Auditions set for Tuesday for 'Palm Court High Tea'

Posted: Friday, July 05, 2002

Juneau Lyric Opera will audition singers next week for a Palm Court High Tea to be held this fall.

"The format of the performance is going to probably be piano and vocals, in a cabaret style," said Lena Simmons of Juneau Lyric Opera. "We envision people sipping tea and sherry, feasting on finger foods and listening to music written from about 1890 to 1914. Sort of like a pre-World War I afternoon musicale. We will provide the costumes."

Auditions will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. To schedule audition time and get more information, contact Susan Horst at horsts@jsd.k12.ak.us or 780-5181, or Lena Simmons at 789-4604, or e-mail opera@juneau.com.

The performance dates for the 1910 Edwardian-era afternoon are Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, 2002, at the Baranof Hotel.

Simmons said singers should bring two copies of their score to the audition. A pianist will be provided. Preferably, she said, the audition piece should be memorized.

"I would imagine we could use up to 20 singers - some solos and some ensembles," she said.

Music of the era includes Broadway, operetta and vaudeville. Popular performing artists of the 1910 era are Billy Murray, Al Jolson, Henry Burr, Lucy Isabelle Marsh, Alice Stevenson, Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar.

In addition to the Palm Court event, Juneau Lyric Opera plans to present Menotti's Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors" this December. Auditions will be scheduled once a director is selected.

Juneau Lyric Opera's 15th annual Mid-Winter Vocal Festival with Byron McGilvray is scheduled for Jan. 5 to 12, 2003.



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