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AUDITION INFORMATION

Download the full audition pack below:

AUDITION PACK

 

Pre Audition Meeting -  Wednesday 22nd May 2024

The meeting will take place at St Peters Church Hall, Vicarage Court, Kinver, DY7 6HJ.

New Member Auditions -  Wednesday 12th June 2024

The auditions will take place at St Peters Church Hall, Vicarage Court, Kinver, DY7 6HJ.

Dick Whittington Audition Day -  Sunday 23rd June 2023

The audition day will take place at St Peters Church Hall, Vicarage Court, Kinver, DY7 6HJ.

If you are already a member you can register your interest to audition filling out the form by clicking the below button.

Sign Up Deadline - 16th June

If you would like to audition for the show however not currently a paid member of KLOS you will need to do a separate membership audition prior to the Dick Whittington audition day. These auditions will be held on Wednesday 12th June 2024 at St Peter's Church Hall. Please contact our membership secretary Charlotte Wood to arrange your membership audition - membership.klos@outlook.com

Philippa Hickinbottom will text you with your individual audition time prior to the audition day.

Timings & details around the day of auditions will be updated closer to the time but please make sure you are available all day.

Production Team

Producer - Philippa Bishop

Director - Harvey Dalloway

Musical Director - Kate Cox

Choreographer - Martyn Davies

 

About The Show

Young Richard ‘Dick’ Whittington has travelled to London to seek his fortune, and guided by Fairy Bow Bell, finds Tommy, a friendly kitty companion! Upon arriving in London, Dick meets Alice Fitzwarren, a local shopkeeper who is in need of a crew for a shipment of rat poison to Morrocco. She takes on Dick and his cat to help deal with the rat problem at her store, alongside Sarah the Cook and Idle Jack.

Meanwhile, the evil King Rat is conspiring against Dick and his cat, and plots to kill all the cats in the kingdom! He frames Dick as a thief, but, after hearing King Rat’s ploys, Alice soon makes amends with Dick, who she herself begins to fall for! They all set sail to Morrocco, under the direction of the Captain and his doting Mate, but things go awry as King Rat sabotages them once again, sinking the ship and its cargo of rat poison!

Our heroes wash ashore in Morrocco, where they meet the Sultan, who does NOT take kindly to intruders. However, after Dick introduces Tommy’s rat catching abilities, the Sultan honours the guests, only to be ambushed by King Rat and his army of rats! But Tommy and Dick fight valiantly and put an end to King Rat! In their final reunion, Alice and Dick declare they are to be married when they return home, and they all set sail back to London!

 

Characters

We are casting for a range of roles, from lead characters to supporting and ensemble roles. We encourage you to audition and showcase your talent.

Dick Whittington 
A dream-filled young man who has travelled to London to seek his fortune! Dick is the typical pantomime leading male who falls for Alice Fitzwarren, a shopkeeper whom he comes across on his travels. He is determined and headstrong, especially with his trusty cat at his side. Must be a strong and confident singer with some dancing ability. 

Gender: Any 

Dialogue | Song

Tommy’ the Cat 
Tommy’ (or whatever the audience names the cat each show) is Dick’s faithful companion and the hero of the show! He is a rat-catcher supreme and helps Dick along every step of his journey. 
NOTE: We want to see your interpretation of the cat! Members of any age and gender can audition for the cat, and it’s up to you as to how to play it. Perhaps the cat is expressive and lively and only speaks through body language, or perhaps the cat is fat and sluggish with occasional funny quips. Feel free to ad-lib within the given audition piece if your interpretation deems it necessary. THIS IS A NON-SPEAKING ROLE unless your interpretation calls for dialogue to be added. 

Gender: Any 

Dialogue | Song (Ensemble)


 

Alice Fitzwarren 
The typical pantomime leading female. Owner of Fitzwarren’s Stores, she is a kind and forgiving soul who makes good friends of her employees. Must be a strong and confident singer with some dancing ability. 

Gender: Female 

Dialogue | Song


 

Fairy Bow Bells 
A fairy who is eager to aid Dick and his friends on his journey, despite King Rat’s best efforts. She guides Dick throughout and keeps him on the right track. Could have a cockney accent. Must be a strong and confident singer. 

Gender: Female 

Dialogue | Song


 

King/Queen Rat 
A mean, pompous and villainous rat with a vendetta against all cats. He vows to kill all cats in the kingdom with the aide of his army of rats, and actively sabotages Dick and his cat throughout their adventure but is eventually brought to justice. Must have a regal yet menacing voice, and an intimidating stage presence. A strong singing ability is desirable. 

Gender: Any (Male preferred) 

Dialogue | Song


 

Idle Jack 

The ‘Silly Billy’ type who works with Sarah the Cook at Alice’s store and gets up to all sorts of shenanigans with her. Must have great comedic timing and have confidence working an audience. Must have some comedic singing ability.

Gender: Any

 

Dialogue | Song

 

 

Sarah the Cook 
The motherly Dame character who works at Alice’s store. She is always hungry for food (and men) and has a particular fondness for the Captain. Must have great comedic timing and have confidence working an audience. Must have strong comedic singing ability. 

Gender: Any (Male preferred) 

 

Dialogue | Song
 

 

Captain 
Gruff and sea-faring, the Captain is responsible for leading Alice’s crew to Morrocco with a shipment of rat poison, and tries to keep them in order (often failing to do so!) with the help of his bumbling sidekick, the Captain’s Mate. Loveable yet commanding. A pirate’s accent is desired. Must have great comedic timing and some comedic singing ability. 

Gender: Any (Male preferred) 

Dialogue | Song

 

Captain’s Mate 
The Captain’s mate is the naiive and daft assistant to the Captain, whom they look up to as a mentor and a leader. Asks lots of questions – doesn’t seem to learn from the answers. Has a big crush on Alice Fitzwarren. Could have a Bristolian/West Country accent. Must have great comedic timing and some comedic singing ability. 

Gender: Any 

 

Dialogue | Song


 

The Sultan/Sultana of Morrocco 
A harsh and brutal leader with a taste for the finer things in life. Features in one scene towards the end of the show. (Will double up as Ensemble or Dancer). Must be a confident singer.
Gender: Any 

 

Dialogue | Song

 

Ensemble/Dancer Roles  
Ensemble members and dancers will take on various roles throughout the show, including: 

Townsfolk 
Sailors 
Rats 
Sultan’s Harem/Sultana’s Posse 
Sultan’s Guards 

As always, the ensemble will require a strong set of singers and some movement. 

 

Song

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