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Merry Go Round – A Journey Back from the Edge
21 Jun, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Calling all actors/singers who can belt out an Aussie classic while intelligently portraying a character going through tough emotional struggles…
Calling all singers/dancers who can harmonise with the best of them…
Calling all people who want to be involved in a production with heart…
Join us on the Merry Go Round
ARENAarts presents a community theatre production, performance dates 9 to 25 October 2014, which will include 2 performances on one Sunday, and a singing performance at a Community Concert the Saturday afternoon before (at which it is planned to have a well-known band or singer…)
Our story follows Alan, who is recovering from a depressive incident that saw him attempt suicide. Alan is one of the Aussie tough guys, who learns the hard way to ask for help – but who luckily DOES ask for help before it’s too late.
We watch as Alan struggles back from the very edge, falling in love along the way, and meeting a host of characters who each have their own battle – there’s Abby (the love interest), who has been through an abusive relationship; Ang who is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and expressing it through anger; Rhys, a sweet natured drug addict; Rosa, an older lady who has lost her husband; and Beth, who sadly is beyond help.
Alan gets his wise advice from his workmate Jules (who is also just a little bit in love with him), and gets bad advice from The Devil (who brings a host of vixenish succubi to tempt Alan into suicide).
Songs are taken from Aussie music from the 70’s to the 00’s and include:
Lonesome Loser – Little River Band
Chained To The Wheel – Black Sorrows
Better Off Alone – Grinspoon
She Has To Be Loved – Jenny Morris
What About Me – Moving Pictures
Prisoner of Society – The Living End
Never Meant to Fail – Alex Lloyd
When it All Falls Apart – The Veronicas
Only The Beginning – Deborah Conway
(Reach out and) Touch Somebody – Noiseworks
(dependent on APRA approval – not a complete list)
The show was written to encourage guys to seek help for mental illness, not to bottle it up – we are partnering with the mental health community on this one – our Opening Night will be the Closing Event for WA Mental Health Week, we will have advertising in The West as part of WA Mental Health Week, probably some mention on Nova 93.7, and they are happy to provide some funding for us for Opening Night celebrations.
Part proceeds will be donated back to WA Men’s Sheds Association, who provide spaces where men can get together and do blokey stuff (make things, play pool, watch movies, tinker with cars) and to encourage them to take care of their physical and mental health; and to Enterprise 33, who are involved in men’s suicide prevention and post-suicide assistance for families.
We are seeking a cast of 8 men and 10 women – to fill the following:
Alan – M 25-45 – tenor
Abby – F 25-45 – soprano
Ang – F 25-45 – mezzo
Rhys – M 25-45 – tenor
Rosa – F 40-60 – mezzo
The Devil – 25-60 – tenor (or mezzo, if cast as a female)
Jules – 25-45 – soprano
Tim – the therapy group facilitator – M 25-40 – non singing role
Mr Anderson- Alan’s boss – M 40-60 – non singing role
Chorus (8 people, movement/dance experience and harmonies will be required)
(The part of Beth is already cast)
There is also a children’s cast of dancers – I am looking for 12 children, who will alternate performances in two groups of 6. Children must be 8 or older, and must have some dance experience.
Auditions will be held on Saturday 21 June 2014 at the Latvian Centre Theatre, 60 Cleaver Terrace, Belmont. Adults will be required to prepare a rock/pop song (bring a backing track on disk or thumbdrive), we will do some scales and harmonies work, and there will be cold reads from the script. Children should prepare a dance piece – preferably classical or jazz. Call 0421 084 226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your time.
Rehearsals will commence in July.
Call Bree on 0421 084 226 if you have any questions.
I am totally excited to be bringing this production to the stage, and I hope you can join me on the wild journey that is going to be the Merry Go Round!