Pirates of Penzance Audition Materials

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Below, you will find the song selections we will be using for The Pirates of Penzance auditions.  We have selected 6 songs for the auditions.  You will be singing to the exact same Accompaniment tracks you hear on this page, so please become familiar with them.  Each performer should prepare 2 song selections and you will be considered for all the characters in the show, regardless of which songs you choose.  Each selection is a combination of 2 audio tracks (Guide Vocals followed by Accompaniment only).  The lyrics are provided directly below the audio tracks. Learn the song using the Guide Vocals, then use the Accompaniment to prepare for the audition.  It is preferred that lyrics be memorized so we can see the performer act as well as sing, but you may audition with the lyrics, if absolutely necessary.

Please listen to all of the selections, and then pick songs that you are comfortable singing and best showcases your talents (singing AND acting).  
 
YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR ALL ROLES (male or female) regardless of your song selection, so pick songs you like and sing well.  It doesn’t matter if the guide vocalist is male or female, you may choose any of the selections to sing. 

 

The Pirates of Penzance is a classic comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan. Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened over a century ago in 1879, The Pirates of Penzance spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, a bumbling police force, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.

A strong ensemble of pirates, policemen/women and daughters of the Major-General is the backbone of this great show. The Pirates of Penzance is true ensemble show that will be a great learning experience for each performer- a great chance to learn a different style of musical theater, engage in sword-play or stage combat, meet new people and to create your own character in an ensemble - an invaluable skill to have as you grow as an actor.
Most importantly, it will be FUN!

**WE KNOW YOU WANT TO START LEARNING THE AUDITION MATERIALS, BUT PLEASE GO TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS.    THANK YOU- GOOD LUCK!!!**

FREDERIC

OH, IS THERE NOT ONE MAIDEN

Oh, is there not one maiden here whose homely face and bad complexion have caused all hope to disappear of ever winning man’s affection?  To such a one, if such there be, I swear by heaven’s arch above you.  If you will cast your eyes on me, however plain you be, I’ll love you, however plain you be.  If you will cast your eyes on me, however plain you be, I’ll love you, I’ll love you, I’ll love, I’ll love you.

DOWNLOAD: Oh, Is There Not One Maiden MP3

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DAUGHTERS

CLIMBING OVER ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Let us gaily tread the measure, make the most of fleeting leisure, hail it as a true ally, though it perish by and by. (Hail it as a true ally, though it perish by and by) Every moment brings a treasure of its own especial pleasure.  Though the moments quickly die, greet them gaily as they fly.  Greet them gaily as they fly.

DOWNLOAD: Climbing Over Rocky Mountain MP3

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MABEL

POOR WANDERING ONE           

Poor Wandering One! Though thou hast surely strayed.  Take heart of grace, thy steps retrace, Poor Wandering One!  Poor Wandering One!  If such a poor love as mine can help thee find true piece of mind, why take it, it is thine! (Poor Wandering One) Ah, Ah! Ah, Ah, Ah! (Poor Wandering One)  Ah, Ah! Ah, Ah, Ah!  Fair days will shine, take heart!  Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah… Take mine, take ~ Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah... Take mine!

DOWNLOAD: Poor Wandering One MP3

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PIRATE KING

OH, BETTER FAR TO LIVE AND DIE

Oh, better far to live and die under the brave black flag I fly, than play a sanctimonious part with a pirate head and a pirate heart. Away to the cheating world go you, where pirates all are well-to-do.  But I’ll be true to the song I sing and live and die a Pirate King.  For… I... am a Pirate King…and it is, it is a glorious thing to be a Pirate King! For, I am a Pirate King!  And it is, it is a glorious thing to be a Pirate King! It is! Hurrah for the Pirate King, hurrah for the Pirate King!

DOWNLOAD: Oh, Better Far To Live And Die

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MAJOR-GENERAL

I AM THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR-GENERAL

I am the very model of a modern Major-General, I’ve information, vegetable, animal and mineral; I know the Kings of England and I quote the fights historical, from Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I’m very well acquainted too, with matters mathematical, I understand equations both the simple and quadratical, about binomal theorem I’m teeming with a lot of news, (pause) with many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

DOWNLOAD: I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General MP3

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RUTH

WHEN FREDERIC WAS A LITTLE LAD

When Frederic was a little lad, he proved so brave and daring.  His father thought he’d apprentice him to some career seafaring.  I was alas his nursery-maid and so it fell to my lot- to take and bind the promising boy- apprentice to a pilot.  A life not bad for a hardy lad though surely not a high lot.  Though I’m a nurse, you might do worse than make your son a pilot. I was a stupid nursery-maid on breakers always steering, and I did not catch the word aright through being hard of hearing.  Mistaking my instructions which within my brain did gyrate, I took and bound this promising boy…apprentice to a pirate.

DOWNLOAD: When Frederick Was A Little Lad MP3

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