South Downe Musical Society return to Ferneham Hall in April 2018, and are on the lookout for two teams of children to be part of the cast. Below is the information, kindly provided by the company, which details all that they will need to know about getting involved in SDMS’s latest show.
‘For this exciting new production of 'Carousel', we are looking for two teams of nine children who will alternate performances (this includes Enoch Snow Jnr) to take on the roles of Carrie and Enoch Snow's immaculately turned out, rather proud family which will involve participation in an extended movement/dance/acting sequence as part of the Act Two ballet as well as the final graduation scene in which they will be required to sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with the rest of the cast. In addition, the children will double as characters in the fairground in the opening 'Carousel Waltz' movement/acting sequence.
Rehearsal commitment will involve selected Mondays and Wednesdays dotted from December through to February and early March, intensifying to more frequent rehearsals on those same nights when full runs of the show in the rehearsal room begin from mid-March. There may be one key Sunday rehearsal to be confirmed.
To clarify, we are looking for a range of ages from 6 to 16 and a mix of boys and girls. Please note that you will be notified of the results of this audition by Wednesday, 6th December at the latest and that you will be asked to attend one pre-Christmas rehearsal on the evening of Wednesday, 13th December.
In addition, we are open to applications from strong 15 year old female actor/dancers for the key principal role of Louise, the daughter of the leading couple in the show, who, in addition to leading the iconic Act Two ballet sequence, has three key scenes which involve a dynamic range of emotions and an ability to deliver dialogue effectively and with an American accent. You are allowed to audition as a child in the show generally initially as well as specifically for Louise - the latter audition will involve learning and auditioning with an additional short dance sequence on that same evening as well as giving a dialogue audition on Monday, 27th November.’
The audition process on Monday 27th will progress as follows:
7.30 - 8.30: Workshop audition for Snow Children/Fairground Children in which applicants will be asked to take part in an improvised acted scene based around a fairground as well as learning/singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' (please research and be fully familiar with this song when you arrive at the audition) and learning/dancing a short sequence from Act Two in character as the Snow children.
8.30 - 9.00: John-Paul McCrohon (Director) will address the cast of 'Carousel' to discuss the concept/vision of the production and characters as well as the practicalities of the schedule.
9.00 - 9.30: Further rehearsal time for Louise/Carnival Boy auditionees as well as other principal auditionees who can rehearse with their allocated group members for the forthcoming principal audition session.
9.30 - 10.00: Dance auditions for Louise/Carnival Boy applicants.
Potential applicants are advised to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they want to get involved, though they can turn up on the night if they prefer."
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Any further questions should be directed to the company directly using the email address provided.
Carousel runs at Ferneham Hall from Wednesday 18th until Saturday 21st April 2018. Tickets are available now via the Ferneham Hall Box Office.