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AUDITIONS for prospective WGSLO members
WGSLO holds initial individual auditions for singers at the end of each year. A fixed time is allotted to each auditionee and must be booked with the Secretary.  Rehearsals commence in the second quarter, with performance in the third quarter. Auditions are notified to past performers and by newspaper classified notice and this website. Further audition calls may subsequently be made to complete casting. Casts include a range of performers from amateur to professional and WGSLO aims to produce the highest possible standard of performance whilst maintaining a not-for-profit ethic.
 Enquires from prospective  performers are welcome at any time and 
should be directed to the Secretary or other contacts given on the About WGSLO page. Interest can be registered and if there is no immediate opportunity, may result being placed on reserve for follow-up when a vacancy  or special need arises.  Opportunities may also arise with concert events.

Further auditions may be held to fill special needs such as  Dancers for ballet sequences and Actors for speaking-only roles.

Auditions and rehearsals are usually held at Te Whaea (the National School of Dance and Drama) at 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown.

Opera production involves many less visible tasks and special managerial, creative and technical skills in administration, preparation, backstage at performances, and Front of House..  Enquiries and offers of such assistance are welcome. More details of these and on this production can be obtained from WGSLO President, Stuart Gordon, ph.(04) 970 9271, email:stuart@gordon.co.nz. 
AUDITIONS for  IOLANTHE by Gilbert & Sullivan
are being held through
February and March 2017 for all Roles, Chorus and Covers. A cast of 40 singers is required.  As at 6 March, most roles have been allocated but a few vacancies are still available.   The next  bookable auditions wil be held on Tuesday 14 March.

To enquire and book an Audition time or to register an expression of interest, please contact WGSLO Secretary, Ellen Spear; phone: (04) 479 1685,  mobile 027 515 5716 or email: savoy@actrix.co.nz. (between 6 to 9 March please call President Stuart Gordon on (04) 970 9271 / stuart@gordon.co.nz)


WELLINGTON G&S LIGHT OPERA  (WGSLO) will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s light opera IOLANTHE in June-July 2017. This light-hearted farce pokes fun at eccentricities and doubtful behaviours suspected of and occasionally observed in Westminster Parliament, MPs and the Judiciary. Romance, romantic conflicts of interest and class-bound prejudices swirl around the protagonists until romance wins the day, and all choose expediently  to depart for Fairyland. With appealing music and droll wit,  this work came at the height of Gilbert & Sullivan’s powers and is unlikely to escape some judicious NZ references in this, our 2017 Election Year.

The work will be led by our very experienced Director John Goddard and Music Director Hugh McMillan.  Lia Purcell , choreographer of last year's Merry Widow, returns to join the creative team for 
Iolanthe.

LINKS TO SAMPLES
Proms 2000 Concert Performance: 
- A good rendition, music without dialogue, though chorus recording is somewhat muffled in the vast space of the Albert Hall and the start is missing.
Original Libretto PDF file - Subject to minor ad lib topical change
Vocal Score PDF file  (12MB): - Chappell edition.


LIST OF PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS AND CHORUS AS FOLLOWS:-
The Lord Chancellor…………………………............Baritone
Earl of Mountararat…………………….…...…...........Baritone
Earl Tolloller……………………………………............Tenor
Private Willis (Grenadier Guard)……………..............Bass
Strephon (Arcadian Shepherd of mixed parentage)..High Baritone
Queen of the Fairies………………………..…............Mezzo or Contralto
Iolanthe (A Fairy,Strephon's Mother)…………...........Mezzo
Phyllis (Shepherdess & Ward in Chancery.................Soprano
Celia (Fairy)………………………………………...........Soprano
Leila (Fairy)………………………………………...........Mezzo
Fleta (Fairy).......................................................................(Spoken part)
CHORUS of Dukes, Marquises, Earls, Viscounts, Barons, and Fairies.

REHEARSALS (to be held at Te Whaea)
Rehearsals will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 - 9:30 pm and Sundays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Initially Principals will be called Tuesdays and Sundays, and Chorus Thursdays and Sundays.
Music rehearsals run from from Sunday 9th April to Thursday 11 May, with some dialogue calls.
Production (dramatised) rehearsals run from Sunday 14th May. to the week before opening.

No rehearsals are scheduled for Anzac Day, Thursday before Good Friday, Easter Sunday, or Sunday of Queen’s Birthday weekend.

PERFORMANCES & VENUES
Performance dates and times are selected to avoid clash with the working week. Same day coach transport is provided to cast for the remote venue performances, which may include matinees and/or evenings. Unless noted otherwise, performances are fully staged with scenery, wardrobe and orchestra.  A semi-staged concert version with keyboard accompaniment is also being considered for a small venue at mid-tour.
24th June Southward Theatre. Kapiti
1 July Royal Wanganui Opera House
8 July (Semi-staged Concert Version?  TBA)
14-15 July Wellington Opera House
22 July Regent Theatre, Palmerston North
29 July Napier Municipal Theatre