November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016 all-day
29 Burke Rd
Malvern East VIC 3145
The Malvern Theatre Company
0412 077 761
High Society @ Malvern East | Victoria | Australia

The Malvern Theatre Company and the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company are combining to present the musical

High Society

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter: Book by Arthur Kopit

Additional Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry and the MGM motion picture High Society

The Malvern season will be 21st April to 6th May, there will be 13 performances including two matinees.

The Lilydale season will be 17th August to 2nd September, there will be 15 performances including three matinees.

Successful auditionees are required for both seasons.


Musical Director: Shirley White


Auditions: 28-Nov-2016 at 07:30PM   29-Nov-2016 at 07:30PM   03-Dec-2016 at 01:30PM

Audition Venue: Malvern Theatre, 29 Burke Road, East Malvern

Please contact the Director, Alan Burrows at [email protected] or on 0412 077 761 to book an audition or if you would like more information.

 The Story:

The story is set in 1948 when Tracy Lord is ecstatic about her impending marriage to George Kittredge, a successful industrialist. Her mother, Mrs Margaret Lord, and her younger sister, Dinah, are at the family mansion in Philadelphia supervising last minute preparations. Soon, her ex-husband, Dexter, bounds in and informs the family that Sydney Kidd, editor of “Spy” Magazine is determined to get the inside story on the wedding and has arrange for two journalists, Liz Imbrie and Mike Connor, to pose as guests to obtain an exclusive story and unless Tracy agrees, they will print a story about Tracy’s estranged father, who is carrying on an affair with an exotic dancer. Later, when the reporters arrive they are greeted by a very strangely costumed Dinah. Tracy joins her, also dressed outrageously, and together they perform a bizarre song and dance routine. To further perplex the reporters, Tracy introduces her Uncle Willie as her father and her newly-arrived father as her uncle. Later, at Tracy’s pre-wedding ball, Tracy hides from George and invites Mike to go skinny-dipping with her in the pool. Meanwhile, Dexter has a heart-to-heart with Liz, who is fleeing the amorous Uncle Willie, admits that she’s in love with Mike, even though he doesn’t know it. She promises Dexter that neither she nor Mike will write any stories about the Lords, even if it costs them their jobs. Then, George witnesses Mike carrying the comatose Tracy up to her room, and assumes the worst. The wedding day dawns with the bride hung over and the groom furious. George confronts Tracy and Mike, but Mike swears that he did nothing wrong. Tracy decides that she can’t marry George, no matter what. In the end, the show’s finale is a spectacular double wedding; Tracy and Dexter, Liz and George!


Tracy Samantha Lord                      Attractive, very rich bride-to-be, second time down the aisle, smart, witty, outgoing, strong-willed, energetic, tells it like it is, classy, athletic, funny, charming, sexy, when she wants to be, lives life to fullest, versatile, vocal range F to B

Dinah Lord                                        Tracy’s little sister, 13-16 years old. Precocious and headstrong, vocal range C to D

Mother Lord (Margaret)                  Classically lovely matriarch to the Lord family, epitome of high society matron, cheerful, mannered, sophisticated, poised, sense of humor, vocal range A to E

Seth Lord                                           Mature, partriach of Lord family, warm, friendly, vocal range A to G

Dexter C.K. Haven                           Handsome, jaunty, athletic, Tracy’s former husband, Yale graduate, adventurous sailor, boat designer, still in love with Tracy, vocal range G to G

Liz Imbrie                                          Journalistic photographer, “gal Friday”, inquisitive, very honest, strong, straight-ahead demeanor, sharp tongue, sharp mind, vocal range F to E

Mike (Macauley) Connor                Reporter, author, Liz’s pal, talks big, tough, writes poetry, earthy, honest, witty, hopeless romantic, falls in love with Tracy, vocal range G to F

Uncle Willie                                      Loving, easygoing, harmless lush, extremely wealthy, loves the ladies, sweet, charming, witty, a bit forgetful, excellent comedic skills, vocal range G to G

George Kittredge                              Tracy’s fianceé, not known for mental prowess, honest, strong, gullible, vocal range G# to F#;

Ensemble (4)                                     Two males and two females, who are the staff at the Lord residence. Range to cover SATB