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VR Theatrical is proud to announce auditions for our upcoming production of

DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

Jaco van Rensburg

 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Wessel Odendaal

 

When four young singers are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in this goofy, 1950s nostalgia trip.

 

Synopsis

 

Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols – The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo's and The Crew Cuts.  Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge's family's plumbing supply company, they became "Forever Plaid".  On the way to their first big gig, the "Plaids" are broadsided by a school bus and killed instantly.  It is at the moment when their careers and lives end that the story of Forever Plaid begins....

 

Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with overzealous precision, the "Plaids" are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s.

 

This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies! 

 

Songs

 

  • Rockin' My Soul

  • Three Coins In The Fountain

  • Gotta Be This Or That

  • Undecided

  • Moments To Remember

  • Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby

  • No Not Much

  • Perfidia

  • Cry

  • Sixteen Tons

  • Chain Gang

  • Catch A Falling Star

  • Kingston Market

  • Jamaica Farewell

  • Matilda

  • Heart And Soul

  • Lady Of Spain

  • Scotland The Brave

  • Shangri-La

  • Rags To Riches

  • Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

 

 

Cast - 4 Men (Any race as we are casting colour-blind.)

 

 

Francis

The leader and caretaker of the group. Confident. Asthmatic.  He has a great deal of compassion for the music and the group.  Romantic crooner and spiritual singer.

Gender: male

Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: B5

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

 

Sparky

The clown of the group, who is shown to have a heart.  Very sharp and loves singing his tailor-made solos.  Wears a retainer and has a slight speech impediment.  Energetic and clever.

Gender: male

Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

 

Jinx

The shy one.  He lives his life terrified and doesn't always remember what song comes next.  Sparky's step-brother, he occasionally gets a nosebleed when he sings above an A.

Gender: male

Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: C6

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

 

Smudge

The worrier.  He worries about the props, the running order, and always assumes the audience won't like him.  Has chronic nervous stomach and is oddly reluctant to perform.  Wears glasses, which hides his good looks and sex appeal.

Gender: male

Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3

Production dates

Rehearsals:  12 - 31 August

Johannesburg Tech:  1 - 4 September

Johannesburg Performances:  5 September - 6 October

Transfer to Cape Town:  7 - 9 October

Cape Town Season:  10 October - 2 November

Auditions

All auditionees should be strong vocalists and actors who are able to deliver solo performances.  They should be comfortable with close harmony work and be able to deliver comic dialogue.  Previous movement experience will be a bonus as basic, but specific choreography will be required.
 

Auditionees should prepare a 32 bar cut in the 50s style, uptempo AND ballad.  Call-back materials will be supplied.

Auditions will be held on Thursday 17 January 2019, with callbacks on Friday 18 January at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Studio Theatre. 

Kindly submit CVs and headshots of suggested candidates to jaco@vrtheatrical.com no later than close of business on 14 January for interested candidates.  We will revert with auditions slots on Tuesday 15 January. 

We will also accommodate SELF-TAPES for those artists who are not able to attend in person.

Please note that the production will be Johannesburg based.

Artists would need to be available for a pre-publicity photoshoot in February.  Please communicate any foreseeable issues.

We look forward to hearing from you and your artists!

Have a wonderful Christmas and feel free to contact us at any time regarding any issues.