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Getting Your Dream Role

Schedule an audition. Many auditions are held over a couple of days/evenings and you are often required to book an audition time in advance. Sometimes we may hold special workshops prior to auditions or other times we will hold call-backs to determine the best person for the role.

Dress appropriately. You will most likely need to move a bit during your audition, especially if there is a dance element involved, so always wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Something fitting helps show off your dance skills, but steer clear of anything too revealing or distracting. Dance shoes are ideal but not necessary, as long as your footwear is comfortable and flexible.

Prepare your song, monologue, and dance. The dance and dialogue element of an audition is usually prepared for you and taught to you on the day. For your singing audition, prepare a song which suits your vocal range and has a similar style to the show you are auditioning for. Sometimes you will be required to sing a specific song from that show, and details about what format your music should be in (backing track, sheet music) will be given prior to your audition.

Auditioning and meeting the team. Auditioning can be nerve-wracking, but the thing to remember is the Creative Team WANT you to be successful. Usually you will be auditioning in front of the three creative team members, a pianist and sometimes a production manager. Occasionally the dance element will be done with small groups of auditionees at the same time. Other than talent, the creative team are looking for enthusiasm, confidence and willingness to learn, so be polite, walk in with a good attitude and a friendly smile!

Prepare for rejection. While this is community theatre and we try to give everybody the opportunity to take part on stage, sometimes we just have way more auditionees than roles! Don’t take it too hard if you aren’t successful in your audition, it generally doesn’t mean you did anything wrong – it just means you weren’t quite right for what the director had in mind. But we WILL remember you, and returning to audition for a future production shows us you are committed and passionate.

Get involved any way you can. While many people may dream of landing the lead role, try not to turn down company/chorus positions too. The more involved you get, the more familiar you will become to everyone. You will prove you’re reliable and committed and will more likely be cast in future productions and given bigger and better roles. If you are unsuccessful in your audition, we always require production crew – it’s a really great way to get your foot in the door and stay involved.


Snoopy - 6 - 21 April

Jesus Christ Superstar - 22 June - 7 July

(Auditions 2 March)

And Then There Were None - 7 - 22 September

Annie - 15 November - 1 December

AUDITIONS Jesus Christ Superstar

The show will be directed by Gayle Wellington Dowsett. Her vision of the show is of a high-energy production with movement and vitality. Those unfamiliar with the show are invited to watch the following youtube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvVr2uks0C8

Audition times on Friday 2nd March will be from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.   

Call-backs, if required, will be on Saturday 3rd March at 10am. The auditions will be held at the Riverbank Centre on Reyburn House Lane.

Those who are interested in auditioning for a lead role should present their own interpretation of a song from any rock opera or rock musical. We will also ask you to demonstrate your vocal range by singing a scale with the piano. Those who are successful will be given an appropriate song from Jesus Christ Superstar to prepare for a call back the following week.

Those who are interested in auditioning for a chorus role should prepare two short songs or selections from songs that show your versatility as a singer. Each song or selection should not be longer than 1':30" in duration. We will also ask you to demonstrate your vocal range by singing a scale with the piano.

A pianist will be present, and it is requested that those auditioning bring sheet music; it is generally an advantage to be able to sing with a pianist. Those who choose to sing unaccompanied or with a backing track will be asked to do a small exercise with the piano to demonstrate the ability to sing to an instrumental accompaniment.

Please contact the production manager, Marjorie Bowdler, if you have any questions, or to arrange an earlier audition date: she can be reached at bowdler.marjorie@gmail.com or at 0212179061. Gayle can be contacted at gayledowsett@hotmail.com and 0275433148.

Please read through the following if you are interested in auditioning for a lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar.

You may sing any song from a rock opera or musical at the first round of auditions held on the 16th and 17th of February; for the sake of clarity, this includes the songs that we have listed below but does not exclude others.

The age ranges listed are indicative of the look that the director has in mind but do not exclude people from outside these age ranges.

~~ Jesus ~~

Character information: A Jewish preacher and religious leader who is crucified; the show depicts his crucifixion and the events leading up to this. The director envisages this character being gentle, calm, placid, ethereal, meditative, commanding, and yet humble.

Vocal Range: Tenor (A2 - G5)
Age range: 30 - 60
 Callback songs: Gethsemane and Everything's Alright

~~ Judas Iscariot ~~

Character information: One of the twelve apostles, concerned for the poor and the consequences of Jesus' fame.

Vocal Range: Tenor (D3 - D5)
 Age range: 30 - 60
 Callback songs: Heaven on their Mind and Everything's Alright

~~ Mary Magdalene ~~

Character information: A female follower of Jesus who finds herself falling in love with him.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-soprano (F3 - Eb5)
 Age range: 25 - 40
 Callback songs: Could We Start Again Please and Everything's Alright

~~ Pontius Pilate ~~

Character information: Governor of Judea who finds himself confronted with dealing with Jesus' crucifixion and grapples with his place in history.

Vocal Range: Bari-tenor (A2 - B4)
 Age range: 40 -
Callback song: Pilate's Dream

~~ Caiaphas ~~

Character information: One of the main antagonists of the show. High priest who sees Jesus as a threat to the nation.

Vocal Range: Bass (C#2 - F4)
 Age range: 30 -
Callback song: This Jesus Must Die

~~ Annas ~~

Character information: One of the main antagonists of the show. Fellow priest at the side of Caiaphas.

Vocal Range: Countertenor (G2 - D5)
 Age range: 20 -
Callback song: This Jesus Must Die

~~ Peter ~~

Character information: One of the twelve apostles. Denies Jesus three times upon the night of Jesus' arrest to save himself.

Vocal Range: Baritone (A2 - G4)
 Age range: 20 -
Callback song: Could We Start Again Please

~~ Simon Zealotes ~~

Character information: One of the twelve apostles; urges Jesus to lead his followers into battle against the Romans. Needs to move well.

Vocal Range: Tenor (G3 - B4)
 Age range: 20 -
Callback song: Simon Zealotes

~~ King Herod ~~

Character information: The King of Galilee, to whom Jesus is taken after his encounter with Pilate. Mean-spirited and impatient with interruption. Needs to move well.

Vocal Range: Tenor (C#3 - G4)
 Age range: 30 -
 Callback song: Herod's Song