Faust

Faust Extras

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

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 me to let me 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. When you contact me, please let me know of any conflicts you may have with the staging rehearsals.

THANK YOU!

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

 

SYNOPSIS Act I
Faust has spent a lifetime in the study of science. Disillusioned with life, he resolves to poison himself. He curses God and calls on the Devil. Méphistophélès obligingly appears and offers Faust riches, power, or glory. Faust, however, only wants to recapture the innocence of youth. Méphistophélès agrees to Faust’s request, but there are conditions: on earth Faust will be master, but in the world below their roles will be reversed. When Faust hesitates, Méphistophélès conjures up a vision of Marguerite. Faust signs the contract and returns to his youth.

 

Act II
Valentin and Wagner are going off to war with the other soldiers, and Valentin is concerned about leaving his sister Marguerite unprotected. Wagner starts a song to cheer everyone up, but is interrupted by Méphistophélès. Méphistophélès tells fortunes: Wagner, it seems, will be killed in his first battle. The flowers that Siébel picks will wither, and Valentin will meet his death at the hands of someone close to Méphistophélès. Dissatisfied with the wine on offer, Méphistophélès conjures up a better vintage to toast Marguerite. This angers Valentin and both draw their swords. Valentin strikes out and his blade shatters. Everyone is convinced they are in the presence of the Devil. Méphistophélès leads Faust to a place where couples are dancing. Faust sees Marguerite and offers her his arm. She refuses, but so charmingly that he is left more entranced than before.

 

Act III
Siébel gathers flowers for Marguerite outside her house. As Méphistophélès predicted, they wither, but holy water seems to restore them. Méphistophélès and Faust have been watching, and Méphistophélès leaves a box of jewels for Marguerite. The atmosphere of innocence surrounding Marguerite’s home moves Faust. Marguerite finds the jewels and puts them on. When she looks in the mirror, she sees a different woman and is further confused by the encouragement of her neighbour, Marthe. Faust and Méphistophélès return, and Méphistophélès flirts with Marthe, giving Faust the opportunity to seduce Marguerite. She begins to give in. Méphistophélès conjures up a garden and makes Marthe run off before disappearing himself. Marguerite realizes she loves Faust and they make love.

 

Act IV
Seduced and abandoned, Marguerite is expecting Faust’s child. She is still in love with him and prays for him and their unborn child.
The soldiers return with Valentin. Siébel tries to stop him seeing Marguerite but Valentin, suspecting the worst, pushes him aside.
Outside her house, Méphistophélès serenades Marguerite on Faust’s behalf. Valentin and Faust fight and, with the intervention of Méphistophélès, Valentin is fatally wounded. Marguerite watches her brother die and hears him curse her with his last breath.
Distraught, Marguerite goes to church to pray for forgiveness. When she hears the voice of Méphistophélès telling her that she is damned, she collapses in terror.

 

Act V
Walpurgis Night. Faust and Méphistophélès are surrounded by a group of demons. Faust is shown a vision of Marguerite: she has been imprisoned for infanticide and gone insane.
With Méphistophélès’s help, Faust goes to the prison in an attempt to save Marguerite. She seems to recognize her lover and recalls the night when he first seduced her. Faust is overwhelmed with pity. Marguerite panics at the sight of the Devil and, with a frantic appeal to heaven, she dies. Méphistophélès damns her but angelic voices proclaim she is saved.

—Courtesy of English National Opera

 

ROLES AVAILABLE 

 

  • 8 Men
    Men will play the roles of Waiters, Adam (Adam & Eve), the Devil, Priests, Monks, Prisoners, a Juggler, and an Acrobat.  Men should be between the ages of 18-60 and able to move around on stage easily. Several of the roles will need to be fit and slim.  Special skills such as juggling & acrobatics will be useful but not required for all roles.

 

  • 5 Women
    Women will play the roles of a Marguerite look-a-like, Eve (Adam & Eve), Nuns, Marguerite’s friends, Statues & Prisoners.  For the majority of the roles, we are looking for women between 18-45.  The friends, Eve, & nun roles need to fit individuals no larger than a size 14.

 

  • 4 Children
    2 girls, 2 boys between the ages of 8-12.  No special skills necessary.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

DAY

DATE

TIME

WHO

Wednesday

April 22

6:30p

AUDITION

Saturday

April 25

10:00a-2:00p

All supers – rehearsal

Sunday

April 26

2:00-5:00p

All supers – rehearsal

 

 

7:00-10:00p

All supers – rehearsal

Monday

April 27

7:00-10:00p

All supers – rehearsal

Wednesday

April 29

7:00-10:00p

All supers – rehearsal

Saturday

May 1

10:00a-1:00p

All supers – rehearsal

 

 

2:30-5:30p

All supers – rehearsal

 

DRESS REHEARSALS

MONDAY

May 4

7:00-11:00p

Piano Technical rehearsal on stage

TUESDAY

May 5

7:00-10:30p

Piano Dress rehearsal on stage

WEDNESDAY

May 6

6:30-11:00p

Orchestra Dress Rehearsal on stage

FRIDAY

May 8

10:00am

Orchestra Dress Rehearsal on stage

 

 

extras! extras!

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


PERFORMANCES

Saturday

May 9

6:30pm

PERFORMANCE #1 (curtain at 7:30)

Wednesday

May 13

6:30pm

PERFORMANCE #2 (curtain at 7:30)

Saturday

May 16

6:30pm

PERFORMANCE #3 (curtain at 7:30)

Sunday

May 17

1:30pm

PERFORMANCE #4 (curtain at 2:30)

If you are available during the rehearsal/performance period and would like to attend the audition on April 22 please contact Elizabeth Anderson at 313.237-3405 or elizabeth@motopera.org.