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Escapees Theatre Company will be presenting All Shook Up on stage in agreement with

Origin Theatrical at the Drum Theatre, in October 2024.


This lively and heartwarming jukebox musical is inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley. Set in a small town in the 1950s, the story follows the arrival of a charismatic guitar-playing stranger named Chat, who shakes up the community with this music and rebellious spirit. As Chat helps the townspeople discover the power of love, they embark on a romantic and comedic journey filled with the mistaken identities, secret crushed, and forbidden romances. With energetic performances and memorable tunes like Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock and Can’t Help Falling in Love, All Shook Up captures the essence of rock’n’roll and celebrates the joy of following your heart. 


We are seeking passionate and talented performers to bring this story to life. If you are an actor, singer, or dancer who thrives on pushing creative boundaries and tackling challenging material, this is an audition opportunity you don’t want to miss.


We are a not-for-profit, unique, innovative and hard-working theatre company based in the South East of Melbourne who have predominantly created theatre performances, both original and re-imaginations, since 2007. We are an inclusive group with a flair for the dramatic and a deep appreciation of a good pair of jazz hands. We entertain our community through theatre and strive to make the arts available to all.


Our Musical dreams have been realised as we have thrown ourselves into the big World of Musical Theatre. Starting with Heathers (2018), Grease (2019), The Wedding Singer and Legally Blonde (2022), and most recently Rent (2023) with a lot more to come!

Director: Elyse Carmichael 

Assistant Directors: Soren Adkin

Choreographer: Breeanne Ashwood

Assistant Choreographer: TBC

Vocal Director: Emma Jury

Assistant Vocal Director: TBC

Band Director: Zac Jones

Media/Publicity: Sharnika Takacs

Performance dates:

Thursday 10th October 2024 10.30am* & 7.30pm

Friday 11th October 2024 7.30pm

Saturday 12th October 2024 1.30pm & 7.30pm

* This is an Encore performance in agreement with The Drum Theatre. It will be a version of the show that is performed at 10.30am on Thursday, you must be available for this performance if you intend to audition.

Weekly Rehearsal Times:

Wednesday nights 7pm - 10pm

Sunday afternoons 1pm - 5pm

Rehearsals start Sunday 2nd June



Killester College 433 Springvale Road, Springvale, 3171


Not all cast will be called to all rehearsals


Mandatory rehearsal weekend(s): Exact dates will be shared with successful auditionees upon being cast.

This will not be a camp however, it will be two full day rehearsals.

Production week requirements:

Monday 7th October - BUMP IN & TECH

Tuesday 8th October - TECH & DRESS REHEARSAL

Wednesday 9th October - SHOW (OR TECH & DRESS REHEARSAL)

Thursday 10th October - 2 SHOWS

Friday 11th October - SHOW

Saturday 12th October 2023 - 2 SHOWS & BUMP OUT

Whilst we acknowledge that cast have commitments outside of the production which may present challenges, the company also has an expectation that sufficient measures have been taken to ensure that cast are present and on time for dates during rehearsal season. This is not only a mark of respect for the crew and fellow cast members, but is also a matter of
occupational health and safety. Failure to provide sufficient notice to production teams of potential missed dates or lateness may result in being removed from certain numbers, or in extreme circumstances, be removed from the show.

Show Fees:

There will be a show fee of $120 per cast member which covers insurance and administration costs. There is an optional show shirt for an additional $30 and potential hoodie (price to be advised). 


Show fees will be due by Sunday 16th June. Payment details to be given after casting.

We want to offer this opportunity to everyone and we understand money can be a difficult
hurdle. Please know we are very open to extending due dates and working out payment
plans. The show fee should not be the reason you don’t audition. Please contact us with any
concerns you might have.


Audition Dates: Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st May 2024

Location: Killester College 433 Springvale Road, Springvale, 3171 - please enter via front gate

Dance Call: Sunday 26th 10am-11:30am

Callbacks: Sunday 26th May (if required) 1pm-5pm




For more information please get in contact with us via email

 All video auditions must be submitted by 10pm 21.05.24


  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your booking time so we can check you in. Late-comers may forfeit their audition slot.

  • Auditionees must provide their own backing tracks for their audition. Speakers will be provided for you to use. 

  • In-person auditions are preferred, video submissions will only be arranged if requested and for valid reasons. Please contact if you require a video audition.

  • If you are unable to attend callbacks you will still be considered. Not all roles will require a callback. 

  • All auditionees are required to attend the dance call.



  • Prepare two songs. One song in the style of the show but not from All Shook Up itself. One other musical theatre song of your choice, that best shows us your vocal ability. They should be 60-90 seconds each. 

  • You are required to supply your own backing track - preferably pre-cut, no vocals on the track, no acapella auditions. There will be speakers provided. 

  • You may be asked to do a vocal range test



You may be asked to read a few lines from the show during your audition, the script will be provided on the day.

Please note this role may not necessarily be for the one you are auditioning for. 


Call-Back invitations, including any resources for preparation will be issued after the vocal auditions on Tuesday 21st May.




Killester College 433 Springvale Road, Springvale, 3171 - please enter via front gate


Sunday 26th May 10am - 11:30am


All auditionees are required to attend the dance call. A short piece of choreography will be taught on the day.

No preparation required. 


Please come in comfy clothes you can move in and bring water. If you have any injuries, please let the production team know prior to the dance call so we can ensure a fun but also safe audition experience.


Please note, we have the ability to alter the vocal ranges for these roles.  If you think you are right for the part, please audition for the role!

Vocal Range: F#3 - F5)
A young woman and an excellent mechanic. She's much more at home in greasy overalls than a dress. Spends part of the show dressed in drag as Ed in order to be close to Chad.

Vocal Range: F#2 - A4
A good lookin’, motorcyclin', guitar-playin', leather-jacketed roustabout. 

Vocal Range: Bb2 - F#4
Natalie's widowed father. Middle-aged and messy, he still longs for his wife.

Vocal Range: F3 - F5
The no-nonsense owner of the local bar ‘Syvlia's Honky-Tonk’.

NOTE: This character will be cast from within the BIPOC community.

Vocal Range: C4 - Eb5
Sylvia's teenage daughter. Pretty, smart, and a total romantic.

NOTE: This character will be cast from within the BIPOC community.

Vocal Range: A2 - Bb4
An awkward young man. He aspires to be a dentist. Is in love with Natalie.

Vocal Range: E3 - F5
The beautiful, intellectual curator of the town's museum.

Vocal Range: Bb3 - C6
The town's very conservative mayor.

Vocal Range: D3 - Bb4
Matilda's teenage son. He has spent most of his youth at military boarding schools and he has never disobeyed his mother.

Vocal Range: ALL
Strong, heavily used for both singing and dancing as townspeople, etc.  The ensemble is an integral part of this show and appears on stage in the majority of the scenes. There are several small speaking roles and vocal solos which will be cast out of the ensemble. 

Please email with any questions.

Audition information

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