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Casting call for panto

  • Temporary Job
  • UK
  • 23/05/2022
  • Temporary Job
  • UK
  • 23/05/2022

Website Hopscotch Theatre Company

We are delighted to be returning to in-person pantomime touring this Winter with our acclaimed family and schools pantomime, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Providing a contemporary Scottish-twist that our audiences have come to love, this production will feature a spellbinding set, sing-along songs and centres around the theme of women in STEM. This new adaptation is written by Edinburgh-based playwright and theatre-maker, Isla Cowan. You can find out more Isla via her website and her introductory blog is available here.

We are seeking twelve performers to form three casts which will tour throughout the production period. Rehearsals will take place in early November for approximately two weeks.

ROLES:

The production features four characters. These are;

JACK: 

Playing age: Jack is a secondary school pupil (12-14 years). We anticipate that the actor has a young playing age.

Gender: Female-identifying. We welcome submissions from actors who are transgender, non-binary and/or non-conforming.

Description: Jack was raised in a working-class Scottish family and attends a school for children who are gifted in science. Jack is cheeky, creative and a bit of a prankster. Jack isn’t afraid to take risks!

HEAD TEACHER: 

Playing age: 30-50 years.

Gender: We welcome applications from any gender.

Description: The Head Teacher is ‘THE DAME’ of the pantomime. They are always giving Jack into trouble and realising that Jack is up to no good. They set the standards and have a scary, quirky and know-it-all attitude, but of course, they are hilarious, too!

GIANT: 

Playing age: 40+ years.

Gender: Female-identifying. We welcome submissions from actors who are transgender, non-binary and/or non-conforming.

Description: The GIANT is an expert in working in their field within STEM. GIANT is our panto baddie!

QUENTIN:

Playing age: Quentin is a secondary school pupil (12-14 years). We anticipate that the actor has a young playing age.

Gender: Male-identifying. We welcome submissions from actors who are transgender, non-binary and/or non-conforming.

Description: Quentin is a bit of a posh boy and a teacher’s pet. He is jealous of Jack and is a bit of a tell tale.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

Applications are open for performers who are interested in developing their skills working and touring theatre for young audiences. We are casting for fourteen performers to work across the above two projects.

We welcome applications from performers who we have not met before and welcome applications from people who identify as; global majority, LGBTQI+, disabled or neurdiverse, working-class, and/or marginalised in the arts.

All applicants must be over 18 years old and have the right to work in the UK.

HOW TO APPLY:

Casting will take place over two stages. These are;

STAGE ONE: SELF-TAPE.

We are inviting self-tapes from performers which include;

– A one minute extract from the downloadable text of your chosen role.

– A one minute rock/pop song of your choice.

Downloadable text can be found here.

Please choose a song that you feel shows off your vocal abilities and is preferably in character.

You will also be asked to submit a CV and Headshot at this stage, and complete our equalities monitoring form, which can be found here.

If you require any help or have any questions, please contact us via info@hopscotchtheatre.com or visit Spotlight: helpful tips for self-tape!

Deadline: All self-tapes must be submitted no later than 23rd May 2022, at midday. You can submit via the link here.

STAGE TWO: AUDITION.

A shortlist of candidates will be invited to a recall audition at our rehearsal studio in Govan on Tuesday 7th June with members of the Hopscotch Theatre team and JACK AND THE BEANSTALK director Calum Moore. The workshop will last no longer than x hours.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified on 30th May, 2022 if they have been invited to the in-person workshop audition. Any additional information will be provided at this stage.

OUTCOME:
All applicants will be notified by email no later than 13th June, 2022 if they have been successful.

If unsuccessful, Hopscotch would like to retain your information on file should further casting opportunities arise. We will ask for permission to do so at this stage and will comply in line with GDPR.

QUESTIONS:
If you have any questions or would like to have an informal conversation, please do not hesitate to contact us via email on info@hopscotchtheatre.com and one our team will arrange an opportunity to speak with you.

Jack and the Beanstalk is our new pantomime written by Isla Cowan touring from November until January.

You can find our casting policy https://hopscotchtheatre.com/casting-policy/

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