20. June 2007 · Comments Off on Wouldn’t This Be Super? · Categories: imported, Ramble

… if I had no need to work, anyway:

Appomattox Public Casting Call Press Release
San Francisco, June 19, 2007 – San Francisco Opera announces a public casting call for volunteer supernumeraries for the Company’s October 2007 world premiere production of Philip Glass’s Appomattox. The public casting call will take place on Saturday, June 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Zellerbach A rehearsal hall (located at 300 Franklin Street, on the corner of Hayes and Franklin in San Francisco).

Men, women, and children are needed to portray supernumerary Civil War soldiers and refugees. Acting/performing arts experience is preferred, however no prior experience is necessary, just the enthusiasm to be a part of San Francisco Opera and a commitment to a minimum number of rehearsals and all performances. A work permit is required for children under age 18. Members of the public interested in auditioning, or requesting further information, should call 415-565-3200.

Supernumeraries, or “supers,” are people of all ages and backgrounds who work with, and share the stage with, the many talented and acclaimed artists who bring San Francisco Opera productions to life on the stage of the historic War Memorial Opera House. Supers volunteer their time and act as extras, fully made-up and in costume, on the stage in non-speaking roles.

Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, Appomattox explores the characters of Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant and the circumstances leading up to the South’s surrender to the North at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, bringing the Civil War to an end. In addition to renowned composer Philip Glass, the production’s creative team includes acclaimed stage director Robert Woodruff, Academy and Tony Award-winning librettist Christopher Hampton, and champion of new music Dennis Russell Davies in his San Francisco Opera conducting debut. Baritone Dwayne Croft and bass-baritone Andrew Shore portray Generals Lee and Grant in this intense look at a key moment in our nation’s history. Appomattox will be presented in six performances October 5-20, 2007 at the War Memorial Opera House.

Okay, maybe it wouldn’t be so super for me, as I’m not into acting and all. But I think some people I know (like our son, Jameson) would get a kick out of this. (And he really loves Philip Glass, too.) If it was all happening in the summer I’d encourage him to give it a go, but he’ll have started college by then, so oh well!

In other news … I can’t believe I just turned OFF the baseball game, but sometimes I get so frustrated. The Giants can’t seem to win at all these days. Was Zito a big waste of money? I wonder. And that other Barry? He hits home runs, sure, but the rest of the time it’s been pretty bleak in Barryland. Sigh.

I think I’ll go clean a bedroom. It might be more fun, and certainly be more satisfying.

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