Release date: 3/7/2014

San Francisco Holds Auditions April 4 and 5, 2014
For Supporting Roles in Company Premiere of Show Boat

Seeking Adolescent Girls with Strong Singing Ability and Non-Singing Actors

SAN FRANCISCO (March 7, 2014)—San Francisco Opera announces auditions for adolescent girls with strong singing ability and non-singing male and female actors for supporting roles in the Company’s Summer 2014 production of Show Boat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. A watershed of American musical theater and a beloved story of life on the Mississippi in the 1920’s, Show Boat is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of America’s bitter legacy of racism.

San Francisco Opera is casting for the following roles:

  • Young Kim: Seeking child actor/singer for a speaking and singing role. Caucasian female. Looks 8‐10 years old.

  • Steve/Manager: Looks 30‐40 years old. A conventionally handsome, strong leading-man. Caucasian male. Helpful to have stage combat skills. No singing required.

  • Pete/Emcee: Looks 30‐40 years old. Gruff and menacing. Caucasian male. Helpful to have stage combat skills. No singing required.

  • Sheriff/Maitre’d: Looks 30‐40 years old. Imposing “good ol’ boy” type. Caucasian male. No singing required.

  • Irish Landlady: Mature Caucasian female with a good Irish accent. No singing required.
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; performance dates are June 1(matinee), 3, 10, 13, 19, 22(matinee), 26, 28; July 1, 2, 2014. All performances take place at the War Memorial Opera House.
Candidates must apply in advance for an audition and all candidates should have past performance experience. These roles come with an AGMA Principal contract with a minimum weekly salary.  Selected artists will be required to join the American Guild of Musical Artists and pay initiation fees and dues.  Principal artists are notified of their daily rehearsal schedule the evening prior to their next day of work and are required to remain available for all rehearsal times, which generally take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.  San Francisco Opera adheres to all California laws governing the employment of minors in the entertainment industry.
                                                                        To Apply

Interested parties should e-mail 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. Selected candidates for audition will be notified on Monday, March 31, 2014 along with appropriate audition sides. Please be prepared to present two (2) contrasting monologues. YOUNG KIM candidates should have two (2) contrasting musical selections.
About Show Boat
A watershed of American musical theater, Show Boat, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, receives its Company premiere in director Francesca Zambello’s new grand-scale production. A beloved story of life on the Mississippi in the 1920’s, Show Boat is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. The ensemble cast features soprano Heidi Stober as Magnolia Hawks and soprano Patricia Racette in the role of Julie La Verne. Tony Award-winning actor Bill Irwin makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Cap’n Andy Hawks. Baritone Michael Todd Simpson is the handsome gambler Gaylord Ravenal. Tony Award winning actress Harriet Harris is Parthy Ann Hawks. The cast also features Morris Robinson as Joe and Angela Renée Simpson as his wife Queenie. Conductor John DeMain will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Show Boat runs for ten performances June 1 – July 2 as part of San Francisco Opera’s Summer 2014 Season. For more information, visit

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