Auditions

CARAVAN

TO BOOK AN AUDITION TIME
contact secretary@theatreonchester.com.au
Please nominate the character that would like to audition for, and any preference for date or time.

ABOUT THE PLAY:
It’s really funny!
CARAVAN Takes a lighthearted look at friendship, age and holidays you should never have. Five best friends, in their early forties and hating it, take their first holiday together in a caravan. One of them brings along his new, and all-too-young girlfriend, who threatens the holiday from the start. Tensions are compounded with the heat, the wildlife, frayed relationships and inevitably, rain! In the confined space of a caravan, stress levels explode and the laughs begin!
First performed in 1983 by the Ensemble Theatre Company (Sydney), Caravan has been described as one of Australia’s ‘most successful local comedies’. The play was produced throughout Australia, has been performed in New Zealand, and in 1991 toured provincial centres in the UK.

AUDITION DATES
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
AT
Theatre on Chester
Cnr. Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping

AUDITION FORMAT:
Auditions will be approximately 15-20 minutes each. Where possible we will put groups of actors together to play out the scenes.
Memorising the script for the audition is not needed, but please be familiar with your character and the appropriate scenes.
Audition scenes and script excerpts will be sent on booking.

CHARACTERS:
Penny Robinson (40s) – neurotic, keen to keep the peace, but has her own secrets
Parkes Robinson (40s) – proud caravan owner. Penny’s chauvinistic husband
Rodney Rice (40s) – intellectual, self-absorbed and less than faithful
Monica Rice (40s) – snooty, laconic, would rather be shopping in Paddington (must be tall)
Pierce (40s) – bachelor, untouched by responsibility and with a never ending string of increasingly younger girlfriends.
Gwendolyn (early 20’s) – young girlfriend of Pierce – who’s been living in an ashram in India, studying with a guru (a non-drinker – which is a problem in this group!)

REHEARSAL DATES:
Rehearsals are held at Theatre on Chester, Cnr Oxford and Chester St, Epping
All Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 15 2019
There will be a couple of Sunday afternoons just prior to the opening
A full rehearsal schedule will be given at the first reading
NOTE: PLEASE ADVISE US AT THE AUDITION OF ANY PRIOR COMMITMENTS YOU MAY HAVE ON REHEARSAL NIGHTS

PERFORMANCE DATES:
29, 30*, 31* March and 3, 5, 6, 7*, 10, 12, 13*, 14*, 17, 19, 20 April
*performances are at 5pm all others are at 8pm. Cast required 1-hour prior.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

The Theatre on Chester is at the corner of Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping. The theatre is located in the Epping Uniting Church hall, please enter next to the church. The theatre is 5 minutes’ walk from Epping station and street parking outside the theatre is generally easy. Auditions and all rehearsals are held at the theatre.
Audition Times – please let us know your preference for an audition day and time when you book. If you have no preference, please let us know as this helps with timetabling.
Bring to the audition – Your CV, head shot, script and application form in hard copy.
Payment – The Theatre on Chester is a community theatre and as such none of the cast or crew are paid. You will however be rewarded with tea, coffee, biscuits, the occasional pizza and lots of rapturous applause!
Membership of the Theatre on Chester – Actors who are cast for the production will need to be members of the Theatre on Chester, $10 for a year.
Other commitments – Set building for the production will be on Saturday mornings from 9.00am – 1.00pm. It is appreciated if cast members can give a few Saturdays to help with the set. On performance nights, cast members please stay for 5-10 minutes after the show to help the stage manager close up and the FOH team to pack chairs etc. Many hands make light work and then we can all get away at a reasonable time. The Tuesday evening following the final performance is set beak down, help from the cast is appreciated.

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