Bendigo Theatre Company
// WICKED //
REHEARSALS: Sundays 10am - 5pm Thursdays 6pm - 10pm
PRODUCTION WEEK: 18 Oct – 24 Oct
PERFORMANCE DATES: Evenings: Fri Oct 25th, Sat 26th, Tues 29th, Thurs 31st Fri 1st Nov, Sat 2nd. Matinees: Sat 26 & Sun 27 Oct, 2nd & 3rd Nov (final performance)
DETAILS: Musical, Comedy Drama Full Length 2 hours 45 mins
SYNOPSIS: Every story has a backstory – what happened before we stumbled on the scene; an unravelling of the past – an understanding of how it all came to be, the bit that set the wheels in motion. Oz and its crafty Wizard have always been…Wicked tells the tale of what it was like just before Dorothy and her house fell from the sky.
Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West has been described as a political, social, and ethical commentary on the nature of good and evil and whether good intentions with bad results are the same as bad intentions with bad results. With the central themes of bullying and persecution of those who are ‘different’ – Wicked lays the ground work for our eventual journey to Oz.
Its pivotal characters are Elphaba, the sensitive, green-tinged outsider who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West and Galinda - beautiful, blonde and popular – who grows up to become the Good Witch of the South.
The story is Elphaba’s to tell - going back to the time when she and Galinda met, eventually becoming friends and travelling together to Oz to meet the Wizard. The pressure of conscience on whether it is better to be ‘right’ or ‘popular’ causes a rift between them that sees Elphaba being misjudgingly cast out as the Wicked one.
Misunderstandings, misplaced loyalties and misrepresentations form the foundation for this study into the contradictions of values and judgements, eventual redemption…and, of course – love.
Auditions are by appointment only and will be approximately 5 minutes in duration. Please prepare one (1) audition song, which should not be from Wicked, but should be any contemporary music theatre piece from the last 20 years. Our strongest advice is to choose a song from the Stephen Schwartz catalogue (Godspell, Pippin, The Bakers Wife, Working, Children Of Eden, The Prince Of Egypt) that best represents the character range you are auditioning for and one that you are comfortable with.
In addition to preparing your own song our Musical Director has selected cuts you may be invited to perform at this first audition.
On vocal audition day, bring along your sheet music (in the correct key). Although not a necessity, sheet music is preferred over track. You may only be required to sing only a small part of your song. We can learn a lot in 16 bars and we also want to chat and get to know you. We also may want to run some basic scales for a range test, our pianist will be available as required.
These auditions are compulsory and will assist to determine your role in the full-cast on stage numbers. There are key moments in the show where the entire company is required to move and we need to see where you may fit in.
The basic movement call will go first on dance audition day and you may be invited into the subsequent Advanced Dance call. Advanced dance is the most important dance call of the day. Anyone who considers themselves to be at least one level or more above basic movement should attend.
Please wear appropriate clothing suitable for your dance / movement audition and leather soled shoes (chorus shoes preferred) so you can move freely and safely. Remember to bring water and snacks to keep hydrated and fuelled. No thongs, no gum and no phones.
Also be aware that the choreography in WICKED is interesting, stylised and essentially from another world, so highly experienced dancers, be ready to drop some of your technique in order to access different stylings. You can expect to be at the dance audition venue for around 2 hours, if auditions are running on time, longer if not.
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