PLEASE NOTE: These audition are for under 16s only
Sunday 10th September at 10am, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa
The auditions will be held in the Douglas Ford Studio
Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents
Directed by Tim Willis : Musical Direction by James Suckling : Choreography by Francesca Smith
Rehearsals start early October through to December 2017 | Playing dates: 06-16 December 2017
Gypsy is a 1959 musical loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The show contains many songs that have become popular standards, including “Everything’s Coming up Roses”, “Together (Wherever We Go)”, “You Gotta Get a Gimmick”, “Let Me Entertain You” and “All I Need Is the Girl”. The show has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, and was famously revived in the West End to critical acclaim in 2015 in a production featuring Imelda Staunton as ‘Rose’.
Characters and Playing ages
Baby June (approx.10) Shirley Temple-like up-and-coming vaudeville star, and Rose’s youngest daughter. Her onstage demeanor is sugary-sweet, cute, precocious and adorable to the nth degree. An adorable character – Mama Rose’s shining star. Strong child singer, strong dancer and taps. Mezzo.
Young Louise (approx. 12) She should look a couple of years older than Baby June. She is Madam Rose’s brow-beaten oldest daughter, and has always played second fiddle to her baby sister. She is shy, awkward, a little sad and subdued; she doesn’t have the confidence of her sister. Strong acting skills needed. The character always dances slightly out of step but the actress playing this part must be able to dance. Mezzo singer.
Ensemble (ages to look from 10 – 16) We are looking for boys and girls who are bright and personable with excellent singing skills and some dance experience.
The audition process will consist of a group song with dance, which will be followed by individual singing slots from a song to be taught on the day. Please be prepared to stay until 1pm if required.
Please contact Tim Willis on 07818 032752 or e-mail email@example.com for further details, inc. audition form (these will also be available on the day).
PLEASE NOTE THAT AUDITIONS FOR ‘CHOWSIE’ WILL TAKE PLACE AT A LATER DATE
Sunday 10th September at 2pm, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa
If new to the Loft, arrive at 1.30pm for a tour of the theatre
by Trevor Griffiths
Directed by Greg Cole
Playing dates for Comedians: 28 March – 7 April, 2018
“……is too full of hate to be funny.”
This play is a surgical incision in the ‘art’ of comedy. I have wanted to direct this masterpiece for decades and the art of comedy in the UK has changed dramatically over those years, but comedy’s essence remains fundamentally the same. This play shows us all how comedy is shaped through cruelty, pain and suffering.
I cannot express how excited I am to direct this play. The response to the reading was encouraging and gave me a good idea who is as excited about this play as myself.
The cast and a few points are as follows:
Gethin Price – 25-35 years old : Intense, intelligent, erudite
Phil Murray – late twenties : small, dapper insurance agent, a ‘straight’, not funny, dour
George McBrain – late 30’s : extrovert Ulsterman, big, docker, an optimistic jovial man
Sammy Samuels – early 40’s : well off, wheeler dealer, Manchester Jew
Mick Connor – 30-40 years old : Southern Irish builder
Eddie Waters – 60’s : Ex-Army Entertainment Corps in WWII, serious but funny, hard but empathetic
Ged Murray – mid 20’s : Milkman, an expert in physical comedy, clumsy and genuine
Mr. Patel – 20-40 years old : Indian, good at physical comedy. Shy, polite