Show Boat AuditionsOrchestra  |  Chorus  |  Mainstage Roles  |  Supernumeraries



Auditions will be held on May 28 and 29, 2014

The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers, Portland OR, 97214


Captain Andy Hawks - 45 to 60 years old. Owner of the Show Boat and Magnolia's father. Charming and outgoing with a great sense of humor and strong showmanship. Some singing and movement required.

Ellie May Chipley - 20 to 30 years old. A performer on the Show Boat. Sings "Life Upon The Wicked Stage" and "Goodbye, My Lady Love." Must be a strong singer & dancer.

Frank Schultz - 20 to 30 years old. A performer on the Show Boat, Frank is in love with Ellie. Sings "Goodbye, My Lady Love" with Ellie. Must be a strong singer & dancer.

Parthy Ann Hawkes - 45 to 60 years old. Wife of Captain Andy and Magnolia's mother. Strait laced, and acerbic. Some singing and movement required.

Pete Gavin - 30 to 50 years old. A river rat and a villain. He doubles in the Ensemble.

Steve Baker - 25 to 35 years old. The handsome leading man of the Show Boat and married to Julie. Very little singing required, he doubles in the Ensemble in Act 2.

Windy - 40 to 60 years old. The pilot of the Show Boat. He doubles in the Ensemble

Sheriff Ike Vallon - 40 to 60 years old. The Sheriff of Natchez, Mississippi.  Physically Imposing, Good old boy. He doubles in the Ensemble.

Mrs. Obrien - 40 to 65 years old. The Irish landlady of a boarding house in Chicago. She doubles in the Ensemble.

Lottie – 20 to 30 years old. Chicago “good time girl”.  She doubles in the ensemble

Dottie – 20 to 30 years old. Chicago “good time girl”.  She doubles in the ensemble


  • Auditions are by appointment only.  Please send your resume and headshot to  You will be notified by May 15 if you have been granted an audition.
  • Captain Andy and Parthy will be seen on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 28.
  • Ellie May and Frank will be seen on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, May 29.
  • All others will be seen on the evening of Wednesday, May 28


SING — Please prepare an uptempo song or ballad from the traditional Broadway Repertoire (i.e. Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, etc.). No contemporary Broadway repertoire: i.e. Les Miserables, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Rent, Spring Awakening, Phantom, etc. Bring sheet music in your own key. No transpositions on site, no acapella, karaoke, or tapes will be allowed. An accompanist will be provided.

DANCE — Those auditioning for Ellie May and Frank will be asked to dance.  Please wear appropriate dancewear and shoes.

READ — Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script. Sides will be provided.


Music rehearsals begin March 16, 2015.  Staging begins April 6, 2015
Performances are May 1, 3m, 5, 7, and 9, 2015.

Please note:  AGMA contracts will be issued for this engagement.  Actors’ Equity Members are encouraged to apply as there is reciprocity between AGMA and equity.  For more details, please contact



Portland Opera Orchestra Auditions


Core and Expanded Core Violin (section)
Audition date: May 10, 2014
Applications must be received no later than May 1, 2014
Download full audition packet here.


Interested musicians should submit a one-page resumé (including email address and phone number) along with a check for your $35 refundable audition deposit to the following address:

Jessica Crawford, Music Administrator & Librarian
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214

You will receive your audition time and detailed information after the application deadline has passed.

Your deposit check will be returned to you when you check in, or it will be voided and shredded if you notify Portland Opera no later than one week prior to the audition of your inability to attend.


The auditions will be held at the offices of Portland Opera, located at 211 SE Caruthers Street, just south of OMSI on the SE waterfront. Preliminary auditions will be held behind a screen. The final round of auditions is not blind.


Contact Jessica Crawford, Music Administrator & Librarian, at
The Portland Opera Orchestra is an AFM (Local 99) orchestra.


Open Chorus Auditions

Auditions will be held:

Friday, February 21, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St.,
Portland, OR 97214

Candidates should prepare and memorize two selections in different languages, one of which must be an opera aria in Italian, German, or French. The remaining selection may be an art song or an oratorio excerpt. Singers should be prepared to sight-sing a simple choral excerpt. An accompanist will be provided for the use of auditionees who do not provide their own.


The Sight-Singing Test:  A test of sight-singing forms part of the audition for all prospective choristers. Satisfactory completion of the sight-singing audition will, for the most part, exempt the chorister from future sight-singing auditions. In some cases, a singer may be provisionally accepted into the chorus despite an unsatisfactory sight-singing audition.


How Your Audition Will Be Judged:  Auditions are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • a demonstrated level of musicianship with attention to correct pitch, rhythm, dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation
  • solid vocal technique
  • appropriate diction in the common operatic languages
  • large enough sound to carry in the theater
  • an appropriate choral sound according to the artistic standard set by the General Director
  • the ability to blend the voice
  • stage presence
  • dramatic sensibility

To reserve an audition time, please contact Jessica Crawford via email at

Portland Opera Chorus is an AGMA chorus

Learn more about the Portland Opera Chorus here.


Mainstage Auditions

Please contact for information on mainstage auditions.

Supernumerary Application

Portland Opera seeks non-singing performers (supernumeraries or supers) for future productions. Supers perform a variety of roles, from servants to soldiers, and get to experience opera up close and personal from the Keller Auditorium stage. This exciting opportunity allows you to become part of the production on an intimate level.  This is a volunteer position with free parking and two passes to the dress rehearsal provided. Click here to fill out an application.