This summer, NewLOG will return to Louth with a brand new production of The Mikado, perhaps Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular opera, packed with great music, sharp dialogue, and vivid characters in a near-farcical story of romance, heartbreak and boiling oil. The production’s staging director is Tony Bannister, and the musical director is Alex Carpenter. Costume design and construction by Eirian Walsh Atkins and Lucy Harrold, lighting by Alex Woolley and technical oversight by Steve Greenwood and Fay Carradine.
The performances will take place at NewLOG’s home-from-home – the Riverhead Theatre in Louth, Lincolnshire – on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June at 7.30pm. All cast will be expected to be in Louth from 12.00 noon on Wednesday 26 June for technical and dress rehearsals. We are also looking for tech and set build crew to join us in Louth from Saturday 22 June to take part in the backstage operations of the show and to build and paint the set. If you are interested in joining the crew, please email email@example.com – any cast members who are able to come up to Louth early to help build/paint are always welcome too!
An introductory meet and greet for The Mikado will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BA on Wednesday 20 March from 7pm. This will be your opportunity to meet the NewLOG team and have a glass of wine and some nibbles while you find out about our plans for the production, and then have a bit of fun singing some of the music and getting a feel of some of the choreography. Then, of course, we shall head pubwards!
Auditions for principal roles will take place on the evening of Thursday 28 March and the afternoon of Sunday 31 March at Holy Trinity. Please consult the audition information on the website. You will need to prepare a song of your choice from the Gilbert and Sullivan canon that is appropriate for the vocal range and vocal type of the role/s you wish to audition for, and there are also dialogue extracts to prepare for each character, included in the audition dialogue PDF document (see below). Music and dialogue does not have to be off-book for the audition, but please be prepared to perform your dialogue rather than just reading from the sheet. We are not expecting a final, polished performance, but characterisation will be looked on positively. Audition slots are bookable by emailing Tony & Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, preferred date and whether you would prefer a slot early, mid-way, or late in the audition session (if you have a preference). Please also provide a mobile phone number if possible, your voice type and the role/s you’d like to audition for (if you know). Please note we can’t guarantee you’ll get the time slot that you want, but we will do our best to jiggle things around as necessary if we can. You can also sign up for an audition slot at the intro meeting. As always, there are no auditions for chorus.
IMPORTANT: Please bring a copy of the music for your chosen song for the pianist as well as one for you to sing from, and please bring your own copy of the dialogue.
Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 – 10.00pm and Sunday afternoons, generally from 2.00 – 6.00pm, at Holy Trinity, beginning straight after Easter. There will be supplementary rehearsals for principals by mutual arrangement. Please note that all principals will be expected to be off book for dialogue relevant to each rehearsal. There will be a show fee of £60 payable by all cast members to support production costs. This is an amateur production, and participants are responsible for their personal expenses (travel, food & drink, accommodation, etc.)
If you have any comments or questions please email me at email@example.com or bend my ear at the intro meeting.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the meeting, and at auditions!
Tony, Alex, Fay, Eirian, Chris and Steve
The NewLOG board