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Youth Opera Theatre Auditions Set For “Thespis” And “Hercules”

12 Jan , 2019  

Directed by Lori Turner, the Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre announces auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s operatic extravaganza, “Thespis,” the piece that gave the legendary duo their start, and “Hercules” composed by the Renaissance’s Artistic Director, Michael Thomas.  Audition Dates are February 9 from 11:00-4:00 PM at Theatre 166 (166 Park Avenue West), and February 10 from 12:00-4:00 PM in the Ballroom of the Renaissance Theatre.

“Thespis” follows an acting troupe and the gods on Mount Olympus.  The gods need a vacation, so decide to leave Mount Olympus and take a holiday. As luck would have it, the acting troupe, headed by Thespis, the legendary Greek father of drama, arrives and they agree to temporarily take the place of the gods. The actors turn out to be comically inept rulers. Having seen the ensuing mayhem down below, the angry gods return, sending the actors back to Earth as “eminent tragedians, whom no one ever goes to see.”

Younger performers will perform a “curtain-raiser” of “Hercules,” another original work by Michael Thomas. “Hercules” follows the Greek Hero through his seven labors in a zany spoof on the original myth.

Auditions are open to all performers grades 2- 12.

Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song of your choice and bring sheet music in the proper key.  An accompanist will be provided. You may be asked to read from the script.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, please contact

Rehearsals begin February 17. Performances are May 25 at 7:00 PM and May 26 at 3:00 PM.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association


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