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Audition information

Escapees Theatre Company will be presenting Legally Blonde the Musical in agreement with

MTI and Hal Leonard at the Drum Theatre, Dandenong in September 2022. 

ABOUT LEGALLY BLONDE
Based on the novel and the hit movie of the same name, Legally Blonde: The Musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner. In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.

ABOUT ESCAPEES THEATRE COMPANY
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 in 2018, Grease in 2019, The Wedding Singer in 2022, and a lot more to come!


The Escapees Theatre Company prides itself on being an inclusive space for people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, identities, genders and people who are neurodiverse. We acknowledge for many individuals, gender identity and presentation is a vast spectrum. If you are wanting to audition for a role that you may believe to be traditionally played by a set
gender or appearance please don’t be hesitant in your audition choice as we are open to all possibilities within our licensing rights. We also welcome people of all levels of experience.

PRODUCTION TEAM FOR LEGALLY BLONDE
Director: Amy Planner
Assistant Director: Trent Stebbing
Production Manager: Daniel Ryan
Musical Directors: Grace McCoy & Teigan Bliss
Choreographers: Bec Dissegna & Bree Ashwood


SHOW DATES
Performance dates:
Wednesday 14th Sept Friday 16th Sept
Thursday 15th Sept Saturday 17th Sept (two show day)

REHEARSALS & COMMITMENT REQUIREMENTS
Weekly Rehearsal Times:
Monday nights 6pm - 10pm Cire School, Berwick
Every second Sunday 9am - 2pm The Factory, Cranbourne
The first rehearsal will be held 2nd May 2022.

Please note in the month leading up to the production every Sunday will be required.


Production week requirements:
(all call times are subject to change)
Monday 12th Sept (Tech/Dress Rehearsal) 6pm - 11pm
Tuesday 13th Sept (Tech/Dress Rehearsal) 6pm - 11pm
Wednesday 14th Sept (Performance) 6pm - finish (approx 11pm)
Thursday 15th Sept (Performance) 6pm - finish (approx 11pm)
Friday 16th Sept (Performance) 6pm - finish (approx 11pm)
Saturday 17th Sept (2 Performances) 11am (break between shows) - finish (approx 11pm)


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 $200 per cast member which covers insurance costs, helps to
cover rehearsal venues and will also include a show t-shirt.
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 BOOKINGS

Auditions will be held on Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th at The Factory, Cranbourne.
A dance call will also be held on this day for all auditionees.

Call back auditions (if required) will be held on Monday, 11th April at Cire Community School, Berwick after hours.


To book your audition, complete the following steps:
1. Book your audition time by clicking here or copy and paste https://www.trybooking.com/BXTPW into your browser
It’s as easy as that!

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for a role, auditionees must be over 18 years of age.


SINGING
All auditionees will be required to prepare two contrasting songs.
- One song in the style of the show and the character you are auditioning for.
- One that showcases your vocal talents
- No jukebox musicals will be accepted
- Please note all vocal auditions to be a maximum 90 second cut which auditionees are to provide their own backing tracks to be played by USB or AUX


ACTING
Auditionees are also required to present a short, 60 second monologue to demonstrate a general American accent.
- Auditionee may be asked to do a cold read


DANCING
Auditionees will be required to complete a dance call audition. This will be a small piece of choreography that will be taught on the day.


IF AUDITIONING AS A FEATURED DANCER ONLY
If you are looking to be a featured dancer, you may not be required to prepare a song for your audition. You will be required to attend the dance call. Please email us at casting@escapeestc.com with your interest.


AUDITION DISCLAIMER
Members of the audition panel and production team may also be auditioning for some roles within the production. In such cases, every effort to remove the conflict of interest has been enacted. Audition panel members will not have any input on deciding factors of casting for roles which they have auditioned. Moreover, the company prides itself on casting on auditionee merit.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Adapted from: uncsa.edu


Elle Woods (Gb2-G5 Soprano Belt)
Elle Woods may appear like a typical blonde California sorority girl, but don't count her
out. She is hardworking, optimistic and tenacious. Strong performer in all areas: singing,
dancing and acting. Most importantly, has an earnest, loveable spirit. Needs great
comedic timing.


Emmett Forrest (B2-A4 Tenor)
Emmett is a smart, quirky, sensitive and personable law student. He ends up taking Elle
under his wing and believes in her when it seems that no one else does. A strong
singer/actor with great comedic timing!


Paulette Buonofuonte (A3-A5 Soprano Belt)
Paulette is the funny owner of Hair Affair, a local salon. She becomes friends with Elle and
longs to marry a man from Ireland. She and Elle help each other achieve their dreams!
Must be comfortable with dogs - hoping to use real dogs on stage. A Bostonian accent is a
plus, a strong singer with a powerful belt to match the personality!


Pilar, Margot, Serena (G#3-F5 Belt)
Pilar is the sassy and sensible sorority sister.
Margot is the seemingly dim-witted, boy-crazy sorority sister.
Serena is an energetic cheerleader, from Jewish heritage, sorority sister.
Margot, Serena, & Pilar are Elle's entourage who follow her through the story acting as her
“Greek Chorus”. Strong singers and dancers with good comic timing.


Professor Callahan (A2-F#4 Baritone)
Callahan is a pompous and manipulative law professor at Harvard. Callahan should be
charismatic but able to turn instantly into a conniving shark at the turn of a hat.


Warner Huntington III (Eb3-Ab4 Tenor)
Warner is attractive and charming but very self-absorbed. He will do whatever it takes to
achieve his dream of becoming a senator, including breaking Elle’s heart.


Vivienne Kensington (A3-F5 HUGE Soprano Belt)
Vivienne is an overachieving, stuck-up, wealthy, smart and savvy law student who is
intellectually driven. Yet she feels very threatened by Elle's presence at Harvard.

Brooke Wyndham (A3-G5 Alto or Soprano)
Brooke Wyndham is a famous fitness video guru and former Delta Ny sorority girl on trial
for killing her husband. This is a high-spirited role for a triple-threat. Performer must be
able to really portray her very difficult predicament.


Kyle B. O'Boyle (No vocal requirement)
Kyle is a physically fit, smooth-talking UPS delivery man. We soon find out that he is
Paulette's dream guy.


Enid Hoops (G3-G5 Soprano Belt)
Enid is a strong, opinionated, feminist law student at Harvard. Great comedic timing!


Featured Ensemble
Gaelen, Judge, Jet Blue Pilot, Saleswoman, Store Manager, Prison Guard, Bookish Client,
Grandmaster Chad, Salon Employees, Chutney Wyndham, Dewey and Sabrina are featured
roles for performers who have vibrant personalities.
We need a range of actors, each one willing to give their unique voices to these roles.


Ensemble & Featured Dancers Various
Waiters, Delta Nus, Frat Boys, Greek Chorus, Students and Inmates. Various ensemble
roles with some ensemble needing to play multiple characters.
Also looking for strong dancers.

Please email casting@escapeestc.com with any questions.