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Profit-share Next to Normal - Adelaide, May 2012

at The Factory & Six Foot Something Productions South Australia

next to normal
AUDITION INFORMATION

SIX FOOT SOMETHING PRODUCTIONS
& THE FACTORY

STATE OPERA STUDIO
PREVIEW MAY 9, 2012
SEASON MAY 10 to 26, 2012

REHEARSALS BEGIN MARCH 26

DIRECTOR / PRODUCTION DESIGNER
David Lampard

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Peter Johns

PRODUCERS
Kate Warren, Paul Talbot & David Lampard

production information

Next to Normal began development in 2002 and finally opened on Broadway in 2009. It has won many awards, including three Tony awards and three Broadway.com Audience Awards. It also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2010) – one of only eight musicals to ever receive this award. Successful productions have since been performed around the world, including an extended season produced by Melbourne Theatre Company in 2011.
This premiere Adelaide version is a collaboration between award-winning theatre company Six Foot Something Productions (The Last Five Years and Elegies: A Song Cycle) and film and theatre production house The Factory.
This will be a non-replica production, drawing on local talent both onstage and in production roles to create and stage a brave and original iteration of this emotionally, musically and dramatically complex modern masterpiece.
This will be a semi-professional production.

about the show

Next to normal is a rock musical that follows the life of a suburban mother dealing with a worsening bipolar disorder. The piece examines how her condition and its treatment (including psychoactive drugs and electroconvulsive therapy) affect her family as they try to take care of themselves and each other. During the course of the show many complex and emotion-laden issues are explored – including grief, suicide, drug addiction and abuse and ethics in modern psychiatry.
For more information about the show, please visit:
www.nexttonormal.com and/or www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next_to_normal

production team

Director / Production Designer: David Lampard
Musical Director: Peter Johns
Production Managers: Kate Warren & Paul Talbot
Stage Manager: Amanda Rowe
Other positions are in negotiation and will be announced shortly.

rehearsal & production dates

Rehearsals
Music calls will begin March 26
Production calls will begin April 9

A full rehearsal schedule will be constructed according to the availability of the creative team and the final cast selected. Week night and weekend rehearsals will be scheduled. It is hoped that some rehearsals will take place during the day on weekdays, especially during the school holiday period (April 9 to 20).
All rehearsals will take place at the G&S Shed (3 George Street, Hindmarsh).

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the brevity of the rehearsal period, all cast are required to be ‘off-book’ before attending production calls.

Performances
Preview 9 May
Evening Performances 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25 & 26 May

audition process

Auditions will be held on: January 21 & 22 (10am onwards on both days). Call backs will be held on January 28 & 29.

Auditionees are asked to prepare:
A 16 bar audition piece (16 bars from an appropriate musical theatre piece that best ‘shows off’ their voice)
An appropriate musical theatre piece for the character they are auditioning for (either from Next to Normal or in a similar style)

Auditionees are asked to bring the following to their audition (and/or supply upon application to audition).
A current head shot
A current CV
Sheet music for the audition pianist

Please note the following very carefully:
All roles are available – no roles have or will be pre-cast
Each auditionee will be asked to sing their 16 bar audition piece first. They may or may not be subsequently asked to sing their prepared song
An audition pianist will be supplied for all auditionees
Auditionees must perform their audition pieces from memory (without music in front of them)
Auditioning with a backing track is not permitted
All auditions will be video taped (these will not be published in any way or form and will be destroyed immediately after a cast has been chosen)
The creative team are looking for strong actor / singers

For an audition time, please call or email Kate Warren: 0459 123 223 / kate@the-factory.net.au

characters

FEMALE: DIANA
Voice type: contemporary music theatre mezzo soprano/belter
Voice range: E3 to F5
Stage age: Late 30’s, early 40’s
Requirements: Strong singer / actor / some ‘movement’
Description: Sexy. Sharp. Delusional bipolar depressive. Has been in constant grief for nearly 18 years.

MALE: DAN
Voice type: contemporary music theatre baritone / tenor
Voice range: B3 to B5
Stage age: Late 30’s, early 40’s
Requirements: Strong singer / actor / some ‘movement’
Description: Diana’s husband. Handsome. Genuine. Constant. Tired. Is holding his own grief at bay.

MALE: GABE
Voice type: contemporary music theatre high tenor
Voice range: A3 to B5
Stage age: 18 (actor can be late teens to mid-20’s)
Requirements: Strong singer / actor / some ‘movement’
Description: Diana and Dan’s son. Almost eighteen. Dashing. Gentle. Bright. Playful. The perfect son – complete with perfect imperfections.

FEMALE: NATALIE
Voice type: contemporary music theatre mezzo soprano/belter
Voice range: G3 to F5
Stage age: 16 (actor can be late teens to mid-20’s)
Requirements: Strong singer / actor / some ‘movement’
Description: Diana and Dan’s daughter. Sixteen and trying to be perfect. Slips from casual drug user to drug abuser. Is scared of becoming her mother. Musician.

MALE: HENRY
Voice type: contemporary music theatre baritone / tenor
Voice range: A3 to B5
Stage age: 17 (actor can be late teens to mid-20’s)
Requirements: Strong singer / actor / some ‘movement’
Description: Natalie’s boyfriend. Seventeen. Musician, romantic, stoner, slacker, philosopher king.

MALE: DR MADDEN / DR FINE
Voice type: contemporary music theatre baritone / tenor
Voice range: A3 to G5
Stage age: 30’s to 50’s
Requirements: Strong singer / actor / some ‘movement’
Description: On the young side of ageless. Both assured medical professionals. One is a ‘rock star’.



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Published 10-01-2012