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AUDITIONS FOR 2012
Echelon Productions is a multi award-winning theatrical producer and one of the largest touring theatre companies in Australia. Based in Melbourne, the company has been established since 2000 and in that time has produced a number of Helpmann Award and Green Room Award nominated plays and musicals.
Also operating as Perform Educational Musicals, which specialises in touring educational musicals for schools across Australia and New Zealand, the company employs around 50 performers throughout the year.
Our educational theatre division is holding auditions across Australia during February/March for our 2012 productions celebrating Book Week and Science Week. Since we began touring our educational musicals we have performed to over one million students.
The performances, which take place within schools, are highly interactive and feature action packed narratives, appealing, identifiable characters, loads of comedy, singing and dancing that captivate and engage all audiences, including teachers! Question time at the conclusion of the performance reinforces the learning outcomes.
Casts of two actors perform up to three shows a day in schools within a one hour radius of the metropolitan area. Each cast will have one performer nominated as the team driver who has access to their own reliable car for the contracted period. Both cast members are required to bump in and out the basic set which takes around 20 minutes either side of performance.
All productions are one hour musicals and include PA and individual headset microphones for each performer.
Performers are the ambassadors of the company and significant role models for thousands of students and this means we have high standards for hiring performers.
Age: between 20 and early 30s Skills: strong singing voices, creative and comedic acting, and the ability to move well. Personal qualities: Warm, friendly, energetic, excellent communicators, fun loving, reliable, committed and most importantly, enjoy working with children.
We are casting:
SYDNEY – 5 males and 5 females (Book Week and Science Week productions) BRISBANE – 3 males and 3 females (Book Week and Science Week productions) PERTH – 3 males and 3 females (Book Week and Science Week productions) ADELAIDE – 2 males and 2 females (Book Week production)
Auditions will be held on the following dates:
SYDNEY – Thursday 16th February BRISBANE – Thursday 8th March PERTH – Thursday 15th March ADELAIDE – Tuesday 20th March
The acting audition will involve a 30 minute group session involving up to 8 auditionees per group. This will be followed by an individual singing audition. The aim of the group session is to offer a relaxed and enjoyable experience that closely resembles that of our productions – creative, playful, interactive and fun.
Scene - We will forward one short scene from the script to get a sense of style and character, however there is no need to learn this off the page. This scene will be used as a basis for improvised play. Song – We will forward a specific song to be learnt including vocal and backing track plus vocal chart. Please note that auditionees may be asked to do some simple dance steps in the audition.
*** NB - These auditions may be video recorded for casting reference only ***
Book Week 2012 production: AND THE WINNER IS ... By Craig Christie
Jonno has a solid gold ambition – to be crowned champion of something. Anything! But Claire is always around and she also has the special ability to bring books to life! These two go head to head, involving the audience in an interactive musical romp across the world and throughout the ages. Get ready to cheer, sing, dance and get involved as everyone rushes towards the moment we hear the announcement "And The Winner Is..."
Our brand new Book Week musical AND THE WINNER IS... has been created to celebrate the 2012 CBC theme "Champions Read" combining a love of reading with exciting physical competition. Watch a selection of the 2012 CBC Shortlisted books come to life, encouraging students to engage with reading in an active and energetic manner and reinforcing the idea that in all areas of endeavour participation is more important than winning.
Craig Christie has been writing educational musicals for nearly 20 years and has also written several full scale commercial musicals including Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision which opened on the London West End in 2008.
Science Week 2012 production: ROCK ME GALILEO! By Dean Bryant & Mathew Frank
Take a wild ride through the discoveries of Galileo – the father of modern science! See the breakthroughs and theories of a man whose view of the world – that it revolved around the sun – made him a revolutionary of his day and shaped the future to come.
Science Week 2012 production: WIPEOUT! By Dean Bryant & Mathew Frank In the year 2050 life across the planet has changed. Now on the Great Barrier Reef, the world's biggest stars and scientists
have gathered for one massive fundraising concert, WIPEOUT! to bring about a major shift in awareness across the globe. WIPEOUT! takes students on an hilarious, interactive journey full of scientific facts, emphasizing the importance of access to clean energy technology while exploring the diverse range of Australian ecosystems under threat.
Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank are the award-winning writers of Once We Lived Here, Virgins and Prodigal, the first Australian musical produced in New York. www.bryantandfrank.com
All successful performers will be required to undertake a Working With Children Check and/or Police Check within the state they are performing.
Science Week: Between Monday 30th July – Saturday 4th August, 2012 Book Week: Between Monday 30th July – Saturday 4th August, 2012 All rehearsals between 9am – 6pm (will not exceed 8 hours per day) ** NB - Exact dates to be confirmed – dependent upon which production is offered.
Science Week: Between Monday 6th August – Friday 24th August, 2012 Book Week: Between Monday 6th August – Friday 7th September, 2012 All productions between 9am – 6pm (will not exceed 8 hours per day) ** NB - Exact dates to be confirmed – dependent upon which production is offered.
Rehearsal and Performance weekly wage (or pro rata) in line with Live Performance Award Team leader: person in charge for each cast an extra $48 per performance week On-costs: Superannuation and holiday pay Travel: Any performance dates away from home base include travel, accommodation and allowances as per the Live Performance Award.
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