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We are hoping to do a musical, details to be announced.
Our Spring Production will be “Hot Mikado”
A musical comedy in 2 acts
Book and Lyrics Adapted by David H. Bell
Music Adapted and Arranged by Rob Bowman
Based on “The Mikado” by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Artistic Director and Choreographer: Amelia Boyce Munson
Musical Director: Isaiah Evans
Co-Producers: Marcus Hatch & CherylAnn Welch
Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece is updated with the swinging sounds of 1940s jazz and blues.
Hot Mikado takes the classic Gilbert and Sullivan tale and updates it to 1940s-style. Young Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado (the Japanese Emperor) masquerading as a Second Trumpet player, arrives in the town of Titipu looking for the beautiful Yum-Yum. After bribing various officials he learns that she is betrothed to a former tailor turned Lord High executioner, Koko.
Meanwhile, the Mikado demands that Ko-Ko execute one person within the next month. Due to his heartbreak, Nanki-Poo agrees to be executed as long as he can spend a month as Yum-Yum’s husband. However, the plan goes awry when the Mikado makes a surprise visit to Titipu and brings with him Katisha, an older woman who is pursuing Nanki Poo.
Find out what happens when the clean lines and color of Japanese design combine with the big band sights and sounds of popular American song and dance!
Auditions will be held at:
Payson Park Church Directions to Payson Park Church
365 Belmont Street
|Wednesday||December 12, 2018||Wednesday Group 1: 7 to 8:30pm or
Wednesday Group 2: 8 to 9:30pm
|Thursday||December 13||Thursday Group 1: 7 to 8:30pm or
Thursday Group 2: 8 to 9:30pm
|5:30pm to 9:30pm callbacks|
Check out our Audition Event Page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/730286060669489
We are looking for actors to play the following roles:
|Ko-Ko||Baritone||25-35||Lord High Executioner, given his title the night before he was to be put to death for flirting. He has never killed anything in his life. An all-around “nice guy”. Needs to have impeccable comedic timing and strong mastery of the stage. Vocal range top: B5, bottom: B3|
|Nanki-Poo||Tenor||20-30||The son of the Mikado. A fresh-faced “rock crooner.” Runs away from his father and the high court and pretends to be a wandering minstrel who plays the trumpet with lots of energy but little finesse. Vocal range top: B5, bottom: C4|
|Yum-Yum||Soprano||18-25||The ward of Titipu’s Lord High Executioner and engaged to marry him. She loves Nanki-Poo. Honest and narcissistic. Needs comedic timing and a lovely soprano voice. Vocal range top: G5, bottom: A3|
|Katisha||Contralto||25+||Nanki-Poo’s spurned and subsequently angry suitor. Femme fatale. Threatens to tell everyone of Nanki-Poo’s real identity to ruin his engagement to Yum-Yum. Vocal range top: D5, bottom: F3|
|Poo-Bah||Bass||25+||Lord High “everything else.” Took over all the offices of State when everyone else quit. Clever, money-hungry and selfish. Ko-Ko’s right-hand man. Vocal range top: F5, bottom: A3|
|Pitti-Sing||Mezzo-Soprano||25-30||Yum-Yum’s sister. Very matter-of-fact. Protective of her sisters, and isn’t afraid to stand up to Katisha. Needs to be an extremely strong vocalist with a very wide vocal range. Vocal range top: A5, bottom: E3|
|Pish-Tush||Tenor||20+||The “coolest” Gentleman of Japan. Thinks himself overly important when doing the Mikado’s bidding. High-strung and rash. Vocal range top: B5, bottom: A3|
|Peep-Bo||Alto||18-25||Yum-Yum’s Sister. Cynical and sarcastic. Has the most attitude of all three sisters. Needs to be very comfortable singing difficult harmonies on her own. Vocal range top: F5, bottom: B3|
|The Mikado||Baritone||35+||The big “cat” of Japan. An ardent stickler for the law, and a ruler who finds humor in every situation even when it is unjust or absurd. Also plays ensemble in Act 1. Loves a good show and is quite a showman himself. Vocal range top: A5, bottom: C4|
|The Gentlemen||20-50||3 Gentlemen of Japan. Strong singers and adept dancers. Jazzy and fun. Wide vocal range|
|The Ladies||20-50||3 Ladies of Japan. Strong singers and dancers. Sassy and lively. Wide vocal range|
Advance sign-up for auditions is required. You can either:
- Sign up for an audition slot online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49a9ad2ba0fb6-auditions, or
- Call CherylAnn Welch at (617) 571-8865.
- The ages of these characters are adaptable within reason.
- Actors of all ages, races, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
- Please bring a filled-out audition form, headshot, resume, and a list of any conflict dates between February 10 and May 5.
- Audition form and character descriptions can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/yb5zge74
- The audition will consist of three portions: vocals, sides, and dancing.
- Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show – jazz, gospel, or classical. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. A cappella auditions will not be accepted.
- Please come dressed in comfortable clothes for the dance audition.
Rehearsals will be at Payson Park Church on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 7 to 9:30 PM starting February 10, 2019, excluding holidays.
The Belmont Dramatic Club is a non-profit, volunteer-run community theatre. Auditions are open to everyone. Actors are not paid to appear in our shows.
|Ko Ko||Elliot Raff|
|Nanki Poo||Jordan Potash|
|Pooh Bah||Peter Cavicchio|
|Pish Tush||Sebastian Espinosa|
|Gentleman 1||Bill Barnert|
|Gentleman 2||Dorian Burks|
|The Mikado/Gentleman 3||Jeremy White|
|Yum Yum||Gabriella Manuell Barrera|
|Pitti Sing||Laura Gosenca|
|Peep Bo||Chelsea Zabel|
|Lady 1||Aurora La Veglia|
|Lady 2||Abigail Bowling|
Four performances will be held at:
Payson Park Church Directions to Payson Park Church
365 Belmont Street
|Saturday||April 27, 2019||8-10:30pm|
|Sunday||April 28||4-6:30pm matinee|
|Sunday||May 5||4-6:30pm matinee|
Reservations & Tickets:
To be announced.
Each current BDC Member (whose dues are paid for the 2019/2020 Season) is entitled to TWO free tickets per production.
- $25 per person for General Admission.
There are 3 ways to make a reservation:
- NEW! Use our online ticket order form on Brown Paper Tickets: http://HotMikado.brownpapertickets.com
If you are a current BDC Member, you can reserve your free ticket to the show.
If you’re not a Member, you can order General Admission tickets using your credit card. A small service fee will be added to each ticket purchase.
- By mail: Go to our “Mail-in Ticket Order Form,” fill it out, print it, make your check payable to Belmont Dramatic Club, and then mail the form and your check to L.P. Macdonald, 63 Alexander Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478.
- By email: Send your order information to us at info@BelmontDramaticClub.org, then mail your check to us at the address above or pay at the door with cash or check.
General admission tickets will also be sold at the door starting one hour prior to each performance.
Our Box Office in the lobby of Payson Park Church can accept cash or checks, but cannot accept credit cards.
Be there early for the best seats!
For general inquiries about the BDC, please call (617) 489-2529 or email info@BelmontDramaticClub.org.