TRACY WHERE ARE YOU?
HAIRSPRAY OPEN CALL AUDITIONS COMMENCE AROUND AUSTRALIA ON APRIL 20 AND THE SEARCH FOR TRACY TURNBLAD BEGINS……
The global award winning production of HAIRSPRAY The Musical, directed by David Atkins and choreographed by Jason Coleman, opens on October 2 at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.
On Tuesday 20 April, the producers and creative team of Hairspray will embark on a national tour of Australia to commence what is arguably the most grueling search for a major musical theatre role ever undertaken in Australia.
Open call auditions for the role of Tracy Turnblad and other roles (see casting brief below) will take place in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.
It is expected that Australia’s Tracy Turnblad, will be an unknown performer and is likely to be found in the same way that Nikki Blonsky (who starred in the 2007 Motion Picture alongside John Travolta) was found. Blonsky’s day job was scooping ice-cream in Great Neck, New York before she was discovered and went on to major international success.
In HAIRSPRAY Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart and she has only one passion—to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do? Only in HAIRSPRAY! Welcome to the '60s!
If you think you have got what it takes to be Australia’s own Tracy Turnblad then you will be 5'3" or shorter, 17yrs – 25years old and you must be heavyset. Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality and loves to sing and dance.
HAIRSPRAY OPEN CALL AUDITIONS FOR THE ROLE OF TRACY AND OTHER HAIRSPRAY ROLES (SEE CASTING BRIEF BELOW) WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE BELOW DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS.
Brisbane – Tuesday 20 April 2010 – Turn up to register @ 10am
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Music Rehearsal Space, Level 4
420 Brunswick St. Fortitude Valley 4006
Sydney – Saturday 24 April 2010– Turn up to register @ 9am
The Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth St. Surry Hills 2010
Perth – Sunday 25 April 2010 – Turn up to register @ 12noon
Studio D, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
2 Bradford St. Mount Lawley 6050
Adelaide – Tuesday 27 April 2010– Turn up to register @ 11am
Barr Smith Theatre, Scotch College Adelaide,
Carruth Rd. Torrens Park 5062
Melbourne – Saturday 1 May 2010– Turn up to register @ 9am
2C Staley St. Brunswick 3056
HAIRSPRAY – OPEN CALL CASTING BRIEF
5'3" or shorter, 17yrs – 25yrs old. Must be heavyset. Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to sing and dance.
17yrs – 25yrs old. Handsome, sexy, clean-cut, goodhearted, down-to-earth. Strong pop singer and great mover. Belts to a B flat, some falsetto.
ALL African American roles (or similar ethnicity) including:
40s – 50s. Queen of Baltimore Soul, a radio DJ. Powerful and inspiring, with an infectious, brassy personality. Large physique. Strong, soulful gospel/pop singer.
17yrs – 25yrs old. Cool, sexy, street smart, goodhearted. Strong, high, soulful tenor pop singer and great mover.
Playing age is 11-13 years old – we are looking to cast a 17-25 year old – fresh faced – as young looking as possible. 5’1” or shorter. Spunky, tough, streetwise, Strong singer and mover.
20s – early 30s. Fresh, dynamic personalities. The Dynamites are a glamorous, sexy three-woman singing group inspired by the Supremes and are strong pop singers and dancers.
You will need to prepare a section of a pop song of your choice that shows your voice at its best. Bring sheet music for your song if you have it – if you don't that's ok. We may not have time to hear your entire song. Bring dance clothes in you are asked to dance!!
Bring a photo and resume of any training/work you have done although professional experience is not essential – talent is essential! Be prepared to have around all day.
Auditionees must be over 17 years of age.