Peabody Opera seeks players (and a little dog, too) for upcoming production of 'Street Scene'

Two-part opera will be staged in November at Lyric Opera House

The Peabody Opera Theatre company will audition for roles for an upcoming production of Street Scene, an American opera set in the 1940s. Auditions will take place this weekend for a number of speaking roles in the work, which will be staged in November at the Lyric Opera House/Modell Performing Arts Center.

The two-part opera originally debuted in 1946, with music by German composer Kurt Weill and lyrics by Langston Hughes. Adapted from a book and play of the same name by Elmer Rice, the opera depicts two brutally hot days at the doorstep of an apartment building in working-class East-side Manhattan, with the lives of various characters intersecting. The Peabody production, to be staged Nov. 13 and 15, will transfer the setting from 1940s New York City to 1940s Baltimore. Music will be performed by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.

Auditions for various parts—a beat cop, a doctor, an ambulance driver, a city marshal, and a violin pupil, along with a small number of solo singing roles for children—take place Sunday in Goodwin Hall at Peabody's Mount Vernon campus. Slots can be reserved by emailing or calling 443-496-2472; more information is also available by emailing

"No stage or singing experience is necessary, but a strong, resonant speaking voice will be preferred," Peabody says They're also looking for a small, mixed-breed dog for the production.

Auditioners will be asked to read lines from the script Sunday, and if cast should be available for evening rehearsals beginning Nov. 1.

More about the performances, including ticket information, can be found on the Hub events calendar.