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Audition Notice

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

and Through the Looking Glass

by Lewis Carroll. Adapted for the stage by Clemence Dane

Join us for some fun in Wonderland!

Performances

Performance Dates:

  • Friday Feb 22nd 2013, 7:30pm
  • Saturday Feb 23rd 2013, 3pm and 7:30pm
  • Sunday Feb 24th 2013, 3:00pm
  • Friday March 1st 2013, 7:30pm
  • Saturday March 2nd 2013, 3pm and 7:30pm

Henrietta Barnett School, Central Square, NW11 7BN

Audition

Junior ensemble 3pm - 4:30pm

Alice 5pm - 6pm

Adult parts 7:30pm - 10pm (includes callbacks for Alice)

St Margaret's Church Hall, Victoria Avenue N3 1BD

Sunday 18 November 2012

Pre-audition informal workshop

Informal workshop session - see main text for details

St Margaret's Church Hall, Victoria Avenue N3 1BD

Sunday 4 November 2012 2:30 - 4:30

Director: Jon Musker

Choreographer: Alicia Crisp

Musical Director: Stiofan Lanigan O'Keeffe

This charming adaptation of the Lewis Carroll books skips lightly through both books - Wonderland in the first half and the Looking Glass in the second half. This gives us a chance to meet all our favourite characters - over thirty in all - many of whom are on for only one scene.

We will be having fun with the play, trying to bring alive the spectacle, the wordplay, the magic and the comedy that I remember from when I read the books as a child. With a fairly fixed set we want to establish our locations and settings through the acting rather than relying on scenery.

The piece will involve quite a lot of ensemble work. I'll be having twelve to fifteen adult actors, so the adult cast will each play at least two parts (except Alice of course) as well as bulking out the other scenes. I am looking for actors who are versatile and happy working in a group, and comfortable doing some physical theatre. Each part may be quite small so we need to be drawing out large characters in a short time.

The junior cast will have lots of interesting pieces to do; some puppetry, establishing the scenes and keeping the story moving, making sound effects and music on stage, as well as leading the drumming in the Stomp-like bit in the second half. They will also need to lead the dances, so a strong junior cast will be essential to making the show strong. Alice will be the only speaking part for juniors, but there will be a lot for them to do.

There is some excellent music, with twelve solos / duets and a little ensemble singing; so there is plenty of space for both singers and non-singers in the cast (and not much dancing for the adults).

Alice is a big part for a young actress, and she almost never leaves the stage. I'd like to cast her as young as possible, but the actress needs to be able to carry the play - and enjoy doing it. Whatever her age she will need to have experience and a lot of good stage skills. She will also need to be willing to learn lots of lines and to be at almost every rehearsal. As it is such a large part, I have pretty much removed her solo singing so we can focus on the acting.

We will be holding a pre-audition workshop where we will try out some of the techniques we'll be using in rehearsal; puppetry, percussion, animal characterisation, mirror-world acting; you will also be able to learn the audition songs with the Musical Director. Attendance at this is optional and will not influence casting decisions.

These are open auditions. Please read the auditions page if you have never auditioned with the GST before.

Audition Pieces:

Everyone will need to learn a simple dance at the audition, and sing. The Musical Director will accompany either of two pieces from the show; alternatively contact the Production Assistants before 11 November if you want to bring your own piece to sing.

Adults will not necessarily get to choose the parts they audition for; we are looking for a flexible ensemble of actors who will each play multiple parts. Some audition pieces will be posted on this page shortly.

Characters that appear in both Wonderland and the Looking Glass:
  • Mad Hatter More like the Lewis Carroll original than the Disney version
  • Mad March Hare More like the Lewis Carroll original than the Disney version
  • Fish Footman Pompous, lazy footman. Few speaking lines
  • Frog Footman Pompous footman. Few speaking lines
  • Prima Alice's sister. No lines
  • Secunda Alice's sister. No lines
  • Charles Dodgson Lewis Carroll. No lines
  • Rev Duckworth A friend of Dodgson. No lines
Characters that appear in Wonderland:
  • White Rabbit Principal singer. Quite old and feeble.
  • Mouse Principal singer.
  • Eagle Few lines
  • Lory Few lines
  • Dodo Few lines
  • Old crab Few lines
  • Young crab Few lines
  • Caterpillar Will be ensconced in the mushroom and have five other people operating extra hands.
  • Cook Few lines, but throws a lot of stuff.
  • Duchess Boorish, abrupt, foolish. Principal singer.
  • Cheshire Cat Will need to be able to appear and disappear on stage. Lots of grinning.
  • Dormouse Sleepy. Entire part delivered from inside a teapot, probably.
  • Playing cards Soldiers in the King of Hearts' army. Terrified of the Queen of Hearts. Few lines.
  • Queen of Hearts Very regal, but with the shortest temper in the history of everything.
  • King of Hearts Very regal, but terribly down-trodden.
  • Executioner Few lines. Big axe.
  • Gryphon Good-natured, rather jolly mythical creature. Principal singer.
  • Back legs of Gryphon No lines. Obviously.
  • Mock Turtle Morose sea-creature. Principal singer
  • Jack of Hearts Cheeky prince.
Characters that appear in the Looking Glass:
  • Red Queen Brisk and kindly, like a schoolmarm. But regal.
  • Tweedledum Overgrown schoolboy. Principal singer.
  • Tweedledee Like Tweedledum. But contrariwise. Principal singer.
  • Walrus Kindly walrus, fond of eating oysters. No lines.
  • Carpenter Kindly carpenter, fond of eating oysters. No lines.
  • Humpty Dumpty A puppet.
  • White Queen Vague, helpless and pathetic.
  • White King Anxious and kingly.
  • Lion Proud boxing champ.
  • Unicorn Sparring partner for Lion.
  • White Knight A sort of medieval Wallace (without Gromit). Principal singer

We rehearse three times a week, on Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm and two week day evenings, which will be chosen after the audition when we know everyone's availability. Sunday rehearsals will begin on 2nd December. Chorus members, both children and adults, will probably need to attend each Sunday rehearsal. In addition, principals attend those week day rehearsals for which they are called, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Note that the actress playing Alice will be needed at most rehearsals, as the character seldom leaves the stage. If a junior member is cast as Alice, she can finish rehearsing at 9:15pm on weekday evenings.

During rehearsals and performances, parents are expected to help back stage on a rota basis with costume changes, make up and general chaperoning.

Copies of script are available for quick reading before the audition. For this or any other questions, contact the production assistants: Jo 07958 515209 or Chrissy 07870 191935