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Published on September 18, 2018 1:00PM


Porthole Players is offering another chance to try out for a role in the holiday opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” with auditions set to take place on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Newport.

The one-act sung play tells the story of an impoverished widow and her son who are visited by the Three Wise Men on their journey to Bethlehem.

Director Bonnie Ross and producer Rhodd Caldwell are hoping to fill five major adult roles to cast in addition to a chorus of shepherds and shepherdesses.

• The Mother: soprano or mezzo soprano; must be able to convey both her love for her son and her desperation at having nothing left to support him with.

• King Kaspar: tenor; an older man, bothered by deafness, and a bit of a comic.

• King Melchior: baritone; the leader of the three kings; wise, gentle, kindly.

• King Balthazar: bass or bass-baritone; mysterious, regal, a bit distant.

• The Page: baritone; servant to the kings.

Auditioners should prepare about one minute — or about 32 bars — of a song they are comfortable singing, and be prepared to read some of the dialogue. In addition, auditioners will be asked to prepare very short segments of the opera, either solos for the principal roles, or about 16 bars of the choral parts. These materials are available to download at www.portholeplayers.org.

Auditions will take run from 2 to 5 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

The play, a partnership between the Newport Symphony Orchestra and Porthole Players, will be performed on December 8 and 9, with rehearsals starting in mid-October.

Questions? Email portholeplayers@gmail.com.



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