Auditions for “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”

Oct 6 - Nov 12

Oct 6 – Nov 12

CAMARILLO SKYWAY PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR 
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL

Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Directed by Dean Johnson
Produced by Michael J. McGraw
Music Direction by Dave Watkins
Choreography by Dawn Notagiacomo

Based on the Oscar-winning movie, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical” is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

Winner of Tony Awards, Olivier Awards, and featuring familiar fun songs such as “It’s Raining Men”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, & “I Will Survive”, the three friends grow closer together even as one searches to mend ties with family members. A heartwarming and funny musical to close our mainstage season!

AUDITION INFO: All roles open, all ethnicities encouraged to audition. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show; an accompanist will be provided. CD instrumental only tracks are also acceptable if cut properly. Please bring comfortable clothes for the dance portion of the audition. Performance dates are October 6 – November 12, Fridays/Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Please bring a list of conflicts with you as well as a headshot/resume, and arrive early to fill out paperwork. This is a non-union, non-paying production. Auditions are by appointment from 7PM-10PM August 6 and 7 with callbacks on August 9th.

ROLES

*Bernadette (40s-50s, Male, Baritone/Tenor) Outstanding straight acting, dance, singing and lip-synching ability essential; quietly dignified transsexual who must be convincing as an older woman who was once the star performer of ‘Les Girls’; mother of the group; glamorous, oozing Old Hollywood charm with rapier wit and sensitivity; must be able to be convincing and touching in her attraction and growing relationship with Bob.

*Mitzi/Tick (30s-40s, Male, Baritone/Tenor) Outstanding straight acting, dance, singing and lip-synching ability essential; with an unremarkable and essentially straight exterior, Tick is a discontented drag queen, the best in the business; estranged husband of Marion and absent father to Benjamin, age eight, his journey from disillusionment to fulfillment through being reunited with his son is the central core of the story.

*Felicia/Adam (18-30, Male, Tenor) Very well-maintained physical features with outstanding character acting, dance, singing and lip-synching ability essential; flashy, young drag queen and born performer with a more than occasional bitchy streak; provocative and outspoken he has a tendency to get himself into trouble with both friends and complete strangers.

*The Divas (18-30, Female) Three women who carry the musical weight of the show. Sassy and strong; they lead us through some of the greatest hits of the last decades; all shapes and sizes welcome, but brilliant vocalists in the disco-belt style a must; will also be part of the female ensemble.

*Bob (40s-60s, Male, Baritone) Strong acting ability with one song; a mechanic; typical laconic attitude, soft hearted Aussie bloke who spent years wandering around the world only to find he was better off where he started; has a fascination with Bernadette whom he saw perform in ‘Les Girls’ in Sydney more than twenty years ago.

*Shirley (40s-50s, Female, Alto/Belt) Hardened outback bartender/waitress; good ironic comedy; character acting, dance and strong singing ability – solo and ensemble pieces.

*Marion (30s-40s, Female) Hotel entertainment manager in Darwin, mother of Benjamin, age eight, and estranged wife of Tick (Mitzi); strong, direct and forthright woman who takes charge, but is incredibly accepting of her role as a single mother; deep unconventional affection between her and Tick; strong singing and acting; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

*Cynthia (18+, Female) Asian/Eurasian origin; Bob’s feisty Filipino wife; frustrated performer of obscure ‘stage tricks’ which make her very popular at the local pub; spends her days as a housewife looking after Bob and his home; character acting, dance and singing ability essential.

*Miss Understanding (20s-30s, Male) Fabulous drag queen with great comic hosting ability; sets up the tone of the show for us; must be able to work a crowd well, and look brilliant in drag; ability to deliver Tina Turner numbers convincingly a must; character acting, dance and singing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene.

*Frank (20s-30s, Male) Tough miner bloke with violent tendencies; hardened resident of mining town Coober Pedy; tall, strapping and very outback Australian; character acting, dance and singing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene.

*Jimmy (20s-30s, Male) Friendly indigenous Australian bloke whom the queens run into in the desert. Innocent charm and great movement skills—any traditional dance a huge plus. Character acting, singing and dancing ability. Will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

*Benji (should be able to play 10 onstage, Male) Cute son of Tick and his estranged wife, Marion (a hotel entertainment manager); Marion has raised Benji to be a sweet and open-minded young boy who is supportive of his Father’s lifestyle; although Tick has not seen him for many years, their reunion is pivotal and endearing; requires a good actor who sings.

*Young Bernadette/Farrah: (20s-30s, Male) Young Bernadette: The epitome of grace and glamour — gender illusion rather than drag — “Les Girls” at its most alluring. Farrah: Young, beautiful and sassy drag queen; must be a brilliant mover and look stunning and believable as a woman; character acting, singing and dancing ability. Will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

*Chorus (all ages, all types, all genders) Excellent acting, singing and dance ability; required to play a variety of ensemble characters in the production; males – drag experience a plus; females, spectacular vocal ability a must.

Produced through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Email Producer Michael J. McGraw with questions at mjmcgraw@skywayplayhouse.org with questions or to schedule your audition appointment!

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