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The Country Life
20 Jun, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Please note you must apply for an audition via Kathy Prosser (contact details below). Shortlisted applicants will be notified of their audition time (no later than Sun 15 June).
About the show:
The Country Life is a musical production of primary proportions, commissioned by RASWA and written by Australia’s Children’s Songwriter of the Year (ASA 2013). The production aims to raise awareness and promote both WA agriculture and careers in agriculture among primary school aged children.
A young female publisher visits a little country town set in the wheat belt of WA, in search of a award-winning sponge cake recipe for an esteemed upcoming cookbook publication. After locating the famed baker, he sends her on a mission to locate the ‘secret ingredients’ required for the recipe.
Her mission takes her to a local farm, where she gets more than she bargained for!
The female farmer challenges the publisher’s perceptions of farmers, food, and the country life.
This is a fun, musical, interactive, 45 minute performance which will challenge your perception of children’s entertainment! With smashing music, professional puppets, pro sound, and choreography by Charisse Parnell (The Dance Collective), it’s hard to believe you will actually GET PAID to have so much fun!!
Payment as per the Live Performance Award.
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to perform:
– A short piece of script from the production
– An except from a song in the production (to backing track)
– To follow direction and/or simple choreography
Both the script and song will be provided to shortlisted applicants (no later than Sun 15 June).
Shortlisted applicants should bring the following to their scheduled audition:
– Tax file number
– Certified copy of current driver’s license (if you have one)
– Certified copy of current Working With Children in WA clearance (if you have it)
LOU – ALTO PREFERRED
A 30-50 year old female farmer* (old enough to have a 15 year old child). Lou is a modern farmer who uses sustainable farming practices and technology to improve production quality. She is down to earth, tech savvy, smart, educated, hard working and focussed. During the day she milks the cow, collects the eggs, drives the tractor, feeds the sheep and runs the household. During the evenings she pours over her Farm Management Plan and keeps the books in order. She also enjoys hand spinning, hand dying and knitting her supreme merino wool into colourful creations.
* Lou is well dressed – she is NOT a checked-flanalette shirt, overall-wearing farmer who chews on straw!
JANET** – SOPRANO PREFERRED
A highly-strung, fashion-conscious, corporate 20-something city chic! Janet is always in a hurry. Her Devil Wears Prada boss’ has threatened to fire her should she fail to return without the required recipe. She drives a small red convertible car and gets her hair and nails done regularly. Janet’s anxiety tends to land her in several situations of comedic mishap…
** The performer playing Janet will also have to manipulate some farm animal puppets.
MR TIMMS*** – TENOR OR BASS
A 20-40ish award-winning male baker. Mr Timms owns his own bakery in town (the only bakery in town). He is single but not through lack of trying – there just aren’t many single women around! Mr Timms is an interesting looking character. He is charming, albeit a little clumsy. Mr Timms might appear to have a tough exterior but on the inside he is just as sweet as those sticky little buns he is soooo good at making.
***The performer playing Mr Timms will also play a ‘bit part’ of The Agronomist, as well as manipulate the puppet character of Lou’s teenage son. This involves singing a very cool blues number. The ability to sing with a bit of ‘gravel’ in the voice a distinct advantage (think James Brown).
Show Dates: Rehearsals commence Mon 7 July (2 weeks). Performances commence Mon 21 July (6 weeks).
Author and Director: Kathy Prosser