Auditions

Panto Auditions - Sunday 5th September

We’re delighted to announce that panto is coming back to the Athenaeum Centre, Warminster this Christmas and we can’t wait to welcome our audiences back as we present MOTHER GOOSE!  A ‘cracking’ fun-size pantomime adventure that is well worth a gander!

This year’s panto may feel a little different to previous years with the new measures we’ve put in place to keep our audiences, creative team and performers safe.  However, we are confident that the panto spirit, the spectacle and side-splitting comedy will feel just as magical as ever.

It is a full-length production but has been carefully trimmed to no more than 90-minutes with all the best bits included!  No interval to reduce social interaction (with the opportunity to add one in nearer the time) and a smaller cast so that all actors can be ‘partner cast’ (two actors per role) to help reduce any risk.  A Red Castand a Blue Cast.  Each will be made up of character roles (ages 16 and above, on or before 31st August 2021) and dancers (School Year 8 to Year 13).

Each cast is guaranteed to perform in 6 shows but will need to remain available for all 12 performances.  If covid cases arise in one of the casts you may need to perform at short notice in additional shows to cover your partner.

Important: There is a £40 production fee if successful in gaining a place in the show.  The production fee is due via bank transfer before the first rehearsal.  In addition, characters are required to provide their own stage shoes for the show, together with their own personal makeup.  Dancers are required to provide their own dance shoes, together with two pairs of tights and their own makeup. 

Performance Dates

Sunday 12th December – 11am Tech Rehearsal (Red) / 4pm Tech Rehearsal (Blue)

Monday 13th December – 7pm Dress Rehearsal (Red)

Tuesday 14th December – 7pm Dress Rehearsal (Blue)

Wednesday 15th December – Day off

Thursday 16th December – 7pm Show 1 (Red)

Friday 17th December – 7pm Show 2 (Blue)

Saturday 18th December – 3pm Show 3 (Red)

Saturday 18th December – 7pm Show 4 (Red)

Sunday 19th December – 1pm Show 5 (Blue)

Sunday 19th December – 5pm Show 6 (Blue)

Monday 20th December – Day off

Tuesday 21st December – 7pm Show 7 (Blue)

Wednesday 22nd December – 7pm Show 8 (Red)

Thursday 23rd December – 3pm Show 9 (Blue)

Thursday 23rd December – 7pm Show 10 (Blue)

Friday 24th December – 1pm Show 11 (Red)

Friday 24th December – 5pm Show 12 (Red)

 

Rehearsals

We rehearse every Thursday evening and Sunday morning.

Click here to see the DRAFT REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

(Which is subject to change once the show has been cast and we know everyone’s conflicts)

You may not be called to every rehearsal, and we ask that you remain flexible, as rehearsal schedules can often change during the process.

We will rehearse partner casts together. Both you and your partner will be present whenever your character is involved in a scene or musical number.  When watching your counterpart onstage, you will witness your character in the context of the story, just as the audience will.  Having a partner will provide a second set of ideas and perspectives for exploring the role.

Roles Available

 Characters (Will be cast to ages 16 and above, on or before 31st August 2021)

 

DEMON FOIE GRAS [Fwarr-Grah] (Red) & DEMON FOIE GRAS [Fwarr-Grah] (Blue)

A demon. The villain of the tale.  (Male)

 FAIRY LIQUID (Red) & FAIRY LIQUID (Blue)

A spirit. Magical, mystical and very bubbly.  (Female)

SILLY BILLY (Red) & SILLY BILLY (Blue)

Mother Goose’s son. A bit dim.  (Traditionally Male, but could be Female)

MOTHER GOOSE (Red) & MOTHER GOOSE (Blue)

A warm motherly Dame.  The leading lady. (Male)

PRICILLA (Red) & PRICILLA (Blue)

The prize goose. Mother Goose’s only friend.  (A non-speaking part. Face will be hidden inside the costume.  Male or Female)

 

We are also looking for:

6 x DANCERS (Red) & 6 x DANCERS (Blue)

Featured in musical numbers throughout.  (School Year 8 to Year 13)  One of the dancers will also play the “It’s behind you!” Ghost.  (Male or Female)

MAGIC MIRROR

Voice-over only. The recording will be used in all 12 performances. (Male or Female)

The Auditions

If you would like to audition for a Character or Dancer, then please complete the online Registration Form and attend the auditions on Sunday 5th September 2021.  Parents will be asked to sign their child in and return to collect them at the end of the audition.

Click here to complete the REGISTRATION FORM

 

What will happen on the day?

10.15am – Sign In

10.30am – Dance Workshop

11.30am – Break

11.50am – Audition slots (Each auditionee will be allocated a 10-minute time slot)

Time slots will be allocated during Sign In on a first come first served basis. Audition slots will run all afternoon from 11:50am. Feel free to pop out and come back for your time.  

We will aim to contact everybody via email by Tuesday 7th September to let you know the outcome of your audition and we will await your reply confirming acceptance of the role. Once everybody has accepted their role, we will post a full cast list on our Facebook page.

What to prepare?

Acting Pieces – If auditioning for a Character, choose from the script extracts.  You will get to perform them during your 10-minute time slot, with a member of the Creative Team reading in other parts.

Audition Songs – Prepare in advance the following song(s):

DEMON FOIE GRAS ‘I Put A Spell On You’

FAIRY LIQUID ‘Holding Out For A Hero’

SILLY BILLY ‘The Lazy Song’

MOTHER GOOSE ‘Fabulous Baby’

DANCERS ‘Shout Out To My Ex’

We are more interested in how you bring the panto character to life during the song, rather than an accurate note-for-note performance. If auditioning for more than one character, please learn all the songs related to those characters.  At the audition you will be expected to sing the song(s) in front of the Creative Team during your 10-minute time slot.

Dance Workshop – A short dance routine will be taught to everyone on the day to “Shake a Tailfeather” and you will perform it in small groups.  It is important to try your best and show us lots of personality. We are looking for potential and ambition, rather than a perfected routine. So just try your best and don’t panic – we are here to help.

Click here for AUDITION MATERIALS

Company Rules

Please make sure that you understand these company rules before auditioning:

  • Characters must be age 16 or above, on or before the 31st August 2021.
  • Dancers must be School Year 8 to Year 13.
  • Agree to pay a £40 production fee via bank transfer before the first rehearsal.
  • Attend all rehearsals. (Except any conflicts that you list on the registration form)
  • Your role in the cast may be forfeited for lack of attendance, unacceptable behaviour, or failure to pay the production fee.
  • The Creative Team will contact the Parent/Guardian of any child who misbehaves and for them to be collected immediately.
  • Treat all cast/crew with respect.
  • Adhere to all health and safety notices, verbal and written.
  • All cast must sign IN and OUT of every rehearsal/performance.
  • Any children performing under a child performance license must be signed IN and OUT of every rehearsal/performance by a Parent or Guardian unless prior arrangements have been made and permission has been given in writing to Oddity Theatre.
  • If required, attend additional rehearsals as arranged by the Director.
  • Understand that during production week rehearsals may go on longer than scheduled.
  • Commit to learning the content of the show within the time limit set.
  • Help out with other aspects of the production as far as you are able.
  • Advertise the production in a positive manner.
  • Agree to photos/videos being taken during auditions/rehearsals/performances for publicity
  • Have read Oddity Theatre’s Child Protection Policy.

Child Protection Policy

At Oddity Theatre we recognise that abuse can take many forms, whether it be physical, emotional, sexual or neglect.  We are committed to protect children from harm.

We believe that:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount.
  •  All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  •  All members and employees of the society should be clear on how to respond appropriately.
 

We will ensure that:

  • All children are treated equally and with respect and dignity.
  • The duty of care to children will always be put first.
  •  Enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism.
  • Bullying will not be accepted.
  • All adult members of the society portray positive role models.
  • Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour.
  • We keep up to date with health & safety.
  • We keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children.
  •  We undertake relevant development and training.
  • We hold a register of every child involved with the group and will retain a contact name and number close at hand in case of emergencies.
 

We have a dedicated Child Protection Officer called Audrey Pearce who can be contacted on 07799130532.  This policy will be regularly monitored and subject to annual review. 


 

What Next?

If you’ve read all the information in this pack, and wish to audition, then please complete the online REGISTRATION FORM

Once you have completed the form, you will have registered for the audition on Sept 5th.

We do ask that all auditionees are up to date with the current government guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and measures will be in place at the theatre to ensure your safety. 


We’d like to wish you the very best of luck, and look forward to welcoming you, or seeing you again!  Thank you for taking the time and interest to prepare for this audition and Break-A-Leg! 

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