• Casting Priscilla Queen of the Desert

    Based on the Oscar winning film, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical tells the story of three drag performers who set off from Sydney across the Australian desert in a battered old bus, christened Priscilla. The show contains over 20 classic disco hits such as I Will Survive and I Love The Nightlife. This contract also includes Epic Variety; a farewell show that brings together the talented casts of Priscilla and Burn The Floor in one theatrical event.

    Contract Begins: 9 August, 2015 – travel to Tampa, Florida USA
    Rehearsals Begin: 10 August, 2015 – rehearsals in Tampa, Florida USA
    Board Ship: 2 October, 2015 in France
    Itinerary: Norwegian Epic, ports in Barcelona with a European Itinerary
    End of Contract: 7 April, 2016

    Union / Non-Union Pay Rates:
    Ensemble: US$850/wk minimum, Leading: US$1000/wk minimum.

    Director: Dean Bryant
    Choreographer: Andrew Hallsworth
    Musical Supervisor: Stephen “Spud” Murphy
    Musical Director: Randy Glass
    Director, Entertainment Production: Robert Dean Hertenstein
    VP, Entertainment: Richard Ambrose

    AUDITION DATES
    Sydney: February 12, 13, &14
    THE OPERA CENTRE
    480 Elizabeth Street
    Surry Hills NSW 2010

    Melbourne: February 15, 16, &17
    PATRICK STUDIOS
    2/359 Plummer Street
    Port Melbourne VIC 3207

    Key creatives from the original production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dean Bryant and Andrew Hallsworth will be casting the production in Australia, London and New York.

    SUBMISSIONS
    Please send photo and CV, including height, to epicpriscillacasting@gmail.com

    Applications close: Friday 23 January, 2015
    These auditions are by appointment only, so make sure to email in your submission.

    AUDITION PREPARATION
    All auditionees should prepare two pop or disco songs showing range. Bring sheet music for your songs; a piano accompanist will be provided.
    Please bring appropriate dance wear that shows off your body – heels for girls, and guys if you have them.
    Please note: as part of the audition process, adult male performers may be required to dress in drag. All costumes, wigs, shoes and make-up will be provided. Changing facilities will also be provided and appropriate notice will be given.
    Artists considered for the 3 leading roles of Bernadette, Mitzi/Tick and Felicia/Adam will be allocated a vocal audition and called back as necessary
    Male Ensemble Artists will be required to dance first in a group dance call and may be called back to sing if required.
    Female Ensemble Artists will be required to sing first and called back to dance if required.

    CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
    BERNADETTE – Leading Role (played in film by Terence Stamp)

    A quietly dignified transsexual who must be convincing as an older woman who was once the star performer of ‘Les Girls’. The mother of the group, Bernadette is glamorous, oozing Old Hollywood charm with rapier wit and sensitivity. Must be able to be convincing and touching in her attraction and growing relationship with Bob.
    Male. Playing age late 40’s to mid-late 50’s. Outstanding straight acting, dance, singing (range adaptable) and lip-synching ability essential.

    MITZI/ TICK – Leading Role (played in film by Hugo Weaving)
    With an unremarkable and essentially straight exterior, Tick is a discontented drag queen, the best in the business. Estranged husband of Marion and absent father to 8 year old Benjamin, his journey from disillusionment to fulfilment through being reunited with his son is the central core of the story.
    Male. Playing age mid 30’s to early 40’s. Outstanding straight acting, dance, singing (baritone – tenor) and lip-synching ability essential.

    FELICIA/ ADAM – Leading Role (role played in film by Guy Pearce)
    A flashy, young drag queen and born performer with a more than occasional bitchy streak. Provocative and outspoken he has a tendency to get himself into trouble with both friends and complete strangers. Will also cover the male singer for Burn The Floor.
    Male. Playing age early to late 20’s. Very well maintained physical features with outstanding character acting, dance, singing (tenor) and lip-synching ability essential.

    NON-LEADING ROLES:
    These roles are also required to participate in ensemble pieces

    THE DIVAS (x 3)
    Sassy and strong, these women lead us through some of the greatest hits of the last decades. All shapes and sizes welcome – but brilliant vocalists in the disco-belt style a must. Will also be part of the female ensemble as well as cover the female singer for Burn The Floor.

    BOB
    A mechanic. Typical laconic attitude, soft hearted Aussie bloke who spent years wandering around the world only to find he was better off where he started. Has a fascination with Bernadette whom he saw perform in ‘Les Girls’ in Sydney more than twenty years ago.
    Male. Playing age 50’s – early 60’s. Strong acting ability with one song.

    SHIRLEY
    Hardened outback bar tender/waitress. Good ironic comedy.
    Female. Playing age late 40’s to mid-late 50’s. Character acting, dance and strong singing ability – solo and ensemble pieces.

    MARION
    A hotel Entertainment Manager in Darwin, mother of 8 year Benjamin and estranged wife of Tick (Mitzi). A strong, direct and forthright woman who takes charge, but is incredibly accepting of her role as a single mother. There is a deep unconventional affection between her and Tick.
    Female. Playing age mid 30’s to early 40’s. Strong singing and acting. Will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

    CYNTHIA
    Bob’s feisty Filipino wife. A frustrated performer of obscure ‘stage tricks’ which make her very popular at the local pub. She spends her days as a housewife looking after Bob and his home.
    Of Asian/ Eurasian origin, playing age late 20’s to early 30’s. Character acting, dance and singing ability essential. Please note: Anyone auditioning for this role should look at the scene in the film involving Cynthia’s performance in the bar involving ping pong balls, where the role and costuming will be at its most raunchy.

    MISS UNDERSTANDING
    A fabulous drag queen with great comic hosting ability. Sets up the tone of the show for us – must be able to work a crowd well, and look brilliant in drag. Ability to deliver Tina Turner numbers convincingly a must.
    Male. Character acting, dance and singing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene.

    FRANK
    Tough miner bloke with violent tendencies. A hardened resident of mining town Coober Pedy. Tall, strapping and very outback Australian.
    Male. Playing age late 20’s to mid 30’s. Character acting, dance and singing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene.

    ENSEMBLE/COVERS
    A number of performers are required to play a variety of ensemble characters in the production. Male/ Female – Playing ages 18 – 40 with excellent acting, singing and dance ability.
    Males: Tall preferred – over 5ft 10in only – any drag experience a plus.
    Females: Spectacular vocal ability a must.

    Visit http://norwegiancreativestudios.com/auditioninfo/priscilla_feb2015.html

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