Oct 122017
 

Audition Information for Disney’s Mulan JR.

Please note:
ALL children must be minimum age 8 by November 1st 2017 and maximum age 18 by January 31st 2018

Synopsis:
Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, Disney’s Mulan JR. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney’s Mulan JR.brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility.
The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor! Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan.

Production Team:

Co-directors: Sam Barson and Molly Forshaw
Vocal Director: Omar Mustafa
Choreographer: Stephanie Barcham
Production Manager: Victoria Rendall
Assist Production Manager and Marketing: Andii Bell
Costume Design: Faye Rendall
Set Design: Garry Barcham
Lighting Design: Simon Horsburgh and Yaz Sesta
Sound Design: Lachlan Campbell
Props: Eleanor Horsburgh

AUDITIONS:
Singing/Acting:
Thursday 12th October 7pm – 10pm
Sunday 15th October 11.30am – 5pm

Dance Workshop (compulsory):
Sunday 15th October 10am – 11am
Please wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and (no denim)
You will need to wear runners or dance shoes (no slip ons, thongs or sandals)

Callbacks (if required):
Tuesday 17th October 7pm – 10pm

Venue:
Fleigner Hall, 31 Highland Ave, Oakleigh East

For your audition, you will need to prepare the following:
Singing: You will need to prepare an excerpt from a musical theatre song (not from the show) that suits the character you are auditioning for. Excerpts should be no longer than 90 seconds.
HINT! Choose the 90 seconds that best displays your vocal abilities!
Please provide a backing track on iPod, iPad, CD, USB or phone. (No a cappella)
You may be asked to do a harmony test.
Acting: Please learn one of the short script pieces (see below) to present at the audition.

Auditions will be in 5 minute timeslots. Please bring a non-returnable headshot.

Parents/guardians of auditionees will be required to accompany their child to the auditions. They will not be admitted to the audition room. Please arrive at least 10 – 15 minutes prior to your audition timeslot in order to fill out audition paperwork.

REHEARSALS
Cast will be required to attend all scheduled rehearsals.

PLEASE NOTE:
We will still be having rehearsals on Sunday 5th and Tuesday 7th November
(Melbourne Cup weekend)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.15pm – 9pm
Sundays 9.45am – 1pm

Venue:
Fleigner Hall, 31 Highland Ave, Oakleigh East

Meet and Greet / Info Session (for cast and parents/guardians)
Thursday 19th October 7pm – 9pm

All day rehearsals:
Sunday 22nd October and Sunday 12th November 9.45am – 5pm

Holiday break:
Friday 22nd December – Monday 1st January

Trivia Night (All cast members required to attend):
Saturday 30th December 7pm (yes this is during the break!)
Rehearsal for Trivia Night performance: Saturday 30th December 6pm
Theme: New Years Eve Eve Celebration!
Venue: Glen Waverley Community Centre

Production Week:
Bump in: Sunday 7th January 8am – 5pm
Sitz Probe: Sunday 7th January 10am – 1pm
Tech Rehearsal: Monday 8th January 5pm – 10pm
Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday 10th January and Thursday 11th January 5pm – 10pm
Refresher Rehearsal (Fleigner Hall): Thursday 18th January 6pm – 9pm
Bump out and Presentations: Sunday 21st January 5pm onwards

Performances:
(Christine Strachan Theatre, South Oakleigh College)
Friday 12th January 7.30pm
Saturday 13th January 7.30pm
Sunday 14th January 2pm
Friday 19th January 7.30pm
Saturday 20th January 7.30pm
Sunday 21st January 2pm

To book your audition please visit https://www.trybooking.com/SIFB
If you have any questions, please call Victoria on 0403 581 380

Working With Children Check Policy
In accordance with Players Theatre Company policy, ALL adults who are present during rehearsal times, volunteers, cast members aged 18 or over, production team and committee are required to present a valid WWCC to the Production Manager. A copy of the WWCC will be made and kept in our files.
We ask that if your child is successful in obtaining a role in the show, for you to add Players Theatre Company to your WWCC – this can be done on the WWCC website.

Fees and requirements
There will be a $150 membership and show fee which will include a show polo and membership. If your child was in Seussical Jr, you will not need to pay the membership of fee of $30.

Character Descriptions
Please note: All ethnicities are encouraged to audition

Ancestors – LEAD ROLE
The Ancestors need to be strong actor/singers that can carry solo work. There are five ancestors: Laozi (LAU-tsi) represents Honor and is the leader of the group. Lin represents Loyalty and is the hardest on Mulan; Lin does not appreciate any challenges to the old-world belief system. ZHANG (ZANG) represents Strength, the strong silent type. Hong represents Destiny and is Laozi’s right-hand man. Yun (YOON) represents Love and is Mulan’s greatest advocate from the beginning – the mother figure that eventually encourages the others to support Mulan for who she is.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mulan – LEAD ROLE
Mulan is on stage for most of the show and needs to carry a great deal vocally while telling the story. She needs to have strength and courage in her performance and be convincing in her passion and determination to protect her father and family.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Mushu – LEAD ROLE
Mushu (MOO shoo) – Comedy is very important for this character (a talking dragon), but the audience must also feel sympathy for Mushu’s struggle to get back into the Temple. Must feel comfortable talking to and connecting with the audience.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Shang – LEAD ROLE
Shang needs to have strength, but also the openness to learn from Mulan. He needs to be a strong vocalist and should have a good stage presence.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Fa Zhou – SUPPORTING ROLE
Fa Zhou (fa ZOO), Mulan’s father, requires a confident and calm performer who has a strong presence and can sing, at least a little. Without playing “older,” his calm strength contrasts with Mulan’s frenetic energy at the top of the show.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Fa Li – SUPPORTING ROLE
Fa Li, Mulan’s mother, is someone who also possesses strength but understands her place in her generation and culture. There is a definite wisdom that she passes on to Mulan
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Grandmother Fa – SUPPORTING ROLE
Grandmother Fa sees greatness in Mulan, but still wants her to achieve it through tradition. Although she does not need to be a strong singer, an actor with mischief in her eye will work well here.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Chi Fu – SUPPORTING ROLE
Chi Fu (chee FU) is your typical “bad guy,” the quintessential political character, manipulative and proud to a fault.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: E4

Yao, Ling and Qian-Po – SUPPORTING ROLE
Yao, Ling and Qian-Po (cheeann-PO) – “the Guys” – should be able to work as a team but be diverse in type to help distinguish them from the other Chinese Soldiers. Yao considers himself to be a big tough guy; he has a bark and bite, but all in all a good person. Ling is a bit of a scam artist, and not the brightest guy in the world. Qian-Po is a real sweetheart of a monk who would rather have a good meal than a battle scene. Requires a trio of actors who are willing to have fun. They need to be misfits in the army, like Mulan, and able to really play around while dressing up like maidens during the show’s climax.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: E4

Shan-yu – SUPPORTING ROLE
Shan-Yu (shawn YU) – The leader of the Huns, someone with tremendous presence who can convince the audience that he can lead an invasion.
Gender: Male

Ensemble
The Ensemble provides sound effects throughout the show, but also steps into the action when needed to play Fathers, Mothers, Daughters, Sons, Dressmakers, Hairdressers, Groomers, Young Hsaio, Older Yi, Young Yi, Matchmaker, Magyar, Subar-Tu, Chen, Liu and the Cheongsam Salesperson. The featured roles vary in size and vocal requirements, but the Ensemble will be needed to provide vocal power throughout and dance in the production numbers, so cast members with a range of abilities will be needed.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Audition excerpts – choose ONE that you think best suits the character you are going for!

EXCERPT 1:

Look at me: I will never pass for a perfect bride, or a perfect daughter.
Now I see that if I were truly to be myself, I would break my family’s heart.
Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don’t know?
Somehow I cannot hide who I am, though I’ve tried.
When will my reflection show who I am inside?

EXCERPT 2:

Welcome, friends!
Welcome to ancient China!
Welcome to the story of Mulan!
It is a story of adventure and historic battles.
But most importantly, it is a story of Honor, of Loyalty, of Strength, of Destiny, and of Love.
Here in ancient China, we believe that our destinies are written in stone.
Traditions are handed down. From dynasty to dynasty. Unchanged.
We honor the way life has always been for our family, and will continue to be; for eternity.

EXCERPT 3:

Congratulations. You Chinese Scouts have found the Hun army – and have the great misfortune of colliding with me. I will destroy you and anyone who gets in the way of my defeat of China!
Nothing will stop me. Your Emperor invited me. By building the Great Wall of China, he challenged my strength. Well, I’m here to play his game.

EXCERPT 4:

Did I hear someone ask for a miracle!? Well then you better get ready, your seventeen halation is at hand, for I have been sent by your ancestors to guide you through your masquerade!
Who am I? WHO am I? I am the guardian of lost souls!
The all intimidating, all inspiring…
Of course! I am travel-sized, for your convenience. If I was my REAL size, your cow here would die of fright. DOWN, Bessy…

Type of production
Musical

If other

Company Name and Suburb
Players Theatre Company

State
Victoria