AUDITION NOTICE

HOTEL SORRENTO AND SEUSSICAL

Auditions will be held at Eltham Little Theatre (1603 Main Road, Research) for our first season 2019 production: Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson, directed by Kath Buckingham.

Auditions for our 2019 ELT Youth production - Seussical, directed by Bec Fleming - will also be held at the theatre. See below for information.

Hotel Sorrento

 

Auditions will be from 7:30 PM to 9 PM, Wednesday 21 November and from 3 PM to 6 PM, Sunday 25 November.

Synopsis:

An Australian Favourite !

Set in the early 1990s in Australia, Hilary lives in seaside Sorrento with her father and sixteen-year-old son; Pippa is visiting from New York and Meg returns from England with her English husband.

Three sisters, reunited after ten years in different worlds, again feel the constraints of family life. It is Meg’s semi-autobiographical novel, recently shortlisted for the Booker prize, which overshadows their homecoming. The Play explores all the issues from the ownership of shared personal narratives to the infamous ‘cultural cringe’.

 

Please Note:

 

  • These will be open auditions.

  • Please book for either evening by contacting the Director, Kath Buckingham on 0411 232 231 (after hours) or by email. When booking, please indicate the role or roles you are interested in.

  • The ages given below are those in the script, but there is some room for age flexibility in casting.

  • If you book an audition but decide later not to attend, please let the Director know.

  • We will be starting rehearsals in December and working through January. There will be a two week break over the Christmas/New Year period.

 

Characters:

 

Marg Morrisey - F Mid/late 50s

A teacher, divorcee and mother of four. All of her children have grown up and left home. She has a holiday house in Sorrento, where she goes every weekend.

 

Dick Bennet - M Mid 40s

The editor of the Australian Voice. His friendship with Marge dates back to the early seventies. He lives alone in a rented flat, and is a regular visitor to Marge’s holiday house.

Hilary Moynihan - F Mid/late 40s

The oldest of the Moynihan sisters. She lives in Sorrento, in the family home, which her father and sixteen-year old son. Her husband was killed in a car accident. She owns a small gourmet deli in the main street.

 

Wal Moynihan - M Late 60s

Father to Hilary, Pippa and Meg. He is retired now, having been the proprietor of the local garage, Moynihan Motors. His family has been in Sorrento for generations, and as a result he is something of a local character.

 

Troy Moynihan - M Mid to late teens

Hilary’s son.

 

Edwin Bates - M Mid 40s

An Englishman married to Meg. He is a partner is a successful publishing firm in London.

# English accent required.

Meg Moynihan - F Earlyish 40s

The middle sister, is a novelist and expatriate. She has been in London for ten years. Her second novel, Melancholy, has been nominated for the Booker prize.

Pippa Moynihan - F Latish 30s

The youngest sister, currently living in New York. She is well travelled and now a highly paid advertising executive.

Seussical

 

Auditions will be from 9 AM, Sunday 2 December and from 6 PM, Tuesday 4 December. Please read the following information carefully and click here if you wish to book an audition.

Synopsis:

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a
speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Characters:

PRINCIPAL ROLES

The Cat In the Hat – M or F

The essence of mischief, fun and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping JoJo to discover the power of his imagination as they create the story for the show together. Physical & versatile actor and is comfortable improvising with an audience.

Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: F2

Jojo/the Boy – M or F

Jojo is a "Thinker"--a smart child with a wild imagination. He can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose 'Thinks' get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own 'Thinks.'

Vocal range top: C5. Vocal range bottom: Ab3

KEY ROLES

Horton The Elephant – M or F

Gentle, rotund (this can be achieved with costuming) and appealing. Think of him as a big-hearted guy who is steadfast and responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative
and receptive to the world around him. He is very un-self-conscious. Horton's view of the world never changes--he believes in its goodness. But by the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent.

Vocal range top: F4. Vocal range bottom: A2

Gertrude Mcfuzz – F

Very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn't perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a vain, neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton. In other words, she stops worrying about her looks and grows up doing what she wants. But Mayzie isn't all bad. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of generosity--she realizes she isn't the kind of person who'd be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can do for the egg.

Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: F3

Mayzie Labird – F

Self-centred, selfish and vain, Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can (especially Horton) into doing what she wants. But Mayzie isn't all bad. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of generosity--she realizes she isn't the kind of person who'd be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can do for the egg.

Vocal range top: Eb5. Vocal range bottom: G3

Sour Kangaroo – M or F

She isn't really sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy and a lot of fun.

Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: F#3

SMALLER/ENSEMBLE ROLES

The Wickersham Brothers – M or F

These are not bad guys! They're simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others' expense. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another.

The Whos – M or F

They're a lot like you and me only so small as to be invisible. Don't think of them as cute midgets or weird little aliens. They should be played for inherent humanity.

Jungle Creatures – M or F

They are real people at heart, just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters. Be imaginative. Be Wild. Be simple.

The Bird Girls - F

They are like the popular girls in any school--a clique of pretty, self-centered "back up birds" who do whatever Mayzie does.

Mr. & Mrs. Mayor – M & F

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

Mr - Vocal range top: E4. Vocal range bottom: D3

Mrs - Vocal range top: A4. Vocal range bottom: A3

Key dates and times:
We understand that you may have other commitments such as school camps, family holidays, sporting commitments and religious holidays. Unfortunately, we find that extensive absences from the rehearsal period have a detrimental effect on you, your fellow cast mates and the quality of the performance so we need to limit the eventuality of this occurring.


If you are regularly unavailable at the following times, then please carefully consider your
application.


Rehearsals:
Starting Sunday, December 9 but with a break from December 21 to January 20.

  • Thursdays 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Sundays 10 AM - 2 PM

From 9th March:

  • Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Thursdays 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Sundays 10 AM - 2 PM

A full rehearsal schedule will be distributed to successful auditionees, outlining their individual attendance requirements.


Performances (12 in total):

  • Fridays: March 29, April 5, April 12 - 8 PM (7 PM call time)

  • Saturdays: March 30, April 6, April 13 - 1 PM AND 5 PM (2 shows – 12 PM call time)

  • Sundays: March 31, April 7,  April 14 - 1 PM (12 noon call time)

This is from the final week of term 1 to the middle of school holidays (closing before the Easter long weekend).

 
 

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