Ever wished you could get inside a directors head before you put yourself on the line and throw yourself into an audition process? Well here’s your chance, we spoke with one of StageArt's Executive Producers, and Director, Robbie Carmellotti about the process, some inside tips and the structure involved with casting StageArt's highly anticipated touring season of HAIR.

Auditions begin this week, and are open to everyone.
Registrations via: www.stageart.com.au

 

TP
How is the upcoming audition process designed and how is it different to most?

RC
We are really excited to be running a very different style of audition process for this season of HAIR. It is based on how the casting was done for the Broadway revival production where an open call audition welcomes one and all to attend, and those auditioning get to work in a hands on workshop style audition directly with myself and the other production team members. As this is a group setting, it is a far more relaxed way to introduce yourself to a panel and we all get to meet each other as people and have fun few hours without the barrier of a production table.

TP
Are all roles open for audition or are previous cast members guaranteed roles?

RC
All roles are definitely available. This production is not pre cast in any way.

TP
Why did you decide to re-audition, rather than tour the cast from the February season?

RC
The main reason behind this choice is because the show is based on a very close and loving tribe of people, who all need to share a connection and an energy, so it isn’t about having one or two characters who connect, it’s about having a harmonious link between 16-20 people. So we either wanted the whole cast to return, or start from scratch and build a brand new tribe, and given some cast members from the previous season are not available, or are not wanting to further their experience with the show as it can be quite an emotional journey, we opted for the latter of the two scenarios.
I personally am thrilled to put together a new cast, and re-immerse myself in all of the teachings required to get this message across.

TP
Do you find people are hesitant to audition because of the nude scene?

RC
I think it’s understandable if people are hesitant to take their clothes off, yes. Nudity is not a requirement of auditioning, nor will it stop someone getting into the show if they don’t want to do it. From experience, even those who had said they were not willing to do the scene changed their mind very quickly once the understanding of the scene and the blocking was done, as it is certainly not a sexually crass experience, but an extremely emotional one that people can connect with on a level far greater than bare skin. The scene is about hope, acceptance, power and freedom.

TP
You are an independent theatre company, what does that mean for your artists?

RC
We put our artists first, and want them all to have the experience of a lifetime. As a company our key focus is on marketing and publicity. We want to get our artists seen publicly, acknowledged by their peers and gain exposure to the industry without them having to do much more than have a photo and write a bio.
The previous season saw us get a double page article in the Herald Sun which featured three lead actors, as well as images and stories across 45 different print publications and 50+ online publications. Also we invite every talent scouts, agents and industry managers/producers to our shows, and we can proudly say that every show we have produced has seen many artists gain professional work or higher representation from being seen on a StageArt stage.

TP
How big of a commitment is the HAIR tour?

RC
It is a standard 8 week rehearsal process, then once the shows open it is relatively easy. We have an 8 show day in Melbourne, but all the other venues are weekend performances.

TP
What will cast get out of the HAIR tour?

RC
Based on the previous casts experience, I can honestly say this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The emotional journey involved with this particular production is one of both elation and sorrow. The cast will be immersed into the life and times of the youth of 1968 and learn such things as:The War which was killing their family and friends, the government which was lying to them and sending them to war against their will, the segregation which was tearing their country apart, the prejudice and racial molestation which was visible on every corner and the success off political propaganda in the minds of their elders. On top of these harrowing topics, the cast will enjoy learning how these activists fought for their freedom of speech, freedom to love, freedom to be one amongst race and gender, freedom of choice and most importantly freedom to live.

Katherine Armstrong & Robbie Carmellotti from StageArt

 

INSIDE TIPS

TP
What is the first thing you look for when casting a role in HAIR?

RC
Passion is big selling factor with this show. If someone can believe in what they are doing, and show a great connection with the topics – freedom, equality and choice then they shine brightly in my eyes. This also forgives any missed notes or forgotten words.

TP
What advice do you give to anyone auditioning for HAIR?

RC
Make sure you know the show and be prepared to immerse yourself into the process. Look at it as a fun experience and learning curve for yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others, but be prepared to enjoy the talents that other people bring. Try not to focus on your weakness’s and let your strengths shine.

TP
What do you say to people to help ease the nerves of an audition so that they can perform to their best ability.

RC
Even though we may seem scary, WE WANT TO CAST YOU! We are very much on your side. Every production team member has been a performer and has been in your shoes. We are no better than you and we do not judge you, we just have a different job to you. Use your nerves as a positive and have fun with them.

HAIR: Summer of Love
Victorian Tour

Open Call Auditions, Sunday November 3rd
No bookings on the day
Pre register via: www.stageart.com.au

Any questions email [email protected]

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