Porgy and Bess Auditions - Lyric Opera of Chicago

'Porgy and Bess' supernumerary auditions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Lyric Opera of Chicago
to hold auditions TUESDAY, October 14
for Black/African-American
volunteer supernumeraries as “extras”
for George Gershwin’s American Folk Opera
Porgy and Bess

 

On Tuesday, October 14, Lyric Opera of Chicago will audition Black/African-American volunteer supernumeraries for Porgy and Bess. (A supernumerary is a non-singing, non-speaking “extra.”) The production is directed by Francesca Zambello.

All applicants should arrive at audition prepared to learn and follow stage directions. Adult supernumeraries receive $15.00 per rehearsal and performance call. Child supernumeraries may apply for a grant from Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center.

Lyric’s Porgy and Bess will have 13 performances (Nov. 18 – Dec. 19) with matinee performances Nov. 23, 26, and Dec. 18.  

Auditions will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive. Use stage-door entrance at Washington St. and Wacker Dr.

These are non-speaking, non-singing roles.

As stipulated by the Gershwin Estate, only Black/African-American volunteers are being sought for this production.

Audition Schedule for Tuesday, Oct. 14

6:00 pm:         Adults
8 MEN            Height    5’7 and  6’2

                        Chest:     34” - 51”

                        Waist:     29” - 48”

6 WOMEN:   Height:   5’1 - 5’7

                        Chest:     33” - 42”    

                        Waist: 29” - 37”        

7:00 pm:         Children
6 BOYS:         Height:      3’4 - 4’11”            

                        Chest:       24” – 31”

                        Waist:       23” – 30”

6 GIRLS:       Height:      4’2 - 5’3

                        Chest:       22” – 35”

                        Waist:       20” – 32”

Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 16. Piano run-through: Tue, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Dress rehearsal: Fri., Nov. 14, 1 p.m.

For further information, call the Lyric Opera Super hotline (312) 827-3538.

 

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