Supernumeraries

Supernumeraries

2016-17 SEASON
La bohème (Puccini): November 4 & 6, 2016


This upcoming season, we are looking for four male supernumeraries (ages 19-60 years old) to join us for our fall production of Puccini's beloved opera, La bohème. You will have a chance to perform on the stage of the Orpheum Theater and be compensated for your participation.

What is a Supernumerary?

Supernumeraries (Supers) are those lucky people you see on stage in your favorite operas who do not sing or speak, yet are an important part of the production. They take roles such as servants, soldiers, peasants, priests and priestesses, dancers, bartenders, waiters, Japanese relatives, ragamuffins, pickpockets, and sometimes even animals! It is the equivalent of being an “extra” in a movie or TV show.

Supernumeraries are usually character artists who train under professional direction to create a believable scene. They are an integral part of the stage picture and give a sense of credibility to scenes where crowds, members of the royal court, wait staff, townsfolk, or a variety of characters are needed.

Who can be a Super?

Supers sometimes have varying levels of experience. Some have no previous acting or performing experience, while others are professionals. The most important thing is the ability to take direction well and be prompt and reliable. Casting is generally based on a specific look or size, and often operas require more male supers than female. However, there are opportunities for women and children, including the very young, in certain productions.

Every Super hopes to get important roles with plenty of stage time, but it doesn’t always work that way. Some of the super parts are very brief. Waiting is an essential part of preparing a production. You will eventually go on, no matter how long it seems to take in rehearsal. Once the show moves into performance, the waiting time is minimized.

Why be a Super?

Being a Super is fun! Supers have the opportunity to be in rehearsals, backstage and onstage and experience firsthand the excitement of creating live opera. Supernumeraries do their part out of love for the opera and the stage. They receive a brief mention in the program notes and a small amount of money for their time. Many Supers perform in opera after opera because they enjoy the excitement of being a part of what always becomes a beautiful production. Supers often have lavish costumes and sometimes wigs that are tailored for them. They also enjoy the chance to meet the cast and crew, interact with world-famous singers and directors, and become a part of the opera and supernumerary community.

Fall 2016 Commitment

For Fall 2016, rehearsals will begin on or around October 8th, 2016. Performances will take place on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

Schedule varies, depending on the production - a typical rehearsal schedule includes 2-3 rehearsals per week. Rehearsals take place weekday evenings (except Wednesday) and on the weekends. During the week prior to the production, the weekday evening rehearsals may last 4-5 hours. Attendance is mandatory, but exceptions can be made in emergency situations. On occasion, extra rehearsals may be scheduled depending on the needs of the specific production (i.e. sword-fighting, choreography, or working with special effects).

Preliminary rehearsals will be held at Opera Omaha's Rehearsal Room (1850 Farnam Street). Final rehearsals and performances will be held at the Orpheum Theater.

Contact

If you are interested, please contact our Artistic Associate:
Jesse Koza
Tel. #: 402.346.7372
Email: jkoza@operaomaha.org

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