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Volunteer Tziggy Wiggy Cabaret: Songs of the Ghetto

at Kadimah and the JHC - Melbourne

Following the sell out success of its 2016 shows –Balaganeyden: a Messy Cabaret and Sholem Aleichem: Not Dead Yet – the Kadimah, in partnership with the Jewish Holocaust Centre, is now casting its major 2017 show: Tziggy-Wiggy Cabaret – Songs from the Ghetto.

Join the talented team headed by writer/director Galit Klas. Our enthusiastic and experienced production team is now in place and we are looking for actors, singers and dancers for this original and exciting theatrical project.

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Amongst the constant fear, threat of deportation, hunger and disease in the guarded walls of the Ghetto, cultural activities continued. Music, theatre and cabaret were popular, hundreds of new songs were composed proving the resilience and resistance of the performers and writers.

The Tziggy Wiggy Cabaret, operates in a Jewish Ghetto in 1941. The cast know any night could be their last performance and they deal with fear and hunger to entertain and comfort their fellow Jewish prisoners.

The cabaret includes 17 songs, all written and performed in various Ghettos during the holocaust.

Season:

15th-24nd of June 2017

Total of 7-8 shows

****The Ghetto Cabaret will be part of the Glen Eira Story Telling Festival

Rehearsals:

Sundays from Feb 19th 10am-2pm

Wednesdays from Feb 22nd 7pm-9:30pm

Auditions:

Sunday the 5th of February 10-2pm

But I don’t speak Yiddish!:

All songs are in Yiddish and English. Prior knowledge of Yiddish is not required as long as you are willing to learn the songs in Yiddish with a coach from the Kadima. You might find you like it!

Roles Available:

Lieb/ Male/ 30-50

Lieb is the charismatic MC who holds the whole show together, by appeasing his Prima-donna cast members and stepping in when necessary. He has a limp and uses a crutch to walk.

Strong acting skills required.

Yankele/Male/18-45

Yankele is a street singer who is a recent addition to the professional stage. He sings his own compositions that he writes about the various people and problems in the Ghetto. He does not care too much about authority, whether it be the MC or the police.

Strong singer and actor required. Juggling skills a plus.

Mrs. Hecht/ Female/30-55

Mrs. Hecht is from the opera houses of Europe, a Mezzo soprano, that is a stickler for professionalism.

Very strong singer and actor required

Rivke/Female/18-28

Rivke’s stage name is Hunny, she has performed with her sister, Bunny for most of their life. She likes to help other members of the cast when they are in trouble.

Strong singing (including harmonies), acting and some dancing required.

Sarah/Female/18-28

Sarah’s stage name is Bunny, she is part of the Hunny & Bunny duo and has performed with her partner, and sister, since they were very young. She is politically involved.

Strong singing (including harmonies), acting and some dancing required.

*Hunny and Bunny can be a male duo, if so the names will be changed.

Dancers / Female or Male/ 16-35/

Two dancers are required with skills in contemporary ballet, jazz and acro. We are looking for dancers who can dance with fiery energy at one moment, and tenderness in the next who will devise the dances with our choreographer. The dancers will work as a pair and will also have dialogue so acting skills are necessary.

What to bring to the audition:

Prepare one song, (a verse and chorus) in Yiddish or English.

Auditions will include improvising a scene and learning a chorus of a Yiddish song.

The audition may include simple choreography

Please bring a resume and a photo of yourself.

To book an audition:

Call Lena on 9528 1985 or 0413 351 852



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Published 10-01-2017