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If you are interested in participating in becoming an extra and can attend the audition, contact me. That’s all it takes! One phone call (or an e-mail) and you could be on stage at the Detroit Opera House!

Please contact Elizabeth Anderson (elizabeth@motopera.org) to let us know you can attend the audition. Over the coming weeks, we will compile a list of those interested in each show. That list will be given to the director and assistant director prior to the audition. All you need to do is show up to the audition.

At the audition the director will explain the extra roles as they apply to the opera and choose those potential individuals they feel would fit the role (and the costume) the best.

In addition to an unforgettable experience, extras receive free parking, 2 complimentary tickets to a performance, 2 passes for guests to attend the final dress rehearsal and a one-time $60 stipend.

Be advised that you must to be available for ALL rehearsals and performances. When you contact us, please let us know of any conflicts you may have with the staging rehearsals.

If you are interested in being a super, please email your STREET ADDRESS to:

Elizabeth Anderson
Production Coordinator
elizabeth@motopera.org


How to get involved

Michigan Opera Theatre is once again looking to fill the essential roles in our upcoming production of

MADAME BUTTERFLY



If you are interested in participating in becoming an extra and can attend the audition, contact me. That’s all it takes! One phone call (or an e-mail) and you could be on stage at the Detroit Opera House!

Please contact Elizabeth Anderson (info below) to let us know you can attend the audition. Over the coming week, I will compile a list of those interested in each show. That list will be given to the director and assistant director prior to the audition. All you need to do is show up to the audition.

At the audition the director will explain the extra roles as they apply to the opera and choose those potential individuals they feel would fit the role (and the costume) the best.

In addition to an unforgettable experience, extras receive free parking, 2 complimentary tickets to a performance, 2 passes for guests to attend the final dress rehearsal and a one-time $60 stipend.



Be advised that you must to be available for ALL rehearsals and performances.

THANK YOU!

Elizabeth Anderson
Production Coordinator
313.237-3405 direct line
elizabeth@motopera.org

Synopsis

 

MADAME BUTTERFLY SYNOPSIS

Act I
Japan, early 20th century. Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton of the U. S. Navy inspects a house overlooking Nagasaki harbor that he is leasing from Goro, a marriage broker. The house comes with three servants and a geisha wife named Cio-Cio San, known as Madame Butterfly. The lease runs for 999 years, subject to monthly renewal. The American consul Sharpless arrives breathless from climbing the hill. Pinkerton describes his philosophy of the fearless Yankee roaming the world in search of experience and pleasure. He is not sure whether his feelings for the young girl are love or a whim, but he intends to go through with the marriage ceremony. Sharpless warns him that the girl may view the marriage differently, but Pinkerton brushes off such concerns and says someday he will take a real, American wife. He offers the consul whiskey and proposes a toast. Butterfly is heard climbing the hill with her friends for the ceremony. In casual conversation after the formal introduction, Butterfly admits her age, 15, and explains that her family was once prominent but lost its position, and she has had to earn her living as a geisha. Her relatives arrive and chatter about the marriage. Cio-Cio San shows Pinkerton her very few possessions, and quietly tells him she has been to the Christian mission and will embrace her husband’s religion. The Imperial Commissioner reads the marriage agreement, and the relatives congratulate the couple. Suddenly, a threatening voice is heard from afar—it is the Bonze, Butterfly’s uncle, a priest. He curses the girl for going to the Christian mission and rejecting her ancestral religion. Pinkerton orders them to leave and as they go the Bonze and the shocked relatives denounce Cio-Cio San. Pinkerton tries to console Butterfly with sweet words. She is helped by Suzuki into her wedding kimono, and joins Pinkerton in the garden, where they make love.

Act II
Three years have passed, and Cio-Cio San awaits her husband’s return. Suzuki prays to the gods for help, but Butterfly berates her for believing in lazy Japanese gods rather than in Pinkerton’s promise to return one day. Sharpless appears with a letter from Pinkerton, but before he can read it to Butterfly, Goro arrives with the latest potential husband for Butterfly, the wealthy Prince Yamadori. Butterfly politely serves the guests tea but insists she is not available for marriage—her American husband has not deserted her. She dismisses Goro and Yamadori. Sharpless attempts to read Pinkerton’s letter and suggests that perhaps Butterfly should reconsider Yamadori’s offer. “And this?” asks the outraged Butterfly, showing the consul her small child. Sharpless is too upset to tell her more of the letter’s contents. He leaves, promising to tell Pinkerton of the child. A cannon shot is heard in the harbor announcing the arrival of a ship. Butterfly and Suzuki take a telescope to the terrace and read the name of Pinkerton’s ship. Overjoyed, Butterfly joins Suzuki in strewing the house with flower petals from the garden. Night falls, and Butterfly, Suzuki, and the child settle into a vigil watching over the harbor.

ACT III
Dawn breaks, and Suzuki insists that Butterfly get some sleep. Butterfly carries the child into another room. Sharpless appears with Pinkerton and Kate, Pinkerton’s new wife. Suzuki realizes who the American woman is, and agrees to help break the news to Butterfly. Pinkerton is overcome with guilt and runs from the scene, pausing to remember his days in the little house. Cio-Cio San rushes in hoping to find Pinkerton, but sees Kate instead. Grasping the situation, she agrees to give up the child but insists Pinkerton return for him. Dismissing everyone, Butterfly takes out the dagger with which her father committed suicide, choosing to die with honor rather than live in shame. She is interrupted momentarily when the child comes in, but Butterfly says goodbye to him and blindfolds him. She stabs herself as Pinkerton calls her name.

-- Courtesy of Opera News

Roles & Schedule

  • 2 Young Children
    • one Caucasian child
    • one African American child

We are looking for 2 young children to play the role of "Trouble", Butterfly's young son with Sgt. Pinkerton.
Children may be male or female.
Children should be small for their age and able to follow directions well. Ideally, children would be less than 3' tall.

 

  • 2 Men as Butterfly's servants
    2 men to play Butterfly's servants in the production. Men should be able to kneel easily.

 

SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

 

AUDITION

7:00p

Tuesday, October 28*

 

 

 

Rehearsals

evenings &

October 29-November 8

 

weekends

 

 Dress Rehearsals

7:00p

Monday, November 10

 

7:00

Tuesday, November 11

 

7:00p

Wednesday, November 12

 

10:00a

Friday, November 14

 

 

 

Performances

7:30p curtain

Saturday, November 15

 

7:30p curtain

Wednesday, November 19

 

7:30p curtain

Friday, November 21

 

7:30p curtain

Saturday, November 22

 

2:30p curtain

Sunday, November 23