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Sunday, January 11, 2015


Durban’s top theatre company, KickstArt, will hold open auditions for the forthcoming South African premiere of the hit Broadway musical, Shrek, due to run in May/June at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre later this year.

KickstArt invites all performers over 18 years of age with strong singing and dancing ability to come to the audition and try out for the large featured ensemble. Director, Steven Stead, indicates that his team is looking for five men and six women to play a variety of cameo character parts including, the Three Little Pigs, the Fairy Godmother, a Witch, Peter Pan, Ugly Duckling and a cross-dressing wolf.

Interested artists should be able to sing to a very high level, with strong Broadway-style “belt” ranges, and also be good dancers, able to pick up a variety of choreographic styles easily.

Auditions will be held at The Playhouse Theatre’s Mayville Studios on January 24. Registration commences at 10h00, with a dance audition at 10h30. All those who make it through the dance audition will then be asked to sing individually for the production team. Please prepare an uptempo Broadway or musical theatre song (NOT a pop song!) that shows off range and character. Bring sheet music or a backing track on CD. Also, wear appropriate clothing and footwear for dancing. Nor slops or sandals!

Rehearsals will be held between April 18 and May 15 from 14h30 to 20h00 Mondays to Fridays and from 10h00 to 17h00 on Saturdays. Performances are scheduled for 19h00 nightly, with 14h30 shows on Saturday and Sunday and during the school holidays.

In addition: KickstArt is also looking for two 10-12 year old girls, and two 14-16 year old girls to play the Young and Teenage Princess Fiona. These girls need to have strong singing voices, and be capable of singing confidently in harmony. They also need to be fair skinned, since they need to resemble Jessica Sole, the actress playing the Adult Fiona.

Interested girls should arrive at Mayville Studios at 14h30 and put their names on a register. They will be asked to sing a prepared song, preferably from a musical that shows off the belting range. No dancing is required.

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