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Friday, August 26, 2022


Montecasino will present KickstArt Theatre’s magical family pantomime Sinbad The Sailor.

KickstArt is casting for selected principal roles and eight dancers for this enchanting festive season production, which will be running at the Montecasino’s Teatro in Johannesburg from November 18 to December 23 2022.

Rehearsals will commence on the October 24, and will take place onstage at The Teatro, between the hours of 10h00 and 20h00. The production will be directed by Steven Stead, designed by Greg King, and choreographed by Evashnee Pillay.

Open dance auditions will be held on August 29 at 10h00 on The Teatro stage. KickstArt is looking for four men and four women with charisma, an ability to characterise, and a strong command of both classical and contemporary dance styles, aged between 18 and 30.

Prospective candidates should present themselves at 09h30 to take a number and be added to the list. A choreographic sequence will be taught in the audition, and prospective cast members will be asked to a call back audition. Call-backs will be held on Tuesday August 30 at 10h00.

Please wear clothes and footwear appropriate for dancing: ballet pumps or similar simple, flat dance shoes.

Steven Stead says they are also looking for the following principal characters:

Sinbad: Our strapping, handsome hero. He should have a strong singing voice in contemporary musical theatre style, and be able to dance to a fair degree. Actors of colour are preferred, aged between 20 and 35 years.

Silly Billy Souvlaki: Sinbad’s very intellectually challenged little brother. This is a slapstick comedy role which needs great comic timing and bold, clear character work, but need not be the best singer (although he does sing!). He does a lot of work with the audience so needs to be adept at Children’s Theatre. We are looking for actors of any race aged between 18 and 35.

Genie of the Seven Seas: Golden-voiced magical character, with good comic timing and onstage status. Must be able to sing extremely well in a classical musical theatre style. Actors of colour are preferred, aged between 20 and 45.

Long John Slither: the pirate king: An oily, Disney-style villain. We are looking for an experienced senior actor aged between 40 and 60, who can deliver a strong classical style performance, and play nasty with relish. He does sing.

Dame Dona Kebab, Sinbad’s Mother: This is the “Dame” in the panto: a colourful, comedic, cross-dressing role. We are looking for a male actor aged 35-55 to play this important part. This particular role is more of a ‘bloke in a frock’ sort of dame, not a female impersonator.”

Any actors interested in auditioning for any of these roles, must book a slot on either Monday August 29 between 14h00 and 18h00, or Tuesday August 30 between 13h30 and 16h30, by emailing

Bring an appropriate song, with a backing track on a flash drive, and prepare a short one-minute monologue that is appropriate to the character.