April 2022 Production
Once Upon a Crime by Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus (Juniors aged 10+)
Will justice be served in this hilarious fairy-tale courtroom play packed with characters we all know and love? The audience serves as the jury and determines how the play ends! Goldilocks is the defendant, on trial for breaking and entering. Is she guilty or innocent? With multiple endings to cover each possible outcome, the audience gets to decide her ultimate fate.
The Case of Alex Hansen by Alan Haehnel (Seniors - aged 14+ approximately)
Alex Hansen awakes to find himself on trial for his life. His legal representation is terrible; he's already been deemed guilty; the courtroom proceedings are chaotic to the point of dark comedy. All seems lost, except when Alex gets the momentary sense that someone, somewhere, is advocating for him. In the play's surprising climax, Alex experiences a profound and moving redemption.
Auditions - Sunday 6th March (book here)
Slingsby's Hall of Possibility – REAR HALL, 96 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside
Read through - Sunday 10th April 9.30am – 2pm (including headshots, costume fitting & welcome lunch)
Holden Street Theatres – 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh
Rehearsals^ - Sunday 24th to Thursday 28th April 8.45am – 4pm; Friday 29th April 10am to 2pm
Holden Street Theatres – 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh (^rehearsals commencing @ 12pm on 25th April)
Performances - Friday 29th & Saturday 30th April @ 2pm and 5pm
Holden Street Theatres – 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh
Why do we hold auditions?
All theatre companies hold auditions. At Wings2Fly Theatre, our auditions are the first step of the learning journey, and an integral part of our learning process. As the rehearsal period is so short, we hold auditions to get to know our actors before it all starts. We also want to know if they are able to learn lines, be focussed and committed, and are able to take direction (both accepting changes and acting upon them).
We also want them to get to know us - both Michelle and Alicia are present and involved in both castings. This way, it isn't so daunting to come along to the read through when the whole cast meet for the first time. It may seem nerve-wracking, but we work closely with our students and support them every step of the way. This experience teaches young actors valuable life skills they will use again and again. Job interview anyone?
How do I register to audition?
First, read all the information below thoroughly and ensure you can commit to all the rehearsal/performance dates. Then book an audition time and download the Audition Form and Audition Pieces
Who should audition?
Anyone aged 10-21 who is passionate about the theatre, interested in learning new skills, being challenged, making new friends and having lots of fun!
Do I need to have experience?
No! You do need to be inclusive, open minded and brave. During the rehearsal period you will be challenged - to learn lines, to develop a character, to increase your stagecraft skills, to assist with other students' learning and to stay focussed and respectful. It's an intense week - with no distractions - so we promise you leave with so many new skills, regardless of your prior experience.
How do I prepare?
You should choose ONE character to audition with from either play and learn those lines. You should also read all the other characters as we will ask you to sight read another during your audition. On the audition form which you will bring with you, please select any characters you would like to play/don't want to play and whether you prefer one of the plays to be involved in.
What happens in the audition?
You walk in, smile and say hello. Michelle and Alicia will welcome you and have a quick chat to get to know you (or to catch up if you've worked with us before). We usually have an older student with us to read in opposite our auditionees.
Then you perform your prepared piece. If it's dialogue then our reader will assist. We will then give you some tips/feedback and ask you to perform it again. We may even ask you to do it a third time. Don't panic, we ask you to do this so we can see if you take direction. It may have been great the first time, but we want to know that you can adapt.
Then we will select a different character for you and ask you to sight read/cold read. Sometimes we ask you to do that again after more direction, but not always.
The audition lasts around 10 minutes. Remember, the audition is our chance to get to know you, and we want to know what you can do. We want you to succeed!
What do I wear/bring with me?
Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. Nothing that inhibits you.
Bring some water if you like, your audition form and your audition pieces
Are the auditions scary?
No. Will you get nervous? Of course. It's always nerve-wracking to walk into a new space, especially if you don't know the people on the other side! The best advice we can give is to be well prepared. Learn your lines in advance. When you get nervous, it's easy to forget things, so make sure you spend the time to really know them.
Another tip is to ensure you understand what the character is saying. Learn the pronunciation, look up the meaning. Why is the character saying that? This will make you feel more confident when auditioning.
What happens next?
We aim to cast within 7 days. We will email you with the results of your audition so please ensure you check the email address you have given us. If we offer you a role, you don't need to accept it. However, if you do, you must honour it and commit to the production.
Do I actually need to be at all rehearsals?
Yes! It is imperative that you are available for the full week. To stage a whole play in 5 days of rehearsals is a big task. When you are not rehearsing for your scenes with us, you will be busy with our Assistant Directors either developing your character, running lines, working on your physicality, vocal work or assisting other students. We require all actors all the time to enable the quality of our productions.
For more information about the rehearsal process, please click here
What is the cost?
$450 which includes:
All tuition during auditions and rehearsal (45+ hours - more than a semester of weekly lessons)
All character specific costumes
Two invited guest speakers/workshop facilitators during the week
Individual audition time
Welcome lunch following read through; shared meal between shows on Saturday and Sunday
Four fully staged performances with professional lights/sound
Professional headshot in digital and printed (6×8) format
Wings2Fly Theatre t-shirt to wear to rehearsals
Digital copies of all professional production shots
Our Expectations from you for auditions
Please learn the part you are auditioning for by heart. It will show us you are dedicated and ready to work.
We will ask you to (cold) read another role, please prepare for this by reading ALL roles beforehand.
Do NOT try to make it perfect, we would like to work with you in the audition and we want to know what you are capable of. We are not looking for a polished performance at the audition.
You do not have to accept a part we offer you, but once you do, it is expected that you will commit to this project. This means prioritising and only accepting the role if you are prepared to give it 100%.
Our expectations from our cast
You are expected to arrive in good time for rehearsals, and respect your directors and fellow cast/crew members. Bad behaviour will not be tolerated. If you are running late you will let us know as soon as practical. All rehearsals are compulsory unless discussed prior.
You will not bring your mobile phones to rehearsal/performances, unless on silent and put away except on breaks.
You will learn your lines prior to rehearsals commencing, with scripts down by the Tuesday. It is impossible to fully engage with a character whilst holding a script.
You must be prepared to take risks and trust your fellow performers.
In order to cover the enormous cost involved with mounting a production – all cast are expected to sell at least 6 tickets to the production. If everyone does this, we can continue to keep the production fee low.
Our commitment to you
We know that young actors can have incredible talent and we want you to have a chance to utilise and expand on that. We are 100% committed to teach and foster your abilities, and will run our rehearsals as a professional development process.
We are experienced teachers as well as professional actors ourselves, and are joined by a professional team to help bring this project together.
By bringing together like-minded individuals from different parts of Adelaide, we aim to foster a dynamic and supportive environment in which to develop creativity.