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JUNGLE BOOK AUDITIONS (article first published : 2007-02-16)

Steven Stead and Greg King of Durban’s celebrated KickstArt Theatre Company are looking for talented children to appear in their forthcoming July holiday spectacular, The Jungle Book which will be presented in the Opera Theatre at the KZN Playhouse between June 29 and July 15.

The team was responsible for last year’s hugely successful Winnie-the-Pooh, and also for the popular Christmas pantomimes Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Cinderella.

The Jungle Book promises to be a real feast of theatrical magic with a cast of 10 professional adult actors, 14 children and several life-size puppets, acting on an enormous vine-covered revolving jungle set created by Greg King. The play will be directed by Steven Stead, responsible for directing The Playhouse’s December hit, My Fair Lady as well as Sleeping Beauty at the Sneddon Theatre.

The production will rehearse afternoons and evenings and weekends from June 1 until it opens on the June 29. Although the children will not be required at every rehearsal, they will be required at least four times a week at varying times. A schedule will be prepared in advance to give parents fair warning regarding rehearsal sessions.

The audition will take place in the Drama Prac Room of Durban Girls’ High School on Penzance Road, between 13h00 and 18h00 on March 4. KickstArt are looking for 10 younger children to play monkeys, and four teenagers to play wolves and manipulate puppets.

The Monkeys will be called from 13h00 to 16h00: The children must be aged between 10 and 14 years, must be strong dancers and singers, and preferably have some stage experience. They will be put through a movement session and then a singing workshop. They should dress in comfortable, practical rehearsal clothes and wear hair off the face. It is unnecessary to prepare any material for the audition as they will be taught routines and a song on the day.

The Wolves will be called from 16h00 to 18h00: The young performers must be aged between 14 and 18 years and should be good actors, with excellent movement abilities and previous stage experience. They must prepare a short poem or piece of prose (no more than two minutes) and be prepared to do a movement workshop. Wear appropriate clothing.

Auditions are on a first-come first served basis. Call Steven Stead on 072 796 4236 for additional information.




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