Footloose Auditions

Auditions for FOOTLOOSE will be held in the Upper Hall on Sunday 29th March, from 10am to 5pm.  Please read all the information on this page very carefully, it will contain everything you need to know.

 

EVERYONE who wants to be in the show is REQUIRED to come, including the Chorus, for at least part of the day, according to the timetable below. If you do not attend the audition we regret that you will be unable to partake in the show - places are limited (including Chorus places), so we need to prioritise those who attend the audition day.

Scroll further down this page to see character descriptions & requirements for ALL parts (including Chorus), as well as the materials you are required to prepare (chorus parts do not require preparation). If you wish to audition for more than one part that is absolutely fine, however please only prepare ONE song (it doesn't matter which - e.g. if you wish to audition for Ariel AND Rusty, you may choose either of their listed songs and we will still consider you for both parts no matter which song you perform). You should, however, prepare all the scenes for all the characters you wish to be considered for, because you may be required to audition multiple times depending on who we have on the day.

Songs will be sung to backing tracks (tracks included in the links below, for you to practice). To get familiar with the songs and their melodies, listen to the cast album on Spotify here.

A rough breakdown of timings (a full timetable is below):

Teenagers auditioning for main parts (year 9 and above) = arrive at 10am, leave at 5pm

Teenagers auditioning for small parts (year 9 and above) = arrive at 10am, leave at 3pm

Dancing / chorus teenagers (year 8 and above) = arrive at 10am, leave at 2pm

Adults auditioning for main parts = arrive at 1pm, leave at 4pm

Adults auditioning for non-singing parts = arrive at 1pm, leave at 3pm 

Adults auditioning for the Chorus = arrive at 1pm, leave at 2pm.

In order to participate in FOOTLOOSE you must be available on:

-- Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting immediately after the auditions (Tuesday 31st March), up until the performances (you will not be needed for every rehearsal but must be generally available i.e. no other regular commitments on those days)

-- Sunday 30th August

- Sunday 6th September

-- 10th, 11th & 12th September (the performances)

Exceptions will be made for holidays within reason and with ADVANCED WARNING; and for exams and revision if you are in year 11 or year 13. If you are a principal or supporting part you will be expected to attend most rehearsals; chorus parts will be required more infrequently.

Any questions - if you are unsure what times you are required on 29th March, what and how to prepare, or you would like help with choosing what to audition for - please email the Director (M-C) at marie.claire.lindsay@gmail.com 

TIMINGS FOR AUDITIONS, 29TH MARCH, UPPER HALL (Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your start time):

10am - 12.30pm : GROUP DANCE AUDITIONS 

WHO: All teenagers (NO ADULTS)

WHAT: Bonnie will teach you all a routine which you will then perform in groups

1pm - 2pm : CHORUS SINGING 

WHO: Everyone who wants to be in the show, including all chorus applicants

WHAT: Bob will teach you a Whole Company song

 

2pm - 3pm: ACTING AUDITIONS

WHO: Principals, Supporting, Featured characters (NO ADULT CHORUS, NO TEEN CHORUS/DANCERS)

WHAT: Scene work, in pairs or small groups, see below table for details

3pm - 4pm : SINGING AUDITIONS

WHO: Principals & Supporting characters

WHAT: Solo singing auditions, see below table for details

4pm - 5pm: PRINCIPAL DANCE AUDITIONS

WHO: Principal teen characters (NO ADULTS)

WHAT: Effectively a dance callback, to put you in certain roles and see what fits best

PRINCIPALS

REN MCCORMACK (male teen)


Ren is viewed as a young rebel always getting into trouble, but at heart he is an energetic boy who is dealing with the pain of his father's desertion, as he tries desperately to convince the world - and himself - that he isn't troubled by betrayal. He emotes his pain through his quirky sarcasm and constant need to dance and stir up trouble. Ariel is the first person to get him to open up and confront those wounds. AGE: Playing an 18 year old REQUIREMENTS: Dancing & singing are a necessity AUDITION MATERIALS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)




ARIEL MOORE (female teen)


Ariel is the preacher's daughter. At first glance it would appear that she is the perfect girl - beautiful, perky, dutiful, energetic. But look closer and you will find that she is her father's worst nightmare. She is energetic, strong willed, sharp tongued, and aware of her sensuality. But she also uses her high spirits to hide her grief at her brother's death, and the loss of a once-loving relationship with her father. AGE: Playing a 17-18 year old REQUIREMENTS: Dancing and singing (solos and harmonies) are a necessity AUDITION MATERIALS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATIERALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taugtht on the day)




REVEREND SHAW MOORE (male adult)


Reverend Moore is the most powerful figure in Bomont. He is stern, strict and solemn, and runs the town with an iron fist, yet he is also charasmatic and charming, with a quick mind and a loving heart which endear him to the congregation. But inside he continues to mourn the death of his son - the one person he could not save. Only Ariel and Vi (and eventually Ren) glimpse his private anguish and flashes of frustration. AGE: Playing the father of an 18 year old daughter, and a son who would have been about 20. REQUIREMENTS: Strong singing voice (baritone), dance not necessary. AUDITION MATERIALS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATIERALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance not required)




VI MOORE (female adult)


Vi is the strong-willed preacher's wife who holds the moral fiber of Bomont in her upright stance. Despite the loss of her son and the strained relationship with her husband, Vi fully understands what kind of unflagging good humour she must display in order to keep her household – and her husband’s congregation – running smoothly. And with her plucky irreverence, she gives us a glimpse of what life with Shaw was like before the tragedy, when theirs was a marriage both passionate and playful. She has the ability to not only support and understand Shaw but also Ariel...and even Ren – really she is the only person in the whole show who can empathise with everyone’s position. AGE: Playing the mother of an 18 year old daughter, and a son who would have been about 20. REQUIREMENTS: Strong singing voice (mezzo), dance not a necessity. AUDITION MATERIALS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance not required)




ETHEL MCCORMACK (female adult)


Ren gets his intelligence, his resilience, and his sense of humour from his mother. It’s hard for Ethel to be living in her sister’s home and abiding by her brother-in-law’s rules, but she never succumbs to the pathos of her situation - after all, she has to be strong for Ren. Their mutual loss has brought them closer together, and they share a teasing, good-natured relationship. In many ways a similar character to Vi, Ethel is mature, understanding and empathetic – she and Vi are effectively the glue behind other people who are in need of guidance. AGE: Playing the mother of an 18 year old son. REQUIREMENTS: Strong singing voice (mezzo), dancing not a necessity. AUDTIION MATERIALS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATIERALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance not required)




WILLARD HEWITT (male teen)


Willard is a simple country bumpkin with a warm heart and a big crush on Rusty. But he isn't dumb - he is a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his defence against a world that he often has trouble comprehending. Willard hasn’t had anyone come along to puncture that macho belligerence – until Ren arrives. After that, the humour in the character of Willard derives from his gradual, innocent and giddy discovery of the new worlds that Ren opens up to him. AGE: Playing a 17-18 year old. REQUIREMENTS: Singing - strong singing voice (tenor) Dance - dance is required, but Willard is a hesitant, rather clumsy dancer, so this can shine through in your performance. AUDITION MATERIALS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATIERALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)





SUPPORTING

HIGH SCHOOL KIDS (male & female teens)


The High School kids will be in the two school scenes and some of the main dances. They aren't huge parts but will be great fun and a good introduction to performing in EHP musicals for anyone who is new. There is capacity for up to FOUR girls and potentially TWO boys (depending on the casting of the "named" boys above). AGE: Year 8 minimum. REQUIREMENTS: You will be required to dance in the big company numbers - auditions will primarily be based around your dance ability, so this is not recommended if you do not have dance experience to some level. AUDITION MATERIALS: None - on the day, Bonnie will teach you a dance and Bob will teach you a song. NOTES: This is likely to be a competitive element of the casting, so please bear in mind the limited spaces as we cannot guarentee that everyone will be successful.




BOMONT TOWNSFOLK (male & female adults)


The Chorus will appear in 3 scenes - the opening number (a huge montage-style scene with harmony singing and movement), the end of Act 1 number, and a "town hall" scene. We are taking the singing up a notch this year - the songs in Footloose have tricky harmonies which will need many dedicated rehearsals, so make sure you are up to the challenge! AGE: Any! REQUIREMENTS: Singing - must be happy to learn harmonies. AUDITION MATERIALS: None. Bob will teach you a song on the day.





FEATURED

LYLE, TRAVIS, BICKLE, GARVIN, JETER (male teens)


These 5 teenage boys are friends with Chuck and/or Ren. They are supporting roles, but they get to perform in many of the big numbers (including singing backing harmonies) so they need to played by confident performers. AGE: 14-18 year olds AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (& BE PREPARED TO READ FOR ANY OF THE MALE PARTS) For your song, we'd like to hear you sing EITHER Mama Says OR I Can't Stand Still - you choose! These parts won't have solos but will need to be strong backing singers, so learn the main solos of one of these songs and show us what you've got! (Dance will be taught on the day)




ELEANOR DUNBAR (female adult)


A small supporting part. AGE: Playing the wife of a high school gym teacher. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER AND BE PREPARED TO READ ANY OF THE MALE PARTS




COACH DUNBAR (male adult)


A small supporting part. AGE: Anything! Playing a high school gym teacher. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER AND BE PREPARED TO READ ANY OF THE MALE PARTS




PRINCIPAL HARRY (male adult)


A small supporting part. AGE: Anything! Playing a high school headmaster. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER AND BE PREPARED TO READ ANY OF THE MALE PARTS




BETTY (female adult)


A small supporting part. AGE: Anything! Playing the owner of a diner (who rollerskates - rather badly!!) AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER AND BE PREPARED TO READ ANY OF THE MALE PARTS




COWBOY BOB (male adult)


A small supporting part - in one scene at the start of Act 2, but with a big solo. AGE: Anything! AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER AND BE PREPARED TO READ ANY OF THE MALE PARTS Please also choose ANY of the male lead parts above (Ren, Shaw, or Willard) and learn the song in their Dropbox link - because we'll need to hear you sing!





CHORUS

HIGH SCHOOL KIDS (male & female teens)


The High School kids will be in the two school scenes and some of the main dances. They aren't huge parts but will be great fun and a good introduction to performing in EHP musicals for anyone who is new. There is capacity for up to FOUR girls and potentially TWO boys (depending on the casting of the "named" boys above). AGE: Year 8 minimum. REQUIREMENTS: You will be required to dance in the big company numbers - auditions will primarily be based around your dance ability, so this is not recommended if you do not have dance experience to some level. AUDITION MATERIALS: None - on the day, Bonnie will teach you a dance and Bob will teach you a song. NOTES: This is likely to be a competitive element of the casting, so please bear in mind the limited spaces as we cannot guarentee that everyone will be successful.




BOMONT TOWNSFOLK (male & female adults)


The Chorus will appear in 3 scenes - the opening number (a huge montage-style scene with harmony singing and movement), the end of Act 1 number, and a "town hall" scene. We are taking the singing up a notch this year - the songs in Footloose have tricky harmonies which will need many dedicated rehearsals, so make sure you are up to the challenge! AGE: Any! REQUIREMENTS: Singing - must be happy to learn harmonies. AUDITION MATERIALS: None. Bob will teach you a song on the day.