When:
October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – October 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
2019-10-11T19:00:00+11:00
2019-10-13T18:00:00+11:00
Wicked

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director Liam Charleston

Musical Director David Williams OAM

Choreographer Joel Richardson

Production Manager Leane Gooding

Assistant Choreographer Lynne Vanderzalm
Rehearsal Pianist Malcolm McCaffery

Set Designer Keegan Just

Lightning Designing Luke Cassidy

Properties Gracie Nelson

Make-up Kylie Sinclair

Hair Rachel O;Dwyer

 

SYNOPSIS

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

AUDITIONS

Please register to audition at the information night being held on the 1st of October at 7pm @ Warragul Regional College.

If you are unable to make the Information night, please call Leane on 0407 444 430 (after 1st October) to organise an audition time.

Audition Dates:

Friday 11th October – 7 – 10

Saturday 12th October – 10 – 5

Sunday 13th October – 10 – 12 – Dance Audition, Vocal Auditions – 12:30 – 4, Callbacks 4:30 – 6.

 

Audition Requirements

Vocal:

Auditions will be 10 minutes in length. Please prepare 2 contrasting songs in the style of the show – 90 secs maximum duration. Song cuts must be prepared by candidates and in an appropriate key. You may also choose one song from the show for the character you’re auditioning for – music will be emailed to you. Using the audition accompanist is preferred, however backing tracks will be permitted – please have this cut and ready to go, repeats and instrumental solos should be avoided. Please bring sheet music in a folder and/or backing track in the correct key as no transposing will be permitted. Music cuts for principal auditions will be supplied at the info night.

Acting:

Audition sides will be available for the character you are auditioning for if you’re interested in auditioning for multiple roles this is encouraged. I don’t mind if the sides aren’t memorised, but I expect a good understanding of the text and I want to see your version of the character and what uniqueness you can bring to the role. This reflects also in the song and dance elements if you’ve got something to bring, BRING IT! Being prepared is key Chookas!

Sides available : https://drive.google.com/open?id=10Zfh4WW0qGe0XGnQYIRV435HUVe_OusD

Dance: Please wear clothes that you can dance in (i.e. activewear, dancewear, tracksuit pants).

Ladies: character shoes preferred, but runners are fine too.

Men: runners or jazz shoes.

The Dance call will be split into two parts.

Part 1: We will have a ‘movement’ audition that will require all auditionees to attend. You will learn a short routine as a group and will not be expected to perform it solo. The focus will be on your ability to learn choreography and stay in time with the music. There is not an expectation that every cast member will be a dancer, however ‘movement’ and keeping in time will be important.

You MAY be asked to return to do a second dance call which will entail a much more detailed routine. This will be required for ensemble and lead roles *Reminder; if you are not required at the dance call it does not mean you are not a candidate for the show.

Attendance at the group audition is preferred, if you cannot make the dance audition times, please let a member of the production team know immediately so we can make some arrangements. 

Call-backs: will be held after the dance call, not all roles will be called. This will involve a sing through of No One Mourns the Wicked for Glinda and Defying Gravity for Elphaba cuts of the song will be emailed after your audition if required. Some scene work will also be explored at the call-backs. If you don’t receive a call back don’t stress, not all roles will be required.

Rehearsal Commitment: Rehearsal schedules will be organised and distributed by the creative team in advance to rehearsals. While we understand that we all have lives and things can come please label any known absences on your audition form to ensure we can schedule accordingly. Continuous unexplained absences will result in missing out on numbers if you’re not there to learn the content. We rehearse Tuesday and Sunday’s if you’re called, you’re expected to attend unless communicated at auditions.

Costume Requirements: Each cast member will be required to supply their own show shoes and hosiery. For females in the ensemble this will include at a minimum 2 pairs of shoes. Cast will also be required to supply their own basic makeup for the show, specialty makeup will be supplied.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday October 29th for a meet and greet and read through. Rehearsals will break over Christmas from December 17th to January 12th. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights 7 – 10 and Sunday 1 – 5. There is a possibility of additional rehearsals may be required late in the rehearsal period and the successful auditionees for Elphaba, Glinda and Chistery will be required during the day during tech week for flying training.

Character Breakdown
Please note all roles will be performed in an American accent.

Elphaba

Elphaba is the main protagonist, who becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West. She is an intelligent, honest, likeable but misunderstood. Her internal ‘goodness’ is juxtaposed to the oppression of the world around her – a conflict she battles internally and externally. Actress must have a strong singing voice and acting ability, also a willingness of being raised into the air will be required.

Gender: Female, Stage Age: 18 – 30, Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano – F3 to F5

Glinda/Galinda

Glinda is a complex character, nowhere near as superficial as she seems at first. She is as cunning as she is bubbly, a passionate, popular and loveable individual who uses her intelligence and social standing to manipulate her colleagues and friends. Becoming known as ‘Glinda the Good’, she also wrestles with the disparity between her social and moral values. Vocally, Glinda requires a high soprano and vocal ‘belt’ and a strong sense of comic timing and authority. A willingness of being raised into the air will be required.

Gender: Female, Stage Age: 18 – 30, Vocal Range: Soprano – G3 to C6 (optional G6)

Madame Morrible

The headmistress at Shiz University and the only classic villain in this musical tale. Madame Morrible is a dark, conniving and cunning character. Highly manipulative, seductive and inherently evil, she has no internal conflict as to the nature of her character. She has a strong understanding of the power of fear and machinations of public propaganda.

Gender: Female Age: 30-65 Vocal Range: Alto – G3 to B4

Fiyero

Fiyero is a seemingly one-dimensional character but has significantly more substance than his striking looks suggest. Social, affable and lovable, Fiyero is fun, smooth and at times naive. He is intelligent and torn by the social demands of vanity, peer pressure and propaganda. Good movement skills are a bonus. Actor will also be featured in all ensemble numbers.

Gender: Male, Stage Age: 20 – 30, Vocal Range: Tenor – F3 to G5

Nessarose

Nessarose is Elphaba’s beautiful, intelligent sister. Nessarose is their father’s favourite, and her paralysis underpins an insecurity that drives her need for social acceptance. Abandonment, an unreciprocated love and the pressures of government drive Nessarose to an internal conflict that ultimately affects her character. Actress will also be featured in all ensemble numbers minus Thank Goodness.

Gender: Female, Stage Age: 16 – 28, Vocal Range: Alto – A3 to B4

Boq: Boq is an insecure, dorky and quirky character. A lovable munchkin (considerably smaller in stature than Fiyero & Glinda), Boq is infatuated with Glinda and will do anything to please her. Later, Boq’s passionately misinformed rage helps drive the hunt for Elphaba. Boq has a good sense of comic timing and is a strong character actor. He also requires a strong tenor voice. Actor will also be featured in all ensemble numbers minus Thank Goodness.

Gender: Male, Stage Age: 18-28, Vocal Range: Tenor – F3 to G5

The Wizard: The Wizard is a softly spoken, blindly confident, easily influenced, superficial person. A metaphorical example of the corruption of power through false representation, the wizard trades his morality for popularity. His grand façade is a representation of his false power. He is a charlatan who understands politics, but perhaps not the fragility of his own character. The Wizard requires a strong character actor and a strong vocal baritone.

Gender: Male, Stage Age: 30-65, Vocal Range: Baritone with good falsetto.

Dr Dillamond: is the moral compass. A teacher of life sciences and a philosopher, he is warm, noble and fatherly. He is also a goat, and as such, is an active campaigner for equal rights. His individualism is reflected in his intellect, morality and strength. Actor will also feature in ensemble numbers.

Gender: Male, Stage Age: Flexible, Vocal Range: Baritone.

Roles from Ensemble:

Frex, Melena, Chistery, Salesman, OZ Guards, Dorothy, Shiz Students & faculty, Citizens of OZ, Witchunters, Monkeys.

Wicked is a massive show for ensemble, being heavily featured with challenging and fulfilling numbers. Ensemble will be required a fair amount and commitment is required to ensure spacing is all locked in. We are looking for an energetic ensemble to bring this show to life, and we encourage all shapes, ages and races to audition.

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