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South Pacific Audition Notice

G&S presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, showing at the ArtsCape Opera House in Cape Town from 20 July to 10 August 2019.

Directed by Kyla Thorburn.
Musical Direction by Alastair Cockburn.
Accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Plot Summary

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joseph Cable denies himself the fulfilment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joseph on a dangerous mission that claims Joseph’s life, Nellie realises that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

South Pacific will be a grand spectacle, moving from large chorus numbers to intimate principal scenes. There are also plenty of cameo roles, giving members of the ensemble a chance to shine as well.

Famous songs include “Some Enchanted Evening”, “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”, “Bali Ha’i”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” and many more.

The issue of racial prejudice is candidly explored throughout the musical, most controversially in the lieutenant’s song, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”. Some roles are required a specific look and sound, as detailed below.

Rehearsals will start early March 2019. South Pacific will have a total of 22 performances running from 20 July to 10 August 2019 at the ArtsCape Opera House. There will be double casts for Lead Roles, and multiple casts for the children’s roles. Performances take place from Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30 and matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 14h30.

Please note that G&S is a community theatre organisation and that no remuneration is involved.

Audition details

Auditions for the Principal characters will take place on the 17th and 18th of November in Rehearsal Room 551, ArtsCape Theatre Centre, with call backs on 24 November in Rehearsal Room 308.

Auditions for the adult chorus will take place on the 3rd and 4th November in Rehearsal Room 301, ArtsCape Theatre Centre, with call backs on 25 of November in Rehearsal Room 308.

Auditions for the children cast will take place on the 4th of November in Rehearsal Room 301 ArtsCape Theatre Centre.

Complete the online audition form here: https://goo.gl/forms/l2xTEATA1C3cAtLg2. Once you have completed this online audition form you will be emailed a time slot and the relevant sheet music and dialogue extracts for pre-audition personal preparation. ONLY the sheet music SENT TO YOU must be prepared.

If you are unable to complete the audition form online, please download it by clicking http://bit.ly/2Oxiha8 and email the completed form back to southpacific2019@gmail.com.

Lead Role Character Requirements:

Ensign Nellie Forbush (Lead Role)
Gender: Female
Age: Young (25-35)
Voice Range: Mezzo-Soprano
Role Grading: Act / Sing / Move
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Accent: American (South)
Audition Pieces: Cock-eyed Optimist & I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa my Hair

Strong mid-range voice (not operatic), acting, and dancing. An unsophisticated girl from Little Rock, Arkansas, she is perky and vibrant, in love with Emile, but with doubts about their relationship.

Emile De Becque (Lead Role)
Gender: Male
Age: Middle-age (35 – 45)
Voice Range: Baritone
Role Grading: Sing / Act / Move
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Accent: French
Audition Pieces: Some Enchanted Evening & This Nearly was Mine

Strong singing (baritone) and acting with a French accent. A wealthy planter in love with Nellie, but fears their different backgrounds might hamper their love.

Bloody Mary (Lead Role)
Gender: Female
Age: Late Middle-age (40 – 60)
Voice Range: Mezzo-Soprano
Role Grading: Act / Sing / Move
Ethnicity: Southeast-Asian / Person of colour
Accent: Tonkinese
Audition Pieces: Bali Ha’i and Happy Talk

Polynesiane woman, mother of Liat. Strong singing (mezzo), acting, and dancing. Foreign accent. A “wheeler-dealer” with the sailors, she is a loveable rascal with a shrieking, cackling laugh, which she displays constantly.

Seabee Luther Billis (Lead Role)
Gender: Male
Age: Middle-age (35 – 50)
Voice Range: Baritone
Role Grading: Act / Move / Sing
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Accent: American
Audition Pieces: There is Nothing Like a Dame & Bali Ha’i

A great voice is not needed, but strong acting is. This is the prime male comedy role. He is crude, tough, and undisciplined, but he worships Nellie and would do anything for her (including her laundry).

Lt. Joseph Cable, United States Marine Corps (Lead Role)
Gender: Male
Age: Young (20 – 35)
Voice Range: Tenor
Role Grading: Act / Sing / Move
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Accent: American
Audition Pieces: Younger than Springtime & Carefully Taught

Young Marine officer. Strong singing, excellent acting. In love with Liat.

Support and Cameo Role Character Requirements:

Capt. George Brackett, United States Navy (Support Acting Only Role)
Gender: Male
Age: Middle-age to older (40 – 60)
Voice Range: Spoken
Role Grading: Act
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Accent: American

Strong actor; no singing or dancing. Brackett is a career Navy officer, all business, but with a sensitive side.

Cmdr. William Harbison, United States Navy (Support Acting Only Role)
Gender: Male
Age: Middle-age to older (35 – 60)
Voice Range: Spoken
Role Grading: Act
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Accent: American

Executive Officer to Captain Brackett. Strong actor; no singing or dancing. Harbison is hard-nosed, stiff, and out to get Billis on some violation.

Liat – Bloody Mary’s daughter (Support ‘Mime’ Acting Role)
Gender: Female
Age: Young (18 – 25)
Voice Range: Spoken (5 short lines) / Mime
Role Grading: Act / Move / Sing
Ethnicity: Southeast-Asian / Person of colour
Accent: Tonkinese

Pretty, young daughter of Bloody Mary. Minimal singing and dialogue. Speaks no English and only a little French. She loves Lt. Cable, has only a few lines, but must be able to convey words and feelings through pantomime and facial expressions.

Henry – Emile’s indigenous servant (Cameo Role)
Gender: Male
Age: Middle-age to older (30-60)
Voice Range: Spoken
Ethnicity: Southeast-Asian / Person of colour
Accent: French

Ngana – Emile’s daughter (Child Cameo Role)
Gender: Girl
Age: Young (8-12)
Voice Range: Mezzo-Soprano
Role Grading: Act / Sing / Move
Ethnicity: Southeast-Asian / Person of colour
Accent: French
Audition Piece: Dites-moi

Tonkinese daughter of Emile De Becque. She speaks only French. The children will be required to act and sing.

Jerome – Emile’s son (Child Cameo Role)
Gender: Boy
Age: Young (10-12)
Voice Range: Boy Soprano
Role Grading: Act / Sing / Move
Ethnicity: Southeast-Asian / Person of colour
Accent: French
Audition Piece: Dites-moi

Tonkinese son of Emile De Becque. He speaks only French. The children will be required to act and sing.

Ensemble Detail

CHARACTERS IN ENSEMBLE

Note: There are adhoc one-liners that ensemble are required to speak

FEMALE

Bloody Mary’s Assistant No 1; Age: 20+; Ethnicity: Polynesian.
Bloody Mary’s Assistant No 2; Age: 20+; Ethnicity: Polynesian.
Bloody Mary’s Assistants No 3; Age: 20+; Ethnicity: Polynesian.
Lead Nurse – Lt. Genevieve Marshall; Age: 35 – 60 (Older – Matron Type); Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign Dinah Murphy; Age: 20 – 45 (Senior Nurse); Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign Janet MacGregor; Age: 20 – 45 (Senior Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Connie Walewska; Age: 20 – 45 (Senior Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Bessie Noonan; Age: 20 – 45 (Senior Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Rita Adams; Age: 20 – 45 (Senior Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Lisa Minelli; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Pamela Whitmore; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Sue Yaeger; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Cora MacRae; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Ensign – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Nurse); Ethnicity: Any.
Town folk; Age: 16 – 65 (Town folk); Ethnicity: Any.

MALE

Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey; Age: 20+; Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Yeoman Herbert Quale; Age: 20+; Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Navy Officer’s Assistant; Age: 20+; Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Henry’s Assistant No 1; Age: 20 + (also Sailor / Seabee); Ethnicity: Polynesian.
Henry’s Assistant No 2; Age: 20 + (also Sailor / Seabee); Ethnicity: Polynesian.
Professor; Age: 20 – 45 (Seabee, Billis’s lacki); Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Stewpot; Age: 20 – 45 (Seabee) (Bass Voice); Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Seabee – Morton Wise; Age: 20 – 45 (Seabee); Ethnicity: Any.
Seabee – Richard West; Age: 20 – 45 (Seabee); Ethnicity: Any.
Seabee – Extra; Age: 20 – 45 (Seabee); Ethnicity: Any.
Seabee – Extra; Age: 20 – 45 (Seabee); Ethnicity: Any.
Sailor – Tom O’Brien; Age: 20 – 35 (Sailor); Ethnicity: Any.
Sailor – James Hayes; Age: 20 – 35 (Sailor); Ethnicity: Any.
Sailor – Thomas Hassinger; Age: 20 – 35 (Sailor); Ethnicity: Any.
Sailor – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Sailor); Ethnicity: Any.
Sailor – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Sailor); Ethnicity: Any.
Sailor – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Sailor); Ethnicity: Any.
Sailor – Extra; Age: 20 – 35 (Sailo)r; Ethnicity: Any.
Marine – Lieutenant Buzz Adams; Age: 20 – 45 (Marine/Pilot); Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Marine – Sergeant Hamilton Steeves; Age: 20 – 50 (Marine/Patrol Man); Includes dialogue; Ethnicity: Any.
Town Folk and Fisherman; Age: 16 – 65 (Town folk/Fishermen); Ethnicity: Any.

Please note that all cast members will be expected to provide their own footwear for the production and must be willing to make alterations to their hairstyles and hair colour.

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