Auditions for Xanadu!

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Auditions for Xanadu!

 

We’re very excited to announce that auditions for Xanadu are scheduled for the end of March at the Coolum Civic Centre, Park Street, Coolum Beach on Saturday 28th March at 1pm – 5pm (leads), and Monday 30th March, 7.30pm – 9.30pm (ensemble).

Here’s a brief rundown of the characters and other important info that you need to know.

Kira (Clio) – special requirement – must be confident on roller skates – she’s on them for 90% of the show
The youngest of Zeus’s daughters and the muses. Pretty, adventurous, honest and determined, she falls in love with Sonny.

Female    Age: 20 to 35   


Sonny Malone –  special requirement – must be able to roller skate (two scenes) but needs to act like he can’t
A self-critical and depressed mortal, Sonny’s a chalk artist who falls in love with Kira. Handsome, but not particularly smart, he embodies 1980s pop culture and is very much a California dreamer.

Male   Age: 20 to 40


Danny Maguire (Zeus)
The hard-nosed ‘all work and no play’ businessman who owns the theatre he once built for his love, who looked like Kira. Used to be a budding artist like Sonny, but has since let money and greed consume him.

Male   Age: 40 to 70         


Calliope (Aphrodite) – character actress with excellent comic timing. She’s a villain!
Kira’s older sister and fellow muse. She is jealous of Kira and plots with Melpomene, to bring about Kira’s downfall.

Female   Age: 35 to 50   


Melpomene (Medusa) Villain. Instigator of evil!
Kira’s oldest sister and mother of the Sirens. She is jealous that Kira is the leader of the muses and creates the plot for her downfall.

Female   Age: 40 to 60                           


Thalia – special requirement – must performs a solo tap dance in one scene
One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse.  Actor doublings include: Siren, Young Danny, Tubes Singer and Cyclops.

Male or Female  Age: 20 to 35   


Euterpe
One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of music. Actor doublings include: Siren, Andrews Sister, and Thetis.

Female   Age: 25 to 40         


 Erato
One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse.  As Eros, she is responsible for shooting Kira with the arrow of love containing Melpomene and Calliope’s spell. Actor doublings include: Siren, Andrews Sister, Eros, and Hera.

Female   Age: 25 to 45   


Terpsicore
One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. As Hermes, the messenger of the gods, is deeply masculine in voice but sassy and flippant in attitude. Actor doublings include: Siren, Tubes Singer, Hermes, and Centaur.

Male    Age: 25 to 45 


Ensemble
Six multi-talented dancer / singers / skaters, male or female to play Muses and Sirens

Any age, not all need to be able to skate


Looking forward to seeing you all!

There’s a role for everyone at CTP! Why not join us?

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Are you fascinated by the world of theatre? Not ready to be onstage yet or not really interested in acting?  There’s still a way you can be an essential part of Coolum Theatre Players – join us behind the scenes!

The roles we have on offer include:

Wardrobe: everything related to costumes. If you can sew a simple hem, press garments or if you can turn your hand to adding sequins or taking in a skirt, we’d love to have you. But there’s more to wardrobe than that – we also look after wigs, help the actors dress, are on hand in performances for quick changes. And we are always prepared to tackle costume emergencies when a safety pin can save the day!

 Lighting & sound:  Without our techies we’d be speechless and in the dark! We are looking for up and coming technicians who can run a sound desk and make sure our actors are always in the limelight.  Whether you already have some experience or would like to learn the skills alongside one of our techie team, please get in touch with us and find out more.

Stage management: Our tri-annual productions keep us all on our toes and no-one is busier than our stage manager, who runs the show backstage singlehandedly. However, we’d love more ASMs – Assistant Stage Managers – to learn the wide range of skills that keep our shows on track, on time and thoroughly professional. If you have stage management skills or would like to learn from an expert – join us!

Props: Under the eye of the stage manager, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that our props are present and in good working order throughout the run of performances. Nobody wants to be on stage and realise that the telephone they need to pick up is still backstage!

Stage crew: These team members construct our sets and move them about. They also do wonders with all sorts of materials to create effects that you’d swear are real. There may be some heavy lifting involved, so we need people with strong arms as well as skills such as carpentry or painting.

Front of House: The FoH team are our helpful meeters and greeters. Usually seen wearing a CTP t-shirt, or occasionally dressed up to match the show’s theme, they guide our ticket holders to their tables, point out where the loos are, and sell coffee, tea or raffle tickets – all with grace and a smile. If you are lively and helpful, and like to interact with people, this could be the very thing for you!

All these roles are voluntary, and we welcome people of any age who want to get involved with our happy and friendly community theatre family. If you are interested in joining us or want to know more, please contact us at president@coolumtheatre.com.au

 

 

 

 

Save the date for our Xanadu info night – it’s ‘wheely exciting’!

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We’re holding an info night on Friday 6th March 6.30 – 7.30pm so that you can be among the first to hear about our next musical production, the cult ’80s musical Xanadu! Directed by Jesse Hana Ellison and Chris McMahon, our show dates are Friday, July 10, Saturday, July 11 at 7.30pm, Sunday, July 12 at 2pm, and Friday, July 17, Saturday, July 18 at 7.30pm and Sunday, July 19 at 2pm.

If you were in the cradle – or not even born – in the ’80s, here’s a quick rundown of the story …

Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when the heavenly Kira falls in forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.

This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating musical adventure about following your dreams, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, with the screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel, and starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for all the family!

There are nine lead characters supported by an ensemble of a minimum of six. Please note that there is high-energy dancing and roller skating in this production – however, the age range is wide, so come along and find out more on March 6 at Coolum Civic Centre, Park Street Coolum, followed by a social catch up at the Coolum Beach Bowlo. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 28 and Monday, March 30.