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Our next auditions will be for our third production for 2021



The Witness for the Prosecution

by Agatha Christie

Directed by Peter Newling


Malvern is inviting auditionees for 4 female and 9 male roles for our June/July production.

Auditions will be held on 11th and 12th of April at the theatre in East Malvern.


Full details can be found here: https://vdl.org.au/auditions
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Please read the information provided carefully.

 

SYNOPSIS

Following the success of ‘Our Town’ in 2018, Peter Newling has chosen to direct another classic at Malvern Theatre Company – and this time it’s a courtroom drama by Agatha Christie. The affable Leonard Vole is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman – defended by Sir Wilfred Robarts. Unfortunately his alibi depends on the testimony of his callous wife, who after the discovery of a legal loophole, decides to appear in court against him. To Sir Wilfred’s surprise this is only the first in a series of puzzling revelations and reversals.



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Audition details for our fifth production for 2021


A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak

Directed by Alan Burrows

 

Auditions Dates:
Monday 3rd May 2021 at 7:30 pm – at the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre – Castella Street Lilydale – (by Appointment – aburrow1@bigpond.net.au),
Sunday 9th May 2021 at 7:00 pm and Monday 10th May 2021 at 7:00 pm – at the Malvern Theatre – 29 Burke Road, East Malvern – (by Appointment –aburrow1@bigpond.net.au)

 

When booking your audition please send a theatrical bio together with a headshot to the email address above.

 This is a high-style, British romantic farce set in the Edwardian era. It requires highly trained actors who sing beautifully and have great comic skills. All roles are open to audition and are similar stylistically to characters in Oscar Wilde plays. British accents are required for all roles.
There is also an ensemble of six, all of whom play important roles throughout the play; solo singing required by all. All auditionees must be at least 18 years old.

 

Those auditioning will be asked to sing up to one minute of an uptempo musical theatre song, in the style of the show.
The song should show off character, different voices, facial expression, physicality and range.
Auditioners should mark their selection with a highlighter.  An accompanist will be provided.
A cappella singing or recorded accompaniments will not be allowed.

 

Auditioners should also prepare a short, engaging paragraph, no more than 3–5 lines, which is from a published work such as a play, novel, or even a children’s book, that shows off word play, comedy, satire, and good rapport with an audience, etc.
No monologue length speeches. We would just like something quick that can act as an intro or narration to a character or situation.
Please note: Audition appointment spaces are limited and filled on a first-come, first served basis.

 

Successful cast members MUST BE available for rehearsal period commencing 8th June 2021 as well as all production dates. Please check you are available for all performance dates before booking your audition time. Please also inform the Director at your audition, if there is a possibility of you taking on professional acting work that may conflict with rehearsal and performance dates.

 

CALLBACKS
Monday 17th May 2021 at 7:30 pm (if needed) at the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre.

 

Rehearsals will be held three times per week on Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings (7:00–10:30 pm), with some scheduled at Malvern and some at Lilydale. Some performers may be called for additional rehearsals which will be determined once we review all schedule conflicts from those cast in the production. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday 8th June 2021 at 7.30 pm.

Please have all conflicts for the rehearsal period available, and please note on Audition Form.

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is the knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 season. With ten Tony nominations and four wins, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes, it also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (Best Musical).

When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind ...

 

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways.

AVAILABLE ROLES

All ages are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting.

PRINCIPALS:

THE D’YSQUITH FAMILY  (30s – mid 50s).  Must be an experienced, skilled, and transformational comedic actor who has a superb grasp on British farce. Physical comedy and stamina is a necessity. Does not necessarily need to be a phenomenal singer, but must be able to carry a musical comedy without an ounce of hesitation. Plays the following range of characters from the same family, ranging from an off-kilter priest to a closeted bee enthusiast to a lowly custodian (each of them intrinsic ‘English types’). Vocal range B2 to F4.
Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr., a dandy
Lord Adlabert D’Ysquith, Eighth Earl of Highhurst
Reverend Lord Ezekiel D’Ysquith, a clergyman
Lord Adlabert D’Ysquith, Sr., an elderly banker
Henry D’Ysquith, a country squire
Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, a benefactress
Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith, a bodybuilder
Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey, an actress
Chauncey D’Ysquith, a janitor

MONTY NAVARRO (Mid 20s–30s). Handsome and effortlessly charming, clever and charismatic, vulnerable and endearing, with a highly developed appreciation for life’s ironies. Monty is the engine of the plot; must be able to command attention and draw the audience in. Discovers he is in line to become the Earl of Highhurst, and intends to kill off the family that stands in his way. While he is intent on killing off the entire family tree, he must have a winning charm that would garner anybody’s trust. Must have excellent comedic timing, vocal variation, and physical skills. Legit Baritone. A2 to A4.

SIBELLA (20s–mid 30s). Sexy, flirtatious, narcissistic, willful girl that Monty loves – calculating, and irresistible. A social climber, yes, but also truly loves Monty, and in the end would do anything to protect him. Tremendous wit and high style. Strong mover. Character mezzo, F#3 to A5, belting not required.

PHOEBE  (Early 20s–early 30s).  Beautiful, virtuous, forthright, romantic, comically earnest, with a backbone of steel.  Monty’s young poised virtuous cousin (and potential wife). She is not your typical ingénue, though. Actress must have a sense of irony and humor, in addition to a youthful innocence behind her sophistication. Coloratura soprano, range B3 up to a high sustained C#6 with an optional high Eb6.  Very flexible and agile.  Also open to performers from a strong operatic background.

MISS SHINGLE  (30s–50s).  A Cockney housekeeper/governess who has served a wealthy, titled family for 30 years.  She informs Monty that he is indeed a D’Ysquith. Storytelling is paramount for her role.  Will also appear in the ensemble numbers.
Mezzo soprano, G3 to A5.

 

ENSEMBLE:
PLEASE NOTE – The character breakdowns are subject to change.  Voice types: Legit soprano, Mezzo, Alto, Tenor, High/Low Baritones.  All should have decent to great movement/character physicality.

WOMAN #1: Mourner; Tour Guide; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Pub Owner's Wife; MRS PEBWORTH; Phoebe's Maid; 3rd Newsboy; Tailor; Selina Chard (Servant); Flower Girl. G3 to A5.

WOMAN #2  (30s–late 40s).  Plays LADY EUGENIA D'YSQUITH, an unhappily married countess.  Overbearing and mean spirited at times, but comically so.  Must be highly adept at the biting quip and the withering glare.  Also plays MISS HETHERINGTON and Flower Girl and 4TH NEWSBOY.  Vocal range F#3 to A5.

WOMAN #3  (Mid 20s–mid 30s).  Plays MISS BARLEY, an alluring artist model.  Also plays SIBELLA’S MAID, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, PHOEBE’S MAID, HILDA.  Vocal range G3 to C6.

MAN #1  (20s–mid 30s).  Appealing and attractive.  Plays TOM COPLEY (aka FARMER), as well as 2ND CLERK, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, 2ND NEWSBOY, ACTOR, ANCESTRAL BUST, DR. PETTIBONE, and GUARD. 
High baritone with a strong top; solid A2 to A4.

MAN #2  (Early 30s–40s).  A versatile and appealing character man.  Plays DETECTIVE PINCKEY, who has a featured number.  Also plays 1ST CLERK, PUB OWNER, MR. CROSS, 1ST NEWSBOY, 1ST ACTOR, PHYSICIAN, and 2ND ANCESTRAL BUST.
Bass, C2 to G#4.

MAN #3  (Mid 20s–40s).  A character man.  Plays THE MAGISTRATE, as well as MR. GOODSALL, ACTOR, and MR. GORBY.  THE MAGISTRATE has a featured number with DETECTIVE PINCKEY.  True tenor. Bb2 to Bb4.


Performance Dates:

Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre (Castella St. Lilydale) 2nd September to 18th September 2021.
Malvern Theatre (Burke Rd East Malvern) 29th October to 13th November 2021.
(Successful auditionees must commit to both seasons)