AUDITIONS

Great Expectations
A Musical
Adapted by the Dickins’ Classic 
By David Coons and Karen Coons
Directed by Linda Holland
Costume Design by Leone Sharp

Performance Dates:

4th & 11th March 2023 at 7pm
18th March 2023 at 2pm & 7pm
Staged at John Lees Centre, 15 Evan Street, Penrith.

SYNOPSIS:

Here’s a literary classic, adapted into a musical!

The orphaned Pip is being raised by Mrs. Joe, his bitter sister.  Besides having to endure the burdened Mrs. Joe’s anger, Pip also has a frightful run-in with an escaped convict, whom he eventually helps.  Fortunately, Pip has two supportive friends:  Biddy, a kind, encouraging girl, and Joe, his sister’s husband.  But then Mrs. Joe sends Pip to live with the wealthy, yet bitter, Miss Havisham.  

After tolerating life with her for six years, Pip’s life takes another twist when he receives money, presumably from Miss Havisham, to go to London.  But Miss Havisham introduces Pip to the cruel Estella, who tries to hurt Pip.  This will supposedly help Miss Havisham feel vindication for her own rejections in life.  

Dramatic twists as only Dickens can create will leave your audiences mesmerized.  The story’s filled with glorious musical numbers:  ’Always Count On Me,’ ’Will I Find My Way?’ and ’Great Expectations.’ Loaded with Dickens’ style and emotion, this show is guaranteed to touch any audience.

SINGING ROLES:

YOUNG PIP - looks 8 -10yrs old - a good hearted orphan boy who has lived with his older sister and her husband since he was a baby.  He originally wants to learn to be a blacksmith but he meets and falls in love with Young Estella. He then wants to become a gentleman.

 

Audition song suggestions - I’d Do Anything (OLIVER), Do-Re-Mi (THE SOUND OF MUSIC),

Little People (LES MISERABLES)

 

YOUNG BIDDY - looks 10-12yrs old - a kind hearted friend of Pip, also an orphan

 

Audition song suggestions - Castle On A Cloud (LES MISERABLES), I Know Things Now (INTO THE WOODS), Maybe (ANNIE), Tomorrow (ANNIE)

 

MRS. JOE - looks 30-40yrs old - Pip's hot-tempered adult sister who’s real name is Georgiana Maria. She does the work of the household but too often loses her temper and beats her family. Very nasty woman who, through a twist of fate completely changes.

 

Mezzo to Soprano

 

Audition song suggestions - In His Eyes (JEKYLL & HYDE), any lead songs from Les Miserables (any gender), Phantom of the Opera, Children Will Listen (from INTO THE WOODS), Climb Ev'ry Mountain (from THE SOUND OF MUSIC)

 

JOE GARGARY - looks 30-50yrs old - Pip's brother-in-law, and his first father figure. He is a blacksmith who is always kind to Pip and the only person with whom Pip is always honest. Joe is disappointed when Pip decides to leave his home to live in London to become a gentleman rather than be a blacksmith in business with Joe. He is a strong man who bears the shortcomings of those closest to him.

 

Baritone

 

Audition song suggestions - Make Them Hear You (RAGTIME), Stars (LES MISERABLES), This Nearly Was Mine (SOUTH PACIFIC), This Is The Moment (JEKYLL & HYDE), Music Of The Night (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), On The Street Where You Live (MY FAIR LADY)

 

MISS HAVISHAM - looks 40 - 60yrs old (make up will be used to age the successful auditionee if required) - a wealthy spinster who takes Pip on as a companion for herself and her adopted daughter, Estella. Havisham is a wealthy, eccentric woman who has worn her wedding dress and one shoe since the day that she was jilted at the altar by her fiancé. Her house is unchanged as well. She hates all men, and plots to wreak a twisted revenge by teaching Estella to torment and spurn men, including Pip, who loves her. Miss Havisham is later overcome with remorse for ruining both Estella's and Pip's chances for happiness.

 

Mezzo to Soprano

 

Audition song suggestions - In His Eyes (JEKYLL & HYDE), any lead songs from Les Miserables (any gender), Phantom of the Opera, Children Will Listen (from INTO THE WOODS), Climb Ev'ry Mountain (from THE SOUND OF MUSIC)

 

OLDER PIP - must be 18-20yrs old but have a young look - older Pip continues his journey to becoming a gentleman and attempts to win the love of Estella. He quickly falls prey to the lures of the high life when he receives money from a mysterious benefactor. He’s subjected to the cruel games of Miss Havisham and Estella.

 

Tenor

 

Audition song suggestions - Music Of The Night (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), All Good Gifts (GODSPELL), Gethsemane [I Only Want To Say] (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR), Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (LES MISERABLES), Johanna (SWEENEY TODD), Something's Coming (WEST SIDE STORY)

 

OLDER ESTELLA - must be 18-25yrs old - Miss Havisham's adopted daughter, whom Pip pursues. She is a beautiful girl and grows more beautiful after her schooling in France. Estella represents the life of wealth and culture for which Pip strives. Since Miss Havisham has sabotaged Estella's ability to love, Estella cannot return Pip's passion.

 

Soprano

 

Audition song suggestions - Christina’s songs from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, A Heart Full of Love and In My Life (LES MISERABLES), I Have A Love (WESTSIDE STORY)

 

OLDER BIDDY - must be 18-25yrs old - A kind and intelligent but poor young woman, she is, like Pip and Estella, an orphan. She acts as Estella's foil. Pip ignores Biddy’s affections for him as he pursues Estella.

 

Mezzo to Soprano

 

Audition song suggestions - In His Eyes (JEKYLL & HYDE), any female songs from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, Children Will Listen (from INTO THE WOODS), Climb Ev'ry Mountain (from THE SOUND OF MUSIC)

 

MALE NON-SINGING ROLES

ABLE MAGWITCH - looks 30-60yrs old - a convict

 

ARTHUR COMPEYSON - looks 30-60yrs old - a convict

 

SOLDIERS - looks 18-50yrs old - unknown at this time how many soldiers are required.

 

SARGEANT - looks 30-50yrs old

 

MR. JAGGERS - looks 40-80yrs old - a prominent lawyer with many links to characters

 

YOUNG HERBERT POCKET - 10-12yrs old - a young boy who was also invited to visit Miss Havisham, but she did not take to him. Young Pip and Herbert do not get along at first.

 

OLDER HERBERT - looks 18-25yrs old - later becomes Pip's friend, tutoring him in the "gentlemanly" arts and sharing his rooms with Pip in London.

 

BENTLEY DRUMMLE - looks 18-25yrs old - a coarse, unintelligent young man from a wealthy noble family. Drummle is hostile to Pip and everyone else. He is a rival for Estella's attentions.

 

FEMALE NON-SINGING ROLES

YOUNG ESTELLA - looks 10-12yrs old - Miss Havisham's adopted daughter, whom Pip pursues. She is a beautiful girl and grows more beautiful after her schooling in France.

 

MRS. MARTINS - looks 40-60yrs old - a London friend of Miss Havisham.

 

MOLLY - looks 30-60yrs old - a loyal servant to Mr Jaggers

 
AUDITION DATE:
Sunday, 9th October from 2pm to 9pm
at Ruby Productions
Level 1, 15 Evan Street, Penrith
(If required further auditions and/or call backs will be held
Friday, 14th October 6.30pm)
 
 
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS 
Auditions will open 6th August for you to request an audition time.
A copy of the rehearsal schedule and audition reading piece will be provided via a link.
Please review the schedule very closely to note the mandatory attendance dates as these will not be negotiable.
 
Please note: The singing roles require strong vocal ability and this requirement must be taken seriously - it will be the deciding factor as to who will be successful in the role.
Auditionees must prepare a song with either a backing track or as acapella ONLY.
The use of tracks with existing vocals will not be allowed.
 
Auditions are closed auditions - only the auditionees are permitted in the room.
 ***Those who are successful in getting a part must be or become a member of
Ruby Productions at an annual cost of $40.*** 
 

For further information, please email the Director,

Linda Holland at: cevane1979@outlook.com