Fresh Takes on Gilbert & Sullivan
by Sebastian Vitale

Jun. 09 - Jun. 19

Spanish-language performers and dancers sought for a musical-comedy update of classic Gilbert & Sullivan comedy HMS Pinafore, converted to the "Buque Parasol"!

Argentine director, actor, and singer Sebastian Vitale is recruiting performers of any gender for a pop-rock version of the opening scenes of the 19th-century operetta. Vitale reimagines a sequence of three scenes featuring a crew of sailors, merchant woman Little Buttercup (La Mariposita), and Captan Corcoran, commander of the ship, to be produced as a video with music reorchestrated and recorded in Buenos Aires. 

The sequence will be streamed by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin along with other scenes in a program available free of charge, premiering in late July, 2021, and available online for a month. All artists will be credited. This is a paying gig!


The director invites Spanish-fluent performers to submit video auditions featuring upbeat pop-rock melodies in Spanish. Please send to vitale.seba@gmail.com by Saturday, June 19, along with a headshot and resumé of acting and dance experience.

This is a paying gig.

Rehearsals will take place in early July. Audio tracks will be recorded in studio, and the lip-synched performance will be produced as a video captioned in Spanish and English.

The first of the three Fresh Takes programs will be streamed free of charge on Facebook and from the Gilbert & Sullivan Austin webstie (www.gilbertsullivan.org) beginning on June 15, 2021. This Spanish-language performance will be featured in a second Fresh Takes program provisionally scheduled for late July.

Sebastian Vitale is a director, performer, and choreographer with more than twenty years of experience in big-scale, long-run musical theatre in Buenos Aires. He relocated to the Austin area in 2020 and is a member of #ATXTheatre.

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin, a member of the #ATXTheatre group, is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization devoted to presenting and promoting the comic works of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, first produced in London in the late 19th century. Their witty lyric satires set the pattern for twentieth-century musical theatre and continue to be produced world-wide. Gilbert & Sullivan Austin, established in 1976, is the second-oldest continually producing theatre organization in Austin.

This production is supported by the City of Austin's cultural arts program.