Welcome to the Dollhouse

The Burlesque Underground, now in it’s 6th year running, seeks budding and experienced performers to play a variety of roles for it’s 2016 Halloween offering ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse.’

Improvised theatrical performance off-stage for duration of evening (approx 7pm til 11pm). Performers will be given specific roles (room for creative input and elaboration) and will be required to help official cast and crew create atmosphere throughout the event (roving performance/interactive theatre).

WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE is a children’s horror story…a tale somewhere between truth and fiction, following the exploits of a group of younglings locked within a wing of the Black Family Estate while a debaucherous, dangerous and deadly party begins outside. Not all will survive the night…or each other.

PLEASE NOTE: The Burlesque Underground may contain images, concepts and themes that offend. All scripted and improvised role-play is safe, sane and consensual. All performers in the Burlesque Underground are over 18 years of age. Performers must be willing and able to enact subject matter that may trigger. Discretion is advised.

Auditions: Wednesday 12th October, 2016

Show date: Friday 28th October, 2016.

Location: Melbourne

 

All profits from this production will be donated to Berry Street to help disadvantaged and at-risk children.

“-Subversive…unexpected…dark and sensual” – Australian Stage

“¬Nothing short of fabulous…” – Hidden Places Secret Spaces

“¬Fast, kooky, goofy and lusty…” -Laneway

Roles

Jerald Malcolm Black

The head of the Black Family. English Accent, highborn bluebood. Tall and imposing – dark or grey hair. Blue eyes. Cold and cruel.

Gender: Male

Age range: 18 – 99

Nudity required: No

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Accents: UK Posh

Armand Monère

Aristocratic frenchman who sees all those of lesser birth to be beneath his care or notice, A sadist with a penchant for torture. Blonde hair. Calculating and cruel.

Gender: Male

Age range: 18 – 99

Nudity required: No

Hair colour: Blonde

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Marcus Bellamantis

An Italian lothario – charming and melodramatic. A winner with the ladies and the life of the party. A misogynist and a sociopath. Dark hair and European looks. The ‘Rhett Butler’ of the group.

Gender: Male

Age range: 18 – 99

Nudity required: No

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Reverend Landon Dream

An evangelistic priest who believes that he can attain Godhood through the sacrifice of innocents. Married to Patience Dream. Tall and imposing, self-righteous and zealous.

Gender: Male

Age range: 18 – 99

Nudity required: No

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Alexei Katorga

The head of the Katorga Family – a branch of Russian mafia. Charming and seductive, but vicious, violent and cruel. Walks with a cane and wears a fedora. Speaks with a Russian accent.

Gender: Male

Age range: 18 – 99

Nudity required: No

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Constance Monère

Wife to Armand. A regal and classy figure. Delicate and blonde, the heiress to her own family fortune. Reserved and quiet, gentle and poised, with a touch of sadness. Having an affair with Marcus Bellamantis and is secretly carrying his child.

Gender: Female

Age range: 18 – 99

Nudity required: No

Hair colour: Blonde

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Patience Dream

Wife of the Reverend Dreaam. Loud and ostentatious, she wears gaudy clothes and screeches like a banshee when she laughs. Outlandish and irritating, self-righteous and hypocritical, with a hideous collections of glittering jewels on her fingers. Sadistic, needy and cruel.

Gender: Female

Age range: 18 – 99

Nudity required: No

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Olivia Black

Wife of Jerald. Cold and calculating, jealous and sullen. She despises her husband’s parties but does nothing to stop them. She is envious of anyone who is more likeable than she is -which is most people, and hates her husband’s attachment to his children. She is bitter, sallow and nasty.

Gender: Female

Age range:18 – 99

Nudity required: No

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

The Katorgas

Loud, brash and Russian (Aged 25 to 65). Revellers at the Funday parties, often drunk, violent and imposing. High physicality and interaction with other performers required. Costumes to be provided by performer (approved by director).

Any gender, aged 25 to 99 from Victoria, Australia

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Accents: Russian

Black Family Funday Submissives

Male or female roles (aged 15 to 35). Silent servants of the Black Family, masked and obedient. Can be in various states of undress (underwear, corsetry, bare chested etc). Double as ‘watchers’ and babysitters for the children. Poised, silent and elegant. Subtle and graceful. Can interact with each other in silent sensual movement and pantomime. Costumes to be mostly provided by performer (approved by director – some costumes may be provided/embellished). Masks provided.

Any gender, aged 18 to 99 from Victoria, Australia

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

Contact: [email protected] with CV and headshot to be considered.

Event info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1216307275086787/

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