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 2017/18 SEASON

The Pajama Game
(Sep. 22 - Oct. 7)

City of Angels
(Jan. 12 - 27)

Dogfight
(Mar. 30 - Apr. 14)

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
(Jun. 15 - 30)
Book Audition

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Produced in association with NULLARBOR PRODUCTIONS
And in association with MGM ON STAGE

Directed by Mike Sornberger
Musical Direction by Andrea Timmons
Choreography by Stephen Welch and Christine Mooney

Audition Dates

Callbacks

Callbacks will be the evening of Sunday, February 11. Call times TBA. Please note not all roles will necessarily be called back.

Those who are called back may be asked to do one or more of the following: cold reading of sides from the script, music, dance, lip syncing.

For music callbacks, short excerpts from the following songs in the show will be used.
• DIVAS: It's Raining Men
• MISS UNDERSTANDING and BOB: What's Love Got to Do With It
• ADAM/TICK/BERNADETTE: True Colors
• SHIRLEY: I Love the Night Life

For reference: The original cast recording is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Audition Location

Auditions are held at the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

375 Bermuda Dr NW, Calgary, AB (Click here for directions).

Audition Requirements

Members of Equity and ACTRA please note that as FRC produces shows on a volunteer, recreational basis, we will not pay any professional association fees, such as the fees stipulated by Equitys Amateur Guest Artist policy, under any circumstances whatsoever.

Drag: This show's premise centres around drag performance and culture. You are welcome to audition in drag, but this is not an expectation or requirement for auditions or callbacks.

Monologue: Please prepare a 30-60 second comedic monologue of your choice. The monologue should ideally be from the last few decades (1970s to present), and should be something you can have fun with.

Music: Please prepare 2 contrasting excerpts from pop songs of the 1980s and early 1990s. We won't be able to hear the whole song and may cut you off, so your excerpt should be the most interesting part of the song - the part you most love to show off! Please keep the length of each excerpt to one minute maximum.

A sound system and piano will be provided. Please bring a backing track or accompanist. No a cappella.

Dance: Group dance auditions will be held at the end of each hour - you will be expected to attend the group dance audition at the end of the hour you sign up for. Please dress in comfortable clothes that allow movement, and wear appropriate shoes (character shoes for women, dress shoes for men).

About the Show

Welcome to the back of Woop Woop. Do you realise how far out you are? I mean off the highway.


Tick, Bernadette, and Adam are a glamorous Sydney-based drag performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Acquiring transportation in the form of a battered old bus that they christen “Priscilla”, they take off on a twisting trip through the desert. Battling prejudice and breakdowns, they ultimately have a heartwarming, uplifting adventure, searching for love and friendship and ending up with more than they could have ever dreamed.
Based on the Oscar winning, smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including “It’s Raining Men”, “I Will Survive”, “Hot Stuff”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, and “I Love The Nightlife”, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Winner of 5 Australian Greenroom awards, an Olivier award, a Tony award and many more awards throughout the world, Priscilla will leave its mark on your heart.

I will take my life into my hands and I will use it. I will win the worship in their eyes and I will lose it.


Run Dates:

June 15th - 30th, 2018, Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

PLEASE NOTE: For the week prior to opening (beginning Sunday June 10th), please expect a rehearsal or other activity on each day.

Rehearsals

March 3, 2018 to June 14, 2018: Mondays / Wednesdays 7-10 pm, Saturdays 1-5 pm

During Tech week (June 10-15) performers must be prepared to be called all day Sunday and for every evening of that week.

Roles Available

We will also be casting an ensemble for singing, dancing, and some dialogue.

Many of the below roles will also be a part of the ensemble - the only characters who will definitely not be in the ensemble are Bernadette, Tick and Adam. The final cast size will likely be between 16 to 18 people.

The ensemble helps to fill smaller roles and to set the tone and the energy for the show, which is incredibly important.

Name Gender Vocal Range Description
Bernadette Bassenger MF A2 to E4 Bernadette is a transgender woman who embodies Old Hollywood charm and wit. Tendency toward deadpan humour but able to dive into camp. Bernadette goes on an emotional journey over the course of the show and demonstrates immense sensitivity and heart. Part of the three principal drag performers. Any ethnicity.

Played by Terence Stamp in the original film.

Age 40-60

Please note that although the role calls for a male actor, auditioners of all gender expressions and assignments will be considered.
Anthony "Tick" Belrose M A2 to E4 Tick has built an established career as a drag queen in Sydney, Australia. At the beginning of the show, he is contacted by his estranged wife, Marion, who asks him to perform his drag cabaret at a hotel in Alice Springs - and more importantly, to meet his 8-year-old son. Any ethnicity.

Played by Hugo Weaving in the original film.

Age 30-40
Adam "Felicia" Whitely M C3 to Bb4 The youngest of the principal trio, Adam is brash and outspoken, and this tends to get him into trouble. He says and does whatever he wants to in the moment, and this both creates conflict among his friends and creates high-risk situations in some of the towns they visit. Any ethnicity.

Played by Guy Pearce in the original film.

Age 20-30
Bob M B2 to A3 A mechanic whom the trio encounters in a small town along the journey. Bob is in the last days of a loveless marriage and develops a sweet fascination with Bernadette (Bob saw Bernadette perform as part of a show many years ago.) Needs to be lovable despite the conflicts with his wife early on. Any ethnicity.

Age 40-60
Marion F Spoken Tick's estranged wife, Marion is the entertainment manager of a hotel in Alice Springs. She is strong and forthright. Although she and Tick are estranged, the dynamic between them is amicable and she does want Tick and Benji to meet (though she is comfortable and confident as a single mother). Any ethnicity.

Age 30-40

(Likely sings with ensemble)
Cynthia F Speak-singing Cynthia is Bob's wife; a Filipina woman who has burlesque aspirations of her own, which embarrasses Bob. The marriage is loveless to the point where neither seems to even like the other anymore.

Cynthia has one solo performance in a somewhat burlesque style. There is no nudity but it is risqué in terms of content.

Please note that due to thematic material and plot requirements, this role will be cast from auditioners able to convincingly portray a character of Asian descent.

Age 25-40

(Likely sings with ensemble)
The Divas F F3 to C5 Many of the powerhouse songs in this show are performed by The Divas, meant to evoke many of the iconic women of music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

These performers will also be a part of the Female Ensemble and may have featured roles elsewhere in the show.

Any age
Miss Understanding M Fabulous drag queen with comic hosting ability. Miss Understanding helps to set up the tone of the show at the beginning. Any ethnicity.

Age 20-40
Benjamin (Benji) MF Tick's son. Benji has never met his father. Marion has raised Benji to be a sweet and open minded young boy who is supportive of his Father’s lifestyle. Although Tick has not seen him for many years their reunion is pivotal and endearing.

Character age is 8-12. Adult performers who can convincingly play a young child is encouraged to audition.
Shirley F G3 to G4 Rough around the edges waitress in a country bar. Does not take kindly to the trio who come in in full drag. Able to deliver tense conflict and broad comedy.

Age 35-50
Frank M Spoken Tough miner in a small town. Bigoted and potentially violent.

Age 20-35

(Likely sings with ensemble)
Jimmy M Jimmy is an Indigenous Australian who shows tourists around the outback. Charming and kind with a good sense of humour. Doesn't take himself or the others too seriously, and seems to enjoy the drag queens.

Please note that due to thematic material and plot requirements, this role will be cast from auditioners able to convincingly portray an Indigenous Australian character.

Age 20-40

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For all other inquiries, please call 403-246-8505 (ext. 3 for auditions)

Monday
February 5, 2018

7:00 PM Full
7:10 PM Full
7:20 PM Full
7:30 PM Full
7:40 PM Full
7:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)
8:00 PM Full
8:10 PM Full
8:20 PM Full
8:30 PM Full
8:40 PM Full
8:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)
9:00 PM Full
9:10 PM Pending
9:20 PM Pending
9:30 PM Full
9:40 PM Full
9:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)

Wednesday
February 7, 2018

7:00 PM Full
7:10 PM Full
7:20 PM Full
7:30 PM Full
7:40 PM Full
7:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)
8:00 PM Pending
8:10 PM Full
8:20 PM Full
8:30 PM Full
8:40 PM Full
8:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)
9:00 PM Full
9:10 PM Pending
9:20 PM Pending
9:30 PM Full
9:40 PM Full
9:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)

Saturday
February 10, 2018

1:00 PM Full
1:10 PM Full
1:20 PM Full
1:30 PM Full
1:40 PM Full
1:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)
2:00 PM Full
2:10 PM Full
2:20 PM Full
2:30 PM Full
2:40 PM Full
2:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)
3:00 PM Full
3:10 PM Full
3:20 PM Full
3:30 PM Full
3:40 PM Full
3:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)
4:00 PM Full
4:10 PM Full
4:20 PM Full
4:30 PM Full
4:40 PM Full
4:50 PM Blocked
(DANCE)

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