Oct 122017
 

PRODUCTION TEAM
JUSTIN TUBB-HEARNE – DIRECTOR
TRENTON DUNSTAN – MUSICAL DIRECTOR
AMY-ROSE SWINDELLS – CHOREOGRAPHER

ABOUT PHOENIX
Unassumingly nestled within Beenleigh showgrounds, Phoenix Ensemble has been
producing award-winning theatre for 25 years. From intimate small-cast shows to
more elaborate Broadway-style show stoppers ‘The Tin Shed’ has been a heart of the
community for a quarter of a century and has no plans to stop any time soon!
Phoenix Ensemble presents a unique theatre experience in the Pavilion Theatre or
what has aff ectionately become known as “The Tin Shed”. This intimate theatre accommodates
90 people in comfortable raked seating giving every patron an up close
and personal experience. Our shows both rehearse and perform at this theatre, which
is located within the Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh.
Phoenix Ensemble’s aim is to produce an eclectic mix of shows from family favourites to shows that push the envelope of
musical theatre. They have won countless awards and are regularly nominated in the Gold Coast Arts Palm Awards.
Cast members must become members to participate in our shows. Rehearsal materials and costumes are provided and
all participants are covered by our Voluntary Workers Personal Accident Insurance. You will receive more information upon
acceptance.

About Xanadu
This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations
others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based
on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, Xanadu is
hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.
Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus
to Venice Beach, California. in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the
greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira
falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the
situation, and chaos abounds.
Xanadu is a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches while the
original legendary, chart-topping tunes lifts the audience of their seats. You’ll want to keep
the music in your head and Xanadu in your heart… forever.

WE ARE SEEKING
» Male and female ADULT performers. Note: this is not a youth theatre production & all members must be 16 years old
» This is an amateur production, and therefore Phoenix Ensemble does not pre-cast. All roles are open for audition.
» Ages given in this list are stage ages of characters, not the performer’s actual age. If you require any clarification, please
email us.

PRINCIPALS
KIRA (CLIO) Female, 18-25 yrs old // Soprano
The youngest of Zeus’s daughters and the muses. Falls in love with Sonny. Pretty. Adventurous. Honest and determined.
Muse of history and the leader of the muses.
SONNY MALONE Male, 20-30 yrs old // Tenor
A self-critical and depressed, mortal, chalk artist who falls in love with Kira. Handsome, but not particularly smart.
He embodies 1980s pop culture and is very much a California dreamer.
DANNY MAGUIRE (ZEUS) Male, 40+ yrs old // Baritone
The hard-nosed “all work and no play” businessman who owns the theater he
once built for his love, Kira. Used to be a budding artist like Sonny, but has
since let money and greed consume him.
CALLIOPE (APHRODITE) Female, 30-60 yrs old // Mezzo
Kira’s older sister and fellow muse. She is jealous of Kira and as Melpomene’s
sidekick, plots with her for Kira’s downfall. The Muse of epics.
MELPOMENE (MEDUSA) Female, 40-60 yrs old // Mezzo
Kira’s oldest sister. Mother of the Sirens. She is jealous that Kira is the leader
of the muses rather than herself, and therefore creates the plot for her
downfall. Muse of tragedy.

MUSES
ERATO Female, 25-45 yrs old // Mezzo
One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of lyrics and erotica. Actor doublings include: Andrews Sister and Hera.
EUTERPE Female, 20-35 yrs old // Mezzo
One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of music. Actor doublings include: Andrews Sister, and Thetis.
TERPSICORE Male, 25-40 yrs old // Baritone (can also be female if required)
One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of dance. As Hermes, the messenger of the gods, he is deeply masculine in
voice but sassy and flippant in attitude. Actor doublings include: Hermes
THALIA Male, 20-35 yrs old // Baritone (can also be female if required)
One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of comedy. Actor doublings include: Young Danny.
Ensemble
A variety of roles including- Sirens, Tubes Singers, Cyclops, Centaur, Eros and Greek Chorus.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
REGISTER FOR AUDITIONS: xanaduauditions@gmail.com
www.phoenixensemble.com.au
PRINCIPAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
» By appointment only; individual 15 minute private sessions.
» Prepare approximately 32 bars of two brief songs from legit musical theatre – ballad and up tempo. Do not sing
a song from the show.
» Bring sheet music in correct key. Piano accompaniment ONLY (accompanist supplied).
» No iPods or CD backing tracks.
» Become familiar with script excerpt below for your desired character. Not required to be script down. Bring your
script with you to your audition. An actor is provided to read with you.
» Colour headshot (minimum size 10cm X 15 cm). Non-returnable.
» Audition form, completed in full and listing ALL clashes with the XANADU Calendar (supplied in this document).
» Bring/wear appropriate dance shoes (jazz/chorus or similar if you have them) and wear clothes you can move
in. Please do not wear thongs.
» Have a look at the dance routine that has been posted on our website. It is recommended you practice this for
your audition.
ENSEMBLE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
» Group call – Registration required.
» Colour headshot (minimum size 10cm X 15 cm). Non-returnable.
» Audition form, completed in full and listing ALL clashes with the XANADU calendar (supplied in this document).
» Indicate on the form if you wish to be considered for featured lines.
» At the audition, you will learn a musical excerpt and present it in small groups. No preparation is required for
this.
» You will learn a short dance routine and present it as a group. Bring/wear appropriate dance shoes (jazz/chorus
or similar if you have them) and wear clothes you can move in. Please do not wear thongs.
» You can find this routine on our website as a video.
CALLBACKS & NOTIFICATION OF OFFERS
» If you are offered a callback, you will be required to learn a musical excerpt from the show. All offers of callbacks
will be advised by telephone at the end of the audition weekend and any additional material will be available for
download online.
» All auditionees will be notified via email or phone of their offer or otherwise at the completion of the audition
process.

WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
REGISTER FOR AUDITIONS: xanaduauditions@gmail.com
www.phoenixensemble.com.au
1. CHECK THE XANADU CALENDAR
Please check the XANADU Calendar for conflicts. Some absence in rehearsals can be accommodated but this must be
recorded on your audition form to allow us to prepare rehearsal schedules productively. Please discuss any concerns with
us when you book your audition.
2. BOOK YOUR AUDITION
Email your name, mobile number and the role/s you wish to audition for to xanaduauditions@gmail.com.
All auditionees must register. We will then email you an appointment time.
Ensemble auditions will have their registration confirmed.
3. CHECK IMPORTANT DATES, TIMES & VENUES
ENSEMBLE AUDITION – GROUP
Pavillion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh
SUNDAY, 22 October, 2017 | starts @ 9am.
PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS – 15 MINUTE INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS
Pavillion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh
SUNDAY, 22 October, 2017 | from 11am
MONDAY, 23 October, 2017 | from 7.30pm (if required)
CALLBACKS
Pavillion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh
MONDAY, 23 October, 2017 (if required)
REHEARSALS
Rehearsals start Wednesday October 25 and continue every Monday & Wednesday (7.30 – 10pm) and Sunday (1pm –
6pm) until performances. There will be a mandatory working-bee on Saturday January 20th (but don’t worry, it will be fun!)
CHRISTMAS BREAK – last rehearsal is SUNDAY DEC 17th. Rehearsals resume WEDNESDAY JAN 3rd.
PERFORMANCE CALENDAR
Friday February 2 – 7.30pm [opening night]
Saturday February 3 – 7.30pm
Friday February 9 – 7.30pm
Saturday February 10 – 2.00pm
Saturday February 10 – 7.30pm
Friday February 16 – 7.30pm
Saturday February 17 – 7.30pm
Friday February 23 – 7.30pm
Saturday February 24 – 7.30pm [closing night]

Type of production
Musical

Company Name and Suburb
Phoenix Ensemble Beenleigh QLD

State
Queensland