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AUDITION NOTICE: 'Chess the Musical' at Beenleigh Theatre Group

Production Details

  • Director/Choreographer: Trinette Avery

  • Musical Director: Jacqueline Atherton

  • Performances: 27 September - 12 October 2024

  • Membership Requirement: Each successful auditionee must become a member of BTG at a cost of $10 before the first rehearsal.

About the Show

Chess, The Musical is set during the Cold War, featuring two chess masters competing for the world championship in Bangkok. The story intertwines political intrigue and a complex love triangle involving the American and Russian competitors and a Hungarian refugee.

Rehearsal Details

  • Start Date: Sunday, 7 July 2024

  • Schedule:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Sundays: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Audition Information

  • Audition Dates:

  • 29th and 30th June 2024

  • Location: Crete Street Theatre, Beenleigh

  • Dance Call: Attend one of the following:

  • Saturday, 29 June: 9am - 11am

  • Sunday, 30 June: 10am - 12pm

  • Booth Singer Auditions: Group vocal audition on Sunday, 30 June: 11am - 12pm.

  • Callbacks: Tuesday, 2 July 2024, 7:00pm at Crete Street Theatre.

  • Eligibility: Auditionees must be 16+ at the time of auditions.

  • Songs: Prepare 2 contrasting songs (1-1.5 minutes each) that showcase vocal range. Bring your own backings (phone attachments available). Choose one song that highlights your lyrical singing and another that showcases different skills (e.g., patter, character-building, emotional range). Select songs that match the musical style and vocal range of the character you're auditioning for.

  • Registration: Apply here

Character Breakdown

  • Frederick Trumper (American Grandmaster):

  • Vocal Range: B♭2 to D♭5 (Tenor)

  • Age: Early 30s

  • Accent: American

  • Dance Ability: Beginner

  • Florence Vassy (Frederick's Lover/Second):

  • Vocal Range: E♭3 to E5 (Mezzo-Soprano)

  • Age: Late 20s/Early 30s

  • Accent: English (with a hint of American)

  • Dance Ability: Beginner

  • Anatoly Sergievsky (Russian Grandmaster):

  • Vocal Range: F2 to B♭4 (High Baritone)

  • Age: 35 - 40

  • Accent: Russian

  • Dance Ability: Mover

  • Walter de Courcey (Head of the American delegation):

  • Vocal Range: A♭2 to F4 (Baritone)

  • Age: 35 - 50

  • Accent: American

  • Dance Ability: Mover

  • Alexander Molokov (Head of the Russian delegation/Anatoly's Second):

  • Vocal Range: F2 to A4 (Bass/Baritone)

  • Age: 30 - 50

  • Accent: Russian

  • Dance Ability: Mover/Beginner

  • Arbiter (President of the International Chess Federation):

  • Vocal Range: B2 to A4 (Tenor range)

  • Age: 35 - 50

  • Accent: English

  • Dance Ability: Mover/Beginner

  • Svetlana Sergievskaya (Anatoly's wife):

  • Vocal Range: F3 to E5 (Mezzo-Soprano)

  • Age: 25 - 35

  • Accent: Russian

  • Dance Ability: Mover/Beginner

Additional Roles:

  • Mayor of Merano, Reporters, Delegates/Cronies, Merchandisers, Civil Servants, Leonid Viigand

For more detailed audition sides and character descriptions, please refer to the provided audition pack.


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