Auditions open for PE’s annual revue

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Members of the young core cast of the Woodlands Dairy Showtime Awards Revue, Let the Good Times Roll last year.
Members of the young core cast of the Woodlands Dairy Showtime Awards Revue, Let the Good Times Roll last year.

Bob Eveleigh writes: Auditions will be held for Port Elizabeth’s 29th annual Woodlands Dairy Showtime Awards Revue on July 28 and 29.

Auditions for the 2019 edition of Nelson Mandela Bay’s top family song, comedy and dance show of any year, the 29th annual Woodlands Dairy Showtime Awards young talent development revue, Those Were The Days, will be held at the Charlo Primary School Hall, corner Carrington Street and Miles Avenue, on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29.

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On Saturday, starting at 2.30pm, singers and actors will be auditioned while, on Sunday, from the same time, they will return, together with specialist dancers (tap dancers should bring tap shoes), for the movement and dance tryouts.

Woodlands DairyBoasting enhanced backing from naming sponsors, Humansdorp’s Woodlands Dairy, manufacturers of First Choice products, and, as in the past three years, presented in collaboration with the PE Musical and Dramatic Society, in the Little Theatre from Sunday, January 27, to Saturday, February 2, next year, the formal junior awards ceremonies will be on Tuesday, January 23 (high and primary school productions), and main awards on Friday, February 1.

Rehearsals will start in the daytime in early October, concurrent with the week of the school holidays, and continue over all subsequent Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, until December 15 and 16, and then cease for resumption on Wednesday, January 2, next year.

As with all its predecessors, this revue has been devised and written by me as executive producer, after I created the Showtime concept 28 years ago while Arts Editor of the Evening and Weekend Post.

Joining me again will be the same production team as handled the highly 2018’s highly successful Let the Good Times Roll: director/choreographer Siobhan Day and musical and vocal director Wayne Hughes, with Marlene Pieterse as creative consultant and Lance Bright and Rocky Mann as technical consultants.

The team will be seeking a fully multi-cultural core cast of 12 performers – eight females and four males – essentially within the usual Showtime development ages of 14 (turning 15 before January 27) to 22 years, with as many all-rounders (singers/actors/dancers) as possible included, plus a dance troupe of six girls, who also will be required to sing in ensemble numbers in the show.

They will again be supported by several guest stars plus a group of ten pupils from Charlo Primary School, who will not, however, be selected at these auditions but separately at school by Wayne Hughes.

The musical score and comedy will salute Broadway and Hollywod during the the 1960s, a decade consistently regarded by veteran showbiz writers as having been the best ever experieced on the Great White Way.

Among the Broadway and Hollywood hits to be saluted will be Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly!, Mame, Little Me, Sweet Charity, Carnival, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Star!, Man of La Mancha and Finian’s Rainbow.

The comedy gems come from the one-liners of the likes of returning ’50s and ”60s headliners Bob Hope, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, with the addition of Henny Youngman and Max Bygraves from the 1960s.

For the auditions, singers, who may bring their own backing tracks or perform with their own accompanists (or sing a cappella), should also particularly acquaint themselves – most easily via Youtube – with the Broadway and Hollywood songs of the decade but will all be taught one of the 2019 revue’s songs at the tryouts.

For further information about the auditions or any aspect of Woodlands Dairy Showtime 2019: Those Were the Daysl, email either Bob Eveleigh beveleigh@centrestage.co.za  or call him on 083 452 7556 or production secretary Coreen Viljoen (email tcvilj@mweb.co.za cell 082 457 1128).

 

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