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MELBOURNE

MUSICAL THEATRE ACTORS

NOVEMBER 14 & 15, 2019

Audition Conducted By: Brian Baez, Casting Associate NCLH
Musical Director: Randy Glass
Director: Tammy Colucci

Based on the 1994 popular movie of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the journey of two drag queens, Tick and Adam, and a transgender woman, Bernadette, as they travel across Australia in their bus, named Priscilla. Tick has been asked to perform at a hotel in Alice Springs by his estranged wife, Marion. Taking Adam and Bernadette along with him, the trio drive from Sydney to the remote resort town in the middle of the desert. Tick tells his companions that the trip is a favor to his wife, from whom he is separated, but does not reveal that he also has an 8-year-old son he does not know, but who now wants to meet his father. As they head west, Tick, Adam, and Bernadette learn to accept and support each other, whilst encountering a number of strange and colorful characters. After experiencing violent homophobic threats, Adam is forced to realize that not everyone is accepting of his flamboyant lifestyle, whilst Bernadette opens up to the possibility of love again following the death of her husband. Upon reaching Alice Springs, Tick finally meets his son, Benjamin, who accepts his father's homosexuality and drag queen persona. The trio perform at the resort and realize that they have forged a bond that will last forever. Full of well-known pop songs and supported by three divas flying high above the stage, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a flamboyant, funny, disco-fueled musical that gets the audience up on their feet.

CONTRACT DETAILS

Ensemble Starting at $900.00 USD Weekly / Leads Starting at $1,200.00 USD Weekly
Travel to Tampa: February 16, 2020
Rehearsals: February 17 – March 21, 2020
Board Ship: March 22, 2020
End of Contract: November 11, 2020. Subject to change.

ROLES

BERNADETTE

Male, to play 40s - 50s. A quietly dignified transsexual who must be convincing as an older woman who was once the star performer of 'Les Girls.' The mother of the group, Bernadette is glamorous, oozMale, to play 40s - 50s. A quietly dignified transsexual who must be convincing as an older woman who was once the star performer of 'Les Girls.' The mother of the group, Bernadette is glamorous, oozing Old Hollywood charm with rapier wit and sensitivity. Must be able to be convincing and touching in her attraction and growing relationship with Bob. Outstanding acting, singing (range adaptable), dancing, and lip-synching ability. PRINCIPALing Old Hollywood charm with rapier wit and sensitivity. Must be able to be convincing and touching in her attraction and growing relationship with Bob. Outstanding acting, singing (range adaptable), dancing, and lip-synching ability. LEAD

TICK

30s to early 40s male. 5'10 - 6'1. Outstanding straight acting, dance, singing (baritone - tenor) and lip-synching ability crucial. With an unremarkable and essentially straight exterior, Tick is a discontented drag queen, the best in the business. Estranged husband of Marion and absent father to 8 year old Benji, his journey from disillusionment to fulfillment through being reunited with his son is the central core of the story. Leading Role (Originally played in the film by Hugo Weaving) LEAD

FELICIA / ADAM

Male, to play 20s. A flashy, sexy drag queen and born performer with a more than occasional bitchy streak. Provocative and outspoken, he has a tendency to get himself into trouble with both friends and complete strangers. Very well-maintained physical features. Outstanding acting, singing (tenor), dancing, and lip-synching ability. LEAD

BOB

Male, late 40s-early 60s male. 5'10 - 6'1. Strong acting ability with one song. A mechanic. Typical laconic attitude, soft hearted and genuine Aussie bloke who spent years wandering around the world only to find he was better off where he started. Has a fascination with Bernadette whom he saw perform in 'Les Girls' in Sydney more than twenty years ago. ENSEMBLE

SHIRLEY

Female, 30s - 50s. Hardened outback bartender/waitress. Good ironic comedy. Character acting, singing (solo and ensemble pieces), and dancing ability. ENSEMBLE

MARION

Female, mid 30s - early 40s. A hotel Entertainment Manager in Darwin, mother of 8-year-old Benjamin, and estranged wife of Tick. A strong, direct, and forthright woman who takes charge, but is incredibly accepting of her role as a single mother. There is a deep unconventional affection between her and Tick. Strong singing and acting. Will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers. ENSEMBLE

CYNTHIA

Female, late 20s - 30s, Asian. Bob's feisty Filipino wife. A frustrated performer of obscure "stage tricks" which make her very popular at the local pub. She spends her days as a housewife looking after Bob and his home. Character acting, singing, and dancing ability essential. Must have a great physique. ENSEMBLE

THE DIVAS

Female, 20s - 40s. Three females who carry the musical weight of the show. Sassy, strong, and sexy, these women lead us through some of the greatest hits of the last decades. All shapes and sizes welcome, but brilliant vocalists in the disco-belt style with flexible range a must. Will also be part of the female ensemble. ENSEMBLE

MISS UNDERSTANDING

Male, 30s, African-American. A fabulous drag queen with great comic hosting ability. Sets up the tone of the show for us-must be able to work a crowd well, and look brilliant in drag. Ability to deliver Tina Turner numbers convincingly a must. Character acting, singing, and dancing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene (the opening number). ENSEMBLE

FRANK

Male, late 20s - early 40s. Tough miner bloke with violent tendencies. A hardened resident of mining town Coober Pedy. Tall, strapping, and very outback Australian. Character acting, singing, and dancing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene. ENSEMBLE

YOUNG BERNADETTE

Male, late 20s - mid 30s. The epitome of grace and glamour-gender illusion rather than drag-'Les Girls' at its most alluring. Also plays FARRAH, a young, beautiful, and sassy drag queen, in the opening number. Must be a brilliant mover and look stunning and believable as a woman. Character acting, singing, and dancing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene. ENSEMBLE

MALE ENSEMBLE

Males, 20s - 30s, must be 5'10" or taller. Excellent dancers who sing well. To play a variety of ensemble characters. Any drag experience a plus. ENSEMBLE

Must be 18 years old or older to apply.