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

CHUCK CRANSTON (male teen)


Chuck is Ariel's boyfriend - he's a motorcycle riding, foul mouthed, leather wearing, trailer park trash kid who takes one look at Ren and realises that there's only room for one bad boy in this town. And he doesn't like that Ren seems to have sparked Ariel's interest... AGE: Playing an 18 year old. AUDITION MATERIALS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)




WES WARNICKER (male adult)


Wes is the husband of Ren's aunt / Ethel's sister, Lulu. He and Lulu take Ren & Ethel into their home when they move to Bomont, but he is a stern man who welcomes them less warmly than his wife.... A small part. AGE: Playing the husband of a woman who is "aunt age" to an 18 year old boy. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION, AND BE PREPARED TO READ FOR ANY OF THE MALE PARTS. (No dance or singing is required)




LULU WARNICKER (female adult)


Lulu is Ren's aunt, and Ethel's older sister. She and her husband Wes take Ren & Ethel into their home when they move to Bomont. She is kind, warm, and welcoming, but follows the strict rules of living in Bomont. A small part. AGE: Playing the aunt of an 18 year old boy. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION, AND BE PREPARED TO READ ANY OF THE FEMALE PARTS (No singing or dance required)




RUSTY (female teen)


Rusty may come off as sassy and self-assured, but in many ways she is the most deeply romantic character in the show. She truly believes that she and Willard were meant to be together, but they’re both so inept about expressing themselves that it takes Ren – and a little time on the dance floor – to ultimately bring that about. She is funny, quirky, loyal to her friends. AGE: Playing a 17-18 year old. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)




URLEEN (female teen)


Urleen is in Ariel's gang, alongside Rusty and Wendy Jo. She has fewer lines than Rusty, but needs to be sassy, confident, and happy to dance and sing both by herself (occasionally) and in various harmonies that the four girls sing together. AGE: Playing a 17-18 year old. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)




WENDY JO (female teen)


Wendy Jo is in Ariel's gang, alongside Rusty and Urleen. She has fewer lines than Rusty, but needs to be sassy, confident, and happy to dance and sing both by herself (occasionally) and in various harmonies that the four girls sing together. AGE: Playing a 17-18 year old. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)





FEATURED

CHUCK CRANSTON (male teen)


Chuck is Ariel's boyfriend - he's a motorcycle riding, foul mouthed, leather wearing, trailer park trash kid who takes one look at Ren and realises that there's only room for one bad boy in this town. And he doesn't like that Ren seems to have sparked Ariel's interest... AGE: Playing an 18 year old. AUDITION MATERIALS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)




WES WARNICKER (male adult)


Wes is the husband of Ren's aunt / Ethel's sister, Lulu. He and Lulu take Ren & Ethel into their home when they move to Bomont, but he is a stern man who welcomes them less warmly than his wife.... A small part. AGE: Playing the husband of a woman who is "aunt age" to an 18 year old boy. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION, AND BE PREPARED TO READ FOR ANY OF THE MALE PARTS. (No dance or singing is required)




LULU WARNICKER (female adult)


Lulu is Ren's aunt, and Ethel's older sister. She and her husband Wes take Ren & Ethel into their home when they move to Bomont. She is kind, warm, and welcoming, but follows the strict rules of living in Bomont. A small part. AGE: Playing the aunt of an 18 year old boy. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW THE SCENE IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION, AND BE PREPARED TO READ ANY OF THE FEMALE PARTS (No singing or dance required)




RUSTY (female teen)


Rusty may come off as sassy and self-assured, but in many ways she is the most deeply romantic character in the show. She truly believes that she and Willard were meant to be together, but they’re both so inept about expressing themselves that it takes Ren – and a little time on the dance floor – to ultimately bring that about. She is funny, quirky, loyal to her friends. AGE: Playing a 17-18 year old. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)




URLEEN (female teen)


Urleen is in Ariel's gang, alongside Rusty and Wendy Jo. She has fewer lines than Rusty, but needs to be sassy, confident, and happy to dance and sing both by herself (occasionally) and in various harmonies that the four girls sing together. AGE: Playing a 17-18 year old. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)




WENDY JO (female teen)


Wendy Jo is in Ariel's gang, alongside Rusty and Urleen. She has fewer lines than Rusty, but needs to be sassy, confident, and happy to dance and sing both by herself (occasionally) and in various harmonies that the four girls sing together. AGE: Playing a 17-18 year old. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE REVIEW ALL MATERIALS IN THIS DROPBOX FOLDER PRIOR TO THE AUDITION (Dance will be taught on the day)





CHORUS

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)





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