MY FAIR LADY
theatre royal • 25 october – 9 november 2019
Featuring ALLISON FARROW as Eliza Doolittle
with JOHN XINTAVELONIS as Alfred P. Doolittle
and NOREEN LE MOTTEE as Mrs Higgins
Auditions: Sunday 31 March
Dance auditions + Callbacks: Monday 1 April
Looking for performers aged 16 – 70
To book your audition, please read the following information carefully and fill out the form below.
About the production
My Fair Lady is one of the most loved musicals of all time and we are very excited to be bringing it back to the Theatre Royal stage for the first time in 20 years!
We’re looking for a strong ensemble of excellent performers of various ages who can sing and act with passion and conviction. We’re also looking to cast a small, proficient group of dancers to form part of the ensemble and feature in the dance numbers – if you can sing too, that’s a plus!
A masterful retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is the tale of Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, and the arrogant phoneticist, Professor Higgins. Higgins accepts a challenge to raise Eliza’s status in society, but as he teaches her how to act like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish.
An endearing tale that will charm you with its warmth and vivid characters, and unforgettable score including: Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, With a Little Bit of Luck, Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live and Get Me to the Church on Time.
Director: Karen Kluss
Musical Director: Tamika Crosbie
Choreographer: Kristy Murtagh
Set Designer: Gus Smith
Costume Designer: Lucy Wilkins
Lighting Designer: Aron Webb
Production & Season Dates
Sun 20 – Thurs 24 October: Bump in and Tech Week
Friday 25 October 7.30pm Opening Night
Saturday 26 October 7.30pm
Wednesday 30 October 7.30pm
Thursday 31 October 7.30pm
Friday 1 November 7.30pm
Saturday 2 November 1.30pm
Saturday 2 November 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 November 7:30pm
Thursday 7 November 7:30pm
Friday 8 November 7:30pm
Saturday 9 November 1:30pm
Saturday 9 November 7:30pm
Rehearsals will begin in July and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Sunday days. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. Rehearsals will gear up closer to the show opening with some Saturdays and Wednesdays added.
Bijou Creative offers performers a small honorarium for their participation in the show. The honorarium for My Fair Lady is $500 for leads / supporting / understudy and $300 for featured characters and ensemble.
If you are auditioning for a dance ensemble role, you are required to attend the dance audition on Monday night. You may also be asked to attend a dance callback if you are auditioning for the ensemble / featured ensemble.
Roles and what to prepare
We are looking to fill various principal, supporting and ensemble roles with a mix of singers, actors and dancers between the ages of 16 – 70.
We will also be looking to cast an understudy for the lead role of Eliza. The understudy will not receive any set shows but will receive the same honorarium as the principals. The understudy will be prepared to learn the music and blocking in their own time and by watching rehearsals, and will otherwise perform as part of the ensemble for the show.
Please bring to your audition:
• a current photo/headshot (A5 size max).
• a performance CV listing any relevant acting, singing and dance experience. Please keep both items separate.
Please prepare the following pieces for the role/s you wish to audition for. If you are auditioning for the Eliza understudy, you do not have to prepare the the ensemble songs but you may be called to the dance callback on Monday night.
Vocal ranges for each part can be downloaded below and the audition material can be downloaded underneath character.
LEAD & supporting characters
Eliza Doolittle (Understudy): Female, 25-40
Cockney flower girl from Lison Grove working outside Covent Garden; high spirited, gutsy and proud; very strong actress as well as singer; excellent legit Soprano; comfortable with cockney dialect and proper British accent.
Audition songs: Wouldn’t it be Loverly (excerpt) and I Could Have Danced All Night (excerpt)
Audition monologues: ELIZA 1 and 2
Henry Higgins: Male, 40-60
British, upper class professional bachelor and world class phonetics expert, teacher and author; conceited, refined and out of touch with his feelings; very strong actor comfortable with British dialect; baritone.
Audition songs: An Ordinary Man (excerpt) and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face (excerpt)
Audition monologues: HIGGINS 1 and 2
Colonel Hugh Pickering: Male, 50-70
Retired British officer with colonial experience; amiable linguist and friend of Higgins who is a real gentleman; strong character actor comfortable with British dialect; baritone.
Audition song: You Did it (excerpt)
Audition monologues: PICKERING 1 & 2
Freddy Eynsford-Hill: Male, 25-40
Spineless upper class young man who becomes completely smitten with Eliza; comfortable with British dialect; excellent legit tenor.
Audition song: On The Street Where You Live (excerpt)
Audition piece: FREDDY 1
Mrs Pearce: Female, 40-60
Professor Higgins’s housekeeper; she is proper, no-nonsense yet motherly; she has affection for Eliza; comfortable with British dialect; mezzo-soprano.
Audition songs: Same as ensemble: Ascot Gavotte (excerpt) and A Little Bit of Luck (excerpt)
Audition monologues: MRS PEARCE 1
Professor Zoltan Karpathy: Male, 30-50
A Hungarian phoneticist and former student of Henry Higgins. Needs to waltz. Non-singing.
Audition songs: Same as ensemble: Ascot Gavotte (excerpt) and A Little Bit of Luck (excerpt). Not mandatory – will consider a non-singer for this role.
Audition monologues: KARPATHY 1
featured characters & Ensemble
Jaime: Male, 30-70
A friend of Alfred P. Doolittle. Tenor
Harry: Male, 30-70
A friend of Alfred P. Doolittle. Baritone/Bass.
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Female, 50-70
Freddy's mother and a friend of Mrs. Higgins.
George: Male, 20-50
A bartender at the Tottenham Court Road Pub.
Mrs Hopkins: Male, 20-50
A Cockney woman.
Ensemble / Dance Ensemble: Any gender, 16+
Cockney men and women, townspeople, servants, stewards, lords, ladies.
Audition songs: Ascot Gavotte (excerpt) and A Little Bit of Luck (excerpt)
Both the main and dance auditions will be held at the Hutchins drama hall (34 Nelson Road, Sandy Bay) on Sunday 31 March and Monday 1 April. Auditions will take around 5-10 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled audition time.