Children invited to audition for White Christmas and South PacificDate: 17 August 2011
The wonderfully festive seasonal musical Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical comes to the Liverpool Empire Theatre from 22 December 2011 - 7 January 2012 and the producers are looking for two girls to alternately play the part of Susan, the General’s grand-daughter.
Meanwhile, in Manchester the search is on for young people to star in the new production of South Pacific starring Samantha Womack. Following its run in London at the Barbican Theatre from 15 August to 1 October, the production will embark on a nationwide tour from 12 October.
The cast on tour will be headed by Samantha Womack as Nellie Forbush, Jason Howard as Emile de Becque, Alex Ferns as Luther Billis, Daniel Koek as Joseph Cable and Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary, with Paulo Szot playing the role of Emile in Oxford between 21-31 December. Samantha Womack and Loretta Ables Sayre leave the tour at the end of the Oxford run, on 31 December.
The roles needing to be played by local children on tour are Ngana and Jerome, the illegitimate children of Emile de Becque. Ngana (female) and Jerome (male) would need to be of a playing age between 8 and 10 years, black, mixed-raced Caucasian/black or similar skin tone, with some singing and movement skills. The producers also need to find a female child to play Bloody Mary’s native helper, who would have the same skills and appearance as, and understudy both the roles of, Ngana and Jerome.
To audition for any of the three roles for the performances of South Pacific at the Manchester Palace Theatre from Tuesday 25th October – Saturday 5th November 2011, people need to send an email with name, photograph, age and contact details to email@example.com to arrange an audition, which will take place on Saturday 27th August 2011 in Central Manchester.
This classic Rogers and Hammerstein production is set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences.
Featuring a cast and live orchestra of 50, the show is brought to the UK by the entire Lincoln Center creative team, led by director Bartlett Sher, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Ted Sperling and original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical direction will be by Jae Alexander.
The Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific is produced at the Barbican Theatre and on tour by Bob Boyett, Bob Bartner, Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and Genesius Theatrical Productions in association with Promenade Productions.