Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse
by WS Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
Director: Alan Needham
Musical Director: Michael Brett
Production company: The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA
Casting Lead roles and Chorus – all ethnicities welcome!
• Saturday, 10 June 2023
• Sunday, 11 June 2023
Show season: October 5 – 14, 2023 (9 performances) at Dolphin Theatre, Crawley.
To express interest or book an audition time contact:
Roger Starbuck – 0428 763 478 – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unavailable on the weekend of 10 / 11 June, please send an email to Roger expressing your interest and he will advise further.
Robin Oakapple /Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd (light baritone): a character role changing from a simple farmer in Act 1 (in disguise) to becoming the “bad” baronet of Ruddigore in Act 2.
Rose Maybud (soprano): a sweet and virtuous village maiden.
Dame Hannah (contralto): Rose Maybud’s aunt with an interesting backstory and history with the Baronets of Ruddigore.
Sir Despard Murgatroyd (bass-baritone): Robin / Ruthven’s younger brother, evil (though contrite) baronet in Act 1 who becomes a sanctimonious “do-gooder” in Act 2.
Richard (Dick) Dauntless (tenor): A sailor, Robin’s best friend and foster brother and soon his rival for Rose. A hornpipe dancing sea dog!
Mad Margaret (mezzo-soprano): initially presents as a fringe of society person with a mad scene (i.e. Lucia di Lammermoor / Ophelia) in Act 1 but joins Sir Despard in his Act 2 conversion to virtue. One of Gilbert’s greatest characters.
Sir Roderick Murgatroyd (bass): Principal ghost, the most recent descendent and leader of the Ruddigore ancestors.
Old Adam Goodheart (bass): Robin’s faithful servant. Significant dialogue and ensembles including a duet with Robin / Ruthven.
Zorah (soprano): Professional bridesmaid.
Ruth (speaking / chorus): Professional bridesmaid.
Male chorus: featured as villagers, landed gentry, ghostly ancestors.
Female chorus: featured as professional bridesmaids, villagers
Auditionees must prepare one song, in English, to be sung with piano accompaniment.
Auditionees must provide 2 copies of the sheet music for their chosen song, unless it is from the G&S repertoire.
Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons unless otherwise advised. You may not be required for all of these scheduled times; all cast and crew will receive detailed rosters during the rehearsal period. The first call will be a “Meet & Greet” on Thursday, 13 July.
If you would like to volunteer to help out behind-the-scenes i.e. props, costumes, set, bump-in etc. we would love to meet you! Please send an email to Max Page, Production Manager: email@example.com to discuss further. Thank you.