by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

Feb. 23 - Feb. 24 (2019)

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents as its 2019 Summer Grand Production "Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri." Nine performances will be performed at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 13-23. “Iolanthe” is a fanciful comedy that presents a topsy-turvy love story involving fairies and members of the House of Lords – a political fairy tale that only Gilbert & Sullivan could conceive, and which will delight Austin audiences of all ages.


GSA Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. returns for his 18th season. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, returns for his 22nd season as Music Director, and will conduct the Gillman Light Opera Orchestra. Bill Hatcher returns as Production Manager.

First performed in 1882, “Iolanthe” is the seventh of fourteen operatic collaborations by Gilbert and Sullivan. It is universally regarded as one of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s most beautiful scores - a high water mark in terms of music, wit, cleverness, and color – with incredible choruses, wonderful solos and orchestration beyond compare. Peers, British noblemen and honorable members of Parliament encounter Peris, lovelorn fairies from a golden glen – a collision of powerful mortals with feet of clay and immortal beings wielding magic wands. The result - havoc is wreaked in the House of Lords!

All performances will have supertitles.

Auditions Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24, 2019

Deadline to Sign Up Friday, February 22 at Noon

Call Sarah Slaughter at 806-557-0306 (7 am - 8 pm) or email her at to reserve a time slot.

Audition times: Saturday, February 23, 10 am - 6 pm & Sunday, February 24, 1:30pm - 6 pm

Auditions held at Abiding Love Lutheran Church - 7210 Brush Country Road - Map

All roles are open for casting including principals and chorus. All performers will be compensated. Auditions are approximately ten minutes long and are by appointment only.

Those auditioning should memorize a song from Gilbert & Sullivan or something similar (aria or Art Song, English preferred) that will show their voice and range to best advantage. It is mandatory to provide a copy of the music for the accompanist. Please note that no unaccompanied (a cappella) or self-accompanied auditions will be heard. Although an accompanist will be provided, singers are welcome to bring their own if they wish.

The Audition Form, Staging Conflicts Questionnaire, and Music Rehearsal Schedule must all be filled in or annotated and turned in at auditions.  Those documents can be found here. A résumé and headshot are requested.  Notes and tips for auditionees, a complete description of the opera (including characters and vocal range) and other important information are available here. Those auditioning for a specific role will be asked to do a reading.  Those readings can be found here. All documents are also available for viewing or downloading above at the right.

Contact us if you have any audition questions.