SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CASTING CALL, June 30th – Supernumeraries needed for Civil War saga, “Appomattox” by composer Philip Glass

By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA announces a public casting call for volunteer supernumeraries for the Company’s October 2007 world premiere production of Philip Glass’s APPOMATTOX. The public casting call will take place on Saturday, June 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in ZELLERBACH A REHEARSAL HALL – located at 300 Franklin Street, corner of Hayes and Franklin, San Francisco.

Men, women, and children are needed to portray supernumerary Civil War soldiers and refugees. Acting/performing arts experience is preferred, however no prior experience is necessary, just the enthusiasm to be a part of SAN FRANCISCO OPERA and a commitment to a minimum number of rehearsals and all performances. A work permit is required for children under age 18. Members of the public interested in auditioning, or requesting further information, should call 415-565-3200.

The Surrender At Appomattox

Supernumeraries, or “supers,” are people of all ages and backgrounds who work with, and share the stage with, the many talented and acclaimed artists who bring SF Opera productions to life on the stage of the historic War Memorial Opera House. Supers volunteer their time and act as extras, fully made-up and in costume, on the stage in non-speaking roles.

Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, APPOMATTOX explores the characters of Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant and the circumstances leading up to the South’s surrender to the North at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, bringing the Civil War to an end. In addition to renowned composer PHILIP GLASS, the production’s creative team includes acclaimed stage director Robert Woodruff, Academy and Tony Award–winning librettist Christopher Hampton, and champion of new music Dennis Russell Davies in his San Francisco Opera conducting debut. Baritone Dwayne Croft and bass-baritone Andrew Shore portray Generals Lee and Grant in this intense look at a key moment in our nation’s history. APPOMATTOX will be presented in six performances October 5-20, 2007 at the War Memorial Opera House.

SEÁN MARTINFIELD, With Opera Leadership

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at:

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