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WPO slates auditions for ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’

Minot’s Western Plains Opera announces open auditions Monday (May 15) for its September production of Jacques Offenbach’s hilarious operetta, “Orpheus and the Underworld.” Sustaining its long history of combining the best of community, university and professional talent, WPO seeks to fill more than 13 roles and chorus — all sung in English. All voice types are needed with character roles as well!

“Orpheus” performance dates are Sept. 8, 9 and 10 with rehearsals starting Aug. 15. Most rehearsals are scheduled for evenings and weekends to accommodate community participants. Auditions will be Monday (May 15) from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall in Old Main (stage right). Free parking is available. For an audition, participants should prepare a song in English and a short monologue of their choice. Songs, monologues and an accompanist will be available as needed.

To schedule an audition, please sign up on the sheet posted by the Division of Music Office or contact Efraín Amaya, assistant professor of music, at 858-3035 or Maestro Amaya will be the artistic director and conductor.

“Orpheus in the Underworld,” the first of Offenbach's outrageously funny parodies of Greek mythology, is an unashamed comic version of the classic legend of Orpheus's pursuit of his wife Eurydice, who is carried off to Hades by Pluto - much to Jupiter’s annoyance. It involves nymphs, shepherds, gods and goddesses, with the fun reaching its climax in the riotous and well-known "Can-Can." This promises to be a lively and highly enjoyable show for both performers and audience, with many world-famous tunes.




Published: 05/02/17

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