Insider tips for upcoming auditions.

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It’s happened. The midday toe-tapping is slowing down, the melodies of Elphaba and Audrey II are fading from memory. Post-musical depression is setting in.

But it doesn’t have to be like this! Now is the perfect time to consider making the leap from audience member to part of the ensemble, with auditions for Townsville Choral Society and NQOMT’s first shows of 2018 taking place within the next week.

Townsville Choral Society’s We Will Rock You will take over the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre in January next year, with auditions happening this weekend. Director Jamie Hunt said the production would call for more cast members than usual.

“We are preparing to have a ‘larger’ cast than some of the previous shows, as the Entertainment Centre and the show both allow us to do so. In saying that, we unfortunately can’t take every single person that is auditioning. There are obvious challenges with a large cast, like making sure everyone gets ample stage time, but Kylie [Tillack, Choreographer] and myself work on the Kirwan High musical each year which has around 120 students, and Claire [Davies, Vocal Director] oversees Pimilico Presents which has more than that, so we are used to it!” Jamie said.

Despite the auditions happening in just a few days time, Jamie said there was no reason to panic.

“Auditions are not memory tests. We obviously want people to come in prepared and confident with the audition material and the character that they are portraying, however they aren’t going to be penalised if they need to look over their music.

“Practice with an audience. Lots of people prepare their audition pieces in the security of their bedroom or belting in the shower. If you are serious about playing a lead role, practice with friends or go and have a lesson with a vocal teacher. This way you are getting feedback and improving.”

NQOMT will shift their first show of the year, Nunsense, to the NQOMT Hall at Gill Park while the Civic Theatre is closed for upgrades, which director Alan Cooke said suits the show perfectly.

Nunsense is set in a school hall anyway, with the nuns borrowing a stage that is still set for the school’s production of Grease, so performing this one in the NQOMT Hall is ideal. I’ve seen the show a few times and even directed it once before – in the 90s – and it works really well as a dinner theatre show,” Alan said.

“For those who haven’t heard of the musical before, you should expect an absolutely entertaining, laughter-filled evening. It’s a five-person show about nuns from a convent putting on a charity performance so they can afford to bury four other nuns – so it is just a cast of five women required.

“There’s no age range set in stone either, whether you’re 60 or 20. There’s a need for real vocal disparity between the characters, so we’ll be looking for everything from low altos to high sopranos. If you are planning on auditioning, bring it on! Come prepared to have fun, and don’t be shy – there’s no reason to be.”

Auditions for We Will Rock You take place this Saturday and Sunday. Click here for application information. Auditions for Nunsense begin next Wednesday and Thursday, with more information available by emailing 

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