Aug 172017
 

GILLIGAN’S ISLAND: THE MUSICAL
CHAPEL OFF CHAPEL
FEB 15-MAR 4 2018

BOOK BY SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ AND LLOYD J SCHWARTZ
WORDS & MUSIC BY HOPE AND LAURENCE JUBER
BASED ON THE TV SHOW “GILLIGAN’S ISLAND” CREATED BY SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ

SYNOPSIS
Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore their surroundings. They discover strange hieroglyphics in a spooky cave, which speak of an ancient legend.
The weather gets rough, Gilligan foils the best-laid of the castaway’s rescue plans… romance develops… The castaways have an out-of-this-world encounter… It’s fun, wacky and entertaining with 18 original, tuneful and memorable songs.
Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever-popular and iconic 60‘s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”, which has aired continuously since 1964 and is one of the rare TV properties to rate equally well in every demographic group.
Written by Sherwood Schwartz in the 80s, this Victorian theatrical premiere is absurd, funny, nostalgic and being innovatively brought into the 21st century.

CASTING INFORMATION
The cast consists of the seven castaways: “Gilligan, the Skipper too, the Millionaire and his wife, the Movie Star, the Professor and Mary Ann”. There are also two swing roles that will cover additional character roles and are discretionary in gender and vocal range.

We encourage all performers who feel they meet the role requirements to audition. We practise colour blind casting, and specific roles will be open to being considered as gender diverse roles – in which both male and female artists will be considered to play the role.

ROLES AVAILABLE
SKIPPER / CAPTAIN JONAS GRUMBY:
The Captain of the S.S. Minnow
Loveable but consistently irritated by Gilligan’s Incompetence. Quick to take charge and take command of any situation. High level of physical comedy required.

Baritone. Range can be worked with however, as this is a gender diverse role

MR THURSTON HOWELL III:
The Millionaire.
Head of Howell Industries. Eternally money conscious. Always manages to disappear when there’s work to be done. The elite of the top 1% – but a big child at heart, always sleeping with his precious teddy, nightgown and cap.

Baritone

MRS EUNICE ‘LOVEY’ WENTWORTH HOWELL:
The Millionaire’s Wife.
Used to being in a life of luxury, “Lovey” is always proper and poised. She is less concerned about money than her husband. She is sweet, gracious and a wannabe matchmaker.

Mezzo-Soprano

GINGER GRANT:
The Movie Star.
Glamorous, alluring, sexy, flirtacious and seductive. Is more than what meets the eye.

Mezzo-Soprano

PROFESSOR ROY HINKLEY, Ph. D:
The Professor.
Formally titled as “Professor Roy Hinkley Jr., M.A., B.S., Ph. D.”. A science professor at a highschool, the Professor has become the island’s resident genius. Very smart, kind, sensible, and rarely gets frightened. Grounded in reality and the logical. Able to invent many MANY ridiculous things out of nothing, MacGyver style.

Baritone or tenor with some low end. Range can be worked with however, as this is a gender diverse role

MARY ANN SUMMERS:
Simple farm girl from Kansas.
A bit of a tomboy, the spirit of innocence. Mary Ann is down to earth, perky, nice and upbeat. Genuinely sweet, loveable and sensitive.

Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano

MALE SWING:
This role must be able to cover all male roles as well as alternate the several minor characters in the show. Each swing will have one guaranteed performance in a leading role.

FEMALE SWING:
This role must be able to cover all female roles as well as alternate the several minor characters in the show. Each swing will have one guaranteed performance in a leading role.

AUDITION PROCESS
First Round Solo Auditions will run as follows:
Between 10am-8.30pm on Saturday 23rd September.
Meat Market – 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne.
Between 11am-4pm on Monday 25th September & Tuesday 26th September.
Chapel Off Chapel – 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran.
These first round auditions will focus on vocals and cold reads of scenes.
Callbacks will be held between 11am-4pm on Wednesday 27th September.
Chapel Off Chapel – 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran.

Successful auditionees will be notified by Saturday 30th September.

Cast measurements will be taken Sunday 1st October.

TO APPLY
1. BOOK YOUR AUDITION by visiting this link: Gilligan’s Island Submission Form. Applications close Friday 15th September at 11:59pm.

2. ARRIVAL – Be sure to arrive at the audition venue at least 15 minutes prior to your audition time to sign in & read through audition scenes supplied on the day.

3. PREPARE a selection of two songs – one comedy/character piece and one that showcases vocal range/ability. You may only be asked to perform one song. Songs should be no longer than a 32-bar cut, and prepared with sheet music as backing tracks and acapella singing will not be permitted. You may be provided a scene to deliver on this day.

CREATIVE TEAM
PRODUCERS: Left Bauer Productions & Humdrum Comedy
DIRECTOR: Kai Mann-Robertson
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Xavier McGettigan
SET & PROPS DESIGNER: Adam (Gus) Powers
COSTUME DESIGNER: Jodi Hope
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Rob Sowinski
ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER: Bryn Cullen
SOUND DESIGNER: Marcello Lo Ricco (LSS Productions)
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: TBA
PRODUCTION & STAGE MANAGER: Jayson Fry

ABOUT HUMDRUM COMEDY
Humdrum Comedy is a multiplatform and theatrical production company known for its shortform comedy series for television and internet media platforms. Its popular programs have been acquired and screened by TVNZ, ZPTV and Virgin Australia (Inflight Entertainment), and now the company is thrilled to announce its debut musical Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, to premiere in Melbourne in 2018.
Previous Shows: We are Darren and Riley, Hitstroke FM
www.humdrumcomedy.tv

ABOUT LEFT BAUER PRODUCTIONS
The Melbourne based creative enterprise creates projects that make theatre, art and music accessible to all. Our mission is to support and produce work that challenges human perception, values and belief systems. We feel it’s important to keep on telling the stories of our time. We also provide opportunities that showcase performers, writers and artists as well as those who dedicate their career to the arts.
Previous Shows: Harvey Milk – The Opera, Master Class
www.leftbauerproductions.com

KEY DATES
REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will operate in an intensive two week rehearsal period.
Meat Market, North Melbourne
WEEK 1 – MONDAY 29 JANUARY to SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY – 10am-6pm.
WEEK 2 – MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY to FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY – 10am-6pm.
SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY is reserved as a contingency rehearsal

PRODUCTION WEEK
Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran
MONDAY 12 FEB – bump in from 10am (no cast required)
TUESDAY 13 FEB – Technical Rehearsal – 10am-11pm
WEDNESDAY 14 FEB – Technical Rehearsal & Dress Run
THURSDAY 15 FEB – There is the opportunity for a daytime Dress Run should it be required.

PERFORMANCE DATES
THURSDAY 15 FEB – 7.30pm Preview
FRIDAY 16 FEB – 7.30pm Opening
SAT 17 FEB – 2.30pm
SAT 17 FEB – 7.30pm
SUN 18 FEB – 1.30pm
SUN 18 FEB – 6.30pm
WED 21 FEB – 1.30pm
WED 21 FEB – 7.30pm
THUR 22 FEB– 7.30pm
FRI 23 FEB – 7.30pm
SAT 24 FEB – 2.30pm
SAT 24 FEB – 7.30pm
SUN 25 FEB – 1.30pm*
SUN 25 FEB – 6.30pm
WED 28 FEB – 1.30pm*
WED 28 FEB – 7.30pm
THUR 1 MAR – 7.30pm
FRI 2 MAR – 7.30pm
SAT 3 MAR – 2.30pm
SAT 3 MAR – 7.30pm
SUN 4 MAR – 1.30pm*
SUN 4 MAR – 6.30pm
Bump out Mon 5 March
*Shows not yet on sale and have the potential to run pending ticket sales. We will advise you prior to opening if the shows are confirmed.

REMUNERATION
Performers are guaranteed $750 post final performance plus a percentage of the profit share. Detailed profit share forecasts (expected amounts at 40-100% audience capacity) will be provided to shortlisted auditionees.

Performers must have a valid ABN and provide an invoice to Left Bauer Productions after the show reconciliation report is issued.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at casting@gilligansislandthemusical.com.au

Thank you for your interest in Gilligan’s Island: The Musical
We look forward to hearing from you

Type of production
Musical
Company Name and Suburb
Humdrum Comedy, Ascot Vale

State
Victoria