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CASTING- AUSTRALIAN/ASIAN TOUR OF CHARLIE AND LOLA'S BEST BESTEST PLAY
Charlie and Lola is a series of bestselling children's books created by Lauren Child. The books have been brought to life in a hugely popular TV series produced by Tiger Aspect and the BBC. In Australia the TV series screens on ABC Kids and CBeebies. In 2010 Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play was presented by the Sydney Opera House and was a runaway success. MEI Live a company with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney have now obtained a two year license to stage Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play. We are seeking 5 young enthusiastic and talented actor/puppeteers/stage crew, to tour the show nationally, before heading to South East Asia. The touring team need to be multitalented, enthusiastic and be prepared to multi task. The cast will be required to perform and also help with the setup of the show in each location. Whilst the stage manager and company manager also take on the roles of understudies and sound/lighting operators.
The show is performed as a 55 minute show without intermission or 70 minutes with intermission. The show performs in first class theatres , the upcoming tour will play venues such as QPAC in Brisbane, Victorian Arts Centre and State Theatre in Perth . Typically the show can play 12 to 15 shows per week depending on tour and travel days. The show will be directed by the original director of the UK tour and auditions will take place on Friday 7th October at Abbotsford Convent .
The attached provides more information.
This production is a re-staging of the Polka Theatre/BBC/Tiger Aspect co-production in London in the spring of 2008, which brings to life the popular children's TV series Lauren Child's "Charlie and Lola" using a cast of four actor/puppeteers. The show uses 2D "cut-out" puppets (mimicing the TV graphics) and there is a running sound track of the children's voices that is being played to. The play has been well received by the audiences and critics.
Key Dates :
Auditions 7th Oct
Rehearsals 28 Nov – 10 Dec in Melbourne
( tech 12 and 13 in Brisbane)
Performances Brisbane 14 - 18 December
Melbourne 20 December - 8 January 2012
Perth 11 - 18 January
Albany 20 - 23 Januray 2012
** Australian regional tour , Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta to follow in March to June 2012
Casting Details: The show is a large scale puppet show. It lasts 1hr 15mins including an interval (or 55mins without). The company will rehearse in Melbourne for 14 days starting on 28th November The rehearsals will be 6 days/ 46 hours week max ( Monday to Friday 8 hours and Saturday 6 hours ) . The company is made up of four actors; two male and two female and an ASM/understudy who have to have varying skills in short rod / tabletop puppetry.
Auditions will be held in Melbourne on Friday 7th October 2011 at the Abbortsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbortsford - Rosina Auditorium.
Audtionees will be given a 20 minute time slot and times will be allocated in advance.
To book youur audtion time please call or email Naomi Toohey
Ph 0408 334 537 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE INDICATE PROMINENTLY IN YOUR APPLICATION IF YOU HAVE PUPPETRY EXPERIENCE.
Please be aware that due to the physical height of the staging this production is not comfortable for artistes over 180cm
|Role Name||Gender||Ethnicity||Age Range||Description|
|Charlie||Male||Any Ethnicity||Any Age||Description: Young actor (under 25) with a happy positive attitude. The role age is about nine. Charlie is the older, caring and tolerant brother to Lola. This is a puppeteering role and there is no live dialogue from the actor but "Charlie" is suitable for a 'physically well coordinated' actor who'll enjoy the challenge of working in a new media|
|Lola||Female||Any Ethnicity||Any Age||Description: Young petite actress (under 25) with a happy positive attitude. The role age is about five. Lola is the lead character and the story line follows her and her way of seeing the world. Her child's logic is inspiring as well as comical and she is the sometime trying sister to Charlie her older brother. This is a puppeteering role and there is no live dialogue from the actress but "Lola" is suitable for a 'physically well coordinated' artiste who'll enjoy the challenge of working in a new media.|
|Søren Laurenson||0||Any Ethnicity||Any Age||Søren Laurenson Description: This role is for a skilled puppeteer who will perform this character as well as the myriad of other characters (even an OHP shadow puppet Ogre) including supporting Charlie and Lola. A lot of low level preparation and performing work is called for from this artiste.|
|Bat Cat||Female||Any Ethnicity||Any Age||Bat Cat (Female) Description: This role is for a skilled puppeteer who will perform this character as well as the myriad of other characters (even some OHP shadow work) including supporting Charlie and Lola. A lot of low level preparation and performing work is called for from this artiste.|
|Swing||Female||Any Ethnicity||Any Age|