AUDITIONS : VARIéTé! VARIéTé! 12, 13 & 15 MARCH 2019

Welcome to the George Arts Theatre auditions for

Varieté! Varieté !
The Greatest Variety Show!

All you need to know

Before auditioning or allowing your child to audition, we ask that you please take careful note of the following:

  • GSA (George Society of Arts) always strives to stage professional amateur theatre productions.
  • Show is written and produced by Carina Beukes and will be directed by Bronwyn Stammer with Joanelda Brandt as intern director.
  • It is a Main theme of the show is around a Circus in a fun, flamboyant cabaret style. Story line is a classic love story that plays out against the backdrop of the circus and is made up of comedy, tragedy and chorus songs and some dialogue. All songs performed in Varieté ! Varieté ! are well known songs from other big musicals: Therefore good voices are needed. Great circus acts are needed and great dancers are needed.
  • There is a lot of great talent in our town George, and we are calling on all the great talent to come and be part of this great show at one of the very few community theatres left in South Africa.

You can audition for any or all of the following:

Children under 16

Singer:

We are looking for one girl and one boy singer to do only one singing number each.

Talented Circus Act:

We are looking for any Circus/Talent act.

  • Balance plates, juggle, ride an unicycle, acrobat or an magician, maybe you are really good at hoola hoops or jumping on a little trampoline… anything !
  • NO auditions will be held for this, you are request to take a short video of your talent and inbox or mail us please. Close off date is 31 March 2019 12pm. We might do call backs, but that will be discussed with talent
  • We will let you know if your act has been chosen by the 5th April 2019 .

Ages 16 +

Singer:

We are looking for great singers; males, females of all ages, we are also looking for 1 boy and 1 girl singer. However we may only need your voice.

  • Songs will be pre-recorded for the show, making use of backtracks. Some chorus numbers will be using a combination of recordings and live singing. You may only be needed for recording a song in other words- we may not use you on stage but would like to use your pre- recorded voice for the show.
  • Chose one of the listed songs to audition, back tracks are welcome and or you can be accompanied by a musician. Keep audition piece short with one verse and chorus please.

Actor:            

We are looking for actors that can perform with all the passion of comedy and or tragedy real theatrical complementing the songs to be sung. 16 year and up, with the exception of the 2 children singers that were mentioned earlier.

  • If you cannot sing but you can act, we want to see you, as we will find a voice to back you in the numbers that you will have to perform. (Your miming will have to be perfect) as song will be pre-recorded you will have time to rehearse.
  • Lines will be given to you on the night of auditions so no prep is needed.
  • You are welcome to perform, or mime a song from the list if you wish as part of your audition please brings your track with..

Dancer:

We are looking for dancers that are not shy to perform for any one of the listed songs all dances will be choreographed, so quick learners will be great. No preferred style is required just the willingness to learn and energy is required.

  • For the audition we will teach you a short dance and ask you to perform the dance taught to you that night so no preparation in needed.

Talented Circus Act:

We are looking for any Circus/Talent act.

  • Balance plates, juggle, ride an unicycle, acrobat or an magician, maybe you are really good at hoola hoops or jumping on a little trampoline… anything !
  • NO auditions will be held for this, you are requested to take a short video of your talent and inbox or mail us please. Close off date is 31 March 2019 12pm. We might do call backs, but that will be discussed with talent
  • We will let you know if your act has been chosen by the 5th April 2019 .

Show Dates:

These are the dates of the show: Please make sure you are available for all these dates before auditioning. Also bear in mind that there is technical and dress rehearsal run closer to the show that might fall on other nights. We also plan for the possibility/probability that the shows will sell out and that we might have to do an encore performance, but availability will be checked with each cast member for encore shows.

  • 10 Oct Thursday night
  • 11 Oct Friday night
  • 12 Oct Saturday day and night show
  • 13 Oct Sunday day show

 

Further Notes to consider:

  • Rehearsals will start after the June – July School holidays and this will be every Tuesday and Thursday evening 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm @ the George Arts theatre.
  • Commitment is of paramount importance! Both to show dates and rehearsals.
  • Rehearsal times are set but will be extended by 30 minutes if needed.
  • All company members will be required to attend all rehearsals unless otherwise informed.
  • For security reasons the doors will be locked during rehearsals so cast need to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of rehearsals
  • Those that are to be collected after rehearsals must also be collected timeously pleas.
  • There is lots of fun to be had, but plenty of hard work, dedication and commitment – rehearsals are not a social gathering
  • Friends nor family may not sit in on auditions.
  • Neither may they sit in on any rehearsals.
  • They are welcome to wait in the Backstage Lounge
  • We are always looking for assistants during rehearsals or show time, please state on audition form if you would like to assist with anything, costumes, props, backstage hands, painting, etc.
  • All info and details will be sent via Whatsapp to the cast please make sure your details are clear on the audition form.
  • Everyone in the company will be required to become Theatre members.
  • Everyone has to work together, there is no space for prima donnas or divas — if you are asked to wear something that you may think is a hideous or ugly, you will do so with a smile and not a complaint
  • Things can be discussed and suggestions are welcome but the director’s say is final
  • Only one person per character will be chosen – no understudies
  • You will be required to give every rehearsal your full attention.
  • You will need to practice lines and movement at home and come prepared to rehearsals.

It is very important to understand that the characters in this show, we do require very specific characteristics and that is what we will be looking for.  If you do not make the company, it does not mean that you are not good enough.  It just means that you are not quite right for this particular show.  So please do not be despondent and keep auditioning, for other shows.

You will be advised via Whatsapp up if you are chosen to join the company.

If you have not heard anything from us by 12 o clock 22nd March 2019 (Friday) morning, then unfortunately you will not be part of this production but we ask that you please do support the show and continue auditioning for other shows.

We ask that you take a few moments now to ask questions of the production team before making a final decision. Please do not audition to ‘see’ if you get in and then make a decision. Anyone who auditions is understood to be committed for the duration and may not back out.

 

Audition Song List:

Male songs
Comedy
Join the Circus                                        (Barnun)
Wilkommen                                            (Cabaret)
Three Ladies                                          (Cabaret)
Mr Mistoffolees                                       (Cats)
Master of the House                               (Les Misérables)
Why can’t a woman                                (My fair lady)
Tragedy
Million Dreams (adult)                             (The Greatest Showman)
Mr Cellophane                                        (Chicago)
Empty Chairs                                          (Les Misérables)

 

Female Songs
Comedy
Oom Pah Pah                                         (Oliver)
I caint say no                                          (Oklahoma)
You’ll never walk alone                           (Carousel)
Just you wait                                           (My fair lady)

Tragedy
I know him so well                                  (Chess)
You must love me                                   (Evita)
With one look                                         (Sunset Boulevard)
Send in the Clowns                                 (A little night music)
Little Fall of Rain                                     (Les Mis)
As long as he loves me                           (Oliver)

 

Duos/Trios
Comedy

Honey Bun                                              (South Pacific)
It’s your funeral                                       (Oliver)
You gotta have a gimmick                      (Gypsy Rose)
I shall scream                                         (Oliver)

Tragedy
Phantom of the Opera Theme Song       (Phantom of the Opera)

Scenes/Chorus  Songs/Unisex
Razzle Dazzle                                         (Chicago)
Masquerade                                            (Phantom of the Opera)
Show must go on                                    (We will rock you)
Razzle Dazzle                                         (Chicago)

Unisex
El Tango de Roxanne                             (Moulin Rouge)

Children
Tragedy
Castle on a Cloud (child)                        (Les Misérables)
Million Dreams (child)                             (The Greatest Showman)

7.3.2019
 

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