New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Artistic Director, Lucine Amara, announces the casting of supernumerary roles. Supernumeraries (supers) appear in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), performs the grand production at the theatre, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, at 3:00 p.m. The grand opera company presents a fully staged production with a live orchestra and chorus.  The entire cast performs in full costume. Principal Conductor/Music Director Lucy Arner directs the Verismo Opera Orchestra.  Chorus Director/Associate Conductor Michael Wittenburg leads the Verismo Opera Chorus.

Supernumerary Roles

The company invites experienced, beginning, and aspiring actors to apply for supernumerary roles.  Supers, the equivalent of extras seen in movies, appear with principal singers from around the world on the stage. All supernumerary positions are undertaken as volunteer roles.

A supernumerary appears with a principal singer on the stage. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

Supernumeraries appear with principal singers on the stage. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

Female and male adults and teenagers, ages 17 and above, participate in nonsinging, nonspeaking parts in Tosca.  They perform in costume and appear as soldiers, police agents, altar boys, noblemen and women, townsfolk and artisans.

No prior stage experience is required. Supers work closely with the company’s General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, a prominent voice teacher and performer.  They see first-hand the opera’s development.  Supernumeraries’ names appear in the production’s Stagebill.

Applicants interested in appearing as supernumeraries should attend the first rehearsal on Saturday, September 16 at 2:15 p.m. at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. For further information about the supernumerary roles and rehearsal dates, contact Ria Hawks at riagrace@hotmail.com.

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