Synopsis

In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea”, Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless marries. However, she has managed to sabotage every princess that came along. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, he goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred (“Fred” to her friends). The queen is horrified and immediately begins to scheme, but Winnifred, with some help from Sir Harry, the King, and the Jester, isn’t going to be quite so easy to get rid of.

Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer

BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ Theatrical
on behalf of R&H Theatricals www.rnh.com

Production Team

Director: Lauren Scarfe
Musical Director: Katie Packer
Choreographer: Vanessa Redmond

Performance Season

October/November 2019

October 25 – 26 and 30 – 31 & November 1 – 2 at 8pm
October 26 & November 2 at 2pm
Venue: The Goodwood Institute, Goodwood

Production Week

Bump In: Sunday October 20

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be every Tuesday and Thursday nights as well as Sundays.

All rehearsals will be held at Ardtornish Primary School, 2 Saarinen Avenue, Saint Agnes.

TUESDAY NIGHTS: 7.15 – 10.15pm
THURSDAY NIGHTS: 7.15 – 10.15pm
SUNDAYS: Rehearsals on Sundays will be conducted between 11am and 5pm. Times will vary, but will be confirmed once a rehearsal schedule has been produced before rehearsals start.

All cast are expected to arrive 15 minutes early.

Please note: All rehearsals are closed and observers such as partners, family, and friends are not permitted.

The first rehearsal date is Sunday, 21 July 2019. A full rehearsal schedule will be available after the first rehearsal.

Auditions Dates and Times

Venue: Ardtornish Primary School, 2 Saarinen Avenue, Saint Agnes.

Please make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition to warm up and to be prepared.

Please complete the ‘Audition Application Form’ and bring it along with a headshot of yourself to your audition.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.

All auditionees must attend a group choreography audition (30 minutes) session plus an individual audition (10 minutes).

Group Session Times

SATURDAY: 2pm and 4.30pm
SUNDAY: 10.30am and 2pm

An appropriate group audition session will be allocated when you book an individual audition. Please check your confirmation email and note your group choreography audition time.

If only auditioning for ensemble, there is no need to book an individual audition time. Please advise the production team that you would like to audition for ensemble only, and prepare the music extract for the group audition that can be downloaded via the link below.

Individual Session Times

SATURDAY: 1pm to 6pm
SUNDAY: 9.30am to 4pm

DateSessionGroup audition time 
Saturday, June 221pm to 3.20pm 2pm Book a slot
Saturday, June 223.40pm to 6pm 4.30pm Book a slot
Sunday, June 239.30am to 11.50 am 10.30am Book a slot
Sunday, June 231pm to 3.20pm 2pm Book a slot

Callbacks

If call backs are required, they will be held in the evening on Sunday, June 23.

Preparation

Audition material: Download

Dialogue

Please prepare the dialogue extracts that can be downloaded via the link below for the character you wish to audition for. During your audition the director will workshop these extracts with you.

Music

Your music audition will consist of a prepared song from the show only. Please prepare the music extracts that can be downloaded via the link below. An accompanist will be provided on the day. During your audition the musical director will workshop these extracts with you.

Choreography

During the group audition, you will be taught one piece of choreography and an ensemble song. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can easily move in. It will not be necessary to prepare anything for the choreography, but please let us know if you have any special talents! We love to see your strengths!

Additional Information

Membership

All cast members are required to become members of MCMT. Membership is $50 for Adult or $35 for Concession. As a member of MCMT, you will receive:

  • One complimentary ticket for each show during the full year of your membership;
  • Cast price tickets for the season of your production;
  • Accident insurance cover whilst performing on stage;
  • Full voting and speaking rights at the Annual General Meeting and any Special General Meetings held during the period of your membership

Show Levy

Cast members will also be required to pay a show levy of $40 (same for both Adult and Concession) to help with costs of rehearsal venues, resources, costumes etc.

Important notes

  • On your audition form, please make note of any dates to which you are unavailable for rehearsals. We plan schedules around these dates.
  • If you are auditioning for other shows, please be honest and make note of this on your audition form.

Please note: Marie Clark Musical Theatre Company requires you to be at least 18 years old by bump-in Sunday, unless by prior negotiation with the committee and production team. Further information can be obtained by contacting the production team via email: [email protected]

Characters

Audition material: Download

Princess Winnifred

Female, 18+ alto/mezzo belter, low A to high D-flat, an outspoken tomboy, not sophisticated (from the swamps) but highly intelligent, a breath of rough-around-the-edges fresh air, comedic powerhouse.

Audition Song: Shy

Prince Dauntless

Male, 18+ baritone, low A to high E, a sweet but not-too-bright young prince, who has been kept under his mother’s wing (and thumb) his entire life, he yearns to be married, but is prevented by his mother’s strict – and unfair – tests.

Audition Song: Man To Man Talk

Queen Aggravain

Female, 30+ alto, low A to B, every bit the overbearing mother figure to both her son Dauntless and her kingdom, Queen Aggravain isn’t going to let just any princess up and take her son away from her, loud and sly.

Audition Song: Sensitivity

King Sextimus

Male, 30+ the kind and gentle ruler of the kingdom, rendered mute by a witch’s curse, a lovable man with an eye for the ladies of the castle, communicates through gesture/mime.

Audition Song: Man To Man Talk

Lady Larken

Female, 18+ soprano, low D-flat to high A-flat, traditional lady in waiting, romantic, idealistic, but resourceful, has strict ideas about courtly behavior, in love with Sir Harry, but unable to marry him due to Aggravain’s decree.

Audition Song: Yesterday I Loved You

Sir Harry

Male, 18+ tenor, low C to high F, a dashing young knight, honorable to a fault – if a little full of himself, in love with Lady Larken, every inch the picture of a courtly knight, to the extreme.

Audition Song: Yesterday I Loved You

Minstrel

Male, 18+ tenor, low D to high A-flat, traveling minstrel who is the storyteller both inside and out of the story, falls for Larken and does everything he can to help her out – forms a trio with the King and the Jester.

Audition Song: Many Moons Ago

Jester

Male, 18+ tenor, low D-flat to high A-flat, the King’s right-hand man and comic relief, dancer with strong physical comedy skills.

Audition Song: Very Soft Shoes

Wizard

Male, 18+ baritone, low A to A, the Queen’s confidant and the man behind the impossible tests she gives to each Princess, has a history in show business, does some magic tricks/sleight of hand.

Nightingale of Samarkand

Female, 18+ soprano, G-flat to high G, featured singing role.

Audition Song: Nightingale Lullaby

Ensemble

Males & Females, 18+ Ladies, Lords, Knights and townspeople, all vocal ranges, strong singing actors who dance/move well.


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