Auditions

Prima presents Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

Director: Miranda Selwood
Musical Director: Danika Saal

Audition Dates
Sunday 9th July 10am – 8pm
Tues 11th July 7pm – 9pm (if required)
Callbacks if required
Thurs 13th July 7:30pm

Location
Sunday 9 July: Pine Rivers Showgrounds Hall. 757 Gympie Road Lawnton 4501
Tuesday 11 July and callbacks: Strathpine Community Centre - 199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine (entrance off Mecklem St)

Audition Structure

  • Auditionees will be scheduled in small groups.
  • Please allow up to 90mins to complete your audition.
  • All auditionees will be required to sing individually and may be given a cold-read script. The group will then be taught a short dance segment.
  • If you are required for a call-back you will be informed no later than 9am Monday 10th July (for Sunday auditionees, or at the end of your audition session for Tuesday auditionees). If you are not available for the call-back session on Thursday 13 July, please advise us when booking your audition.

Audition Preparation

Vocal Audition

  • Please prepare excerpts from two contrasting musical theatre songs. One excerpt should be a comedic character song. Please do not present songs from the show.
  • You should prepare approx 32 bars of each song (no more than 2mins). The Panel may hear one or both songs at the audition. With this in mind, please make appropriate cuts to your songs and choose excerpts which best demonstrate your abilities.
  • Please ensure you provide sheet music in the correct key, clearly marked with cuts/changes. Please note that no unaccompanied auditions or backing tracks will be accepted.
  • Be prepared to be stopped part-way through your song, and to work with the Director on alternative characterisations.
  • You may also be requested to complete a range test.

Cold-Read

  • You will be given a short script segment to prepare briefly.
  • The segment may be solo or with a scene partner.
  • Standard English accents are required for most characters and are recommended for your scene reading.
  • The focus of the reading is comedic characterisation and improvisation skills.

Dance

  • The group will be taught a short dance segment with options for various skill levels.
  • Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for movement.
  • Experienced dancers, please wear dance shoes; chorus shoes preferred for females.
  • Please bring tap shoes if you have them.
  • Please let us know your level of dance skill (none/mover/some training/advanced dancer) when you book your audition so that we can try to group you with similar level dancers where possible.
  • Women wishing to be considered for The Laker Girls may be taught an additional audition dance segment.

Callbacks

  • Those required for callbacks will be provided with short experts of scenes and songs to prepare.

PLEASE NOTE: The Monty Python sketches, which the show is based on, are well-known and of a very particular style of presentation. We are looking for a good mix of original interpretation and homage to the famous Monty Python characterisations. Please make yourself familiar with the source material prior to the audition.

REHEARSALS
You will be requested to advise us at auditions of any rehearsal dates for which you cannot be available, so please check all the dates and note this before your arrival. Availability for rehearsals is an expectation and non-availability will be taken into consideration when casting.

Venues
Lawnton Showgrounds - 757 Gympie Rd, Lawnton
Strathpine Community Centre - 199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine

Rehearsal Dates
Rehearsals commence Sunday 16th July 5pm – 8pm; and then run every:

  • Tuesday 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Additional or extended rehearsals may be required in the two weeks prior to bump in (24 Sept).
A full schedule will be made available at the first rehearsal.

Promo Opportunities/Photoshoots
Promotions and photos will be organised from time-to-time and may be in addition to rehearsal dates/times. We will endeavour to give you as much prior notice as we can, and ask that you make yourself available for as many of these opportunities as possible.

PERFORMANCES
All cast members MUST be available for all technical rehearsals and performance dates.

Venue
Redcliffe Cultural Centre – Downs St, Redcliffe

Tech Week
Sunday 24 Sept - Bump In (all required from 9am)
Monday 25 Sept – TECH RUN
Tuesday 26 Sept – TECH/DRESS
Wednesday 27 Sept – FINAL DRESS
Thursday 28 Sept –PREVIEW

Performance Dates
Friday 29 Sept 7:30pm
Saturday 30 Sept 2pm
Saturday 30 Sept 7:30pm
Sunday 1 Oct 2pm
Friday 6 Oct 7:30pm
Saturday 7 Oct 2pm
Saturday 7 Oct 7:30pm
Sunday 8 Oct 2pm (all required for Bump Out after show)

Prima Membership
To be part of Prima's production of Spamalot you must be a financial member.
The annual membership fee is $40 and the production fee for Spamalot is $60. (This includes a cast T-Shirt and a refundable $20 script deposit reimbursed upon the return of your script).
You are required to pay these costs no later than the third rehearsal; otherwise your position in the cast may be forfeited.

ROLE DESCRIPTIONS
PLEASE NOTE: Flexible casting will be in place for this show. Genders and ages are a guide only, please audition for the roles you think you are most suitable, regardless of specifications. Roles that are listed as doubled may be assigned to an individual or split among multiple ensemble members, at the discretion of the production team.

KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.

SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called 'Sir Robin the Brave,' though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.

SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his 'softer side.' This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

PATSY (30s-40s): King Arthur's horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.

SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class 'mud gatherer' who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.

SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse. No solo singing.

THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20s-30s): A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Especially seeking actresses of all races for this role.

THAT OTHER GUY WHO PLAYS A BUNCH OF PARTS (20s-30s): Tenor singing required. Very good mover.
HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic.
NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others' beliefs, claims he is "not yet dead."
FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.
MINSTREL: In Sir Robin's band.
PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower.

ENSEMBLE various and numerous ensemble and featured ensemble roles.

THE LAKER GIRLS female dance chorus, featuring as the Laker Girls among other dance and ensemble roles.

BOOK YOUR AUDITION to register for a session. You must book an audition, as walk-ins will not be accepted. If you have any difficulties booking your audition, please email tickets@prima.org.au. Please ensure you provide your headshot and CV.