Lyric Opera of Chicago to hold ensemble auditions for singers and dancers for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I October 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2015

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LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
312-332-2244
lyricopera.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago to hold ensemble auditions

for singers and dancers for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I

October 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2015

CHICAGO – Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions for singers and dancers for the 2015-16 season production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. This new-to-Chicago production is part of the company’s American Musical Theater Initiative and features an internationally acclaimed creative team, including Lee Blakeley as director, conductor David Chase, and choreography by Peggy Hickey.

Weekly rates for ensemble performers and solo dancers are subject to the collective bargaining agreement with The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and were set at $1096.50/week in the 2014-15 season. The rehearsal and performance period for The King and I is Monday, April 4 through Sunday, May 22, 2016. There is a possibility of a short extension of the performance period. Ensemble members may also be cast as understudies for some small, named roles.

All singers and dancers seen at the union call must belong to AGMA or Actor’s Equity (Equity Membership candidates will be seen at the non-union calls).

Applicants of Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander descent are particularly encouraged to audition. All ethnicities are welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: applicants must possess physical stamina. Portions of the show involve extensive time spent on knees, in a bowing position; ensemble members will also perform barefoot and men will be bare-chested at times.

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SINGERS:
Candidates must be classically trained with experience in musical theater and have extensive stage experience.

The schedule for singers is as follows:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015                 

AGMA/Equity

Non-Union

Preliminary Singer Ensemble Auditions
10am – 1pm Auditions
Staggered check-in for each audition hour

Preliminary Singer Ensemble Auditions
2pm – 5pm Auditions
Staggered check-in for each audition hour

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AGMA/Equity
Non/Union       


Singer Callbacks w/ Movement Component
10am Audition
9:30am check-in

The deadline for singer registration is Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:00pm CDT.

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DANCERS:

Applicants must be classically trained, preferably with a background in musical theater and modern dance. Candidates must display flexible hands, feet, and wrists. Thai dance background a plus but not necessary. Male dancers who can power tumble are particularly encouraged to apply.

The schedule for dancers is as follows:

Thursday, October 15, 2015                  

AGMA/Equity

Non-Union

Preliminary Dancer Ensemble Auditions
10am – 1pm Audition
Staggered check-in for each audition hour

Preliminary Dancer Ensemble Auditions
2pm – 5pm Audition
Staggered check-in for each audition hour

Friday, October 16, 2015

AGMA/Equity
Non-Union         

Dancer Callbacks w/Possible Singing
10am Audition
9:30am check-in

The deadline for dancer registration is Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:00pm CDT.

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All auditionees will need to be prepared to sing 16 bars of a Rodgers and Hammerstein song or repertoire similar in style, including dancers invited to the callback session. Please choose a piece that showcases vocal line and your technical abilities. Please also bring your audition book consisting of contrasting musical theater pieces. Come prepared to sing; there will not be space for you to warm up.

For all dancing/movement sessions, dancers should prepare to dance barefoot or in ballet slippers if preferred.  Please be sure to wear clothes appropriate for dancing, and arrive warmed up and ready to dance. Lyric Opera of Chicago is seeking a variety of body types.

For more information about this production, and to register for these auditions, please email your résumé and headshot to [email protected]; please indicate whether or not you belong to AGMA or Equity, and your interest in being seen as a singer or dancer.

Auditions are by invitation only and will be awarded based on complete materials submitted. They will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago.

Walk-ins will not be seen.

Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists. Should you be hired for The King and I you will be required to join this union, if you are not already a member.

 

 

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About Lyric

Founded in 1954, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.

Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.

Under the leadership of general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become The Great North American Opera Company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility.

 

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