Audition Information

Please ensure you have read all the information before you book an audition.

Audition Overview

Singing Auditions
Venue: Blaxland High School 

  • Wednesday June 30th 7.30pm – 10.30pm
  • Thursday July 1st 7.30pm – 10.30pm
    N.B. more audition nights may be opened as necessary

Movement/Dance Call
Venue: Blaxland High School

  • Sunday July 4th 12pm – 2pm

Call Backs
Venue: Blaxland High School

  • Sunday July 4th 2:30pm

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    BEFORE YOU BOOK, READ THE AUDITION INFORMATION.
    AFTER YOU BOOK, FILL IN YOUR AUDITION FORM (as noted below).

          If you are unable to select a spot, please email producer@bmms.org.au. We will get in contact with you if another time becomes available.

    Production Team

    Producer | BEN FAIRBAIRN
    Director/Choreographer | LINDA AUBRECHT
    Music Director | JEM HARDING
    Assistant Director | TBA

    The Show

    Strictly Ballroom is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann created as a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney back in 1984.

    Featuring songs from the 1992 film including “Love is in the Air”, “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” and “Time After Time”, as well as new songs from internationally acclaimed artists and composers such as Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect.

    Rehearsals

    Blaxland High School – Monday & Thursday nights, 7.30 – 10.30pm.

     

    • First Rehearsal – Monday July 12th 2021
    • All Day Rehearsal – TBA
    • Sitzprobe – Sunday October 10th

    Production Week

    Blue Mountains Theatre 

    • Bump In – Saturday October 16th
    • Bump In – Sunday October 17th
    • Tech Rehearsal #1 – Monday October 18th*
    • Tech Rehearsal #2 – Tuesday October 19th*
    • Dress Rehearsal #1 – Wednesday October 20th*
    • Dress Rehearsal #2 – Thursday October 21st*
    • Bump Out – Sunday November 7th*
    • Cast Dinner (venue TBA) – Monday November 8th

    * denotes a date where attendance is compulsory

    Performances

    Blue Mountains Theatre

    1. Saturday October 23rd @ 8pm
    2. Sunday October 24th @ 2pm
    3. Friday October 29th @ 8pm
    4. Saturday October 30th @ 2pm
    5. Saturday October 30th @ 8pm
    6. Sunday October 31st @ 2pm
    7. Friday November 5th @ 8pm
    8. Saturday November 6th @ 2pm
    9. Saturday November 6th @ 8pm
    10. Sunday November 7th @ 2pm

    All cast will be required at the theatre 1.5 hours before the beginning of each show

     

    Audition Information

    Strictly Ballroom is an Australian fairy tale. Our production will aim to capture the rich colour, outrageous characters, sense of fun and the heart of story. Loaded with iconic one liners and very relatable characters, this show is bound to be popular with audiences and the cast alike. We want the rehearsal process to be fun as well as productive and we are looking for people who are not only talented but are also ready to learn and enjoy the process. There are some dance styles that the cast will get a chance to learn snippets of. We are certainly not expecting our cast to learn technically difficult Ballroom dance techniques, but the essence of certain styles that is enough to make you look the part and feel confident doing it. A big part of non-dancers playing dancers will be acting, so be prepared to ‘fake it till you make it’.

      KEY AUDITION INFORMATION

      • All persons auditioning for the adult cast must be at least 15 years of age at the time of the first rehearsal.
      • Everyone auditioning for Strictly Ballroom is required for a group movement/dance audition.
      • A closed singing audition will be required for those wishing to audition for any role within the show.
      • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your audition to complete paperwork and to warm up.
      • All auditions will be filmed for casting purposes. All footage will be destroyed at the end of the process.

        Singing Auditions

        Will be held at Blaxland High School, 3/9 Coughlan Rd, Blaxland on:

        • Wednesday June 30th, 7.30 – 10.30pm
        • Thursday July 1st, 7.30 – 10.30pm

        N.B. more audition nights may be opened as necessary

        Please prepare a song in the style of the show. We suggest an Australian contemporary ballad or similar. Your selection should reflect your suitability for the role you wish to obtain- both vocally (range and tone) and emotionally. The song you prepare should not be from the musical Strictly Ballroom.

        • Due to time constraints, you must prepare an abridged version of your song. Please have a cut ready of approximately 1 minute of material.
        • Bring your own piano sheet music in your preferred key, in either a folder or neatly taped for the accompanist
        • No backing tracks will be accepted
        • Make sure that you are confident with the song you prepare, as we may workshop the piece with you
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        Acting Auditions

        As part of your singing audition, you may be asked to perform an excerpt(s) of dialogue from the show. Prescribed dialogue excerpts are linked above. If you are auditioning for a LEAD role, please familiarise yourself with these excerpts.

        You may be asked to do multiple readings with direction, or you may be asked to read an additional reading. If you are not asked to do a reading this is no indication of how you went in your singing audition, we may have seen the character clearly portrayed through your singing audition or be short of time. In this instance there is the possibility of having actors read during the call-back portion of the Sunday auditions.

        Dance & Movement Call

        Will be held at Blaxland High School, 3/9 Coughlan Rd, Blaxland on:

        • Sunday July 4th, 12pm – 2pm

        Everyone will be required to do the dance audition which will have three parts:

        • General dance/movement: A video of this will be available for preview before audition day for those wanting to be more prepared, but it will also be taught on the day. EVERYONE must do this audition.
        • ‘Fake it till you make it’ Ballroom and Flamenco taster: ALL dancing characters must do this including Shirley, Doug, Barry, Les, Abuela and Rico. Everyone is encouraged to do this section.
        • Pan Pacific Grand Prix Open Amateur Five Dance Latin American Championships: This section will delve further into a Ballroom routine with a partner. Essential for those going for the roles of Scott, Fran, Tina, Liz, Ken, Wayne and Ballroom dancers. There will also be an opportunity for you to show us your Bogo Pogo, Burani and fan kicks.

        Bring a water bottle and wear clothing that you can move in. Ladies can wear chorus shoes, jazz shoes, sneakers or Ballroom shoes. Gents can wear dress shoes, jazz shoes or sneakers. No socks, bare feet or thongs/uggs etc.

        Call Backs

        Will be held at Blaxland High School, 3/9 Coughlan Rd, Blaxland on:

        Sunday July 4th – 2.30pm

        If you are auditioning for one of the LEAD roles please ensure you make yourself available for this time slot in case it is required. During this call back session we will provide auditionees with excerpts from the script and explore possible dynamics between different characters from the show.

        Assistant Director

        Applications are now open for the position of Assistant Director. The Assistant Director is primarily a learning position. Most of your time will be spent observing the process from the point of view of the Director and taking notes. It’s a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the role of the Director in amateur theatre and could be used as a stepping-stone into a production role in the future.

        Apply for Assistant Director

        BOOKING YOUR AUDITION

        In addition to booking a time for your audition, you must complete the following audition form BEFORE YOUR AUDITION.  This form has important information that we will use to contact you to inform you of the result of your audition.

        Audition Form

        Other Information

        Rehearsals and Commitment

        It is the expectation of both the production team and the BMMS committee, that everyone involved in this production will be available from the date of their casting, through until Sunday 7th November 2021. To ensure that Strictly Ballroom is a production of the highest quality, and in fairness to all involved, it is essential that all cast members are available for all scheduled rehearsals.  This is vitally important in 2021, where COVID-19 restrictions mean that rehearsals must be planned not only for creative decisions but also in accordance with guidance and restrictions from NSW Health.

        Everyone’s time is valuable. It is vital that important rehearsal time is not wasted by the absence of required cast members. All known absences at the time of the auditions must be recorded on the audition form. Missing rehearsals without notice may result in cast members forfeiting their place in the cast.

        A prerequisite for all cast members is that they need to sign a cast contract with the production team and committee of Blue Mountains Musical Society, confirming your agreement with the conditions of being cast in this production.

        Costs

        BMMS Membership (Annual)

        • $22 Adults
        • $11 Children (Under 18)

        Performance Fees

        • $170

        Cast Dinner

        • $35 | Estimated cost. TBC closer to the event.
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        Code of Conduct

        You will be required to sign a code of conduct at the commencement of rehearsals. If you miss 3 or more rehearsals without adequate notice, your role in this production will be reconsidered.

        Character Breakdown

        Scott Hastings

        SCOTT has Aussie good looks, is charming, the star of the dance studio with the world at his feet. However, SCOTT is also rebellious and can be obsessive and angry as he discovers there is more to dancing when he begins to dance his own steps which amaze the crowds but break all the accepted rules of dance that he has been taught. He is a young man learning to stand up for himself and not be fearful. He is also experiencing love for the first time.

        Must have formal dance training and be open to learn Ballroom and Latin styles, be confident in vocals and acting. A large role and a real show stealer!

        Gender: Male

        Age: Mid 20s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Tenor B3-B5

        Fran

        FRAN is a girl who blossoms from the ugly, awkward duckling of the dance studio into a beautiful and passionate dancer (and Scott’s dance partner) as they display their breathtaking, rule-breaking new dance routine in the finale of the show. A character who undergoes a real transformation, as FRAN and SCOTT become dance partners, fall in love and stand up for what they believe in. She is truthful, can be very direct and is strong and proud.

        A character with Spanish heritage our Fran should be able to dance well and show ability in Ballroom and Latin styles. Vocal and acting an essential ingredient.

        Gender: Female

        Age: Mid 20s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Mezzo A4-C5

         

        Barry Fife

        President of the Dance Federation. The most powerful man in Ballroom Dancing. A fleshy, sweaty man. A Buffoon and manipulator.

        No formal dancing required.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 60s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Baritone A3-G4

         

        Shirley Hastings

        SCOTT’S mother, iron-willed matriarch of the Kendall Dance Studio, should believe she was a champion dancer in her youth. Wiry and brittle in an overly groomed way. She’s a fierce harridan whose tears are shocking and her motto is “I’ve got my happy face on”. A manipulator and bully especially to her husband, self deceiving slave to Ballroom Family and the Studio – “The sacrifices we’ve made for you, the money, the time and effort …” An Aussie battler.

        Basic dance required.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 50s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Mezzo F3-D5

        Les Kendall

        Proprietor of Kendall’s Studio. SCOTT’S coach who toes the Federation line. Dignified and sincere in his own way. Camp “theatrical” quality. Fruity voice and flowery delivery. He is vain about his appearance but ultimately self-deluding as to his attractiveness. Old song and dance man.

        Basic dance required

        Gender: Male

        Age: 40s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Baritone G2-E4

        Doug Hastings

        SCOTT’s father and SHIRLEY’s husband. Great actor, who carries the emotional heart of the piece. Character is mute for much of the time and appears intensely nervous, and socially inept. Dances only in Flashback Studio comic scene, one poignant solo dance scene and when he asks SHIRLEY to dance in the finale. Appears in all the Studio and Festival scenes. Able to sustain the mystery of whether his strange behaviour is that of a goodie or a baddie: keeper of the dark secret. Comically obsessive, but finally heroic -‘The Mouse that Roared’. The tragic clown.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 50s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: High Baritone A3-G4

        Liz Holt

        SCOTT’S partner of fifteen years, immaculately over groomed, yet has a screeching vocal quality and howls like a banshee with a nasal voice. Hysterically screaming if she doesn’t get her own way. She is ruthlessly ambitious and determined to win the Pan Pacific Championships yet underneath she is quite brittle. A young SHIRLEY HASTINGS.

        Must show ability to dance and sing well.

        Gender: Female

        Age: Early 20s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Mezzo D4-E5

        Wayne Burns

        SCOTT’S best mate. VANESSA’s dancing partner & fiancé. Loyal Kendall Studio member and he carries much of the plot. Boy – next – door or quirky looks with comic naiveté. Aggressively ambitious drive – He ‘dances to Win’. Sporty rather than Arty, by day – a Car Mechanic and is bewildered with SCOTT’s search for real dance!

         

        Gender: Male

        Age: Mid 20s approx. stage age

        Tina Sparkle

        Stunningly tall gazelle-like dancer, current Pan Pacific champion. She has a beautiful body, however is not very bright.

        Gender: Female

        Age: Mid-Late 20s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Mezzo A4-C5

        Ken Railings

        A waning ballroom star. Desperate to make a come back.

        Singing and acting an essential.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 40s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Baritone C3-E4

        JJ Silvers

        Master of Ceremonies at Festivals. Federation Man.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 40s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Baritone G3-E4

        Rico

         

        FRAN’S father. Strict “Spanish” despot. Intense, fiery, excitable.

        Needs to have strong Latin dance experience and shows Scott how to do the ‘Paso Doble’.

        Spanish accent required and needs to speak scripted Spanish in the show.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 40s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Baritone E3-D4

        Abuela

        FRAN’S Spanish grandmother. She is kind and supportive of her granddaughter. Excellent sense of rhythm, is also a Spanish dancer.

        Spanish accent required and needs to speak scripted Spanish in the show.

        Acting age 70 however makeup, body language and wig will assist in creating this character.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 70s approx. stage age

        Vocal range: Alto G3-D5

        Ballroom Dancers
        • Vanessa
        • Nathan
        • Tommy
        • Muriel
        • Pam

        Age: 15+

        Kylie Hastings

        Scott’s little sister. Kylie does sing and does Ballroom dance.

        Good strong acting needed from this character.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 10+

        Vocal range: G3-D5

        Luke

        Kylie’s dance partner.

        Like Kylie needs to sing, dance and act.

        Gender: Male/Female

        Age: 10+

        Vocal range: G3-D5

        Ensemble

        All ages possible and ability to hold a tune is essential. Minimal dance required but ability
        to move is important in the ensemble numbers. Select an audition song that you’re confident with and shows off your vocal ability.