The Summer King tells the story of Negro Leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson, considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. It’s a story of talent, heartbreak and one man’s journey to overcome prejudice and discrimination. MOT is proud to present this groundbreaking new work co-produced with the Pittsburgh Opera.

Being an extra with Michigan Opera Theatre provides the perfect “backstage” opportunity. See how it all happens without any of the pressure of the STARS! Michigan Opera Theatre is looking for extras in our upcoming production of Tosca.

Typical supernumerary work
Supernumeraries are usually amateur character artists who train under professional direction to create a believable scene. They almost become part of the scene and give a sense of credibility to scenes where crowds, court assistants, lackeys, peasants or a variety of period characters are needed.

At the audition the director will explain the super roles as they apply to the opera and choose those potential supers they feel would fit the role (and the costume) the best. Auditions are VERY informal and only require your attendance.

In addition to an unforgettable experience as an extra you will receive free parking, 2 complimentary tickets to a performance, 2 passes for guests to attend the final dress rehearsal, and a small stipend.

If you are available during the rehearsal/performance period listed below and would like to attend the audition on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 PM, please register using the form on this page.


5-10 African American Men
Men will featured throughout the show as patrons of the Crawford Grill, a jazz club highlighted in the show. We are also looking for 2 athletic men to be featured Negro League ball players. An ability to pantomime baseball play along with the music is helpful.

3-4 African American Woman
Women will featured throughout the show as patrons of the Crawford Grill, a jazz club highlighted in the show.

3 Young African American Boys
Boys will be featured as young ball players pantomiming baseball play in the production. Ability to follow choreographed pantomimed play is necessary.

Schedule is tentative and may be adjusted as necessary.

STAGING REHEARSALS:                                                                                                                               

STAGING REHEARSALS:                                                                                                                               

Monday April 23 7:00p AUDITION
Wednesday April 25 6:30-10:00p Staging rehearsal
Friday April 27 7:00-10:00p Staging rehearsal
Saturday April 28 10:00a-1:00p Staging rehearsal
Sunday April 29 2:30-5:30p Staging rehearsal
Wednesday May 2 7:00-10:00p Staging rehearsal
Friday May 4 7:00-10:00p Staging rehearsal


DRESS/TECHNICAL REHEARSALS:                                                                                                              

Saturday May 5 1:00-4:00p Piano rehearsal on stage
Monday May 7 7:00-11:00p Dress rehearsal on stage
Tuesday May 8 6:30-11:00p Orchestra Dress #1
Thursday May 10 10:00a-1:00p Orchestra Dress #2



Saturday May 12 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #1
Wednesday May 16 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #2
Saturday May 19 7:30pm PERFORMANCE #3
Sunday May 20 2:30pm PERFORMANCE #4

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

If you are available during the rehearsal/performance period and would like to attend the audition on April 23 at 7:00p, please submit the registration form on this page.



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