'OUR DAY OUT' AUDITION

Directed by Kate Burke, Produced by Kath Townsend

Performance Dates: Monday 20th- Saturday 25th April 2015

'Our Day Out' is a fantastic and hilarious play with music by Willy Russell. Written in the 70s but as fresh as ever, the audience follows the escapades of the loveable "progress class" and their teachers on a school trip to Conwy Castle. Plenty of sweets and a few zoo animals later, the children and teachers find they have a lot to learn from one another.

CHARACTERS

ADULTS

Mrs Kay- (F) 35+ : experienced, caring and popular teacher who is in charge of the Progress Class. She is understanding of her pupils' circumstances and strives to make their school lives enjoyable. Liverpudlian/Local accent preferred.

Mr Briggs- (M) 30+ : strict deputy head teacher who prefers the traditional methods of his profession. Order and control of himself and others are of the most importance. His reputation precedes him. Non-local accent.

Colin- (M) 20-30: a young, bright teacher who finds himself feeling very uncomfortable with the levels of attention some of the girls in the class are paying him. A genuinely caring and intelligent man. In a relationship with Susan.

Susan- (F) 20-30: newly qualified teacher. Down to earth, Susan has her head screwed on but is always able to think outside the box to solve problems. Her attractive and bright attitude mean the older boys in the class take particular interest in her, but it doesn't phase her.

Bus Driver- (M) 25+ : a simple, occasionally gullible man who takes his job in transportation very seriously but also has a fun side.

Headteacher- (M/F) 30+ : distrusts the progress class to go on a trip without supervision of Mr Briggs. Very small part, could be multi-rolled if necessary.

Shopkeeper- (F) 40+ : Lady who owns a small business visited by the children. Comedic role, distrustful of school parties and stressed to the hilt.

Zoo Keeper- (M/F) 20+ : Very small potential multi role part.

Les (M) 50+ : "very old, almost blind and can hardly walk" friendly lollipop man, knows the children well.

The audition for adult roles will be on THURSDAY 29th JANUARY at Chorley Little Theatre. Registration will open at 7pm and auditions will begin at 7:30. Audition pieces will be provided. PLEASE PREPARE A SONG of any genre that is no more than 1:30 in length. Extracts of longer songs is fine.

YOUTH

Various school children (M/F) 13-16: the minimum age for auditionees is 11. Anyone who is older than high school age is welcome to come and audition on the basis that they look young enough to be at high school. The children will have a strong local accent.

The youth audition will be on SATURDAY 31ST JANUARY at Chorley Little Theatre. Registration will begin at 10am and the audition will commence at 10:30. Please note if you are under 16 a parent is required to stay for the duration of the audition.

IF ANYONE CAN PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TO A REASONABLE STANDARD (GRADE 4+) PLEASE LET US KNOW ON THE AUDITION FORM.

PLEASE PREPARE A SONG of any genre that is no more than 1:30 in length. Extracts of longer songs is fine. You will be split into groups and asked to work on a short scene which will be performed as your acting audition. The script will be provided on the day.

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CADOS Present:

Steel Magnolias AUDITION

Audition: Sunday 9th November, 2.30pm (Registration from 2pm)

Performance dates: Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th February 2015, 7.30pm

Synopsis

The action centres on Truvy's beauty parlour and the women who regularly gather there. The story begins on the morning of Shelby's wedding to Jackson and covers events over the next three years, including Shelby's decision to have a child despite having Type 1 diabetes and the complications that result from the decision. There is also a glimpse of the unlikely friendship between Clairee and Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town to a good-time girl and then to a revival-tent Christian; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M'Lynn, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout.

*A deep southern American accent is essential for all characters*

Truvy: (35 - 55yrs) owner of a small town beauty shop. She knows everyone’s business and shares it with anyone who will listen. Southern Belle. She always has advice for you, and they often come in the form of country sayings.

Annelle: (20 - 35yrs) very shy hair-dresser. She goes from a very soft-spoken person to a bible-loving Christian with her heart on her sleeve.

Clairee: (50 – 70yrs) widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin. She is wealthy and also knows everyone’s business. She is the sarcastic member of the group. She loves to laugh and poke fun at the little things that others cry over. She is very close with Ouiser.

Shelby: (20 – 35yrs) diabetic young lady. Prettiest girl in town, and loved by all. She has a weird relationship with her mother, and often rebels just for the sake of rebellion.

M’Lynn: (35 – 55yrs) mother of Shelby. She is over-protective at times and finds the need to have a firm grasp on the world at all times. She is a busy woman who worries too much for her age.

Ouiser (pronounced Weezer): (50 – 70yrs) she is a wealthy old bitty. She is a loveably miserable lady, though. Her unique personality and sense of humour is a great relief in the serious scenes. She is very close to Clairee.

Radio DJ: Male, any age, vocal recordings only. “Fatuous and self-possessed”. Not required for performances as all pre-recorded in advance.

All ages are approximate.

Please bring any dates of holidays booked to the audition. You must be available for all show dates and the two weeks prior to the show to be considered for a part.

Books down 4 weeks before opening night- 25/01/15.

For further information contact Rebecca Dickinson (Director) on 07521 977707 or 01257 230296. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CADOS Present:

Steel Magnolias AUDITION

Audition: Sunday 9th November, 2.30pm (Registration from 2pm)

Performance dates: Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th February 2015, 7.30pm

 

Synopsis

The action centres on Truvy's beauty parlour and the women who regularly gather there. The story begins on the morning of Shelby's wedding to Jackson and covers events over the next three years, including Shelby's decision to have a child despite having Type 1 diabetes and the complications that result from the decision. There is also a glimpse of the unlikely friendship between Clairee and Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town to a good-time girl and then to a revival-tent Christian; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M'Lynn, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout.

*A deep southern American accent is essential for all characters*

Truvy: (35 - 55yrs) owner of a small town beauty shop. She knows everyone’s business and shares it with anyone who will listen. Southern Belle. She always has advice for you, and they often come in the form of country sayings.

Annelle: (20 - 35yrs) very shy hair-dresser. She goes from a very soft-spoken person to a bible-loving Christian with her heart on her sleeve.

Clairee: (50 – 70yrs) widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin. She is wealthy and also knows everyone’s business. She is the sarcastic member of the group. She loves to laugh and poke fun at the little things that others cry over. She is very close with Ouiser.

Shelby: (20 – 35yrs) diabetic young lady. Prettiest girl in town, and loved by all. She has a weird relationship with her mother, and often rebels just for the sake of rebellion.

M’Lynn: (35 – 55yrs) mother of Shelby. She is over-protective at times and finds the need to have a firm grasp on the world at all times. She is a busy woman who worries too much for her age.

Ouiser (pronounced Weezer): (50 – 70yrs) she is a wealthy old bitty. She is a loveably miserable lady, though. Her unique personality and sense of humour is a great relief in the serious scenes. She is very close to Clairee.

Radio DJ: Male, any age, vocal recordings only. “Fatuous and self-possessed”. Not required for performances as all pre-recorded in advance.

All ages are approximate.

Please bring any dates of holidays booked to the audition. You must be available for all show dates and the two weeks prior to the show to be considered for a part.

Books down 4 weeks before opening night- 25/01/15.

For further information contact Rebecca Dickinson (Director) on 07521 977707 or 01257 230296. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CADOS Present:

Eating Raoul AUDITION

EXTRA Audition: Wednesday 3rd December at 9 Kensington Road, Chorley, PR7 1LU

For details, contact Barry Callander on 07947 874467 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Performance dates: Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, Saturday 9th MAY 2015, 7.30pm

 

Musical Director – Karl Pendlebury Director – Barry Callander

 

Choreographer – Mark Haughton

 

Those wishing to audition will be expected to sing a song of their own choice.

Hear samples of the songs at the Samuel French website: http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/1275/eating-raoul

Synopsis

Eating Raoul is a twisted tale of the American dream. Based on the 1982 cult-classic film, Mary and Paul Bland want to open a restaurant and go to extreme lengths to make their dream a reality. In a desperate and murderous effort to obtain cash, the Blands lure swingers into their apartment, snatch their money and kill them. As the cash pile grows, so does the pile of dead bodies. Devious janitor Raoul offers a solution for a cut of profit. But can this partnership continue for long?

Hailed as "the most entertaining musical about sex and cannibalism around" by Back Stage West and "Fun" by the Los Angeles Times, Eating Raoul explores the journey to the American dream in a uniquely homicidal way. The show opened off-Broadway in 1992 with a book by Paul Bartel and music and lyrics by Jed Feuer and Boyd Graham.

 

Principal Characters (ages 20-40ish)

Mary Bland – very pretty, unconsciously sexy in a naïve sort of way.

Paul Bland – prematurely balding, somewhat overweight and hopelessly square but sincere, tenacious and loveable.

Raoul – a sexy young Latino with a weakness for girls and a talent to match his ego.

 

Company (ages 20-60ish)

Other characters (played by members of the company, doubling-up possible)

The Raoulettes (Gladys and Inez) – two knockout, if slightly sluttish, young chicas. All boobs, butt and tongue.

Donna the Dominatrix – a kinky bundle of energy with a voice as big as all outdoors; at home a sweet young housewife and mother.

Dr Doberman – an officious lecher.

Mr Kray – fat and mean.

Mr Leech – an oily, smooth-talking womaniser.

Meter maid – hip and bored with it all.

Howard – bad taste incarnate, who thinks he’s hip.

James – always smiling, would say or do anything to make a sale.

Bobby – an obsessive case of arrested adolescence.

Junior – a rotund gourmand.

Yolanda – a former star of a certain age. Heavy Latino accent.

Ginger – built like a rugby player but dresses like Ginger Rogers – and can dance like her too.

Plus - Tourists, Swingers, Stick-up man, etc

 

 

 

CADOS Present:

The Elves And The Shoemaker AUDITION

Main Cast Audition: Sunday 14th September - 11am

Dance/Chorus Audition: Sunday 21st September - 11am

Performance dates: Friday 12th - Saturday 20th December 2014

Written & Directed by PAUL CARR

Main Cast Auditions

Auditions will take place in two stages – main cast auditions will be held on Sunday 14th September from 11am onwards. These will take the form of audition readings from an excerpt of script, reading against the production team and/or other auditionees. Please take note of the age ranges of the characters and their genders! You do not necessarily have to fall within the playing ages (for example a 17 year old could pass as 18) but if you do not look as if you might be within those ranges then you are not going to get the part!

Singing auditions

Some of the characters below are identified as requiring a singing audition – these parts have got musical numbers in the show and can only be given to people who we know can carry a solo musical number. The characters marked as ‘Not essential’ may have musical numbers in the show depending on who has been cast, but could get away without if someone auditions who is not a great singer but has all the other qualities we are looking for. Anyone auditioning for one of these ‘Not essential’ roles may have a singing audition if they would like their character to be included in musical numbers.

People having singing auditions should bring a song of their choice with a backing track to sing to. Please do NOT bring an original artist track with vocals as we want to hear YOU and not them! If you do not have any backing tracks then you can find them at www.karaoke-version.co.uk or www.ameritz.co.uk amongst other sites such as amazon or iTunes. You should bring the backing track in MP3 format on a CD or USB drive, or loaded on an MP3 player (that has been charged!)

Chorus Auditions

The chorus is in essence a dance chorus, though the junior chorus also need to be good actors as they play the remainder of the Elves alongside Flip and Flop. Auditions for the chorus will be a week later on Sunday 21st September from 11am. These will consist of dance auditions choreographed on the day, and small reading auditions in pairs for anyone auditioning for junior chorus. Singing auditions are not necessary for the chorus roles, but if you would like to prepare a singing audition for us then you are welcome to do so and this may influence our decision in the event of a large number of auditionees. Anyone aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult who is able to stay for the duration of the audition, which will potentially last for a number of hours.

GOLDEN RULES FOR AUDITIONS!

 

  • DO read the character descriptions and be realistic about if you are right for the part to avoid disappointment!
  • DON’T do a half-hearted audition or just read the part – we want to see characters who are interesting and engaging, and the sort of characters we would want to spend 3 hours watching!
  • DO make sure you have learnt your song if you are doing a singing audition
  • DON’T be nervous – you’re only acting to two or three people and if you make a mistake it doesn’t matter – we’re looking to see if you could play these roles after a few months rehearsals and not that night!
  • DO use your reading time before the audition to plan how you are going to deliver the lines and read it out loud with other people going for roles
  • DON’T assume that you have it ‘in the bag’ and so don’t bother putting much into your audition – we want to see your performance
  • DO choose a song that shows off your vocal range and lets you really sell the song – if you can sing high or low, have a good belt or a great pop voice then pick a song that lets us know about it!
  • DON’T just stand there – move around the stage and use your body language and gestures to sell your performance
  • DO have a go! If you fancy trying out then don’t assume that everyone will be better than you – it might be that you are just the person we are looking for!

 

If you have any questions about auditions then please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., send me a message through Facebook, or come and ask me directly if you are down for Talking Heads.

We hope that we see you there (oh yes we do!)

CHARACTERS

FAIRY CONVERSE (F) The good fairy and Prada’s (probably younger) sister – lots of audience interaction and a good scope for playing in a variety of different styles from smart and streetwise, traditional ‘good fairy’, or a bit bumbling or clumsy to suit the character of the actress. AGE 18+ Singing Audition? Not essential (but highly preferred!)

RALPH (M/F) The lead male character in the show – but could either be a male or a female playing as a principal boy. The young shoemaker who has become a victim of his own success and struggling to keep up with his rent. Has a secret crush on Anna. AGE 18-35 Singing Audition? Yes

BARON (M) Ralph’s landlord – not inherently evil but driven by money and will ruthlessly kick Ralph out onto the street if he is unable to pay up. AGE 25+ Singing Audition? No

ANNA (F) Ralph’s assistant in the shop and leading female role. Very loyal to Ralph and insists that he keep going against the odds. Needs to be convincingly similar age to both the Prince and Ralph. Preferably a trained (or very competent) dancer who can dance a number of different styles to a reasonably high standard, and a good singing voice preferred. AGE 18-35 Singing Audition? Yes

DAME GUCCI (M) A typical pantomime dame – she is the Old Woman who lives in a show and has so many children (the Elves) that she doesn’t know what to do. Lots of comedy business and needs a good on stage presence. Singing required but need not be terrifically in-tune if necessary! AGE 45+ Singing Audition? Yes

FLIP AND FLOP (M/F) Comedy duo – the eldest of the Elves and carry the majority of the comical and slapstick elements of the show. Must work well together and be able to ‘bounce’ off each other with good audience interaction and over-the-top characterisation. AGE 20-40 Singing Audition? Not essential

PRADA (F) The evil witch who has been stripped of her powers and is out for revenge. Fairy Converse’s (probably older) sister. AGE 25+ Singing Audition? Yes

PRINCE BRANTANO (M) Traditional pantomime prince. Well spoken, slightly conceited and falls for Anna – therefore needs to be convincingly similar age to both Anna and Ralph. AGE 18-35 Singing Audition? Not essential

PRINCE'S AIDE (M/F) Either a Chamberlain character or a Dandini best friend type (will be re-written – and named - to suit based on actor cast) Could be male or female. AGE Any. Singing Audition? No

CHORUS PARTS

THE ELVES (M/F) Junior chorus x 6 – a range of ages from 7 upwards. Good dance ability required as well as projection, stage presence and personality. Singing ability also highly preferred. Take part in a number of production numbers as well as small speaking parts during Elf scenes. AGE 7-18+ Singing Audition? No

TOWNSFOLK (M/F) Older chorus x 6 – need to pass as adults in the village and ballroom scenes. Essentially a dance chorus so a good ability across a range of styles of dance required. Singing ability ideal but not essential, though will be background vocalists in some musical numbers. AGE 14+ Singing Audition? No