Audition Notice: Master Class

By Terrence McNally
Produced by Special Arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE
Directed by Elissa Anne Polansky
Produced by Andrea Hamilton
Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday; Nov. 17th through Nov. 19th, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Audition Location: 
Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008
Performance Dates: 

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
January 10th through February 1st, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening

Audition Requirements: 

Please be prepared to read from the script. For auditions, the sopranos and tenor will be asked to sing a scale. Audition materials are available to review online at the following URL (please note this is case-sensitive): For callbacks, all potential Marias will be asked to memorize a portion of a Callas monologue (PDF to be given after acceptance of a callback); the sopranos/tenor will be asked to become familiar with their applicable aria; and the accompanist will be asked to play a portion of one of the arias listed in the character descriptions (sheet music and/or MP3s to be given after acceptance of callback). All those auditioning are encouraged to provide an 8x10 photo and a resume of their onstage experience when registering for auditions. These photos will become the property of the Conejo Players Theatre and may be used onstage in the production. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Any conflicts with the posted schedule must be discussed with the Producers and agreed to by the Director before casting can be confirmed. No appointment necessary. Open Call Auditions. There is NO PAY.

Plot Summary: 

Opera diva Maria Callas -- a glamorous, commanding, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny pedagogue -- is teaching a voice master class...

For More Information: 

Email your questions to the producer Andrea Hamilton, at  

Character Breakdown: 

Maria Callas: A formidable woman in her late 40s or early 50s. A glamorous, commanding, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny pedagogue. Light singing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Maria Callas’ interview(s) with Mike Wallace and/or Barbara Walters. We would like to see people who are familiar with this unique character and who are able to conduct their audition with the flavor of the strong Maria Callas presence.

Sophie De Palma (First Soprano): Female, 20s; talented soprano. Sensitive, but courageous. Not afraid to ask questions. Performer must be a strong operatic soprano. Must be able to sing Bellini’s Sonnambila aria “Ah non credea mirati” and able to realistically cry on cue. Vocal Range: Eb4-Ab5.

Sharon Graham (Second Soprano): Female, 20s; talented soprano. Sensitive, but courageous. Not afraid to ask questions. Works very hard.  Must be able to sing Verdi’s “Macbetto,” Lady M’s Letter aria. Vocal Range: D4-C6.

Anthony “Tony” Candolino (Tenor): Male, 20s to early 30s; tenor. Attractive and flirtatious; confident verging on cocky. Serious about becoming an artist. A good listener.  Performer must be a strong tenor (and a strong singer in general). Must be able to sing Cavaradossi’s first act aria from Puccini’s “Tosca,” “Dammi I colori.”  Vocal Range: F3-Bb4.

Manny Weinstock (Accompanist): Male, 20s to early 30s. Accomplished accompanist. Smart, savvy, good-humored. Respects Callas. Performer who can play the piano (and the arias listed above) a plus, but not necessary.

Stagehand: Male, age open. A dedicated theatre stagehand.