Auditions for Sydney & Brisbane, Australia Actors for Children’s Theater Tour in Australia

03/16/2022

Music Theatre Performers Required For In-School Theatre Tours

Location: Australia, nationwide

Type: Theater

Project brief
Due to expansion of our company, a few positions have come available for people who are passionate about theatre for young people to join our existing team of (now) eight performers. This is a full-time role on a fixed term contract.

We are casting for our July to September tours into Primary Schools, Kindergartens and libraries in QLD, NSW & ACT (see our website for further info about our work).

The tour and rehearsals are paid at Live Performance Award rates plus overtime, relevant travel allowances and Super. This equates to approx. $1,500 per week (before tax).

Key dates are at the bottom of the brief.

Brisbane Tour:
We are looking for a Brisbane based team (one female performer and one male performer). We welcome applications from anywhere in Australia, however you must be based in Brisbane for the duration of rehearsals and the tour.

Sydney Tours:
We are looking for a Sydney based female performer and two Sydney based male performers.

There is the option for a Melbourne based team to complete one of the tours. Therefore, if you are a Melbourne based performer you would rehearse in Melbourne and then travel for the duration of the tour and the company will cover accommodation and allowances.
Otherwise, we welcome applications from anywhere in Australia, however you must be based in Sydney for the duration of rehearsals and the tour.

Rehearsals are full time during the day for two weeks, Mon to Fri, either 9am to 5pm or 10am to 6pm.

You will learn two shows, both of which are plays with songs lasting 40-45 minutes plus a structured and scripted Q&A with the students. (We will teach you how to lead the Q&A.)

The roles require a performer with the ability to play with voice and physicality to portray numerous characters in the same show and who has a good instinct for comedy. We require a confident singer; the role would suit either a trained musical theatre performer or an actor who can sing. Also, ability to follow basic choreography / movement.

We use puppetry in our shows so experience in puppetry or dance would be an advantage; but don’t worry, we have an amazing puppetry teacher!

It is also advantageous if you have a genuine interest in working with children, e.g. performing, teaching, etc. and experience of working in school environments.

Key Dates:
QLD Tour:
• Rehearsals: from Monday 26th July to Friday 6th August
• The tour will commence on Monday 9th August
• Please note you will be required to be away from home for the first three weeks of the tour and possibly again in the week of 29th August
• The tour is due to conclude on Wednesday 7th September (5.5 weeks)
• Please note: may be extended through to Friday 16th September if we get additional bookings (10 additional days)

NSW Tour 1:
• Rehearsals: from Monday 18th July to Friday 29th July (2 weeks)
• The tour will commence on Monday 1st August
• Please note you will be required to be away from home for the first three weeks of the tour and again in the week of 5th September
• The tour is due to conclude on Thursday 8th September (6 weeks)
• Please note: may be extended through to Friday 23rd September if we get additional bookings (two additional weeks)

NSW Tour 2:
• Rehearsals: from Monday 1st to Friday 12th August (2 weeks)
• The tour will commence on Monday 15th August
• Please note you will be in Sydney for the first two weeks and then required to be away from home for the next three weeks of the tour
• The tour is due to conclude on Tuesday 20th September (5.4 weeks)
• Please note: may be extended through to Friday 23rd September if we get additional bookings (three additional days)

Job payment
Paid – Live Performance Award rates + overtime and allowances – approx. $1500 per week before tax + Super

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Auditions:
Deadline for initial application:
• QLD & NSW: Sunday 20th March
• Melbourne: Sunday 27th March
Deadline for self-tape application:
• QLD & NSW: Sunday 20th March
• Melbourne: Sunday 27th March

Group Audition options:
• Sydney: Thur 24th March
• Brisbane: Fri 25th March
• Melbourne: Wed 30th March

Please submit an initial application with your Headshot & Resume and answering the key questions. Candidates will then be longlisted and invited to submit a self-tape of material we will send you.

From those submissions we will create a shortlist. Those shortlisted will be invited to a one-hour group audition where we will explore characters and your creativity.

Candidates who proceed to the final round with have an interview via Zoom during w/c 4th April.

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals are paid and are two weeks full time:
• QLD Tour from Monday 18th July to Friday 29th July
• NSW Tour 1 from Monday 18th July to Friday 29th July
• NSW Tour 2 from Monday 1st to Friday 12th August

Current tour dates:
• QLD Tour from Monday 1st August – Wednesday 7th September (5.5 weeks)
o Please note there is a possible extension through to Friday 17th September.
• NSW Tour 1 from Monday 1st August – Thursday 8th September (6 weeks)
o Please note there is a possible extension through to Friday 23rd September.
• NSW Tour 2 from Monday 15th August – Tuesday 20th September (5.4 weeks)
o Please note there is a possible extension through to Friday 23rd September.

Performer requirements:
You must be 21 or over at the start of the tour.
The role requires a performer with the ability to play with voice and physicality to portray numerous characters in the same show and who has a good instinct for comedy. All characters are varied so capability for clearly drawn differences in physicality and voice or accent is critical.

We require a confident singer; the role would suit either a trained musical theatre performer or an actor who can sing. Also, ability to follow basic choreography / movement.

We use puppetry in our shows so experience in puppetry or dance would be an advantage; but don’t worry, we have an amazing puppetry teacher!

It is also advantageous if you have a genuine interest in working with children, e.g. performing, teaching, etc. and experience of working in school environments.

You will be required to drive a large car (e.g. (Kia Carnival) and also bump in and out of schools, therefore you need to be physically capable.

By the start of the tour, you must:
• be over 21 and
• hold a full driver’s license (no L or P plates) otherwise we can’t insure you on the vehicle and therefore can’t cast you.
• hold a current employment Working With Children Check. Without this you can’t work in schools and therefore we can’t cast you.
• At this stage, it is a requirement that all staff who visit schools are fully vaccinated. Therefore, it is a requirement that you will be fully vaccinated by the start of the contract.

Please note, if you are successful there is the opportunity for work in future years. We have many actors who stay with us for multiple tours.

Male performer – NSW Tour (Sydney/Melbourne based):
• NSW Tour 1: You will be working with one female performer who has toured with us multiple times before.
• NSW Tour 2: You will be working with one female performer on a brand-new team.

Female performer – NSW Tour 2 (Sydney/Melbourne based):
You will be working with one male performer on a brand-new team.

Male performer – QLD Tour (Brisbane based):
You will be working with one female performer on a brand-new team.

Female performer – QLD Tour (Brisbane based):
You will be working with one male performer on a brand-new team.

Questions to answer:
1. Do you have a full driver’s license?
2. Do you have (or are you willing to obtain) an Employment Working With Children Check or equivalent?
3. Please advise your current vaccination status.
4. Are you available for all rehearsal & tour dates?
5. Which audition date would you like to attend (Sydney: Thur 24th March, Brisbane: Fri 25th March, Melbourne: Wed 30th March)?
6. Which Suburb will you be based in for rehearsals?
7. What has interested you in this opportunity?
8. Which tour(s) would you like to be considered for?

Please submit your expression of interest and we’ll send a link to sides and tracks for you to prepare

Payment: Paid

City or Location of call: nationwide in Australia
Please submit to: admin@meerkatproductions.com.au by 2022-03-27
Please submit headshot & resume and answer the questions below for consideration. We’ll then send details for a short self-tape audition

This casting notice was posted by: Meerkat Productions



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