Closed: Jack and the Beanstalk Auditions

Jack and the Beanstalk

Director: Cody O’Prey
Musical Director: Jackson McLennan
Choreographer: Deanne Horkings
Vocal Coach: Minna Ikonen
Producer: Mark Crick

When the Giant unexpectedly doubles the land tax only hours before it’s due, the townspeople make plans to raise their funds through the Market Fair. The threat of being forced to forfeit their goods, or perhaps even their lives hangs heavily over their heads as they scramble to come up with the cash.

When the brave Jack Durden and his family are unable to meet the Giant’s deadline, he is forced to sell the family cow, Daisy, to a man for a bag of gold. Jack hurries home to his mother to show her the gold, but alas when he arrives the gold has turned into a bag of beans!

With the help of a magical fairy, Jack sets off on an adventure above the clouds to rescue his lover, Miranda, Daisy the cow, and a bevy of precious items that have been stolen from the town – with his brother, Simon, the Dame and the town Squire in tow.

Can Jack lead his people into finally putting a stop to the Evil Giant and save his town from inevitable destitution?

Audition Dates:

Monday 26th November from 7.00pm
Tuesday 27th November from 7.00pm
Wednesday 28th November from 7.00pm
(Dance call and Callbacks: Saturday 1st December from 10am at the Altona Theatre)

Auditions will be held at the Hobsons Bay Community Workshop facility
280 Queen Street, Altona
(former EPA vehicle testing site, opposite Kooringal Golf Course)

Rehearsals will commence Sunday 16th December 2012. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights (7.30pm – 10.00pm) and on Sunday afternoons (12.00pm – 5.00pm). Rehearsals will be held at the Altona Theatre (115 Civic Parade, next to the Altona Civic Centre)

Performances will be on the weekends from March 8th – 23rd 2013 at the Altona Theatre

To book an audition please call (03) 9398 5508 or Skype altonacitytheatre and follow the prompts (open 24 hours).
(Please note that some delays in returning your call may be experienced due to the anticipated volume of calls)

Audition Requirements

Vocal:

You will be required to prepare one song in the style of the show (pop/rock). Please consider the style of the show and the character(s) you are auditioning for when choosing a song – it should be fun and show your vocal range!
CD backing tracks are allowed and encouraged – we’ll have a CD player you can use. Please ensure that you use a track with no (lead) vocals – recordings with vocals will not be accepted. Alternatively, you can bring sheet music and our multi-talented piano player will play it for you. The sheet music must be in the desired key (we will not transpose), and please write in any slight edits you may need.
Please note that a’capella singing will not be accepted.

Acting:

At the audition you may be given some script excerpts to read. Of course, acting is not just something you do with words, your acting during the singing will also be considered!

Dancing:

A compulsory dance call will be held on Saturday 1st December at the Altona Theatre. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear (no open toe shoes are allowed on stage).

Lastly:

Don’t be nervous – we will try and make the process as enjoyable as possible.

Relax. Enjoy. Don’t worry if you mess up – we want to see what you CAN do, and we will conveniently ignore any mistakes you make.
PS Learn your song off by heart! Extra points are always awarded for people who are prepared! :)

Character Descriptions

Jack Durden (Male)
(Strong singer)
The hero of our story. Strong willed and won’t be beaten. Stands up for what is right for his town, his family and of course his girl. Strong vocals and an even stronger presence on stage. Very Confident actor.

Simon Durden (Male)
(Strong singer)
Jack’s brother. Simon has the most audience interaction and must be able to build a rapport with them. The comic relief. Fit, young, energetic, up-for-anything kid.
This role requires good comic timing and confidence to converse with the audience.

Dame Durden (Male)
(Character singing)
Typical ‘panto’ Dame. A larger-than-life type character.
Caring mother to both Jack and Simon and a well respected member of the town.
Always a crowd favourite. Doesn’t need to sing perfectly, but must be able to ‘sing’ as her character.

Grisly (Male or Female)
(Strong singer)
The Giant’s right hand man. Evil critter, who loves to see others struggle and in pain, while desperately seeking the approval of his boss.

Squire Goodknight (Male)
(Strong singer)
A respectable man. Leader of the town, and very proper. Lacks a little adventure in his life. Could do with some excitement. Proud father of Miranda.

Giant Blunderbore (Male)
(Deep speaking/character voice)
Evil character who cares only for himself. Is more then happy to let others suffer and even die as long as he gets what he wants.
No singing.

Fairy Greenbean (Female)
(Strong Singer)
The ‘Guardian Angel’ of Jack and the town. Quite a bit of interaction with Grisly.
The typical sweet and loving ‘fairy-tale’ fairy. Won’t take any nonsense.

Miranda (Female)
(Strong singer)
Leading lady. Daughter to the Squire and the sweetheart to Jack. The sweet ‘girl-next-door’ type. Able to ‘cheese-up’ a very soap-opera style romance with Jack.

Harriet (Female)
A very influential character. She is the Squire’s niece. A ‘Jolly hockey sticks’ type of girl with pigtails and freckles.

Daisy the cow (1 or 2 people)
(Mime)
Although this is a non-speaking role, has a big part to play throughout the entire show. Must be good at conveying emotion and thoughts through actions rather than words. Must also be flexible and fit enough to go through four shows a weekend possibly on all fours.
May want some knee guards.

Chorus
Space for a large crowd, male and female. They appear as singers and dancers, and portray townspeople, courtiers, soldiers, etc.

Children’s chorus
Same as above, but a younger age group (aged 8 and up).

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