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Priscilla Auditions!

Posted on 12th Jul 2017 by BrassNeck

We are excited to announce details of our upcoming auditions for our May 2018 production of Priscilla  Queen of the Desert!

Auditions will be taking place on Sunday 3rd September at Yeadon Town Hall, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7PP.  Everyone, apart from those auditioning for one of the Divas, is called at 10.00am for a workshop-style audition.  The workshop will be followed by separate principal auditions held individually or in small groups. People interested in auditioning for a principal role should anticipate being busy for most of the day.The Divas will audition during the afternoon. Exact timings will be dependent on numbers.   Apart from the role of Benji (a boy with a playing age of 8) the minimum age for consideration in this production is 17.  The show dates are 15th – 19th May, 2018.

To register your interest in the auditions and to receive the audition pieces please complete the online form here.

If you have any questions please feel free to email anneweston@ntlworld.com.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

BERNADETTE Male, to play 40s – 50s. A quietly dignified transsexual who must be convincing as an older woman who was once the star performer of ‘Les Girls.’ The mother of the group, Bernadette is glamorous, oozing Old Hollywood charm with rapier wit and sensitivity. Must be able to be convincing and touching in her attraction and growing relationship with Bob. Outstanding acting, singing, dancing, and lip-syncing ability.

MITZI/TICK Male, to play 30s. With an unremarkable and essentially straight exterior, Tick is a discontented drag queen, the best in the business. Estranged husband of Marion and absent father to 8-year-old Benji, his journey from disillusionment to fulfilment through being reunited with his son is the central core of the story. Outstanding acting, singing (baritone/tenor), and dancing ability.

FELICIA/ADAM Male, to play 20s. A flashy, sexy drag queen and born performer with a more than occasional bitchy streak. Provocative and outspoken, he has a tendency to get himself into trouble with both friends and complete strangers. Outstanding acting, singing (tenor), dancing, and lip-syncing ability.

BOB Male, to play late 40s – 60s. A mechanic. Typical laconic attitude, soft-hearted Aussie bloke who spent years wandering around the world only to find he was better off where he started. Has a fascination with Bernadette whom he saw perform in ‘Les Girls’ in Sydney more than 20 years ago. Outstanding acting ability; minimal singing ability.

BENJI Male, 8 – 11 years old to play 8. The cute son of Tick and his estranged wife, Marion (a hotel entertainment manager). Marion has brought Benji up to be sweet and open-minded. Tick has not seen him for many years. Requires a good actor who sings. We may look to cast two actors to alternate in this role.

SHIRLEY Female, 30s – 50s. Hardened outback bartender/waitress. Good ironic comedy. Character acting, singing (solo and ensemble pieces), and dancing ability.

MARION Female, mid 30s – early 40s. A hotel Entertainment Manager in Darwin, mother of 8-year-old Benjamin, and estranged wife of Tick. A strong, direct, and forthright woman who takes charge, but is incredibly accepting of her role as a single mother. There is a deep unconventional affection between her and Tick. Strong singing and acting. Will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

CYNTHIA Female, late 20s – 30s. Bob’s feisty Filipino wife. A frustrated performer of obscure “stage tricks” which make her very popular at the local pub. She spends her days as a housewife looking after Bob and his home. Character acting, singing, and dancing ability essential. Must have a great physique.

THE DIVAS Female, 20s – 40s. Three females who carry the musical weight of the show. Sassy, strong, and sexy, these women lead us through some of the greatest hits of the last decades. Brilliant vocalists in the disco-belt style with flexible range a must.

MISS UNDERSTANDING Male, 30s. A fabulous drag queen with great comic hosting ability. Sets up the tone of the show for us—must be able to work a crowd well, and look brilliant in drag. Ability to deliver Tina Turner numbers convincingly a must. Character acting, singing, and dancing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene (the opening number).

FRANK Male, late 20s – early 40s. Tough miner bloke with violent tendencies. A hardened resident of mining town Coober Pedy. Tall, strapping, and very outback Australian. Character acting, singing, and dancing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene.

JIMMY Male, late 20s – 30s. Friendly indigenous Australian bloke that the queens run into in the desert. Innocent charm and great movement skills—any traditional dance a huge plus. Character acting, singing, and dancing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene.

ENSEMBLE Males and Females who can move and sing, playing a variety of ensemble characters. Any drag experience a plus.

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