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AUDITIONS FOR ROCKY HORROR (article first published : 2008-03-9)

The Barnyard Theatres have again secured the rights to stage The Rocky Horror Show this year, and there is a chance for local performers to try out for a role in the world’s most famous rock ‘n roll musical.

The Durban auditions will be taking place at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on March 10 from 09h00 to 13h00. The Barnyard Theatre Productions will be auditioning hopefuls for the roles of Riff Raff, Brad, Janet, Eddie, and Phantoms (girls and boys who will also understudy lead roles). Performers wanting to audition are required to be at the venue at 09h00 to put their names down for an audition.

The Rocky Horror Show has enjoyed a colourful track record in South Africa and the film was banned after four weeks on circuit. Now, with over 600 productions world-wide, the raunchy and enticing musical kicks off a national tour at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway, where it has enjoyed two sold out runs previously. The cult show will be staged at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway from July 15 to August 24, followed by a run at the Willowbridge venue in Cape Town from September 1 to October 19.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of the misadventures of Brad and Janet, two hapless virgins from Denton, who lose their way on a dark and stormy night. They seek help from the orally inclined transsexual Transylvanian, Dr Frank ‘n Furter, at a haunted castle where time has no meaning. Although virtue is compromised and finally lost on that fateful night, good finally triumphs over evil.

Here is the casting criteria:

RIFF RAFF (aged anywhere between 20 and 40). Riff is a sneaky, slimy, shadowy, lithe figure. He too is an alien with a secret agenda of his own…although seemingly ‘disgusting’, there is something unsettlingly sexual about him. His presence is dark yet amusing. He is calculating and loves his sister, Magenta, a little ‘too much’. He tends to look down his nose at his earthling surroundings and the other characters (except for Magenta) which take up space in the castle. He is the hunched back “Igor” character of the B-grade sci-fi movies, except with a twist. He is by no means dumb and is in fact an intellectual superior. Riff it is a very energeti role and is the most vocally demanding role of the piece so excellent singing skills are required as he has to powerfully hit many a high note. Movement needs to be very agile and ‘spidery’. Acting: good understanding of comedy. Accent: The Queen’s English.

BRAD (aged anywhere between 18 and early 30’s). He is the average well-mannered American middle class male – a Nixon era ‘flawed hero’. He was probably class president and considered a ‘good catch’ for any well brought-up young lady. He is viewed as rather a nerd, by audience and Frank and his cronies. He tries to be anecdotal and humorous but does not succeed. He tries to be the typical good guy hero, but alas, also falls short. He is ‘awkward’ within the walls of the castle where he at first considers the inhabitants to be odd, to say the least, but in his well brought up way is willing to give them a chance. Brad undergoes a journey of sexual discovery. Vocally: Very strong, being able to Broadway belt and rock. Movement: Alright. Acting: Very good grasp of comedy, as well as pathos (he has a vulnerability). Accent: American

EDDIE (aged between 30 and 40). Eddie is a rock and roll, hell’s angel wild guy. He is maniacal as Frank has taken half his brain to make Rocky and has been keeping him in a refrigerator. He is somehow sexy within his ‘wildness’. Vocally: strong rock and roll singer. Movement: Energetic. Accent: American.

PHANTOMS: Ages ranging between 18 and 30s. The Phantoms are not the usual chorus members, stuck in the back - they set the mood of the piece. They also have to be able to understudy lead roles. Vocals: Very good, and especially good with harmonies. Movement: Very good……sexy.

Brad must prepare a Broadway number (a Broadway belt) and a rock ‘n roll song. All other characters must prepare an up-tempo rock number and a ballad which shows off their range. They can either bring backtracks or sheet music as there will be a pianist. They will also be asked to read from the script.

Contact The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on 031 566 3045 for further information.




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