The Pirates of Penzance

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The Pirates of Penzance

Auditions for The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan, directed by Paige Fossheim, music direction by Winnifred Hume, choreography by Karen Iwanski.

Presented live, in-person at the Pumphouse Theatre, April 29 to May 14, 2022.

For more information (including character descriptions), or to book an audition, visit, call 403.246.2999 or email

Strike up the band for one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most beloved operettas! The Pirates of Penzance combines whimsy, light-hearted satire and piratical characters with stirring music, including the iconic Major-General’s Song. This is the play that cemented the comic-pirate theme in popular culture, a theme that has lasted through more than a century and spawned countless movies and novels. Jam-packed with sentimental, swashbuckling pirates, a completely dotty Major General and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious policemen, what could possibly go wrong? To add to the topsy-turvy nature of G&S, Morpheus will be flipping the genders of all your favourite characters.

Open auditions for all roles will take place:

  • Thursday, January 6, 2022, 7:00 to 9:30pm
  • Sunday, January 9, 2022, 1:00 to 4:00pm

Location: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre, Parkdale Community Centre (Lower Level, 3512 5th Ave. NW).

Callbacks, if required, will take place on Thursday,  January 13, 2022 from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

Audition Requirements:

  • Auditions and callbacks will take place in-person. Face masks are mandatory within the rehearsal space.
  • A prepared song to highlight your vocal abilities (approximately two minutes long, not from The Pirates of Penzance).
  • Auditioners will need to provide their own music track. Please email your music at least 48 hours prior to your audition to It is recommended that you also bring your music on an MP3 player. Acapella auditions are also welcome.
  • A prepared comedic monologue to highlight your abilities (no more than two minutes in length).
  • A cold read may be requested. You may be asked for a range check.
  • Auditioners are asked to complete an online audition form, with an acting resume and headshot.

Rehearsal and Performance Requirements:

  • In compliance of provincial health regulations, all cast and crew must be fully vaccinated to participate in this production.
  • The read-through and first rehearsal will take place in-person on Sunday, January 30, 2022 (1:00 to 5:00pm).
  • In-person rehearsals will take place at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre Tuesday and Thursday evenings (7:00 to 10:00pm) and Sunday afternoons (1:00 to 5:00pm).
  • Performances will take place indoors—live and in-person—at the Pumphouse Theatre.

Morpheus Theatre encourages individuals of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities to audition. Not a traditional actor? That is okay, get in touch with us and we will find a way for you to showcase what you have to offer.

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