Have you wanted to appear on the stage and be a part of a theatrical production? Now, you can!

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera calls actors and aspiring thespians to apply for supernumerary roles this season. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces open casting calls are being held for supernumeraries to appear in Verismo Opera’s new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center, performs the classic opera at 3:00 p.m. at the theatre in Englewood, New Jersey.

Supernumeraries Wanted

Supernumeraries, the equivalent of extras seen in movies, will appear with principal singers on the stage. Adult men and tall male teenagers are invited to perform as supernumeraries in non-singing, non-speaking acting roles as courtiers, guards, dukes, conspirators, and other parts. No previous stage experience is required. All supernumerary positions are undertaken as volunteer roles.

Supernumerary roles are being filled for Verismo Opera's Rigoletto.

Verismo Opera is casting men to appear as supernumeraries in Rigoletto. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

They will work closely with the company’s General Manager/Stage Director, Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif, a prominent voice teacher and performer. The opera will be fully staged, with the entire cast performing in costume. An orchestra, under Principal Conductor/Music Director Lucy Arner, and the Verismo Opera Chorus will accompany the principal singers. For further information about supernumerary roles available and rehearsal dates, contact 201-816-9520, 917-821-8476, or riagrace@hotmail.com.

The 2016 season is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Other supporters include Children’s Aid Foundation, Robert J. Campbell, MD, Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., and Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund.

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