10th September 2010
We were delighted to see 67 eager young people on the first open audition for Sweet Charity on Monday 6th September. After a quick synopsis from Miss Davies, Head of Drama at JCG and director of the production, the 65 girls and 2 brave boys from Victoria College were put through their paces with some very challenging choreography from Miss Harley, our dance teacher and choreographer.
Having mastered the Fosse-style moves and polished their routine in groups, the students were watched and discussed by the staff team. We were very impressed by the standard from all and knew already that this was going to be a very difficult choice.
Mrs Le Feuvre, Head of Music and musical director for the show, taught the students a few tricky bars from Hey Big Spender, one of the big chorus numbers in the show. The singing of this in groups gave us an idea of the students’ vocal ability as well as their ability to ‘sell’ a song!
The second audition was even more competitive. We invited 45 students back and set them numerous extra challenges. Some tricky harmony from The Rhythm of Life was followed by a group acting sequence. On this basis we were able to decide who we felt was up to the challenge of a principle role and so 13 of the 45 were asked back on Wednesday 8th September.
At that audition there was plenty to act and numerous solo songs to learn and sing. Though nerve-wracking, the students involved were incredibly composed and tried their very best to make the right impression. We were delighted and spent the whole of Wednesday evening pouring over names and characters to decide who should play what. After several hours and plenty of lively debate we agreed on our final cast (see below).
Well done to everyone who tried – even if you were unsuccessful this time it is great experience to have a go. Rehearsals begin on Monday 13th September and tickets will go on sale in early November. The production will run from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th December 2010.
Charity Hope Valentine Gigi Neil
Charley Vittorio Vidal Oscar Lindquist Jonny Labey
Nickie Laura Wainwright
Helene Georgie Clifford
Daddy Brubeck Gemma Hamilton
Marlene Kate McCallum
Herman the Customer
Manfred Matthew Crosby
Lead Pompeii Club Dancer Emma Huelin
(plus Dance Captain)
Hostess 2 – Suzanne Kerry Vautier
Hostess 3 – Frenchy Kirsten Chapman
Hostess 4 – Betsy Alice Bravery
Daddy’s Assistant 1
Hostess 5 -Elaine Jodie McShea
Daddy’s Assistant 2
Hostess 6 – Rosie (Act 2) Nicole Le Rougetel
Hostess 7- Octavia Bell
Hostess 8 – Sophia Petra
Hostess 9 – Georgia Dessain
Hostess 10 – Melissa Morshead
Hostess 11- Fran Siodlak
Jasmine Le Maistre