MARQUETTE – Auditions for the Northern Michigan University production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in room 250 of Thomas Fine Arts. They are open to the general public, as well as NMU students, faculty and staff.
Patience is an opera that satirizes the artistic movement of the 1870s and 1880s. It tells the story of two contrasting aesthetic poets who are sought after by every well-born woman in the village, but end up falling in love with Patience, a simple milkmaid who cares nothing for poetry.
Auditions may include anything that demonstrates vocal quality, clear diction and ability to project vivid characterization. If auditioning for a named role, specific excerpts from the show are preferred, but not required. Performances are scheduled May 18-20.
Names of the selections, printable music, and mp3 files of the songs may be found at http://www-instruct.nmu.edu/music/Engelhart/Patience. For a plot and character background, visit http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/patience/html/index.html. For more information, contact NMU music professor Rob Engelhart at 227-1038.