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 firstname.lastname@example.org – any cast members who are able to come up to Louth early to help build/paint are always welcome too! Please note you do not need to be in Louth before 26 June unless you are taking part in the set/costume build – all rehearsals before 26 June, including the band call/sitzprobe, will be in London.
Auditions for principal roles will take place on the evening of Thursday 28 March (UPDATE – Thursday is now fully booked) and the afternoon of Sunday 31 March at Holy Trinity. 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 email@example.com 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. 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 (unless otherwise specified), beginning on Wednesday 24 April. 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.)
All participants must be aged 18+.
If you have any comments or questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re looking forward to seeing you at auditions and rehearsals!
Tony, Alex, Fay, Eirian, Chris and Steve
The NewLOG board