Dec
1
Sun
The Trojan Women Auditions
Dec 1 all-day

When:

Sunday 1st Decemberfrom 7pm and Tuesday 3rd December from 7pm

What to prepare:

A 1-minute monologue for those auditioning for lead roles (Classical is preferred not mandatory);

All auditionees to be prepared for cold reads.

For chorus roles, please prepare a short acapella singing piece.

Where:

The Gem Community Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald

Director:

Sharon Maine ([email protected])

About the Show:

The Trojan Women follows the fates of Hecuba, Andromache, Cassandra and the other women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed, and their remaining families about to be taken away as slaves. It is often considered one of Euripides’ greatest works, and among the best anti-war plays ever written.

Run of the show is 6 March – 21 March 2020

Characters:

Athena: Goddess of War and Wisdom – Female, age range 18 – 60.

Poseidon (Lead): The Greek god of the ocean, earthquakes, and horses. Poseidon built the city of Troy together with the god Apollo and therefore remained on the Trojans’ side in their fight against the Greeks.

Hecuba (Lead) Female, 50-60, The former Queen of Troy. She is arguably the play’s protagonist. Widow to Priam, King of Troy. Mother to 14 children, including Cassandra, Hector, and Polyxena. Very few of her children remain after the Trojan War. Leader to the remaining women of Troy.

Andromache (Lead) Female, age range late 20’s to late 30’s: A Trojan woman, the widowed wife of Hector, mother of Astyanax, and daughter-in-law of Hecuba.

Cassandra (Lead): A Trojan woman, the daughter of Hecuba and Priam.

Helen of Troy (Lead) Female, age range early to late 20’s: Formerly of Sparta and wife of the warrior King Menelaus. Helen was stolen from Sparta by the prince of Troy.

Talthybius (Lead): A Greek soldier, who acts as a herald and a messenger. He is one of only two mortal men in the play.

Menelaus (Lead): The King of Sparta and the former husband of Helen, who he has fought the Trojan War for.

Astyanax: The young son of Andromache and Hector. He is murdered by the Greeks for fear that he could grow up to become their enemy.

Odune: leader of the Chorus – Female, age range late 30’s to early 60’s

Female Chorus (11 roles) – all age ranges (over 18)

 To Book An Audition Please Email the Director at [email protected]

If you are interested in crew, primarily stage management & set and costume design and construction, please come to the play reading or email the director, Sharon Maine.

Dec
4
Wed
Dial M for Murder
Dec 4 all-day

About the Company: Smoke and Mirrors is a new Melbourne based theatre company dedicated to creating, developing and fostering new theatrical works. Self-declared as ‘Unashamedly Showy’, Smoke and Mirrors Productions revels in all the bells and whistles, presenting theatre that is fun, entertaining and thought provoking.

About the Show: Dial M for Murder was written by Frederick Knott and had its premiere on BBC Television in 1952. It subsequently opened on the West and Broadway later that same year. The play was made into a film in 1954 by Alfred Hitchcock and was Hitchcock’s only attempt at making a 3D film.

Synopsis: The iconic thriller reimagined. Tony Wendice blackmails a criminal to murder his wife Margot, in order for him to collect her inheritance. She overpowers the killer and Tony has to make a new plan. Can Tony frame Margot for murder and get away with it or will her lover, Mark use his crime writing tactics to solve the case?

This new production will pay homage to the Hitchcock classic and noir genre whilst putting a contemporary edge on the story, inspired by films such as Drive, Nocturnal Animals and Mullholand Drive. The conceptual staging will feature stylised performances, bold costume and set design, dynamic lighting and an electrifying soundtrack; making for a sensory charged night at the theatre.

We strongly encourage actors of colour and those who identify as trans or non-binary to audition for all roles even though the below descriptions use particular pro nouns.

Director: Dean Drieberg

Designer: Jodi Hope

Dates: Auditions: 4th December Rehearsals: 11th – 24th March Bump-in/Tech: 25th March Performances: 26th, 27th, 28th March

Venue: Chapel off Chapel

Characters: 

TONY WENDICE Ex Tennis Pro who’s career has ended and has become jaded and jilted although he hides this well behind a veneer of charm. Did he once love Margot or did he marry her for her wealth? He is extremely arrogant and self confident but always plays cool and calm. He is very certain that he can get away unscathed with being the mastermind of the crime. Must be able to perform a 1950s English accent (see England 1 at dialectsarchive.com). Age: 25 – 45

MARGOT WENDICE Margot is married to Tony and has had an affair with Mark. Her relationship with Tony has gone cold but she is determined to end things with Mark and be committed to a life with Tony. She is charming and graceful. We see her as naive and demure but as the story progresses we see her power and strength. She is no damsel in distress. Must be able to perform a 1950s English accent (see England 1 at dialectsarchive.com). Age: 25 – 45

MARK HALLIDAY A crime writer, in love with Margot. Highly likeable, charismatic, energetic, intelligent and determined. He will do anything to help Margot and would like her to leave Tony for him. He is an expert on murder mysteries and believes he can solve the crime with tactics used in his stories. Must be able to perform a 1950s Mid-Atlantic/American accent. Age: 25 – 35

CAPTAIN LESGATE/C.A SWANN & INSPECTOR HUBBARD These two roles will be played by the same actor. Lesgate/Swann is a criminal with a shady past. He is shifty and opportunistic. He is easily blackmailed into becoming Tony’s accomplice to murder Margot. Hubbard is the policeman working on the case. He is attentive and tactful but also slightly eccentric. Must be able to perform a 1950s English accent (see England 1 at dialectsarchive.com). Age: 35 – 45

Remuneration: This production will be a profit share split across the 6 creatives involved. Each individual involved will receive one sixth of the net box office takings.

Please submit your headshot and actor CV and specify which role you are interested in to [email protected] before 25th November 2019.

If you are unavailable to attend the audition date, we will also be accepting self-tapes.

Dec
5
Thu
Dear Lover
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 6 @ 10:00 pm
Dear Lover

GTC is proud to present auditions for our first show of 2020: ‘Dear Lover,’ .

‘Dear Lover,’ is a variety show exploring themes of love, sex and intimacy through the music from some of our favourite theatre scores. Featuring songs from popular musicals spanning the last 30 years, this will mark GTC’s first ever variety show and will be presented first up on our 2020 program.

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director – Harley Gabriel-Brown
Vocal Director – Amaris Lee
Choreographer – Ashleigh Janky

AUDITION DATES
Auditions will be held on Thursday the 5th December and Friday 6th December between 7-10pm. A dance audition will be held on Sunday 9th December between 12-2pm.

Audition venue is TBC.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
We will be looking for 7-9 performers to join our ensemble of performers. All genders are welcome.

Please prepare two songs (you may not be asked to sing both) – One song showing character and acting ability and one song showing off your vocal range.

Please select a 90/120 second section of your songs.

No acapella or backing tracks

Sheet music must be in the correct key. Songs MUST be clearly marked and in a folder. No loose sheets or poorly presented music will be accepted.

REHEARSAL DETAILS
First rehearsal will take place on Wednesday the 11th of December.

Rehearsals will then be held on Wednesdays 7-10pm and Saturdays 12-5pm. Rehearsal venue is TBC but will be in the general area of Croydon.

*Please take note of travelling time to and from rehearsal and factor this into your decision to audition.

There will be a mandatory rehearsal camp from the 31st January-2nd of February. The location for this is TBC.

SHOW DATES
The show dates are April 2nd-4th and we will be performing 4 shows. .

GTC MEMBERSHIP/CAST FEE
All cast members are required to become financial members of the company and will also be required to pay a cast/rehearsal camp fee. GTC membership fee is $30, cast/camp fee is $70.

BOOKING INFORMATION
We will only be accepting auditionees over the age of 18 at the time of auditions.

To book an audition please follow this link https://tinyurl.com/yxz79xjx and fill out the form. We will be in touch with your allocated time.

Please note: as our show is exploring themes of intimacy and sexual contact we will need a cast who will be comfortable with this and ask that you factor your own comfortability with these themes into your decision to audition

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send director Harley an email at [email protected]

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Dec
21
Sat
Women of Troy
Dec 21 – Dec 22 all-day
Gemco Players require male and female actors for their March 2020 production of Women of Troy.
Roles:
Hecuba [Female 50s-70s]
Cassandra [Female 18-25]
Poseidon [Male]
Talthybius [Male/Female 30-45]
Menelaus [Male 35-50]
Chorus of Women [various ages]
Auditions will be held in Emerald, Victoria on 21 and 22 December.
Please contact director Sharon Maine at [email protected] to organise an audition time.
Dec
31
Tue
Mamma Mia!
Dec 31 2019 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 8 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Mamma Mia!
Jan
21
Tue
MURDER FOR TWO
Jan 21 – Jan 31 all-day

Antipodes Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for the upcoming Australian premiere of Murder for Two, a killer musical comedy with music and lyrics by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair. Performances will run 21-31 May 2020 at Alex Theatre–St Kilda in Melbourne. Rehearsals will commence 27 April 2020 and will be scheduled based on actor availability. This is an independent theatre production that will adhere to MEAA guidelines. Performers will be remunerated on an honorarium basis. For more information or to schedule an audition, please send headshot and CV to [email protected]. Auditions are by appointment only. Submission deadline: 31 January 2020.

SYNOPSIS

Two performers play over a dozen roles (as well as the piano) in this witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries that The New York Times calls “an ingenious miniature musical in the form of a snazzy vaudevillian double-act.” In this hilarious whodunnit, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney. With the nearest detective an hour away, Officer Marcus Moscowicz jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills amidst an array of colourful suspects. For more information about the show, visit antipodestheatre.com.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Lauren McKenna (Dreamsong, Puffs)

Musical Director: David Butler (Ghost Quartet, Falsettos)

LIST OF ROLES

MARCUS MOSCOWICZ (Male-identifying): An ambitious young officer hoping to make detective. He provides voices for two characters in flashback, THE CHIEF (Marcus’ grizzled boss) and VANESSA (Marcus’ former partner).

THE SUSPECTS (Male- or female-identifying): This versatile actor plays a variety of characters, including: DAHLIA WHITNEY (the victim’s loopy widow); MURRAY & BARB FLANDON (the Whitney’s bickering neighbors); STEPH WHITNEY (an overeager grad student); BARRETTE LEWIS (a self-incriminating ballerina); DR. GRIEF (a friendly local psychiatrist); TIMMY, YONKERS, & SKID (members of an antiquated boys’ choir); and HENRY VIVALDI (a late arrival).

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Both actors must be proficient at playing the piano. Anyone auditioning will be asked to self-accompany an excerpt from the show (sing and play piano), as well as prepare a comedic/character song of their choosing (for which an accompanist will be provided). We will provide sheet music and sides upon successfully scheduling an audition time. Antipodes Theatre Company encourages participation by all ages, genders, races and ethnicities.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING

Music rehearsals for Murder for Two will take place 27 April–3 May 2020 at David Butler Studio in Brunswick. Check-ins with the musical director to go over the piano accompaniment will be encouraged prior and scheduled based on actor availability. From 4–17 May 2020, we will rehearse 5 days per week (location TBC). Actors will need to be available all day (10am-10pm) 19-21 May 2020 for technical rehearsals and invited dress at Alex Theatre (Level 1, 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda VIC). Regular performances will take place 21-31 May 2020 at Alex Theatre with the following performance schedule: Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Rehearsals will be scheduled based on actor availability. This is an independent theatre production that will adhere to MEAA guidelines. Performers will be remunerated on an honorarium basis. For more information or to schedule an audition, please send headshot and CV to [email protected]. Auditions are by appointment only. Application deadline: 31 January 2020.

BIOGRAPHIES

Lauren McKenna (Director) has worked Australia-wide as a director, performer, creative collaborator and acting coach.  Recently, Lauren toured with Puffs (TEG Live) as both Resident Director and performer.  Selected directing credits: DreamSong the Musical (EbbFlow Theatre),  MAD WORLD (David Butler Studio), Songs for a New World (Brisbane Academy of Music Theatre), and the world premiere of Aeneas: The Musical (Melbourne’s Recital Centre). Selected performance credits: Martha/Ms. Fleming in Heathers (Hayes Theatre, Sydney Theatre Award for Best Newcomer 2015), Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray Arena Spectacular, Jan in Grease (Harvest Rain), and Rose Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (Hayes Theatre). coachmelauren.com

David Butler (Music Director) is a graduate of the VCA (Voice) and a freelance performer, musical director and vocal coach based in Melbourne. He is director of David Butler Studio, liaises with the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre in rehabilitating damaged voices, and is a casual lecturer in Musical Theatre for VCA. Musical direction credits: Ghost Quartet (Antipodes Theatre Company), Falsettos (StageArt, Green Room Award nomination) and Into The Woods (Bottled Snail). Recent performance credits: Ghost Quartet, Mad World, Woman: It’s a Mother of a Cabaret, From: New York, For: Him, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and King Arthur.

Antipodes Theatre Company (Brandon Pape, Artistic Director) seeks to provide a collaborative and diverse environment for producing independent theatre in Melbourne. ATC strives for inclusive hiring practices through a commitment to at least 50% of all roles filled by women, people of colour, people with disabilities, trans and gender non-conforming people, seniors, and other members of historically or culturally marginalized communities.

Jan
22
Wed
We Will Rock You
Jan 22 all-day
We Will Rock You
Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs, We Will Rock You follows two revolutionaries as they try to save Rock in a dystopian world. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. Songs include “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” and many more

Directed by Renée Maloney
Musically Directed by Ben Heels

Assistant Choreographer: Chase Young
Lighting Designer: Yaz Sesta
Sound Designer: Peter Philp
Stage Manager: Warren Dodd


Audition Requirements:

  • Please prepare two contrasting contemporary songs showcasing your vocal range.
  • Songs should be in the style of the show but not from the show. Please be aware that due to time being very limited, you may not complete your song, so choose an appropriate starting point.
  • Sheet music to be provided in the correct key.  Backing tracks and Acapella not allowed. However, you may choose to accompany yourself.
  • A headshot must be provided at the audition
  • Arrive early to prepare. Please be patient in case we are running behind and have your music ready in a folder so you can go through your song with the audition pianist before you enter the room.
  • Part of the audition may require a vocal range test and a dialogue read (these will be available at the audition venue)
  • Call Backs will be for voice and dialogue and will be held in the room as a workshop with all the other callbacks for that role.
Audition Booking Link:  https://www.trybooking.com/BHOKJ

Audition Venue:             Phoenix HQ – 109 Leeds Street, East Doncaster

Audition Dates:
Vocal Auditions
          Monday 20th January from 7.30pm
          Wednesday 22nd January from 7.30pm

Dance Audition               Friday 24th January at 7pm

Callbacks (if required): Friday 24th January at 8pm

Rehearsal Info:              First Rehearsal – Thursday 30th January
          Rehearsal Days – Monday and Thursday (7:30pm – 10.30pm) and
          Sunday (1:00pm – 5:30)

Character Descriptions
All ages are approximate and based on look, not actual age.

Galileo Figaro
Male. Age: Early 20s.
A young misfit looking for meaning in a highly regulated world. Needs to be charismatic, charming, (a sense of comedy) and have a very strong rock tenor voice up to a full voice sustained high B. Falsetto up to a D above High B is also required.

Scaramouche
Female. Age: late teens/early 20s.
She is also a young misfit, with a sharp wit who keeps Galileo on his toes. Eventually they fall for each other. Vocally, a strong rock mezzo belt voice is required.

Killer Queen
Female. Age: late 20s – 40s.
She is a ruthless business woman, powerful, tough and glamorous with a strong stage presence. She has sass and controls every situation around her. A dynamic, strong character. Vocally, a very powerful, strong mezzo belt with the capacity and vocal stamina for a hard rock edge is required.

Commander Khashoggi
Male. Age: 30 upwards.
Khashoggi works for the Killer Queen. He is the embodiment of a future techno corporate stooge. High Baritone or Tenor.

Brit
Male. Age: late teens to 30s.
“Brit” is short for Britney Spears, which is ironic as Brit is the antithesis of Britney’s form of pop. Brit of one of the Bohemian rebels who believe that there is a true musical style that can conquer the corporate ga-ga sound. High Baritone or Tenor with a rock edge.

Oz
Female. Age: late teens to 30s.
“Oz” is short for Ozzy (Osbourne), also ironic. Oz, like Brit, is a Bohemian rebel, waiting for the return of rock music. A strong Mezzo belt voice is required.

Buddy
Male. Age: middle aged to elderly ex- rocker.
Buddy is an old librarian with a passion for the old sacred texts (forgotten rock lyrics). He is the comic character that acts as a foil to the journey taken by Galileo and Scaramouche. High Baritone or Tenor.

Ensemble
The ensemble is a critical part of the show and play various cameo roles throughout. There will be a mix of very strong dancers, strong rock/theatre singer-movers and character ensemble parts amongst the Bohemian rebels. Much of the story is told through the atmosphere and locations set by the ensemble’s movement, so the ability to be a risk-taking, creative, receptive and flexible group member is critical.

The ensemble will be required to play multiple characters which include:
● Ga-Ga Kids / Teen Queens: Living in a highly modified, prescribed soulless consumer world
● Rebels: Outcasts driven by an underground fight against GlobalSoft and its leader Killer Queen
● Secret Police: Faceless, soulless stooges that work to the bidding of Killer Queen and Khashoggi
● Super Yuppies, Doctors, Youth of the Future, Teacher

Additional information can be found on our webpage www.phoenixtheatrecompany.org or auditions can be booked at https://www.trybooking.com/BHOKJ

Feb
1
Sat
Urinetown
Feb 1 – Feb 2 all-day
Urinetown
About Auditions. Urinetown – Audition Information. BottledSnail Productions is excited to announce auditions for the Broadway hit, Urinetown, coming to Chapel off Chapel in June 2020.. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets.
All audition information & booking form can be found here:
Feb
2
Sun
Anne & Gilbert A Musical
Feb 2 all-day

Anne & Gilbert

A Musical

Book and Lyrics by Jeff Hochhauser

Music and Lyrics by Bob Johnston and Nancy White

Based on the novels Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

 

Director- Debbie Keyt

Musical Director- Rhonda Vaughan

Choreographer – Brontee French

Designer and Producer- Lynda French

 

Auditions Sunday 2nd February 2020

Beaumaris Theatre

82 Wells Road Beaumaris

 

Synopsis

Set in the village of Avonlea and at Redmond College in Halifax, Anne and Gilbert follows Anne’s journey to young adulthood and her romance with high school academic rival, Gilbert Blythe. Gilbert is in love with Anne, but she seems to be immune to his declarations of love. In the end, Anne realizes what everyone else already knows: that Gilbert is the love of her life.

Act 1 is set in Avonlea, a small village on Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes in 1881.

Act 2 is mostly set at Redmond University in Halifax in 1882.

 

“Anne and Gilbert is a marvel.” – The Toronto Star

 

“When the curtain fell, I was disappointed to see it all end.” – Variety

 

“Anne and Gilbert [is a] treasure of a show. A timeless and eloquent love story filled with charming characters and beautiful music.” – Lennie Macpherson, Guardian

 

“It is funny, charming, and musically and visually sensational. Writers, Jeff Hochhauser, Nancy White, and Bob Johnstone…have succeeded in grand fashion. Refreshingly modern, Anne & Gilbert is magically artistic, and oh so romantic!” – The Buzz

 

“Heart-warming, tear-inducing, thoroughly satisfying” – The Halifax Chronicle Herald

Season Dates

Friday 22nd May 8 pm, Saturday 23rd May 8 pm, Sunday 24th May 2 pm,

Friday 29th May 8 pm, Saturday 30th May 8 pm, Sunday 31st May 2 pm,

Thursday 4th June 8 pm, Friday 5th June 8pm, Saturday 6th June 8 pm

 

Rehearsals

Monday and Wednesday evenings 7.30- 10.30 pm

Sunday afternoons 2.00 – 5.00 pm

 

Character Requirements

Anne Shirley– Stage age 19-20. Anne of Green Gables is a beautiful, imaginative, fiery redhead who is charming, impulsive, charismatic, devoted and very intelligent. Wise beyond her years about everything and everybody except Gilbert. Vocal range Mezzo Soprano G3 – F5

 

Gilbert Blythe- Stage age 20. The best looking and smartest young man in Avonlea. He is charming, dashing, kind, caring, funny and deeply in love with Anne and determined to win her love. Vocal range Baritone / Tenor B2 – F#4

 

Marilla Cuthbert- Stage age 50’s. Anne’s guardian. She is honest, hardworking, loyal and somewhat cantankerous. Although easily irritated, her years with Anne have brought out her warmth and humour. Vocal range- Alto

 

Mrs. Rachel Lynde- Stage age 50’s. Avonlea’s busybody and gossip. A loveable know- it -all and Marilla’s lifelong, dear friend. Vocal range- Alto

 

Josie Pye- Stage age 20. As close to you can get to a bad girl in Avonlea. Sassy, funny and good-hearted underneath her bluster. Vocal range Mezzo Soprano.

 

Philippa Gordon- Stage age 20. A beautiful and sophisticated if somewhat giddy heiress. Vocal range Mezzo Soprano

 

Moody Spurgeon MacPherson- Stage age 20. A goofy suitor of Anne’s who wants to be a minister. The actor in this role must play Celtic style on the fiddle/violin.

 

Roy Gardner- Stage age 22. A handsome and very wealthy college boy. Roy is accustomed to getting everything he wants and he wants Anne.

Diana Barry- Stage age 19. Anne’s bosom friend and kindred spirit. Diana is optimistic, hopeful, sweet, adorable, loyal, devoted and very down-to-earth. The actress who plays Diana will double as a Redmond Student. Vocal range – Mezzo Soprano G3 – D5

 

Paul Irving- Stage age 13. Anne’s favourite pupil. Polite and very smart and desperate to fit in

 

Anthony Pye- Stage age 13. Anne’s least favourite pupil who is usually in trouble.

 

Mr Sloane – Stage age 50’s. Good, honest and respectable, but also known to be disagreeable. The actor who plays Mr Sloane will also play a ‘starchy’ head-waiter, the Reverend, Station Master and Professor.

 

Alec and Alonzo- Two rich, spoiled and indulged college boys in their 20’s and who are both madly in love with Philippa. Good comedy roles. One actor will double the role of Diana’s fiancée Fred Wright and the other an Avonlea pupil.

 

Avonlea & Redmond Students- to be played by teenage performers 13 years and older

 

Audition Requirements

Auditions will be 10 minutes in duration and each audition hopeful will be required to:

  • Sing a ballad or upbeat musical show tune in the style of the show or character you wish to audition for that shows off your vocal capabilities
  • Be familiar with and convincingly deliver one of the monologues below for the character you wish to audition for
  • Auditionees will be shown a short dance sequence to learn and perform. Please bring character shoes or lace up dress shoes for gents.
  • The actor auditioning for Moody should bring his violin to the audition and play a piece of his choice.

 

We are looking for a cast who are talented, passionate, enthusiastic, committed, diligent, reliable, punctual, prompt and loyal performers who love being part of a cohesive theatrical team and will work hard with devotion to bring the beautiful love story of Anne & Gilbert to life in all its marvellous splendour.

Please contact Director Debbie Keyt with any inquiries- [email protected]

 

Audition dialogue

Anne

WHY do they do it? Why does half of Avonlea insist that Gilbert and I are in love? Well I am sorry to disappoint you and over half of Avonlea, but Gilbert is a good chum. That’s all! And I’m not blushing and if I am it doesn’t mean I’m in love, it means I’m embarrassed. I could never love Gilbert Blythe.

I am very grateful to him of course, what he did was a very generous thing- he gave up the teaching position here in Avonlea so I could be closer to Marilla, but honestly, he is so egotistical sometimes and he thinks he knows exactly what a girl wants to hear but he doesn’t’ have the SLIGHTEST IDEA. There is more chance of me marrying THAT TREE than Mr Gilbert Blythe.

 

Gilbert! What are you doing?! Don’t say it Gilbert- I beg of you, please don’t say it. If you’re about to ask me to become your wife I just can’t and you’ll spoil everything. I don’t care for you in that way. I do care for you a great deal as a friend. But I don’t love you Gilbert. It’s impossible for me to give you any hope and I can never love you in that way and I beg of you never to speak of this to me ever again.

 

Gilbert has just given me these letters…that belonged to my parents. I don’t know what to say, and that would be a first…. (Reading a letter) To Miss Bertha Willis. Her maiden name was Willis! Well! ‘My dear Miss Willis’ they must have just met. ‘My dear Miss Willis, it’s hard to explain who I was before I met you but I thought I was alone and you thought you were too. I had good friends and a very nice life, but I never thought I’d have a wife, but then we met and we danced and I knew that love was possible and I never thought that could be.

(Anne picks up another letter and starts reading) ‘Walter darling, I hope I’m not being too foolish, writing you a letter while you sleep so beautifully not three inches away from me and perhaps I’ll get to say these things to you a hundred thousand more times (Anne is devastated to realise the letter is a goodbye) But I feel my strength slipping further and further away. I truly don’t expect to see the sunrise again. You’re so ill yourself and I haven’t the heart to wake you especially since there’s truly nothing to be done.’

(Anne picks up one final letter and is very emotional)  ‘To Anne from Dad. Dear Anne, it’s hard to explain who we were with you here on my knee and  I know you’re going to blossom and grow and we wanted to see that, but unfortunately that is not meant to be and God has changed his mind. Anne please listen well and I want to tell you a heart is earned and I’ve learnt that love is possible. I love my daughter and my wife and I hope that love is stronger than my life…’

 

Gilbert

All right Anne- let me have it. I went behind your back and I didn’t consult you first. But I know if I had asked you before I did it you would have said ‘don’t you dare under any circumstance’. But hear me out, I can come home from White Sands every night because I have a horse. You, rather appropriately, only have a mule!’ Now please don’t yell at me as I think it was rather a generous thing to do on my part and I know you won’t be altogether pleased especially as it’s me who’s coming to your rescue.

 Anne, please don’t be cross and hear me out as I would like to make a wager. I’ll bet my lucky gold piece that my Dad gave me when I was sixteen just as his Dad gave to him that I will propose marriage to you at some future moment of my choosing. If you say ‘no’ you have my word of honour, I will NEVER ask you again and I’ll give you my lucky gold piece too. All I want in return Anne is your heart. That’s all I’ve ever wanted’

 

(Gilbert drops to one knee)  Anne there is something I have to ask you and things have gone on like this long enough. Anne, I love you, you know I do. I- I can’t tell you how much. Will you promise that one day you will be my wife? I know you care for me and all I’m asking is that you can give me some hope that one day you will care for me as much as I care for you….

 

(Gilbert hands Anne a small parcel) Let me give you your birthday present. I had to make a courier trip to Bolingbroke last week and I had some free time before my train back and I did a little detective work. The house you were born in, 235 Belvedere Lane has been torn down. The lot was owned by an old man across the street and he remembered the Shirley’s- he even remembered you. He said you were the loudest baby he ever heard. I told him you haven’t changed much. He still had these letters left behind after your Mum and Dad passed on. One is from your Dad to your Mum. One is from your Mum to your Dad and the last is from your Dad…to you. Happy birthday Anne.

 

Marilla

Reading a letter she’s written to Anne

Dear Anne, the weather’s been fine since you left and not a trace of frost in the milking pail. I have to say, I’m glad Rachel’s here and who’d have thought we’d get on so well.

Anne there’s something I’ve been holding back, it’s a very old tale and I think it’s time to tell.

As you know I’m not one to give advice about matters of the heart but when I think of you and Gilbert, old wounds open up. Once upon a time I was young like you and I know it’s hard for you to picture me as the young ingenue. There was a man, you could call him my beau and I made him leave.

We had bitter words and I forget what they were now and I was so full of pride that I showed him the door. My tongue was sharp and I hurt him so and all my life I’ve wished things were different, but my stubborn pride overshadowed all else. Open your eyes my dear Anne and see the man who is waiting for you. He loves you and he is your friend. I know you probably won’t listen to my dusty old story and I know it’s dated now but let me tell you stubbornness can lead to a very bad end.

Don’t make the mistakes I did and don’t let Gilbert slip away, if he weds another I promise you it will break your heart and you’ll never stop paying for foolish mistakes. You’re meant to be together and everyone can see that. I beg you not to turn his love aside because it will melt like fallen snow. Believe me when I say Gilbert is destined for you my dearest Anne.

 

 

 

 

Rachel Lynde

Anne of Green Gables- the fiery little red head is now Miss Shirley! Anne, let me give you a very good piece of advice you have to whoop one of your pupils as an example. The first one that acts up, you show your class a whooping they won’t forget. Our teachers always whooped a student on the first day of school, you ask Marilla, she’ll tell you. It was usually one of the Pye’s but come to think of it one year it was Marilla herself! She was passing love notes with her beau, John Blythe. But Anne Shirley, never you mind about what’s none of your business. You stop in the woods and lay in a supply of switches. Spare the rod and spoil the child. I know you are a stubborn girl Anne and we’ll see, some day you’ll get riled up. People with hair like yours are desperate apt to get riled. You mark my words!

 

Josie Pye

Hello Mr Blythe. Hello Gilbert. Hello Gil. I just happened to be passing by and it’s so nice to find you here and in fact it’s quite a little thrill. There you are giving me the eye, why you’re making me blush. You’re looking very handsome today my old pal. I always feel such joy seeing you.

Gilbert why don’t you face facts, you’re pining for Anne Shirley and she doesn’t care a fig for you. I could erase that sad look on your face. Let’s just say that I’m the kind of girl that would do what Anne would never do…

 

Philippa Gordon

Let me introduce myself, but I’m sure you already know who I am as my reputation always proceeds me. I am Philippa Gordon, but you can call me Phil and as you know I am obviously the richest girl on campus. I hail from Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia and the only fun in town is me and I’m here!

I know too much about my family and Daddy and my brothers were dead set against me going to university. Somehow they have the idea that I’m boy mad, but then when I won top of the class in my senior year, well what else could Daddy do? Say, did you happen to notice the two boys who’ve been hound-dogging me all day? They are not fortune hunters, mind you they are both from top notch families and they followed me all the way from home and enrolled at Redmond and everything. I don’t love either of them, in fact I couldn’t love anybody: it isn’t in me. Being in love makes you a perfect slave I think- don’t you?!

 

Moody Spurgeon MacPherson

Anne, can I talk to you please and I don’t want you to say anything until I’m finished. Anne, everyone in Avonlea says you are going to end up Mrs Gilbert Blythe and I know you don’t believe that and I believe you. No one else does, but I do! So prove it Anne by saying you’ll be Mrs Moody Spurgeon MacPherson AND before you say no…I want you to know that I’m going to join the ministry and that is a very respectable vocation and what could be more respectable than being a Reverend’s wife?

I’m also giving up playing the fiddle because it isn’t dignified. I have to be dignified if I’m going to be the next minister here in Avonlea. Think of it Anne, you, me and a manse!

 

Roy Gardner

Pardon me Miss and please forgive my boldness, but I see that you are not the least prepared for the downpour that is about to start and here we are. Here are you and here am I and may I offer my umbrella? You look very familiar in fact I’ve seen you laughing with your friends on campus, but how could that be, because how could a scholar look SO lovely.

It seems to me that your eyes are like starlight and of course I am not a poet but your smile is like heaven. Oh you must think me so ill-mannered because I haven’t introduced myself. My name is Roy. Roy Gardner and you are Anne Shirley. Anne with an ‘e’.

I know you come here often and I’d love to take you dancing. I feel I’ve know you such a long time. May I be so bold as to ask you if I may walk you to your door?

 

Diana Barry

My darling bosom friend Anne, more than half of Avonlea knows, if not all of Avonlea that Gilbert Blythe is in love with you and you are in love with him. Look at you, you’re blushing and you always blush when anyone ever mentions Gilbert’s name and the sooner you admit that you are in love the happier you will be.

Anne, I’ve also been thinking about your beautiful short story, ‘Averil’s Atonement’ and I think you should enter it in the Rollings Reliable Baking Powder Literary Competition. Before you object you could slip a word or two into your story about the product as it really is excellent baking powder and I believe it’s my favourite story you’ve ever written and so truly romantic all except for the part about Averil being an old maid for 60 years until she meets her dream man. That might be alright for you as you are always going to be divinely slim. I’m going to be fat. My mother is fat and every single one of my aunt’s is fat too. There is nothing romantic about a fat old maid.

Anne you really wouldn’t wait 60 years for some ideal man- Gilbert seems like an awfully good compromise to me!

 

Paul Irving

My name is Paul Irving and I come from the Boston States. History is my best subject and my favourite poet is Yeats. My grandmother keeps telling me “Paul remember you’re in Avonlea now and people aren’t quite as outspoken here as in America”. Grandmother has obviously never met you Miss Shirley.

Avonlea is so different from Boston, but it’s where my Father grew up and my poor little Mother is buried here.

 

 

Anthony Pye

Miss Shirley says ‘Paul is so sweet’ (mimicking) Paul is SO sweet! Silly teacher’s pet. I’ll teach him a lesson. I’ll put my pet snake Napoleon in Miss Shirley’s desk and blame it on Paul. That’s what I’ll do. She’ll never know it was me and my Mother said Miss Shirley would never whip a pupil because ‘she wouldn’t sink so low to strike a child’. That’s what I’ll do and he won’t be the teacher’s pet anymore!

 

Mr. Sloane

Mr Blythe I am extremely disappointed in you, leaving Avonlea in the lurch only one week before school starts. Where is your loyalty? I can’t believe because the White Sands School has offered you substantially more money you cannot afford the pleasure of teaching in Avonlea, even if you do have to save the tuition to attend university next year. What are we to do? I know you said Anne Shirley is available and Rachel Lynde says I am being ‘Sloanish’ if I don’t hire her, so I’ve made my decision. Gilbert! You’re fired! Is that un-Sloanish enough for you Rachel Lynde?

 

Head Waiter at Redmond- WHAT is going on around here? McPherson, you’re fired. Oh I didn’t see you there Miss Gordon. McPherson, I was just kidding.

Blythe! I’ve never had a problem with you before! Take care of your tables now or you’re fired! Mr. McPherson, you’re doing a great job

 

Alec & Alonzo

I ‘m madly in love with Philippa Gordon and intend to make her my wife. She is beautiful, rich, kind, wise witty and alluring. She is also cruel, blind, mean, torturous and utterly mesmerising.  I worship the ground she walks on and I’m totally faithful and loyal to her and stick to her like glue- why I even gave up my own hopes and ambitions to follow her here to Redmond College. My heart aches and yearns for her and my eyes burn for her. What is a fellow to do?!

 

Avonlea & Redmond Pupils

Harvest is ended and summer is gone and everything in the landscape speaks of autumn. The sea is roaring hollowly in the distance, the fields are bare and sere, scarfed with golden-rod, the brook valley beneath Green Gables is overflowing with asters of ethereal purple, and the Lake of Shining waters is blue-blue- blue; not the changeful blue of spring, nor the pale azure of summer, but a clear steadfast serene blue, as if the water were past all moods and tenses of emotion and has settled down to a tranquillity unbroken by fickle dreams.

Feb
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Feb 7 – Feb 8 all-day
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

@ THE MALTHOUSE THEATRE
MELBOURNE

 

WE ARE THE GATEWAY BETWEEN YOU AND THE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE INDUSTRY

A learning opportunity for aspiring performing artists!

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Featuring workshops and coaching by top industry professionals in stage, acting, singing and dancing.

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AUDITIONS

The Dancehouse, North Carlton

Friday 7th February @ 7pm – DANCE CALL – ALL AUDITIONEES EXPECTED

Saturday 8th February, Sunday 9th February – individual auditions

Sunday 9th February @ 6pm – CALLBACKS

 

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13 week training course with 4 performances.  Show week 18th May. Cost $550 per person.

 

Rehearsals Schedule:

 

Wednesday 19th February
Wednesday 26th February
Friday 28th February – just junior ensemble and leads

Wednesday 4th March
Friday 6th March – just junior ensemble and leads

Wednesday 11th March
Thursday 12th March
Wednesday 18th March

Thursday 19th March
Friday 20th March – just dance troupe
Saturday 21st March
Sunday 22nd March
Sunday 29th March

Wednesday 1st April

Thursday 2nd April

Friday 3rd April

Saturday 4th April

Sunday 5th April

Wednesday 8th April

Wednesday 15th April

Sunday 19th April

Wednesday 22nd April

Wednesday 29th April

Friday 1st May

Saturday 2nd May

Friday 8th May

Saturday 9th May

Sunday 10th May

Friday 15th May

Saturday 16th May

Sunday 17th May

 

(Junior ensemble rehearsal will mostly take place separately from the rest of the cast until closer to show week. Full schedule will be given to the cast once casting is complete.)

 

SHOW WEEK
Monday 18th May – Saturday 23rd May

The Malthouse Theatre, The Beckett Theatre, Southbank.

 

Roles:

 

Belle – female – stage age 20-25
Beast – male – stage age 30-40
Gaston – male – stage age 30-40
Maurice – male – stage age 55 – 65
Cogsworth – male – stage age 40 – 55
Mrs Potts – female – stage age 45 – 55
Lumiere – male – stage age 35 – 45
Chip – male – stage age 7 – 10
Babette – female – stage age 25 – 35
Madame De La Grande Bouche – female – stage age 40 – 55
Lefou – male – stage age – 25 – 35
Monsieur D’arque – male – 35 – 55
Dance Troupe
Ensemble
**Junior Ensemble – stage age 8 – 12

**The junior ensemble will not be required at every rehearsal.

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Beauty and the Beast @ The Malthouse Theatre is proudly produced by Wendy Samantha Productions