Backstage at San Francisco Opera > March 2014 > Show Boat Casting Call
Show Boat Casting Call
Dreaming of your San Francisco Opera mainstage debut? Here’s your chance! On April 4 and 5, we will be holding auditions for a number of supporting roles in our summer production of Show Boat!  If your singing chops are not as great as your acting chops - no problem! We are seeking non-singing male and female actors for the roles listed below in this beloved work by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.  Stage parents take note: we’re also searching for girls between the ages of 7-11 who can sing and act for the role of “Young Kim” an integral role in the show and the perfect opportunity for the next broadway baby!  You just might find yourself onstage with opera superstars Heidi Stober, Patricia Racette and Michael Todd Simpson, along with legends of stage and screen Bill Irwin, Harriet Harris, Kirsten Wyatt and John Bolton in Francesca Zambello’s grand production. Take a look to see if you might be a perfect addition to the Cotton Blossom!

(Designs by Paul Tazewell)
Young Kim: Caucasian Female 7-11 year old-looking child actor/singer for this integral speaking and singing role.


(Designs by Paul Tazewell)
Steve/Manager: A conventionally handsome and strong leading-man type, who looks 30-40 years old. We are seeking a Caucasian male who preferably has stage combat skills. No singing required.

(Designs by Paul Tazewell)
Pete/Emcee: A gruff and menacing Caucasian male actor who looks 30-40 years old, preferably with stage combat skills. No singing required.

(Designs by Paul Tazewell)
Sheriff/Maitre’d: A “good ol’ boy” type, this Caucasian male should look 30-40 years old and is not required to sing.

(Designs by Paul Tazewell)
Irish Landlady: A mature, Caucasian female with a good Irish accent. No singing required.

Interested in auditioning? All candidates must apply in advance for an audition and should have performance experience. Please e-mail your resume and headshot to Sean Waugh at with “SB AUDITION” in the subject line. Applications must be received by March 25, 2014.  No phone calls please.

Only candidates selected for audition will receive a response and will be notified on Monday, March 31, 2014 with further details. Adult candidates should be prepared to present two (2) contrasting monologues. ”Young Kim” candidates should have two (2) contrasting musical selections prepared.

Auditions will be held on Friday, April 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in San Francisco, CA. Show Boat rehearsals begin May 1, 2014 with ten performances beginning on June 1through July 2, 2014. All performances take place at the War Memorial Opera House.

If cast, you will receive an American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Principal Contract with a minimum weekly salary. You will also be required to join AGMA and pay initiation fees and dues. Rehearsals generally take place between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.; the daily rehearsal schedule is sent to principal artists the evening before their next workday. San Francisco Opera adheres to all California laws governing the employment of minors in the entertainment industry.

Help San Francisco Opera spread the word about these exciting opportunities! We look forward to finding new, local talent to enrich our fabulous production of an American classic. Show Boat comes rollin’ along this summer – come aboard!

(Production photo by Scott Suchman, Washington National Opera)
Posted: 3/14/2014 11:46:56 AM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: 2013-14Season, ShowBoat


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