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Disney’s The Little Mermaid 


Production Information for Auditionees

Ickle Pickle Productions is very excited to be bringing Disney’s The Little Mermaid to Belconnen Theatre in January 2020 as we enter our fifteenth year of theatre in Canberra.

We are seeking experienced performers, adults and ages 15+, for lead roles and senior ensemble, and experienced performers aged 10 to 15 for our Junior Fishy Ensemble.

Please read the information below very carefully, taking particular care to note the dates of rehearsals and performances as well as reading carefully the Frequently Asked Questions (especially if you are new to ickle Pickle). If after considering the commitment required to be part of the production you would like to book an audition, please email
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**UPDATE**

Please note we have very limited audition times remaining for lead role auditions. If you would like to be considered for an audition, please email us with your performance experience (unless you have performed with us previously).

 

Creative Team

Producer:                                 Justin Watson

Production Manager:             Jemma Collins

Director:                                  Jordan Best

Musical Director:                     Adam Bluhm

Choreographer:                       Jodi Hammond

Costume Designer:                  Fiona Leach

Set Designer:                           Ian Croker

Vocal Coach:                           Tara Davidson

 

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6.45pm to 9pm, and Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm.

Rehearsal Venues

Rehearsals will be held at Maribyrnong Primary School, Kaleen on Sundays and Mondays, and Belconnen Community Centre on Wednesdays.

First Rehearsal

Sunday 8 September, 2pm to 4.30pm.

Final 2018 rehearsal

Wednesday 18th December, then we break for Christmas/New Year.

Production Week - January 2019

Saturday 4th           All day                               Bump in

Sunday 5th              10am – 6pm:                    Tech run and rehearsal.        

Monday 6th            6pm – 10pm:                    Dress rehearsal.

Tuesday 7th            6pm – 10pm:                    Dress rehearsal.

Wednesday 8th       6pm – 10pm:                    Dress rehearsal.

Thursday 9th           6pm – 10pm:                    Dress rehearsal.

Performances - Belconnen Theatre, January 2019

Friday  10th                  7pm

Saturday 11th              2pm

Sunday 12th                 2pm

Wednesday 15th          7pm

Thursday 16th              2pm

Friday 17th                   11am and 7pm

Saturday 18th              2pm

Sunday 19th                 2pm

Tuesday 21st                7pm

Wednesday 22nd         2pm

Thursday 23rd             11am

Friday 24th                   11am and 7pm
Saturday 25th              2pm

Please note

Initially, not all cast members will be required at every rehearsal, however the rehearsal schedule will develop and evolve as we progress. Thus, all cast members need to be available for all rehearsal days/times for the entire rehearsal period – i.e all Monday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, until advised they are not needed (usually a week or two in advance).

All cast members are expected to attend all rehearsals as required. Please note on your audition form any dates that you are not available and discuss this with the Production Team. With advance notice, some absences may be managed; however unexpected absences from rehearsals cause considerable delay and inconvenience, and accordingly the Production Team reserves the right to ask any cast member absent from rehearsals to leave the production. We gently note that family birthdays, school commitments etc should already be known at the time of auditions, and should be taken into account when considering your availability for the show.

 

Auditions

Audition venue

Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court Belconnen.

Audition Dates

Saturday 24th August 

Junior Ensemble (10yrs to 15yrs): 1pm to 2pm (Dancing/Singing/Acting)
 
Lead roles and Senior Ensemble (Adults and 15yrs+):
Acting/Singing: 9.30am – 12.30pm, 3pm – 5pm (1 hour per session).
Dancing: 2pm – 3pm

 

Sunday 25th August 

Junior Ensemble (10yrs to 15yrs): 1pm to 2pm (Dancing/Singing/Acting)
 
Lead roles and Senior Ensemble
(Adults and 15yrs+)
Acting/Singing: 9.30am – 12.30pm, 3pm – 6pm (1 hour per session).
Dancing: 2pm – 3pm

 

Monday 26th August

Callbacks

 

Information for lead role and senior ensemble auditionees (adults and 15 +)

Acting and singing auditions for lead roles will be conducted in groups up to 6 people. Allow up to an hour for your audition.
Dancing auditions will be conducted in a separate session, in larger groups. Allow up to an hour for the Dance audition.

Singing

You will sing a song of your choosing. Please learn a song that shows your range, ability, and shows characterisation. We strongly suggest you practice your song thoroughly before your audition. Please bring a backing track on CD, iPod, phone, etc. A range of equipment for playing your backing track will be available. Sheet music is not recommended, as the MD needs to concentrate on your singing, not on sight-reading music. There are many karaoke backing tracks available through iTunes and on YouTube. For time reasons, you may not be required to sing the whole song.
Please note we will be using a backing track CD (supplied by Disney) for rehearsals and performances, so check the vocal ranges listed with the Roles below.

Dancing

The Choreographer will teach auditionees a short routine. Please wear clothes that you feel comfortable dancing in.
Note: we are seeking a strong dance ensemble. If you are a trained dancer and would prefer to be assessed purely for your dance skills rather than singing etc then please indicate this when booking an audition, and we will book you into the Dance audition only.

Acting

If you would like to be considered for a lead role please indicate this when requesting an audition. We will send you four monologues. Please learn one of these for your audition. Alternatively, you are welcome to do a short monologue of your choosing.

 

Information for Junior Ensemble roles auditionees (experienced performers aged 10 - 15)

Auditions for ensemble roles will be conducted in groups of around 15 people. Allow an hour for your audition.

The Choreographer will teach a short dance routine, and the Musical Director will teach a short song, both of which will be done as a group.
If you would like to be considered for a speaking role, please mention this when booking a Junior Ensemble audition and we will send you four monologues to choose from.

Please wear clothes that you feel comfortable dancing and moving in.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who will be on the audition panel?

The Director, Musical Director, Choreographer and Producer.

When will callbacks be held?

Monday 26th August and/or Tuesday 27th August at Belconnen Community Centre (if required).

When will I find out if I am successful?

We will email all auditionees, whether you are successful or not, by Thursday 29th August.

Can my parents/sibling/best friend watch me audition?

No, however parents/guardians will be able to ask questions of the production team at the auditions.

Are there charges/costs associated with being in the production?

Ickle Pickle does not charge for participation in our shows. Cast may however be expected to provide parts of their costume i.e shoes, basic leggings etc, as well as personal make-up.

Why are the audition panel writing during my audition?

The audition panel will be seeing many people during the audition period. They are making notes about your potential, performance, ability, suitability, etc. to remind them when it comes to casting. These notes are confidential.

What should I wear/bring to the audition?

Wear

·         Loose, comfortable and appropriate clothing that you can move in (not jeans).
Layers are useful!

·         Shoes that are suitable for dancing (not sneakers or thongs). Socks or bare feet are fine.

Bring

·         Your completed audition form.

·         Any accompaniment that you require for singing.

·         A filled water bottle.

I’m not available on the audition weekend. Is there another time I can audition?

Unfortunately, not.

I’m an adult with some stage experience. Can I audition for an ensemble role?

Yes, we are looking for experienced performers for ensemble roles aged 15 and up, including adults, for Senior Ensemble roles.

My child hasn’t done any performing before, but I would like them to try out, even if only for the experience of auditioning. Is this okay?

Unfortunately, we have very limited time for auditions, and so we ask that only those with recent stage performance experience audition for this production.

I will be away for part of rehearsals. Is this okay?
With advance notice we may be able to accommodate cast missing one or two rehearsals, however longer absences impact on our progress through rehearsals, so cast are expected to be available for all rehearsals. This especially applies to Production Week in January.

My parent/sibling/family friend is interested in helping with the production. How could they assist?

Fantastic! Please mention it at the time of booking an audition or at any point during the rehearsal period. There are many non-performance ways of being involved in a show, working under our experienced Production Team leaders. e.g. crew, costumes, sourcing props, front of house, set construction, lighting, sound, painting, etc.

How do I book an audition?

Email your name, age and whether you’re auditioning for a lead or ensemble role to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it with your preferred audition day. We will advise you your audition time and will send you the audition form and other relevant information.

 

 

ROLES

 

Ariel

A mermaid and King Triton's youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kind hearted.

Stage age: 16 to 25

Vocal range top: Gb5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3


Prince Eric

A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more.

Stage age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: B2


Grimsby

Prince Eric's British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage.

Stage age: 40 to 60

Vocal range top: C4

Vocal range bottom: C3


Flounder

A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water.

Stage age: 15 to 20

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2


Scuttle

A dishevelled seagull and expert in human artefacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise.

Stage age: 25 to 40

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: C3

 

King Triton

King of the Sea and Ariel's father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans.

Stage age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: Ab2


Sebastian

A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can't bring himself to stand in Ariel's way.

Stage age: 30 to 45

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: Bb2


Flotsam

An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear.

Stage age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: E3


Jetsam

An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear.

Stage age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: B2


Ursula

The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive.

Stage age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: Eb3

 

Chef Louis

The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular.

Stage age: 30 to 50

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2


Ensemble (Senior and Junior)

Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses




 

 





 

 
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