION fill out a Time Conflict form.  Please note that in actuality you must be available for all rehearsal call times; the Time Conflict form is simply to resolve time conflicts as they appear for these courses within the system.

Stage management will provide you with copies of these forms to fill out AT THE TIME OF AUDITION. You will turn them in to stage management, who then deliver to the Chair’s office. The Chair’s office will submit the forms of students who are cast, and will recycle the others.

CANDIDE

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Music Direction by Lynne Morrow

Stage Direction by Doyle Ott

Produced by The Department of Music

February 6-16, 2020

Evert B. Person Theatre

Candide is in love with Cunegonde, daughter of the house in Westphalia where he has been brought up.  Dr. Pangloss, their tutor, teaches them that everything in this world is for the best, part of God's universal plan. Candide is then subjected to a knockabout series of disasters to test this theory.

He is expelled from Cunegonde's home, press-ganged into the army, finds Cunegonde dead, and runs away rejoining Pangloss. They survive an earthquake only to be arrested by the Inquisition and condemned to death.

Candide escapes with Cunegonde (who was only mostly dead), kills her powerful new lovers, and they flee to South America where she is sold into slavery. After losing her again, Candide has many adventures among war-like Jesuits and a journey to the legendary utopia of El Dorado. Candide returns to Venice where he finds Cunegonde making her way as a sex worker in a gambling casino.

Finally disillusioned, he realizes that the world is neither good nor bad, but what we make of it.

-Adapted from the program of The Old Vic production

FALL 2019 SEASON

Origin Story by Nathan Alan Davis

Super Mega Hot New Play Festival Curated by Scott Horstein

Fall Dance '19 SSU Student Created Works

SPRING 2020 SEASON

Candide Music by Leonard Bernstein

Spring Dance '20 Faculty & Guest Artist Choreography

All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

AUDITION FORMAT

Prepare and memorize:

1. Two songs in contrasting style, tempo and/or language

2. One monologue, not to exceed 90 seconds

3. Material should not be more than 7 minutes combined, including intros and bridges

 

NOTES

Be sure to bring legible sheet music in the preferred key for the pianist/accompanist in a 3-ring binder that makes it easy for the pianist to turn pages, with start and stops marked clearly.

If you have not prepared either a monologue or songs, please come anyway. We’d love to see you! We can work together to help connect your interests, experience and skills to the musical.

Preliminary Audition Workshop (optional but helpful for incoming/new students)

TU Evening, Aug 20, 6-7p, Person Theatre

AUDITIONS
TH Evening, Aug 22, 6p-10p, Person Theatre
F Evening, Aug 23, 6p-10p, Person Theatre

AUDITION SIGN-UP
CALLBACKS
S, Aug 24, 10a-4p, Ives 101 & 119
Su, Aug. 25, 10a-4p, Ives 101 & 119

SHOW COMMITMENTS
Participation in Candide will be credited as a class. Music majors, Music minors and non-majors should register for MUSIC 330 in the fall and spring semester. Theatre Arts & Dance majors register for THAR 330 in the fall and spring semester. Rehearsal times fall as indicated below on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and on one Saturday per month*. For this production, only those rehearsing will be called, but the cast must be available for all the times listed below. Community members are encouraged to audition.

 

If you have questions or comments, please contact Brooke Tester at 707-664-2324 or brooke.tester@sonoma.edu

 

Faculty Contact

Lynne
Morrow
707-646-8859

Audition Dates

AUGUST AUDITIONS
Candide, All’s Well That Ends Well
Preliminary Audition Workshop (optional but helpful for incoming/new students)
TU Evening, Aug 20, 6-7p, Person Theatre

AUDITIONS
TH Evening, Aug 22, 6p-10p, Person Theatre
F Evening, Aug 23, 6p-10p, Person Theatre

Call back times will be posted at 11p on Friday, Aug 23

CALLBACKS
S, Aug 24, 10a-4p, Ives 101 & 119
Su, Aug. 25, 10a-4p, Ives 101 & 119


 

 

Preparation

Audition Format


Prepare and memorize: 
1. One monologue, not to exceed 90 seconds 
2. Two contrasting songs (at least one in English) not to exceed 3 minutes combined 
3. Together, the monologue and song(s) should not be more than 5 minutes


NOTES
Be sure to bring legible sheet music for the pianist/accompanist in a 3-ring binder that makes it easy for the pianist to turn pages.
If you have not prepared either a monologue or songs, please come anyway. We’d love to see you! We can work out a way to get a feel for your interests, experience and skills.