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Secret Garden Casting Call
Stage moms and Glee teeny-boppers take note: we're on the lookout for young performers between the ages of 9-21 for our upcoming production of The Secret Garden.  No, not that Secret Garden but a NEW world-premiere operatic version with music by Bay-Area teamed composer (and architect of the Music Genome Project aka Pandora) Nolan Gasser and librettist Carey Harrison. 

Three of the leading principal roles will be played by young performers, all of whom must be strong singers and actors.  The roles available are:
  • Mary Lenox - soprano; the heart of the show; nine years old of age; slightly precocious and stubborn.  
  • Colin Craven - tenor; a crippled boy; twelve years old of age; with a spoiled temperement.
  • Dickon Sowerby - tenor; mischevious and playful while also beyond his years; sixteen years old of age.

None of these roles necessarily will be cast with a performer of the age listed so we encourage girls of all ages to audition for Mary and boys of all ages to audition for Colin and Dickon.  

The first round of auditions will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd starting at 3 o'clock p.m. here at the War Memorial Opera House and in order to be granted a slot for the session you MUST submit your interest along with an outline of your performance experience (resumé) and a recent picture (headshot) to our casting department by Friday, September 21st and by email to Sean Waugh at  Please list "GARDEN AUD" in the subject line for all submissions.

Those chosen for an audition will be formally invited by email and provided with an outline of the audition requirements.  Those chosen to move on from the first round of auditions will be invited to a call-back session later this fall season.  Rehearsals for the production will begin on February 4, 2013 with performances beginning on March 1, 2013 and ending on March 10, 2013.  Those selected for the roles will be fit with an AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) Principal Contract and will be issued a minimum weekly salary + benefits.  San Francisco Opera adheres to all laws through the California Department of Labor and the Employment of Minors in the Entertainment Industry.

We hope you'll spread the word about this very exciting opportunity and we look forward to seeing some bright,energetic, and new talent come through the War Memorial Opera House doors!  We may just discover the next budding Pavarotti or Jackie Evancho (but if your dream is to be the next Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga, this might not be the right audition for you!)

Posted: 9/16/2012 4:57:56 PM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: 2012-13Season, audition, children, education, new-works, SecretGarden


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