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Audition Notice
Mixed Precipitation and Skylark Opera 2023 Season Auditions

AUDITION SLOTS ARE FULL. We are taking video submissions.

Send us clips and a resume in an e-mail.  (mixedprecipitation@gmail.com and backstage@skylark.org)

We are casting TWO productions. 

Skylark Opera's production of Three Decembers (May 2023) at the Jungle Theatre. 

Mixed Precipitation's Pickup Truck Opera: Volume 3 - The Capulets and the Montagues (August and September 2023)

Auditions are held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1465 North Victoria Street, St. Paul 55117

Read below for details about each.  

What to prepare: Mixed Precipitation's production will be performed in the original Italian alongside popular American singing styles. Skylark's production is a contemporary opera in English. Please bring two selections, one operatic aria in Italian or English and one American musical theatre selection (golden age, Sondheim, or Weill). Accompanist provided.  

If you are unable to attend auditions in person, video submissions are welcome. Please send video links and resume in an e-mail to mixedprecipitation@gmail.com and backstage@skylark.org

Both Mixed Precipitation and Skylark are interested in challenging the classical music world and presenting accessible performances that reflect our times.  With this in mind, please present yourself as you feel most comfortable and confident at the audition.  Do not wear a tux or a recital gown (unless that's your preference).

Casting Mixed Precipitation's opera extravaganza returns for its 15th summer tour.  This year we are creating an adaptation of Bellini's opera, I Capuleti e I Montecchi.  (PIckup Truck Opera: Volume 3 - The Capulets and the Montagues) 

Music Director Gary Ruschman, Stage Director Tara Moses, Producing Artistic Director Scotty Reynolds, Anti-Oppression and Wellness Facilitator Akiko Ostlund.  

We are casting five performers. We have a particular need for performers who play instruments and those who enjoy a creative, generative rehearsal process.  Performers who love working and creating outdoors are a good fit for our performance.  

Callbacks for the Pickup Truck Opera will be Sunday, January 29th in the afternoon.  

Rehearsal: Three weeks of rehearsal, evenings and Saturday afternoons, outdoors. The anticipated schedule is three weeks in July, no more than 26 hours per week.  

Performances: 5 weeks in August and September, including performances on the Twin cities metro, North Shore, Iron Range, and SE Minnesota. Most performances are Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. No performance on Labor Day. 

Compensation: The performer rate is $510 per week, with per diem, housing, and mileage provided while we are outside of the metro.  8-9 week contract, some roles will be double cast

All performers and team members will agree to Mixed Precipitation's Community Culture Agreement.  This document describes our commitment to creating inclusive, supportive, and proactively safe spaces for collaborators, audience members, staff, and volunteers. The document is available at this link. 

Skylark Opera Theater will present Jake Heggie’s chamber opera THREE DECEMBERS

Carson Rose Schneider, Music Director/pianist

Gary Briggle, Stage Director 

Six Performances: May 12,13,14, 19, 20, and 21 at the Jungle Theater

Rehearsals will begin on April 15, 2023 

Performer fee: $2,500 - $2,000

The action takes place in 1986, 1996, and 2006, as the 3 characters struggle with lies and losses in their efforts to become a loving family. 

Cast requirements:

Madeline Mitchell, a Broadway star in middle age; mezzo-soprano 

Beatrice, her adult daughter, a young mother dealing with alcoholism, lyric soprano

Charlie, Madeline’s adult son, Bea’s gay younger brother,  whose partner has AIDS, lyric baritone