Phoenix Stage Company holding auditions

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PhoenixStageCoNAUGATUCK — Phoenix Stage Company announced auditions for its upcoming production of “Master Class.”

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the theater, 686 Rubber Ave. All roles open to audition. Each auditioner should come with a prepared piece of opera or opera-like music. An accompanist will be provided.  Auditioners are asked to bring their music. A capella pieces are not allowed. Scripts will be provided for readings.  

The play is based on the legendary series of master classes given by opera diva Maria Callas at Juilliard. In the play, Callas berates her students as much as she encourages them and confronts the disappointments in her own life and her relationship with the shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Seven performance dates are scheduled for late October and early November.

For more information, call (203) 632-8546.

Cast:

Maria Callas: A formidable woman in her 50s, small singing part. Glamorous, commanding, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny pedagogue.

Emmanuel Weinstock (Manny): Male piano accompanist with a clear practicing knowledge of operatic music.  Age is not set. Must be on stage the whole time and also has a small speaking role.

Sharon Graham: Second soprano. A female student in her 20s/early 30s. Singing and acting role.

Sophie DePalma: First soprano. A female student in her 20s/early 30s. Singing and acting role.

Anthony Candolino: Tenor male student in his 20s/early 30s. Singing and acting role.

Stagehand: Male or female. Age is not set. A few on/off appearances.