Audition Notice – The Little Shop of Horrors
Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Paul Carr
Musical Director Wayne Oakes
Choreographer Hannah Liddle
Producers Ian Robinson & Andy Burke
Production Dates: Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th June, 7.30pm plus Saturday matinee
Auditions: Sunday 2nd March 11am at Chorley Little Theatre
In Skid Row, New York, a killer plant from outer space lands in a rundown flower shop and befriends shop worker Seymour. He names the plant after the girl he loves but soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered carnivore craving blood and Seymour finds he has to satisfy the plant’s evil urges.
From the writers of The Little Mermaid and Beauty & The Beast, this show is best-known for the 1986 film starring Rick Moranis. The stage version has more songs and a different ending.
The Production Team
Paul Carr directed studio musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change last year, which went on to receive NODA nominations for Best Staging of a Musical, Best Musical as well as winning Best Ensemble Musical Cast. This will be the first main season CADOS musical since 2009 and hopes to build on the success of I Love You… Paul has also overseen many of the Youth Theatre musicals of the last 15 years and wrote and directed the sell-out Santa The Panto in 2012
Wayne Oakes has been musical director for numerous shows across the North West and also runs his own piano school as well as being an established and highly in demand pit musician.
Hannah Liddle has worked on a number of CADOS productions including Snow White (2013), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2013) and Santa the Panto (2012).
Ian Robinson is Chair of CADOS, directed the pantomimes Robin Hood (2011) and Snow White (2013), and produced Santa The Panto (2012). Andy Burke has been NODA-nominated for his performance of the Dame in CADOS pantos, and also overseen recent Youth Theatre productions.
Registration at 10.30am, start 11pm. Should finish no later than 4pm. They will incorporate elements of singing, acting and movement. The only real ‘dance’ in the piece is Seymour and Mushniks tango, but there will be choreographed movement elements in a number of the musical sections, especially for Seymour and the Ronnettes. There is no need to prepare a singing audition as you will be taught one of the numbers from the show and then asked to read scripted sections with other auditionees.
Rehearsals will commence in mid-March with a couple of read-through sessions, then mostly singing rehearsals early on to get the musical numbers secure. Into April we will start adding blocking and characterisation in the rehearsal space before moving everything into the performance space in May for the run up to the show in June. Rehearsals are likely to be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings up to May, then potentially adding Sunday mornings as well.
The show does not have a ‘chorus’ as such – the Ronnettes are integral to the show throughout, and there are potentially two roles which play Winos, customers and a couple of extra characters (though this could double with Orin). The cast is therefore limited to a maximum of 10 plus puppeteers and all cast must be 17 or older at the time of performance in July. All cast must be strong singers but there is no requirement to read music. Puppeteers do not need to audition but will be required to attend rehearsals and learn Audrey IIs lines so they can sync with the voice.
Mid twenties and perhaps already balding a little! Our insecure, naive, put-upon, florist’s clerk hero. Above all, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. Needs to get the audience to sympathise with his situation despite continual acts of assisting the murderous plant to get it’s fill of blood! Strong singing range required – Low A to High G
The bleached-blonde, secret love of Seymour’s life. If you took Judy Holiday, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe and Goldie Hawn, removed their education and feelings of self-worth, dressed them in spiked heels and a low-cut black dress, and then shook them all up in a test tube to extract what's sweetest and most vulnerable-that'd be Audrey. We are not necessarily looking for a carbon copy of the Ellen Greene character of the film but someone that can bring their own interpretation to the role. Strong singing range required - Low A to High D
Their boss. A failure of an East Side florist. His accent, if he has one, is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. He seldom smiles but often sweats! Has a tango number with Seymour, and some singing required in range Low G to High E flat - as well as strong character acting.
A smooth, confident dentist with a black leather jacket and sadistic tendencies. He is NOT, however, a leftover from the movie version of GREASE. Think instead of an egotistical pretty-boy — all got up like a greaser but thinking like an insurance salesman and talking like a radio announcer. May also double for some character parts. Singing range - Low G to High E, though most of the song required could be ‘performed’ rather than sung if necessary.
THE PLANT (AUDREY II)
An anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado. It has a huge, nasty-looking pod which gains a shark-like aspect when open and snapping at food. The creature is played by a series of four increasingly large puppets, manipulated by one or two Puppeteers. The first time we see The Plant, it is less than one foot tall. The last time we see it, it fills the entire stage.
Puppeteers may also play some walk on parts in act 1, though would not be required to sing. They do however need to learn the dialogue and songs for Audrey II (provided by a separate vocal artist) so that their operation ties in with the vocal performance. The plant operation can be quite physically demanding as well as hot and claustrophobic at times so a good level of mobility and some stamina is essential!
VOICE OF THE PLANT
Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone, who as an unseen performer needs a good control of their vocal dynamic and using their voice to portray emotion and intent. The sound is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White, and Wolfman Jack. Think of The Voice as that of a street-smart, funky, conniving villain — Rhythm and Blues’ answer to Richard the Third. Strong singing range required - Low G to High F.
CRYSTAL, RONNETTE AND CHIFFON
Three female street urchins who function as participants in the action and a Greek Chorus outside it. They’re young, hip, smart and the only people in the whole cast who REALLY know what’s going on. In their “Greek Chorus” capacity, they occasionally sing to the audience directly. And when they do, it's often with a "secret-smile" that says: "we know something you don't know." Would ideally suit singers who are used to singing in quite tight harmonies, but this is not essential and could be taught. Singing range - Low G to High F
Audition - 3pm, Sunday 1st December
‘Breaking the Code’
By Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Mark Jones; Produced by Ian Ormonroyd
Production Dates - Monday 24 February - Saturday 1 March 2014
The play tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, who devised the means of cracking the German Enigma code which helped win World War II. He also “broke the code” by being unapologetically homosexual at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain. He is now recognised as being one of the founding fathers of the digital age. The play tells the story of his life and his battle against the norm. The play switches between various years from 1929 to 1954.
The Rehearsals - Wednesdays (7.30-10pm), Fridays (7.30-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.
The production will be directed by CADOS’s Head of Artistic, Mark Jones. This will be Mark’s 9th production at Chorley Little Theatre, following on from ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’.
Please note the age ranges for the part are strict! There is no preparation required pre-audition – just turn up! Audition pieces will be handed out on the day.
Alan Turing (M): (age 35-55) – the key role, appears throughout the play – never leaving the stage. Plays Turing from 17 to 41; will require someone with exceptional acting ability and with the experience of having played large dramatic roles.
Ross (M): (age 25-40) – the detective sergeant who starts by investigating the burglary at Turing’s house and finishes by uncovering Turing’s homosexuality. Requires actor with experience of playing dramatic roles.
Morcom (M): (age 17-20) Turing’s childhood school friend. Appears in only one scene but has a key influence on Turing’s life. No previous acting experience required for this role.
Sara Turing (F): (age 35-50) – The fiercely loyal yet nagging mother of Alan Turing, who is the only one who refuses to believe his homosexuality or his alleged suicide. This part calls for someone to ‘age up’ playing Mrs Turing from 40ish to 70ish. Requires actress with experience of playing dramatic roles.
Ron (M): (age 20-30) – Turing’s lover, Ron is a young mancunian, on the make, plays a key role in telling the police of their relationship.
Dilly Knox (M): (age 55-70) – The Chief Cryptographer at Bletchley Park, Turing’s mentor. Dilly protects Alan, by advising him to be cautious about his behaviour and how it would be viewed by the government. Requires an actor with presence and gravitas.
Audition: Sunday 30th June, 2pm
The Performances: Mon 9-Sat 14 September 2013 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre
Initially – Wednesdays (8-10pm), Fridays (8-10pm) and closer to the performances - Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.
‘Shakers’ is a funny observational play set in a trendy 1980’s cocktail bar. It has four female characters who take on the roles of the cocktail waitresses as well as the range of clientele who frequent the bar from the check-out girls to the chinless wonders, from the yuppies to the local lads. We are given a wickedly funny glimpse of this world by the four long-suffering waitresses, offering a fascinating view of the reality that lurks behind the plastic palms and Pina Coladas.
In the play a lot of different issues are tackled and each individual character has their own story to tell. This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced female actresses who want to take on a challenging, exciting role.
Characterisation and comedy timing are needed to play these parts
Having been a long standing member of CADOS, I am very excited and passionate about this play as this was the first ever play I acted in (many moons ago!) so has a bit of a soft spot with me, and I know with the right cast and commitment this will be a fantastic production.
The Auditions - Interested?
At the audition you will be asked to work on a monologue and also a group piece. No preparation required pre-audition.
Role(s) Sex Age Range
Nicki F 18-25
Mel F 20-40’s
Adele F 20-40’s
Carol F 20-30’s
If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact me – 07447 452488
Please note timings have changed from previous postings, and what's in some newspapers
SNOW WHITE (Pantomime) AUDITION
Audition: Sunday 15th September:
Dancers 10am - Noon
Actors Noon - 2pm
Director: Ian Robinson (CADOS Chairman, Director of “Robin Hood” Panto)
Assistant Director: Rebecca Dickinson (Choreographer on “Sleeping Beauty” “Robin Hood” “Santa Panto”)
Choreographers: Hannah Liddle & Libby Burke (Choreographers on CADOS shows, worked on YT shows)
Musical Director: Paul Carr (Musical Director for “Robin Hood”, Writer/Director of “Santa The Panto”
Dancers 10am – Noon
It is hoped junior dancers will be able to double up as Dwarves, so this includes acting auditions. Dwarves only appear in second half and only have one big dialogue scene. Minimum age 8 years old.
Actors – Noon – 2pm
Please note that all lead characters (apart from Dwarves) are for actors aged over 16. Decisions on sex of performers may depend on who auditions. Please bring a backing track for a song of your choice
Performances: 7.30pm - 13th - 21st December, (not Sunday 15th or Monday 16th)
2.30pm - 14th, 15th, 21st December
Traditional panto full of jokes and slapstick. Good comic timing is required and an ability to improvise (even if just in rehearsal) is helpful but not essential. Singing and dancing is needed for all main parts. Rehearsals will be Mon/Weds/Fri/Sun from end of October, with readthroughs/workshops on Mondays (and days tbc) through Sept/Oct. Dancing will be Tuesdays and days tbc
Snow White F Teenage girl, the heroine of our story. Strong-willed, she loves her father but is hated by her stepmother for being very lovely
Dame Flagella M The Dame! She runs the royal household
Hodgit M/F Oddjob person around the castle. Half of the slapstick comedy duo
Bodgit M/F Other half of the slapstick comedy duo
Queen Slytherina F Snow White’s wicked stepmother. Must get everyone booing and be able to banter with the audience
The Mirror M/F Mainly in scenes with the Queen but needs good comic timing and physicality. A sarcastic, world-weary presence.
Prince Kevin M/F The Prince traveling abroad on his gap year
Consort Arnold M/F The Prince’s travelling companion
Chamberlain M The King’s right-hand man and castle boss. Shares comic scenes with Dame
Sheryl F The Chamberlain’s obedient and efficient assistant. Very on-the-ball and attentive to what's going on.
King Copernicus M Snow White’s father, often in a daydream and absent-minded. Not a big role, but needs to show some presence in the second half. No singing.
Jester M The court jester, loons about on stage so needs good physical presence
Frank M The dim, human-size dwarf
Dwarfs M & F Six dwarves, require comic timing and banter
Please note: the children's parts have already been cast from Chorley Youth Theatre. This is the audition for the three adult roles.
Back To The 80s
Performance dates: Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th July (7.30pm, plus Saturday matinee)
Audition: 1pm, Saturday 11th May 2013 - Chorley Little Theatre
This Chorley Youth Theatre production is a fun, lively and irreverent musical set in an American high school in the 1980s. Full of knowing jokes, it’s packed with 80s songs performed by the cast with a live band. The parts of the children have already been cast and CYT need three adult performers - two to play school teachers, and one to play an adult version of the lead character.
The production follows in the tradition of high-quality productions of Honk!, Annie, and the multi NODA-award nominated Peter Pan (with largely the same crew). Rehearsals will be from mid-May, although you would not be required at every one.
Please bring a prepared song with a track - or you can sing “Dancing On The Ceiling” (men) and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (women)
MISS SHEENA BRANNIGAN
The only female teacher at the school to be seen. She is around 30, and is the Senior Students Co-ordinator. On the surface in front of classes of children she seems very reserved, very friendly and slightly conservative. What they don't know is that at 18 she posed for a lad’s mag. She has an on-again/off-again relationship with Mr Cocker.
Female, 25-40 yrs old
Range: F3 - E5 Songs Include: "Man in the Mirror", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
MR STEVIE COCKER
The Deputy Principal and maths teacher at William Ocean High School. He is one of only two teachers who are in the show. Stevie sees a future together with Sheena, but has major issues when he discovers he is dating a former centerfold (even though she is now a respectable, conservative English teacher.) Stevie has problems with erasing the image of Sheena's prior modelling from his mind.
Male, 25-40 yrs old
Range: D3 - A4 Songs Include: "You Give Love a Bad Name”(reprise), "Man in the Mirror", "Centerfold", "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
COREY PALMER SR.
The narrator of the show. Corey Sr. is pushing 30, living in the year 2000, and reminiscing about the 80's (his school days), and his love for Tiffany Houston. He is similar to the older voice-over of Kevin Arnold from the Wonder Years. He is able to move the story along, comment on action as it is happening, and even provide the internal thoughts of his younger version (Corey Palmer Jr.) in the midst the action.
Male, 25-30 yrs old
Range: G3 - F4 Songs Include: "You Give Love a Bad Name", "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
Successful auditionees must be members of CADOS to appear on stage.
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