The Forgotten Opera Company (Victorian Lyric Opera’s contemporary arm) presents AUDITIONS for a double bill of Arthur Sullivan’s COX & BOX and the world premiere of a new one-act opera, BRIDES AND MOTHERS, composed by D.C. native Sean Pflueger with a libretto by Laura Wehrmeyer Fuentes.
Director: Deborah Grossman / Music Director: Francine Krasowska

W H E N :
September 14th from 3-6 PM
September 15th from 3-4 PM (*newly added)
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September 15th, 3-6 PM (CALLBACKS, by invitation only)
*Men (for Cox & Box), please prepare an aria by, or in the style of, Gilbert & Sullivan.
*Women (for Brides & Mothers), please prepare an aria and recitative from opera or operetta. An accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning for Cox and Box may be asked to read.
W H E R E :
Bethesda Presbyterian Church
7611 Clarendon Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

A B O U T T H E S H O W S :
COX & BOX, or, The Long-Lost Brothers, is a one-act comic opera with a libretto by F. C. Burnand and music by Arthur Sullivan, based on the 1847 farce Box and Cox by John Maddison Morton. It was Sullivan's first successful comic opera.

James John Cox - BARITONE, renter
John James Box - TENOR, renter
Sergeant Bouncer - BASS, landlord

A relatable character study for the 21st century, BRIDES AND MOTHERS look at the complexity of mother/daughter relationships from a new angle. Sean and Laura’s previous collaboration, Do Not Disturb, was praised as “wonderfully witty”. Brides and Mothers, their third operatic collaboration, is poised to be a modern-day classic.

Bride 1, SOPRANO - Excited to host the event of a lifetime, with all the pictures to prove it.
Mother 1, MEZZO - Down-to-earth and practical. Doesn’t understand why her daughter needs to make such a fuss over herself.
Bride 2, MEZZO - Modest and understated. Marrying her girlfriend, very much in love.
Mother 2, SOPRANO - Image-conscious and hyper-feminine. Has always envisioned a traditional wedding with her daughter as the center of attention.

P R O D U C T I O N S C H E D U L E :
Rehearsals will be held in Takoma Park and downtown Bethesda
Appr. 2-3 rehearsals per week, weeknight evenings, weekend afternoon (dates and times TBD)
First day of rehearsal: TBD, possibly not until October.
6-8 rehearsals in the month of October for music/ blocking rehearsals
TECH WEEK: November 2 - November 8
(~ 3 rehearsals: piano run, sitzprobe, dress rehearsal in Bethesda)
TECH DRESS: November 9 @ 2 pm at the performance venue
!! Singers will be expected to learn their parts on their own. Music rehearsals will be for putting parts together !!

P E R F O R M A N C E S :
MC Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD
November 9 @ 8pm
November 10 @ 2pm

D I S C L O S U R E S :
Ages 18+ only
Actors may need to help move set pieces (furniture, screens)
This production is accessible to actors who use a mobility device.

We hope to see you there!