Tuesday, November 29, 2016
audition notice - BILLY ELLIOT - Mesa Encore Theatre - December 4 & December 10
Billy Elliot - The Musical
Director: John Staniunus
Choreographer: Emma England
Millions of fans…Thousands of standing ovations…Ten Tony Awards including Best Musical…this is BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, the spectacular show with the heart, humor and passion to be named Time Magazine’s “Best Musical of the Decade!” Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is an astonishing theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.
SEEKING: Men women and children
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Billy Elliot - Gender: Male, Age: 10 to 13, Vocal range top: C5, Dance: Ballet and Tap
A boy who stumbles upon a ballet class and develops a passion for dance. To him, dance is a way to feel whole and free himself from the problems of life. He finds himself stuck between appeasing family and chasing his newfound love.
Michael - Gender: Male, Age: 10 to 13, Vocal range top: B4, Dance: Tap
Billy's careless and fun-loving best friend. He lives in the realm of expressing oneself, going so far as to commonly dress in women's clothing.
Debbie Wilkinson - Gender: Female, Age: 9 to 12, Dance: Ballet
The ballet teacher's daughter. A bit stand-offish and argumentative, her childhood crush on Billy leads her to constantly discourage him.
Ballet Girls (Angela Robson, Tracey Atkinson, Keeley Gibson, Tina Harmer), Billy’s friends, Posh ballet boy
Dad - Gender: Male, Age: 35 to 45, Vocal range top: Eb4
Billy's stoic father. A widowed miner struggling with maintaining a household in lieu of a work strike, he is still deeply scarred by the death of his wife. Billy's dancing initially sends him into a rage but he learns to support his son.
Tony - Gender: Male, Age: 18 to 25, Vocal range top: F4
Billy's brother. A lazy but passionate miner. Hotheaded and scrappy with seemingly no regard of respect for his father, although he shares his disapproval of dance.
Grandma - Gender: Female, Age: 60 to 75, Vocal range top: F#4
Billy's eccentric grandmother. She is forgetful and a little aloof. Despite her inattention, she harbors a bitter resentment towards her dead abusive husband but has found solace through dance.
Mrs. Wilkinson - Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50, Vocal range top: Bb5
The local ballet teacher who eventually becomes Billy's mentor. Hardened and mouthy, she actually has capacity for caring when she sees promise in Billy. Believes in the power of personal expression through dance.
Mother - Gender: Female, Age: 25-35, Vocal range: soprano
Billy’s mother who died when he was young
Miners (Big Davey, George, Lesley); Police Officers; Royal Ballet School Members (Clipboard Woman, Ballet Dancer), Adult Billy Ballet Dancer
M.E.T at 933 – Black Box
933 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85203
ADULTS ONLY – Sunday December 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
You can sign up for both SINGING and DANCING auditions. Both are available for the 4th on the calendar below. You may sign up for over-lapping audition times. SINGING auditions are in groups of 4 per 10-minute slot and DANCING auditions are in groups of 20 (one group at 5:30 and one group at 6:30). Please sign up for SINGING then return to this page to sign up for DANCING.
For SINGING bring 2- 16-bar song cuttings: 1 up-tempo, 1 contrasting, in your key. Accompanist provided. Be prepared to move.
KIDS ONLY – Saturday, December 10th 9am to 11am.
Bring music for and sing 16 bars of one song, and be prepared to dance. Bring TAPS if you have them.
Callbacks will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 12pm
March 10 through 19, 2017
Begins January 6th at Mesa Encore Theatre – 933 E. Main St., Mesa AZ
Please arrive PROMPTLY at the start of auditions for your date.
HEADSHOT and RESUME are required
About the Director:
John Staniunus comes to MET from the University of Kansas where he’s been teaching since 2012. He has directed and choreographed over 200 musicals and plays internationally, nationally and regionally for both professional and university theatres over the last 30 years. He has an extensive background in musical theatre, and has served as a vocal coach on numerous productions, as well as performing in musical theatre concerts in the US and Europe (Lithuania, Denmark). He has taught at numerous universities both in the US and abroad. His teaching specialties include musical theatre technique, directing, Shakespeare, movement (neutral mask) and acting styles.