The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

The Gondoliers

Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School
11908 N. Lamar | Map |Seating Chart

Auditions February 27 & 28, 2016

We will have more detailed information about how to sign up for auditions in early 2016. A small honorarium will be paid to all performers. To receive timely audition information, please confirm that we have your contact information by joining our mailing list.
The GondoliersThe Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin presents its summer 2016 grand production of The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria. Nine performances will be presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 16-26, 2016.

The Gondoliers premiered at the Savoy Theatre in December of 1889. The twelfth of the fourteen collaborations by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, it showcases them at the height of their talents. The opera is a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the heart!

As GSSA artistic director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. takes a well-deserved sabbatical summer, Michelle HachĂ© will serve as stage director in his stead. Michelle, winner of two B. Iden Payne awards for her G&S roles, is highly esteemed in the central Texas theatre community for her work both on the stage and in directorial roles. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona returns for his 19th season as Music Director. Bill Hatcher returns as Production Manager.

The GondoliersSet in Venice, The Gondoliers possesses perhaps the most sparkling and tuneful music of any composed by Sullivan, and indeed provides the most dancing. Of all the G&S operas, The Gondoliers features the greatest range of choreography. Sullivan borrowed from France the stately gavotte, from Spain the cachucha, from Italy the saltarello and the tarantella, and from Venice the barcarolle.

Gilbert returns to his favorite theme of topsy-turvydom, and satirizes snobbery regarding class distinctions in society. By setting the work comfortably far away from England, Gilbert was emboldened to direct sharper criticism at the nobility and the institution of the monarchy itself.

The GondoliersAs the opera begins, the audience is treated to the longest choral opening of any of the Savoy operas, with Venetian gondoliers and maidens setting the scene and playfully inviting us into their colorful world. Shortly, the young bride of the heir to the throne of the kingdom of Barataria arrives in Venice to join her husband. But he cannot be identified, since he was entrusted to the care of a drunken gondolier who mixed up the prince with his own son. As the King of Barataria has just been killed, these two young gondoliers must now jointly rule the kingdom until the nurse of the prince can be brought in to determine which of them is the rightful king. And that is only the beginning of the delightful complexity of the plot.

All performances will have supertitles for dialogue and lyrics.

9 PERFORMANCES - tickets on sale spring 2016
Thursday June 16 7:30pm Opening Night
Reduced Price Tickets
Friday June 17 7:30pm Gala Performance
Complimentary Buffet With Cast Follows Performance
Saturday June 18 7:30pm Evening Performance
Sunday June 19 2pm Matinee
Children's Activities at 1pm
Thursday June 23 7:30pm Evening Performance
Friday June 24 7:30pm Evening Performance
Saturday June 25 2pm
Evening Performance
Sunday June 26 2pm Matinee
Closing Performance
All performances will be supertitled
The Gondoliers
The Duke of Plaza-Toro (comic baritone)
Luiz, his Attendant (lyric baritone or tenor)
Don Alhambra del Bolero, the Grand Inquisitor (bass-baritone)
Marco Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (tenor)
Giuseppe Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (baritone)
Antonio, Venetian Gondolier (baritone)
Francesco, Venetian Gondolier (tenor)
Giorgio, Venetian Gondolier (bass)
Annibale, Venetian Gondolier (speaking role/chorus)
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (contralto)
Casilda, her Daughter (soprano)
Gianetta, Contadina (soprano)
Tessa, Contadina (mezzo-soprano)
Fiametta, Contadina (soprano)
Vittoria, Contadina (mezzo-soprano)
Giulia, Contadina (mezzo-soprano or soprano)
Inez, the King's Foster-mother (contralto)
Gondoliers & Contadine, Men-at-Arms, Heralds & Pages
The Gondoliers


Audition Materials
More detailed information about auditions coming in 2016.
Recent Summer Productions
The Sorcerer - 2015
H.M.S. Pinafore
- 2014
Princess Ida
- 2013
- 2012
The Mikado - 2011
The Yeomen of the Guard - 2010
Iolanthe - 2009
The Pirates of Penzance - 2008
Ruddigore - 2007

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

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