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Audition Notice

The Vackees

Book and lyrics by Hiawyn Oram, Music by Carl Davis


Performance Dates:

  • Tuesday February 18th 2014, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday February 19th 2014, 7:30pm
  • Thursday February 20th 2014, 7:30pm
  • Friday February 21st 2014, 7:30pm
  • Saturday February 22nd 2014, 2:30pm
  • Saturday February 22nd 2014, 7:30pm

The Lund Theatre, UCS, Frognal, London NW3 6XH


Children (aged 8 - 14/15): 2.30 - 5.00 pm

Adults (15/16+): 7.30 - 10.00 pm

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

Sunday 3rd November

Pre-audition Workshop

Informal workshop session

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

Saturday 12th October 2pm to 5pm

Directors: David Rance and Jo Eggleton Rance

The Vackees is a musical for the whole family set just before the outbreak of World War II. It is a touching story of Kip, an East End boy, who is evacuated to a small village in Somerset with some of his friends. The villagers resent being "invaded" and tension builds as the townies try to adapt to country life. But the intervention of an enemy pilot changes everything ...

It has a large cast of adults and children with lots of speaking parts for all ages. Apart from the many principal roles, it is the chorus that makes the show. Everyone will have a lot to do and there are big chorus numbers in each Act. A number of the cast will be expected to perform basic dance numbers.

Before the audition, please come along to the informal Workshop on October 12th (2pm - 5pm). Learn a couple of songs from the show; have fun with some simple choreography; and have the opportunity to improvise scenarios related to the evacuation of children from London in 1939 (2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the WW II evacuation programme).

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

Adult Principals:

NB - Age: The age shown against certain characters is the age of that character and not the age you have to be to play the part. If you think you can play that age - have a go!

  • Kip's MotherCockney (sings solo)
  • Duncan ConstanceA London school teacher (sings solo & dances as 'Fred Astaire')
  • Aunt LuceFormidable woman with whom Kip is billeted. (sings solo)
  • Mrs CrabtreeAunt Luce's cook/housekeeper (Somerset accent - singer)
  • Laura Maybee/'Ginger'Somerset schoolmistress/A movie star (dances as Ginger Rogers - sings solo)
  • Mr JackSomerset wild man of the woods (sings solo)
  • Lady HoldmoreA posh country landowner - older woman
  • The VicarSomerset vicar - pompous
  • Billeting OfficerSelf-important Somerset man (doubles as Gangster)
  • German PilotA young pilot shot down (sings solo - German accent)
  • BBC Radio AnnouncerSpeaks with 1940s BBC accent (doubles as Gangster)

Adult Chorus:
  • Female ChorusLondon/Somerset mothers; Landgirls; Starlets (dancers)
  • Male Chorus Londoners; Gangsters (some dance)

Junior Principals (Londoners - cockney accents):
  • KipAn East End evacuee (10 - 14) (sings solo) (major part)
  • Charlie, Tommy, Eric & ArthurKip's school friends & fellow evacuees (10 - 14) (all sing)
  • Eileen & KathSmall evacuees - sisters (8 - 12) (sing a little duet)

Junior Principals (Somerset - local accents):
  • BuzzLeader of the Somerset gang (12 - 15) (sings solo)
  • EllenAunt Luce's niece - befriends Kip (10 - 13) (sings solo)
  • Grace14 year old maid to Aunt Luce (sings solo)
  • Lance, Stan, George, Fred, Dot, May, Nel & AliceMembers of the Somerset gang - (10 - 14)

Junior Chorus:
  • Chorus of London children The 'Vackees'
  • Chorus of Somerset children

Audition Pieces

Note you will not need to learn these pieces, but it will help to be familiar with them before the audition

Audition music

Note you will not need to learn these songs, the MD will be teaching them during the audition

For more information contact:
Jo Moore: or Catherine Underhill:

There will be 2 evening weekday rehearsals (7.30 - 10.00 pm) and afternoon rehearsals each Sunday from 3.00 - 6.00pm (except Christmas & New Year) beginning on Sunday 10th November. Chorus and smaller roles will mainly be needed on Sundays; principal roles will need to commit to some weekday evening rehearsals. All rehearsals except the dress rehearsals will be held at St. Margaret's Church Hall, Victoria Avenue, Finchley N3 1BD.

Please note that, though you do not have to join the GST to audition, all actors in a GST show are required to be members.

We look forward to seeing you on November 3rd!
David Rance and Jo Eggleton Rance (co-directors)