The McAdo
by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

Feb. 05 - Feb. 06

It’s the show you love, in a brand new setting! 

The Mikado has been moved to the highlands of Scotland and becomes The McAdo. Gilbert’s libretto and Sullivan’s score will be kept virtually intact, while the scenery and costumes will reflect the Scottish moors. It’s a farcical tale of a wand’ring minstrel, a cowardly executioner, an iron-fisted ruler, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater! 

The two-year postponement occasioned by the COVID pandemic has resulted in openings in the cast, both among principal roles and chorus parts. Performances will take place June 9 - 19, 2022 at the Worley-Barton Theatre of Brentwood Christian School on N. Lamar Blvd, Austin. 

Stage director Michelle Haché returns after directing “Princess Ida in Concert” in 2019 and “The Gondoliers” in 2016. Michelle  starred in “Princess Ida” in 2013 and “The Yeomen of the Guard” in 2010. She is a three-time B. Iden Payne Austin theatre awards winner, all for work with G&S Austin.

Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, returning for his 23rd season as music director, will conduct the Gillman Light Opera Orchestra.

Bill Hatcher returns as production manager. 


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Auditions for The McAdo will take place on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 with callbacks on Sunday, February 6th, 2022.

Auditions by appointment only. Call or text Sarah Slaughter at 806-557-0306 (7am-8pm) or email her at to reserve a time slot. Deadline to sign up is Friday, February 4th 12:00 PM CT.

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






Audition Process & Information

We are looking for chorus members, male and female, as well as for principals The McAdo (the Mikado - bass or dark baritone), romantic leads Lanky Doug (Nanki-Poo - tenor, the runaway crown prince) and Wynne Somme (Yum-Yum - soprano), Pretty Jean (Pitti-Sing, mezzo-soprano), and Go-to (bass, a noble lord).

All performers will be compensated. Auditions are approximately ten minutes long and are by appointment only. All persons auditioning must provide evidence of full vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.

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. Although an accompanist will be provided, singers are welcome to bring their own if they wish. Please note that no unaccompanied (a cappella) or self-accompanied auditions will be heard.

Audition Form, Staging Conflicts Questionnaire, and Music Rehearsal Schedule must be completed and turned in at the audition. Use the links above. 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 via the links above.

Those considered for principal roles will be asked to read dialogue and sing selected musical cuts as part of our initial audition process. Please perform all sides in dialect; British RP or Scottish (preferred). All sides and musical cuts are provided above.