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Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria



An exciting early 20th Century operetta from a prodigious maestro, Eileen is Victor Herbert’s grand Irish ode to his maternal homeland.

GSOV is thrilled to be producing a fully staged season utilising a boutique instrumental ensemble and a stirring new libretto courtesy of VHRP Live, the premiere US company for the music of Victor Herbert.

Directed by versatile auteur Suzanne Barton, with musical direction from multi-award nominee Kent Ross, this superb production will make its Australian premiere at one of our new performing venues for 2018, The Kel Watson Theatre in Burwood East.

On the eve of Irish revolution, patriot Barry O’Day meets the winsome Eileen in France and falls in love. Torn between passion and duty, his sire land pulls his heart and he leaves, unsure if he’ll ever see her again.

Years later Barry journeys to his home in Sligo Bay ready to lead the rebellion against British occupation with the help of sympathetic English aristocrat, Lady Maude, the current owner of the O’Day lands. Imagine his surprise when Eileen turns out to be Lady Maude’s niece! Love rekindles, but with danger all around will their romance survive?

With captivating characters and a joyful score, Herbert cherished his work on Eileen above all others. A craic-er of a production, be swept away on a grand lyrical adventure.

“Eileen remains highly esteemed by connoisseurs of operetta, and for good reason: It’s a delightful work.” – Classics Today

“Herbert’s score for Eileen is glorious: nostalgic, heroic, cinematic, humorous, and in character. It captures the romantic soul of Herbert and epitomizes the romantic American operetta in its transition from Victor Herbert to Jerome Kern.” – New World Records

15th – 18th November 2018

With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Players

5 Performances - Running time approx 2hrs 30mins

Thursday 15th November 8:00pm
Friday 16th November 8:00pm
Saturday 17th November 2:00pm
Saturday 17th November 8:00pm
Sunday 18th November 2:00pm

Kel Watson Theatre
Forest Hill College,
178-180 Mahoneys Rd,
Burwood East VIC 3131

Enquiries: 0490 465 009

Click here to purchase your tickets online today

Adult: $38
Concession: $32
Student: $23
Child (Under 16): $18
Group 10+: $31
Family of 3 (Max 1 Adult): $67
Family of 4 (Max 2 Adults): $101


Auditions for "Engaged"

Gilbert's Engaged

February/March 2019

Directed by Diana Burleigh.

The play that inspired Oscar Wilde!

Gilbert's typical topsy turvyness is in full play in this comedy about a young man who keeps falling in love and finds himself engaged to three women simultaneously, and tries to sort out his predicament with so many problems popping up.

A scene between 2 of the ladies is strongly reminiscent of one in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and Engaged's popularity was great in the 19th century and has lingered through the past 100 years with regular revivals.

This will be an intimate production, performed at The Knowe, in Sassifras, Act 1 in the garden and the rest in the living room of this delightful cottage.

There will be 4 afternoon performances on the 23rd and 24th of February, and on 2nd and 3rd March. A Weather Contingency availability of the 9th and 10th March is requested. There may be an additional season in Malvern, in November 2019.

Rehearsals will initially be in Blackburn South before moving to Sassafras.

Audition sessions will be held on 22nd and 25th November. Please attend one of these audition sessions.

Major roles
3 young men - one with Scottish accent
1 middle aged man
3 young ladies, 1 with Scottish accent
1 middle aged lady with Scottish accent

Minor roles
1 man of military bearing
1 young women, a maid

Plus 2 supernumeraries.

Dialogue is available to read for all roles, which will also be available at auditions. Performers from all ethnicities are welcome.

Thursday 22nd November: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday 25th November: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Auditions and rehearsals will be held at SPAAC - 20 McCracken Avenue, Blackburn South

Rehearsal / production dates
Rehearsals are expected to start for some characters in December, and a read through for the whole cast is proposed for Tuesday 4th December (full cast) and Thursday 6th December (Act 1 characters). Again, these will be rehearsed at SPAAC.
Rehearsals restart on 22nd January (Tuesdays and Thursdays) with Sundays (at Sassafras) from 3rd February. Production season is 23rd/24th February + 2nd/3rd March 2019. However,should there be a performance washout because of rain, we will reserve the weekend of 9/10th March for replacement performance(s).

A rehearsal schedule and call list will be made available near to the first rehearsal.

All roles are unpaid.


Cheviot Hill: Male lead, a youngish man (20-30s) wealthy but mean with pleasant disposition.
Belvawney: similar age or l little older, strong almost menacing personality.
Mr Symperson: Older male, genteel but impoverished.
Angus MacAlister: lowland peasant, youngish, very winning personality, needs lots of energy. NB Scottish accent required.
Major MacGillcuddy: Brief appearance at the end of Act 1. Military (over)bearing.

Belinda Treherne: 20 something, attractive, very sophisticated and smart.
Minne: 20 something, attractive, appears very naive and innocent. Sweet personality.
Mrs MacFarlane: middle aged Scottish widow. NB Scottish accent required
Maggie: peasant girl, attractive, young, NB Scottish accent required.
Parker: A maid, young attractive.

Audition Resources
** The Libretto can be viewed/downloaded by clicking this link
** Further background to the show can be found at The Gilbert and Sullivan Archives - click this link

TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Fill in an online audition form here.

If you have further questions please contact the : Auditions Co-ordinator directly.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 October 2018 14:02

Sneak Peek at 2019 Season

OUR 2019 SEASON - in preview

GSOV 2019

  • ENGAGED - February/March

  • Engaged is a humorous farce with a definite suggestion of the "topsy-turvydom" we expect from the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas. It pokes fun at the way love is idolised and selfishness is overlooked. Engaged will be produced as a semi-staged production at The Knowe in Sassafras for a strictly limited season of 4 shows in February/March 2019.


  • Die Fledermaus, composed by Johann Strauss II to a libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genee (after Meilhac and Halevy) is returning to Melbourne after a drought of over ten years. With stunning sets and costumes and elegant dances and staging, Die Fledermaus is a favourite with audiences worldwide - mistaken identities, flirtations at a masked ball, elegant frivolities and confusions of all kinds provide a hilarious vehicle for some of the most captivating music ever written. Die Fledermaus will be performed in English, and produced as a fully staged production with an orchestra at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre for a strictly limited season of 5 shows from 25th to 28th of July 2019.

  • COX and BOX with HMS PINAFORE - October

  • Sullivan's first successful comic opera where a landlord lets a room to two lodgers, one who works at night (Mr. Box) and one who works during the day (Mr Cox) is paired with Gilbert & Sullivan’s evergreen comic operetta, HMS Pinafore, which delights audiences with its witty libretto and rollicking score. Set on a navy ship in the days when Britain ruled the waves, HMS Pinafore pokes fun at incompetent politicians, society norms and subconscious bias. This Season will be produced as a fully staged production at a venue to be advised, for a run of 5 shows during October 2019.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:13

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