The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

The Sorcerer

Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School
11908 N. Lamar | Map |Seating Chart

Auditions February 21 & 22


Auditions are by appointment only

Call Pat Turpin at 512-963-9021 (7am-8pm) or email her at to reserve a time slot.
Auditions held in room A-112 on the Campus of Brentwood Christian School - 11908 N. Lamar
A completed Audition Form is required, and a résumé and headshot are requested if available.

All roles are open for casting including principal and supporting roles for 5 males and 4 females, a chorus of fourteen men and fourteen women, and one speaking role for a boy of about ten years of age.  Auditions are approximately ten minutes long. Those auditioning should memorize a song from Gilbert & Sullivan or something similar that will show their voice and range to best advantage. An accompanist will be provided, although singers may bring their own pianist if they wish. People auditioning for the chorus will sing their selection and may have their range and other qualifications tested by the Music Director; people auditioning for principal roles will also read from the libretto with the Artistic Director. Please note that unaccompanied (a cappella) auditions are not permitted, nor are self-accompanied auditions. A public domain version of the Vocal Score and Libretto are available.

Music rehearsals will begin on Sunday March 8.  There will be eleven rehearsals with the last on May 12.  Staging rehearsals will begin about a week later and continue through the opening of the show on June 18

Read Ralph MacPhail, Jr.'s Audition Notes which contain information about The Sorcerer and each role being cast. These notes also include important information regarding rehearsals and the rehearsal schedule.

A small honorarium will be paid to all performers. To receive timely audition information, please confirm that we have your contact information by joining our mailing list.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin presents its summer 2015 grand production of The Sorcerer. Nine performances will be presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 18-28, 2015. This popular classic was W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s third comic opera of their fourteen. The plot is based on a Christmas story, An Elixir of Love, that Gilbert wrote for a magazine in 1876.

Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr., returns for his 15th summer with the Society, along with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, enjoying his 19th season as Music Director. Bill Hatcher returns as Production Manager.

The Sorcerer opened in November of 1877 at the Opera Comique in London, where it ran for 178 performances. It was a success by the standards of that time and encouraged the collaborators to write their next opera, H.M.S. Pinafore. The Sorcerer was the first G&S opera to use all the major character types and typical range of songs that would appear in their later collaborations, such as comic duets, a patter song, and novel ensembles. The chorus is essential, taking part in the action and often acting as an important character in its own right.

The setting is a small rural village inhabited by gentry and country folk. A young man, Alexis, is obsessed with idea of love levelling all ranks and social distinctions. To promote his beliefs, he invites the proprietor of J.W. Wells & Co., Family Sorcerers, to brew a love potion. This causes everyone in the village to fall in love with the first person they see and results in the pairing of comically mismatched couples. In the end, Wells must sacrifice his life to break the spell. The satire in the opera is focused on old-fashioned conventions of aristocratic benevolence and grand opera. It’s a magical story, filled with topsy-turvy humor and beautiful music. The Sorcerer sets the stage for the wonderful collaborations that followed during the subsequent two decades of collaboration.

A complementary buffet with the cast follows the Friday, June 19 Gala Performance. Special children's activities precede the performance on Sunday, June 21 at 1pm. All performances will have supertitles for dialogue and lyrics.
9 PERFORMANCES - tickets on sale spring 2015
Thursday June 18 7:30pm Opening Night
Friday June 19 7:30pm Gala Performance
Complementary Buffet With Cast Follows Performance
Saturday June 20 7:30pm Evening Performance
Sunday June 21 2pm Matinee
Children's Activities at 1pm
Thursday June 25 7:30pm Evening Performance
Friday June 26 7:30pm Evening Performance
Saturday June 27 2pm
Evening Performance
Sunday June 28 2pm Matinee
Closing Performance
All performances will be supertitled
Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre (bass baritone)
Alexis (tenor)
Dr. Daly (light baritone)
Notary (bass)
John Wellington Wells (light baritone)
Lady Sangazure (contralto)
Aline (soprano)
Mrs. Partlet (mezzo-soprano)
Constance (mezzo-soprano)
Hercules (speaking role)
Female & Male villagers of Ploverleigh
Audition Materials
Audition Form
Audition Notes
Music Rehearsal Schedule
Staging Rehearsal Calendar
Important Audition Information
Vocal Score
Large File. Download will be slow.
Auditions Flyer
Recent Summer Productions
H.M.S. Pinafore - 2014
Princess Ida - 2013
- 2012
The Mikado - 2011
The Yeomen of the Guard - 2010
Iolanthe - 2009
The Pirates of Penzance - 2008
Ruddigore - 2007

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

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