May 112018


 Before Adele. Before Gaga. Before Kylie, Cher and Madonna…

…There was Dusty.

We are excited to announce auditions for our October 2018 production of:
Dusty – The Original Pop Diva
 is an Australian-written jukebox musical based on the life of the UK’s first lady of pop music, Dusty Springfield. It features a catalogue of the late singer’s classic hits and a book by John-Michael Howson, David Mitchell and Melvyn Morrow. Dusty Springfield was a pioneer of popular music and culture. With the arrival of television and the commercialisation of the music industry, the world had never before seen a star like her.

In the 1950s, a star-struck, tomboyish London schoolgirl fantasises she could become a glamorous pop icon. Although her family laugh-off her fantasies, nothing deters her. Blessed with an amazing voice and talent, young Mary O’Brien transforms herself into the iconic Dusty Springfield. But while Dusty is the image of perfection on the world stage, it is all a facade behind which, Mary O’Brien is trapped.

In the 1960s, Dusty took the entertainment world by storm with a score of hits, a top television show and a legion of fans. But the success she craved is unfulfilling and real happiness eludes her. Driven by her sense of perfection, and with her closest friends in tow, Dusty continues to search for her “sound”. Through her journey, she discovers a longing to be loved by a woman who could cause her career irreparable damage, and at the pinnacle of international success — with triumphs in Britain and America — Dusty finds the pressure unbearable.

Unable to be what the world expects, and finding the spotlight’s heat can burn, she retreats to a lonely place where her demons get the better of her. Eventually finding strength in adversity, Dusty returns to soar at the top.

BABIRRA Music Theatre, along with the production team of Dusty — The Original Pop Diva, are tremendously excited to bring this unique and seldom performed production to audiences this October. We are seeking a vibrant and versatile cast to join us as we pay tribute to one of the 20th Century’s brightest stars.

Director: Christian Cavallo
Musical Director: Stacey-Louise Camilleri
Choreographer: Jessica Mohi

Monday 4 June 8pm to 11pm
Tuesday 5 June 8pm to 11pm
Wednesday 6 June 8pm to 11pm
Sunday 10 June 7pm to 10pm

Dance Audition: Monday 11 June from 8pm. Please bring jazz shoes and chorus heels. Please wear fitted gym / dance wear.

Call backs: Wednesday 13 June from 8:00pm

Highfield Road Uniting Church Hall, Highfield Road, Canterbury.

Griffin Dance Studio, 294 High St, Kew

Monday and Thursday evenings 8pm to 10:30pm and Sunday afternoons 1pm to 5pm.
First rehearsal: Sunday 1 July 2018 at 1pm


Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August, 10am to 5pm each day

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, 10am to 5pm each day

Friday 12 to Saturday 20 October 2018 (8 performances)
At The Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading.

To book your audition, please send an email to:

or phone the Babirra Audition Line on 0415 554 204.

Further information, including audition requirements and character descriptions can be found on our website: