Schenectady Light Opera Company Presents Auditions for:


Book by Edna Walsh

Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Marketa Iraglova

Based on the Motion Picture Written & Directed by John Carney

Director: James Alexander

Music Director: Elizabeth Sterling  

Producer: Michaela Torres

Stage Manager: Molly Waters

Audition Dates:

·         Monday, June 20th and Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm.  Sign in begins at 6:30pm

·         You only need to attend one of these sessions.

·         If needed, Callbacks will be held on Friday, June 24th (invitation only)


Schenectady Light Opera Company Mainstage
427 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Free parking is available in the city owned lot across the street

Performance Dates:

September 16-25, 2022 (Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm)

SLOC Mainstage, 427 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

What to Prepare:

·         Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of self-accompanied music from a song of your choosing – memorized and preferably in the style of the show.

·         An accompanist will NOT be provided – all actors will be expected to play an instrument at the audition and during performances.

·         Actors auditioning for roles that do not require instruments, please come prepared to read sides from the script.

·         Readings from the script will be provided.

·         Please bring a calendar with all your conflicts to the audition as well.  


·         Rehearsals will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings, and on Sunday afternoons. This is subject to change based on cast/crew availability.

·         Rehearsals will begin on Monday, June 27th

·         Attendance is mandatory for Tech Week (September 11-15, 2022) and all performances.

Commitment to COVID Safety:
The health and safety of our artists, staff, and audience members are our first priority.  Please review our full COVID Health & Safety Guidelines.   All actors, staff and crew will be expected to follow these guidelines including wearing a mask at all times while on the SLOC campus.  

*All actors, staff, and crew will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated by the time rehearsal begins* 

About the Show

Once follows Irish busker, Guy, as he prepares to give up on music after his muse abandons him, and his fateful meeting with Girl, who inspires him to follow his dream. A beautiful love story set to Irish folk music played by the actors on stage. It shows us how even the most beautiful and seemingly perfect love can be impacted by something as ordinary as timing.


*Ages are suggestions, we encourage anyone 18 years of age or older to audition!

Guy (Age: 25 to 40, Vocal range: F#2 – G#4)

An Irish busker on the streets of Dublin. His muse broke his heart and left him behind, and he is planning to give up his music. Stoic and clumsy in person, his music reveals a soulful, deeply emotional, and talented guitarist and songwriter. Plays guitar.

Girl (Age: 20 to 35, Vocal range: F#2 – B4)

A Czech immigrant to Dublin with her young daughter. A classically trained pianist with a deep love of music. Blunt and honest about her opinions, she is more guarded when it comes to her own feelings. Estranged from her husband, she struggles with her feelings for Guy and her duty to family. Plays piano.

Billy (Age: 30 to 50)

Irish music store owner who allows Girl to play piano in his shop because she doesn’t have one. Boisterous, passionate, and over the top. Doesn’t bother to hide his crush on Girl, though she doesn’t mind. Plays guitar.

Reza (Age: 20 to 35)

Girl’s vivacious and flirtatious Czech roommate. The relationship isn’t made clear, but Reza acts like a sister towards girl. Plays violin.

Baruska (Age 45 to 60)

Girl’s mother. A strong, worn Czech woman who is more concerned for Girl’s happiness than she is. No instrument required.

Bank Manager (Age: 30 to 50, Vocal range: G3 – B4)

A corporate suit with dreams of an artistic life, though not the best songwriter. Waiting for any excuse to follow his dream. Plays guitar or cello.

Da (Age: 50 to 70)

Guy’s father. A vacuum repairman. A sturdy, simple Irishman with a deep love for his son. Supports Guy more than he realizes. No instrument specified.

Svec and Andrej (Age: 20 to 40)

Girl’s Czech roommates. Quirky and loud. Learning English from Irish soap operas. Maybe her brothers, she isn’t quite clear on that. Play guitar, bass, and mandolin.

Eamon (Age: 30 to 50)

A Dublin music studio manager. Finds himself quietly impressed with Guy’s work. Doubles as the Emcee of an open mic night Girl signs Guy up for. Plays guitar and piano.

Ex-Girlfriend (Age: 20 to 40)

Guy’s ex-girlfriend who cheated on him and left for New York. She haunts his old music and his budding feelings for girl. Plays violin.

Ivonka (Age: 6 to 10)

Girl’s young daughter. No instrument required.

Schenectady Light Opera Company pledges to continue advocating for and aiming to build a diverse cast reflective of the Schenectady community. Any and all ethnicities, BIPOC actors and actors of all gender identities are encouraged to audition for all roles. And, whether or not you’ve been part of past SLOC productions, we welcome you to audition!

If you have any questions, please contact the production team ( Thank you! 

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