April 13, 2019 – April 17, 2019 all-day

Auditions for Malvern and Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre’s production of the musical
“Ladies in Black”

Book by Carolyn Burns
Music and Lyrics by Tim Finn
By arrangement with David Spicer Productions

Malvern Season 4: August 30 – September 14
Lilydale Season 4: November 7 – November 23
Successful auditionees will be expected to commit to both seasons (30 performances in all)

Director – Alan Burrows
Musical Director – Shirley White
Choreographer – Susan Lewis

Auditions will be held at the theatre at 29 Burke Road, East Malvern:

Saturday 13th April 1.00pm – 5.30pm
Monday 15th April 7.30pm – 11.00pm
Wednesday 17th April 7.30pm – 11.00pm

Rehearsals will commence in early June in the Malvern area.


This musical a tender-hearted comedy drama is set in Sydney in 1959, a city caught between the stuffy repression of the 50’s and the glorious liberation of the 60’s. It tells the story of bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa who joins the sales staff of the city’s most prestigious department store, F.G. Goodes over the summer holidays. Here she finds her world opening to exciting new possibilities as she befriends the colourful characters of the Ladies Frocks Department – including her new mentor, the exotic Magda, mysterious mistress of Model Gowns. Each character is on the precipice of change – facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman. With its irreverent humour and great charm, Ladies in Black is a magical fairy-tale sure to leave you singing long after you leave the theatre.


Lisa – 16-18. A shy bookworm, who is described as having neither style nor beauty, yet emerges with both at the end of the story. Her holiday job a Goodes teaches her more about life than she could have imagined.
Vocal G3 – D5

Mrs Miles – Lisa’s mother. She dotes on her daughter, is proud of her and wants the best for her, but is nervous of rocking the boat and upsetting her conservative husband, A product of her era, she is neither educated nor sophisticated, but her love for her daughter ultimately gives her courage.
Vocal F3 – B4

Mr Miles – is Lisa’s father, he is stiff, conservative and authoritarian. He loves his daughter but firmly believes a women’s place is in the home and is baffled by her intellect and ambition,
Vocal A2 – E4

Patty – early thirties, unhappily married shop assistant at Goodes. She has failed to have a baby and her husband is chronically uncommunicative, so she has become stitched up and a little malicious as a result, Underneath she is vulnerable and unhappy.
Vocal A3 – C5

Frank – Patty’s husband, described by others as “gormless”. Frank is a tile salesman with little ambition or vitality. Humiliated by his potential responsibility for his childless marriage, he hides his low self esteem in taciturn introspection.
Vocal A2 – E4b

Magda – an exotic Hungarian of about 40. In charge of Model Gowns at Goodes, she is the embodiment of European style, glamorous, educated and beautifully presented. While undoubtedly somewhat forbidding, she has warmth, wit and great insight.
Vocal A3- D5/B4

Stefan – is Magda’s partner, he is an ebullient Hungarian intellectual and bon vivant. He is a passionate enthusiast of all things literary.
Vocal A2 – E4

Rudi – is a Hungarian refugee on the lookout for a wife, he is charming, well read, irrepressible, a beautiful dancer and a genuine lover of women.
Vocal B2 – A4

Miss Cartwright/Joy – a double for an actress in her early forties, Miss Cartwright is the blue stocking, crisply authoritative manager of the Ladies Department at Goodes. She is all business, having dedicated her life to it, but is not without compassion and wit. Joy is Patty’s older sister. Exhausted by motherhood and housework, she doesn’t live up to her name.
Vocal A3 – C5

Miss Jacobs/ Mrs Crown – a double for an actress in her sixties. Miss Jacobs has worked at Goodes her whole life, nervous and intense; she lives alone and has a sense of tragedy about her. Mrs Crown is Patty’s mother, now widowed, she is a rough diamond who has brought up three daughters and doesn’t beat around the bush.
Vocal E3 – G4

Fay – late twenties shop assistant at Goodes. She is pretty and cheerful, but has had a series of unfortunate relationships with unsuitable men, so she feels insecure and ever getting married and being considered respectable.
Vocal G3 – C5

Mayra/Dawn – a double for a women in her late twenties, Myra is Fay’s best friend – buxom, cheerful and out for a good time. Dawn is Patty’s sister – forthright, cynical and rough round the edges.
Vocal F3 – F5#

Lloyd and Frank – are two Australian men of the period who are on the lookout for a good time.
Vocal A2 – E4

Auditions are by appointment and Auditionees are asked to prepare two contrasting songs, which best demonstrate their vocal ability.

For more information and to book and appointment email the Director Alan Burrows at HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]