I must say that casting was an arduous process — and for all the right reasons. We had a tremendous turnout for auditions; both in numbers and in the degree of talent. While this is wonderful for the production, it does make the decision-making extremely difficult. With so many incredible voices to choose from, Alan and I must also weigh several other options. Next on the list for consideration are acting auditions; stage presence; physicality; chemistry with other actors; availability for rehearsals; and on and on. The myriad casting possibilities can become a bit mind-boggling. I know, I know…. Every director should have such problems!
I am thrilled to report that many folks who were not cast in their role of choice have graciously agreed to accept alternate roles. Unfortunately, several wonderful performers who auditioned will not be in our cast this year. But we do hope they will return for future productions.
Without further ado, here is the Principal Cast for The Durham Savoyards’ 2009 production of "The Gondoliers:"
Gianetta: Laurie Siegel
Tessa: Cat Hoffman
Fiametta: Kim Kingsley
Giulia: Ruth Winecker
Vittoria: Brittany Huie
Marco: Steven Lumpkin
Giuseppe: Adam Bowers
Francesco: Ben Neufang
Antonio: Jonathan de Araujo
Giorgio: Bobby Cameron
Duke of Plaza-Toro: Steve Dobbins
Duchess of Plaza-Toro: Evelyn McCauley
Casilda: Tedi Mason
Luiz: Jesse Darden
Don Alhambra Del Bolero: Jim Burnette
Inez: Joyce Weiser
Our first rehearsal is tonight — a sing-through of the entire score with the full cast. I can’t wait!