Audition Information

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

Audition Overview

Singing Auditions
Venue: Blaxland High School (Wednesday to Saturday) & Blaxland Primary School (Tuesday Only)

  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 7:00 – 10.30pm @ Blaxland Primary School
  • Wednesday 4th December 2019, 7:00 – 10:30pm @ Blaxland High School
  • Thursday 5th December 2019, 7:00 – 10:30pm @ Blaxland High School
  • Friday 6th December 2019, 7:00 – 10:30pm @ Blaxland High School

Dance / Movement Call
Venue: Blaxland High School

  • Saturday 7th December 2019 @ 10am – 12pm
    General Movement Call
  • Saturday 7th December 2019 @ 12pm – 1pm
    Featured Dance Call

Call Backs
Venue: Blaxland High School

  • Saturday 7th December 2019 @ 1.30pm – 3.30pm

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 | KATE SMITH
Director | JOHN FORBES
Musical Director | MATTHEW HERNE
Choreographer | AMY STOAKES
Production Manager | AUBTIN NAMDAR
Costume Designer | BEC BLACKWELL
Set Construction | LACHLAN GRACIE
Set Painting and Artwork | LINDA AUBRECHT
Stage Manager | Danielle Roorda

The Show

Mamma Mia, known for the array of ABBA hits featured in its score, tells the story of Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, who is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends, Tanya and Rosie. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. The presence of the three men throws Donna into a frenzy, causes a rift between Sophie and her fiancé Sky and leads mother and daughter to question what they truly need in their lives.

Rehearsals

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

  • First Rehearsal – Thursday 30th January 2020
  • All Day Rehearsal – Sunday March 22nd
  • Sitzprobe – 2-5pm, Saturday May 9th

Production Week

Blue Mountains Theatre 

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

* denotes a date where attendance is compulsory

Performances

Blue Mountains Theatre

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

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

Audition Information

Mamma Mia provides us with the opportunity to have an impressive cast of 50 – 60 participants. This will include the thirteen lead roles and an ensemble that is divided into three groups: Sophie’s ensemble, Donna’s ensemble and the Featured Dancers. What is wonderful about this divided ensemble is the opportunity it provides for the whole cast to have their moment to shine on stage. There will also of course be whole group numbers throughout the show (see the cast list for further details). We cannot stress enough how important it is for us to have a cast of diverse age and looks. Please do not be put off by the look of the actors in the film version of Mamma Mia. We want the cast to be truly diverse and assure everyone that it is what you can bring to the role that is what really matters.

    KEY AUDITION INFORMATION

    • All persons auditioning must be at least 14 years of age at the time of the first rehearsal.
    • Everyone auditioning for Mamma Mia is required for a group movement/dance audition.
    • A closed singing audition will be required for those wishing to audition for any ADULT Lead, Supporting, Featured or Ensemble role.
    • Featured Dancers are required to sing in a group singing audition run by Matt Herne on Saturday 7th December 2019 as part of the Featured Dance call. Featured Dancers are not required to sing solo.
    • 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

      Venue: Blaxland High School (Wednesday to Saturday) & Blaxland Primary School (Tuesday Only)

      • Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 7:00 – 10.30pm @ Blaxland Primary School
      • Wednesday 4th December 2019, 7:00 – 10:30pm @ Blaxland High School
      • Thursday 5th December 2019, 7:00 – 10:30pm @ Blaxland High School
      • Friday 6th December 2019, 7:00 – 10:30pm @ Blaxland High School

        Please prepare a song in the style of the show. We suggest a pop song from the 70s, 80s or 90s OR an ABBA song not featured in the musical itself. 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 Mamma Mia.  

        • Due to time constraints, you may be asked to sing an abridged version of your song
        • Be ready to sing your best 32 bars. 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

        If you wish to be considered for DONNA, you will need to prepare the prescribed excerpt from The Winner Takes It All, in addition to the song of your choosing.

        If you wish to be considered for SOPHIE, please prepare the prescribed excerpt from Thank you for the Music, in addition to the song of your choosing.

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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. If this is required, the reading will be supplied to you after your singing audition to be performed after you’ve had an opportunity to read through and consider your delivery. 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 Saturday auditions.

        Dance & Movement Call

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

        Saturday December 7th @ 10.00AM – 1.00PM

        The show will feature movement mainly in the style of jazz dance, with influences from the disco era and the late 90’s. The structure of the dance call will be as follows:

        • 10AM – 12PM: General Movement Call is compulsory for all auditionees. There will be a warm-up followed by learning a short routine, which will give you a feel for the style of the show and an opportunity to demonstrate your abilities.
        • 12PM – 1PM: Featured Dancer Call is open for all auditionees. This call will focus on demonstrating technique, where you will have the opportunity to showcase your dance skills. You will also be taught a more advanced routine than in the General Movement Call to perform. For those exclusively auditioning for the Featured Dancers Ensemble, you will be required to sing a group vocal audition led by Matthew Herne at the end of this audition.

        All auditionees are advised to wear comfortable clothes that are appropriate to dance in. Please wear jazz shoes if you have them, otherwise socks or bare feet are appropriate (no sneakers). Please bring a bottle of water to all singing and dance auditions.

        Call Backs

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

        Saturday December 7th @ 1.30PM – 3.30PM

        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.

        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 31st May 2020. To ensure that Mamma Mia 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.

        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.

        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.

        Costs

        BMMS Membership (Annual)

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

        Performance Fees

        • $185 | Includes show t-shirt
        • This equates to $5 per rehearsal plus a $25 t-shirt.

        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

        Donna Sheridan

        Donna is the owner of the Taverna on the Greek Island of Kalokairi, having formerly been the lead singer of the Dynamos before she realised she was pregnant with her daughter Sophie. Hardworking and determined to live independently, Donna has suppressed the heartbreak Sam caused her in her twenties, but is forced to face her past when he returns to the island.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 40 to 50

        Vocal range top: A5

        Vocal range bottom: E3

        Sophie Sheridan

        Sophie is Donna’s headstrong 20-year-old daughter who longs to discover who her long lost father is. Sophie is young, vibrant and energetic with a mind of her own. She is determined to find her father in the hope this will allow her to fully understand herself.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 20 to 25 (18 – 25)

        Vocal range top: E5

        Vocal range bottom: F#3

        Sam Carmichael

        One of Sophie’s potential fathers and the love of Donna’s life, Sam returns to the island for Sophie’s wedding and perhaps to show Donna how remorseful he is at breaking her heart all those years ago. He is straight-laced, confident and charismatic.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 40 to 50

        Vocal range top: Ab4

        Vocal range bottom: D3

         American accent required.

        Bill Austin

        Bill is one of Sophie’s potential fathers and is a well-known travel writer. A larrikin and easy going, Bill realises it might be time to get serious when he learns he could be Sophie’s father. He has also avoided the complexities of love until now. A very comedic role.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 40 to 50

        Vocal range top: F#4

        Vocal range bottom: Bb2

        Australian accent required

        Harry Bright

        A nostalgic romantic, Harry is one of Sophie’s potential father’s and is a respected London banker. While he was once spontaneous, he has become more straight-laced in his later years. However, upon arriving on the island, Harry begins to recall what it was like to be relaxed and open to new experiences. He also opens up about his sexuality that he has kept private for much of his life.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 40 to 50

        Vocal range top: F#4

        Vocal range bottom: C#3

        English accent required

        Sky

        Sophie’s fiance who has fallen head over heels for her and is eager to tie the knot. That is until he realises Sophie’s motivations for marriage may not be the right ones and questions the validity of their relationship as a result. Sky is a charismatic and alluring guy with a heart of gold.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 18 to 25

        Vocal range top: D5

        Vocal range bottom: Eb3

        Tanya

        Tanya is one of Donna’s oldest and best friends. She has married several millionaires and discovered more about plastic surgery than love. Wild and fun-loving with a big personality, Tanya is flirty and outgoing. She even attracts the attention of Pepper, a younger man. It is obvious Tanya is happy to play but not stick around.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 40 to 50

        Vocal range top: E5

        Vocal range bottom: E3

        Rosie

        One of Donna’s best friends, Rosie is unmarried and free-spirited, though it is evident she’d be keen to settle down with the right man. Despite her self-deprecating humour, Rosie masks inner vulnerability. Comedic and always on for the crowds.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 40 to 50

        Vocal range top: D5

        Vocal range bottom: E3

        Pepper

        A flirty waiter at the Taverna, Pepper is one of Sky’s best friends on the island and is always up for a party. A larrikin personality makes Pepper the life of the party, but also susceptible to Tanya’s charms, falling head over heels for her. One of the most comedic characters in the show – a likeable rogue for sure.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 18 to 30

        Vocal range top: F5

        Vocal range bottom: A4

        Lisa

        Sophie’s friend and bridesmaid. Bubbly, ready to party and always calling Sophie out on her crazy schemes. Also gets on board with Tanya putting the boys in their place.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 18 to 30

        Vocal range top: Db5

        Vocal range bottom: G3

        Ali

        Sophie’s friend and bridesmaid. Full of bridesmaid excitement, ready for a great time, teaming up with Tanya to put the boys in their place.

        Gender: Female

        Age: 18 to 30

        Vocal range top: D5

        Vocal range bottom: G3

         

        Eddie

        A waiter, boatman and handyman at the Taverna who is always hanging out with Pepper and getting into mischief. Keen to party and have a good time, he is constantly needing to be pulled into line by Donna.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 18 to 30

        Non-solo singing role

        Father Alexandrios

        The minister who officiates Sophie and Sky’s wedding. Has the opportunity for some comedy as he reacts to the revelations during the wedding sequence.

        Gender: Male

        Age: 30 – 50

        Non-singing role.

        Sophie Ensemble

        Sophie’s ensemble represents Sophie and Sky’s friends who are visiting the island for the wedding. These characters take part in numbers such as: Honey Honey, Lay all your love on me, Gimme Gimme and Does Your Mother Know. The ensembles team up for Voulez Vous, Under Attack, I Do I Do I Do and the big Mamma Mia Medley that includes Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and Waterloo.

        Gender: Male and Female

        Age: 17 – 30 (roughly)  

        Donna Ensemble

        Donna’s ensemble represents the Greek island locals and Donna’s workers who are preparing the hotel for the upcoming wedding. These characters take part in numbers such as Money Money, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and Knowing Me Knowing You. The ensembles team up for Voulez Vous, Under Attack, I Do I Do I Do and the big Mamma Mia Medley that includes Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and Waterloo.

        Gender: Male and Female

        Age: 14 – 16/ 30 – 50 (roughly)

        Featured Dancers

        The featured dancers will be featured throughout the show in the various ensemble musical numbers listed above. It is important featured dancers are happy to sing as part of the ensemble.

        Gender: Male and Female

        Age 14 – 50

        Prior dance experience a plus