- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2002

Jennifer Crier Johnston, supernumerary coordinator at the Washington Opera, cheerfully welcomes new supernumerary candidates.
Supernumeraries need not be singers, since the principals and the chorus handle the vocal chores. Measurements are required, however. Costumers need to know sizes such as chest, waist, inseam and shoes. Prospects who cannot make the audition for a production should mail in their measurements as well as a photograph to The Washington Opera, 2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Suite 104, Washington, D.C. 20037. Ms. Johnston can be reached at 202/437-6782.
The Summer Theater Opera Company at Catholic University, which next summer will offer three productions, also welcomes supers. Call super coordinator Allison Meincke at 202/526-1669 or e-mail her at [email protected]

Washington Opera auditions
The Washington Opera is currently auditioning for its upcoming production of "Aida," at DAR Constitution Hall in February and March. They are seeking men 5 foot 7 or taller, between 25 and 40. ("They will be showing their bodies a great deal," Ms. Johnston says.) Initially, the call was for 55 men and 11 women, but Ms. Johnston says the number will probably scaled down by about 20.

The Washington Opera studios, 6835 Willow St. NW, third floor, Takoma Park. Auditions 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Photos will be taken at the call. The person auditioning will also be asked to fill out an audition form.
Rehearsals take place at the Takoma Park studio. The number of rehearsals varies with the production. The week before the opening the production is moved into the venue to iron out technical needs.
Patrick Butters

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