Do you teach, have, or know any young talent that would love some experience onstage?
If so, take a moment to consider having your student, child, or other inexperienced colleague sing with Operativo Houston's Mentoring program!
Operativo Houston is a company about educating and giving performers of all ages experience in the field, we are now offering the same chance to elementary through high school-ers, and even up through pre-bachelors degrees in college by having them perform alongside our local professionals in our new Emerging Artist Program and Young Artist Programs!
This year in August of 2022, we are doing A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim! The show conveniently has servant characters written in the script that embody the voice types of the lead roles. We will be double casting these servant characters with maybe a few lines as covers for most roles in the show. See the bottom of this page for specific details.
To apply for the Early Bird Auditions
(May 29th & 30th, 2021),
please click here.
For the Normal Auditions
(August 28th & 29th, 2021),
please click here.
Auditions will be on May 29th & 30th, 2021. There will be a second round of auditions August 28th & 29th, 2021. We will be hosting a third separate time for the Emerging Artists (high school kids) in January 2022 in case they cannot prepare this quickly, or word doesn't travel fast enough for auditions!
You cannot miss more than 5 full rehearsals that you are called to. Please do not apply if you can't make the schedule work. There are always plenty of opportunities at Operativo. We are committed to giving everyone their turn, and if there are too many scheduling conflicts, those who are more willing and ready to be present are not getting their chance.
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Music Rehearsal Begins: June 1st, 2022
Staging Rehearsals Being: July 1st, 2022
Tech Rehearsals: August 4th-9th, 2022
No Staging Cover Run: August 10th, 2022
Ends: after show August 14th, 2022
A Little Night Music 2022
Music rehearsals June 1st, 2022. Staging Rehearsals begin July 1st, 2022.
Helpful information! (most questions are answered here!)
Guest Artists (GA)
Adult auditioners (completed or enrolled in at least a bachelors or masters degree, except for any younger aged roles) are encouraged to apply. Casting is usually pre-determined for these productions, however, a good audition may tip the scales from the original plan. See the "Get Involved" tab under the "Auditions" Section to audition as a Guest Artist. Payment for these roles are $200 each role. You will be expected to be memorized by first staging rehearsal. If you are not performing up to standard, please know for the children's need for professional example, you will be cut and replaced by the child doubled with you. We encourage you to interact with the children and hopeful professionals and teach them things if they do not know. We pay you to basically lead by example.
Emerging Artists (EA)
Middle through high school and young degree seeking college students and Houston area professionals needing more stage experience are encouraged to audition this year for the Emerging Artist positions. Highly competitive for all roles. Lack of preparation by end of week 1 of staging rehearsals will result in IMMEDIATE termination and replacement. Tuition is low compared to most programs, especially in opera. (other similar operatic pay to sing programs average out to $4,000+!) If you are a college level student, know you will receive honest vocal feedback anytime you request from us to discuss with your teachers and many opportunities to perform.
This year all students that have a cover (servant roles) WILL have a cover performance on the dark day. Audience will be small and invitation only.
Tuition Requirement Details:
Tuition will be $300 per singer. You may pay in 3 installments of $100 if you like. (June 1st, July 1st, August 1st) If a parent is working in Costume design or Head Set Builder and are saving us $100 in costs in addition to forfeiting a wage, this will nullify tuition for up to two performers. (if desired to be a parent in costume design or other involved design area, must have experience or proof of experience.) Tuition is non-refundable (except in extreme circumstances), being cut for lack of preparation also earns no refund.
Operativo Houston strives for transparency, so here is a financial breakdown of the costs we charge:
If you'd like to know where this tuition money goes, here's a small breakdown of costs:
1. Venue costs $4200 for a 2 week rental typically. (12 spots x $100 = $1200) [we take a $3000 hit here*]
2. Costume costs are about $40 per person. (12 spots x $40 = $480)
3. Orchestra or Track costs are about $1600 total. (12 spots x $100 = $1200) [we take a $400 hit here*]
4. Crew costs are $1600 total this year. (12 spots x $60 = $720) [we take an $880 hit here*]
5. Rights for the show cost us around $2000.
6. Backstage design for the show costs around $2900. (Lights, Costume, Props, Makeup, Set)
Our total we need to raise is calculated here: 3000+400+880+2000+2900=9180
Money for the professional singers is provided by a private donor and will be costing us about $2600 this year.
We have a goal of making $9180 in tickets for this run after all fees have been applied and to cover all "hits" as explained above. MATCH has around 159 seats in Box 2 (information found here), which is our ideal space we would like. If we sell 100/159 seats a night every night for $25 profit (we add 2 dollars per ticket for their box office fee so it's $27 usually) for the 4 performances we have planned, that's $10,000 before MATCH fees and credit card transaction fees. Operativo Houston is a non-profit so our goal at the end of the day is to arrive at a $0 difference. If we have leftover money it is applied to any debts accumulated, bills Operativo has, or is distributed to the professional musicians that are local.
We will be coaching the kids throughout the process to get their part down throughout June. However, we will NOT be teaching them their notes or lines in rehearsal starting in July, they must come memorized so we can work on the art. If you need private voice lessons for guidance, you may ask any of the guest artists or the director Brian Yeakley. Lessons outside of rehearsal are in home and at your own expense. (college students will receive discounted lessons if desired)
We will be doing a cover run this year on the dark day, it will be included in contracts and will be a private invite-only event. Will be run on book with stands ideally will be in the theater.
Role Specific Rules for A Little Night Music 2022:
Guest Artist roles available (13 spots, Artists are paid $200 each):
Tiers below this point require tuition. All roles this year in the emerging artist category are going to be double cast. There is no "young artist" tier this year due to the adult content in the show.
Emerging Artist roles available (12 spots, tuition required - artists will pay $300 each*):
Operatic oriented singers -
Frid (Mr. Lindquist cover) (biggest part, has sexual themes, we prefer this person be 20+ for comfort of our Anne)
Malla (Mrs. Nordstrom cover)
Bertrand (Mr. Erlanson cover)
Osa (Mrs. Anderssen cover)
Page (Mrs. Segstrom cover)
Musical Theatre oriented singers -
Frid (Carl-Magnus cover) (for one of the casts we will tone down the sex scene to open it to a younger baritone)
Malla (Anne cover)
Bertrand (Henrik cover)
Osa (Petra cover)
Page (Charlotte cover)
*scholarships and 'work off your fee' program available for college students.
Please Note: All Emerging Artist roles are available for double cast.
The cover assignment is different for each cast.
WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE BASED ON "LOOK" FOR MUSICAL THEATRE. ALWAYS VOICE FIRST.