Sarasota Opera seeking children for non-singing role in upcoming production of ‘Madama Butterfly’

Interviews planned for early January for commitment from Jan. 17 to March 25, 2017

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Sarasota Opera is conducting a casting search for three children (boys or girls) to portray the role of Butterfly’s son in the 2017 winter production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Opera has announced.

Interviews for this role will be scheduled for early January, a news release says. “This is a volunteer position,” it notes. The period of commitment will be from Jan. 17, 2017 through March 25, 2017. The children’s availability for days, evenings and weekends is required, the release stresses; however, rehearsals and performances are not held daily.

In the opera, the character is 3, the release adds. Sarasota Opera is seeking children who meet the following requirements:

  • Ages between 4 and 7, but the children look younger.
  • Light in weight (approximately 45 pounds).
  • Willing to have adult performers sing loudly near them.
  • Well behaved and can quickly follow directions.

Any girls who apply must be willing to dress as a boy, the release points out.

The stage director will conduct the interviews, the release continues. The youngsters also will have an opportunity to meet some of the cast members of Madama Butterfly, the release adds.

Children do not have to prepare anything to attend this casting call, the release points out.

Any parent or guardian who would like for a child to be considered for this unique opportunity should email a photo, along with the child’s height and weight, to Artistic Administrator Greg Trupiano at For more information, call him at 366-8450, Ext. 534.