"Exit Prima Donna" is being billed as a murder mystery masquerade opera. Performances will take place March 24, March 31, April 7, and April 14, 2018.
"Its richly detailed murals, remote location, and even the rumors of ghosts haunting the venue will be the perfect site for this unique show celebrating the history of opera. The show is structured more like a traditional stage musical with English spoken dialogue and interspersed songs from all kinds of opera integrated into the plot," according to a press release. The opera songs are from the public domain and will be sung in their original language, although the dialog (by Stallings) will be in English to allow the audience to solve the mystery.
The story is set in Venice in 1899 and involves the company of a grand opera house, a masquerade ball and a kidnapping.
Those wishing to audition for must be at least 18 or older.
"During auditions, everyone will fill out an audition form which will ask for basics such as name, email, experience, availability, etc. These are just basics to give us an understanding on who the performer is as well as contact information. Then the performer will sing their prepared 1 1/2 to 2 minute operatic (or similar) piece. Directors looking for performance, for how a singer acts while they sing. We'll then assess your vocal range, followed by pairing up performers for cold readings of selected scenes from the original script according to the release.
The rehearsal schedule will be finalized after auditions. First rehearsal will not be until after the holidays.
Also needed a chorus which will feature members with individual acting scenes. One chorus member will perform a solo requiem during the show; voice types: various.
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