You may have noticed some activity around the Theatre in the week after Easter, with scaffolding and a hive of active tradespeople. They have been removing the old asbestos roof, which leaked copiously during north-easterly storms, and replacing it with a brand new COLORSTEEL roof.
We can now look forward to many years of dry audiences, and freedom from the worry that the leaks will be causing an unsafe situation with the electrical circuits in our lighting grid.
Nominations for the 2019 ACTT Awards for productions produced in 2018 have been announced, Torbay Theatre has recived six nominations for “Taste of Honey”:
- Best Lighting Design: Kyle Perwick
- Best Set Design: Anne Rimmer
- Best Male in a Supporting Role: Alex Eichelbaum (Geoffrey)
- Best Female in a Supporting Role: Jacque Mandeno (Helen)
- Best Female in a Leading Role: Philippa Mandeno (Jo)
- Best Director: Steve Wright
The full list on nominations can be viewed by clicking here.
Torbay Theatre congratulates all our nominees, the winners will be announced at the awards night on 16th March 2019 at the Crown Plaza, for more info click here.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
by Roald Dahl. Adapted by Richard George.
6-16 December 2018
Auditions: 2pm, Sunday 26 August at the Torbay Community Hall, 35 Watea Road, Torbay (behind the Torbay shops)
Call-backs: 7.30pm, Monday 27 August at Gate Theatre (adjacent to the Torbay Community Hall)
DIRECTOR NOTES – Karl Buckley
Karl has directed this show for Torbay previously, back in 1996 and is looking to bring new ideas and energy to it. He is a very experienced director, having directed 36 shows for a range of groups including Torbay Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Centrestage Theatre, Mairangi Players, Company Theatre and a number of schools.
The Candyman introduces the story – the story of Willy Wonka’s amazing chocolate factory and his incredible edible inventions. How other chocolate makers sent spies to steal Mr Wonka’s secrets, so he closed his factory!
Now Willy Wonka is running a competition – he is sending out five Golden Tickets for five lucky people to tour his chocolate factory. We meet the first four ticket-holders – Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee. Then the Candyman introduces us to Charlie Bucket and his family, who live together in a small cold house and eat cabbage soup for every meal. Charlie becomes the fifth Golden Ticket winner and takes his Grandpa Joe to the factory for the tour.
The five children and their parents meet Mr Wonka and start their tour of his factory. In the incredible Chocolate Room, they discover they are not alone in the factory. Mr Wonka’s workers – the Oompa-Loompas – are lurking in the shadows and may have taken a dislike to some of the children!
As the tour moves along the Chocolate River, through the Invention Room, the Nut Room and the TV Room – one-by-one the children meet their doom, much to the delight of (and at the hands of???) the Oompa-Loomas. Until there is only one left….
The main role is obviously Willy Wonka. Once he appears, halfway through Act 1, the show very much relies on him for pace – he keeps the show ticking along. Of course, there are the five children and their parents, who are all great roles – with not a huge amount of lines – but need actors who have the ability to stay in character and react in character while action happens around them. Of the acting roles, only Willy Wonka, Charlie and Grandpa need to sing solo (everyone sings the finale together).
The key to this show however, is the Oompa-Loompas. They provide the creative and magical part of Willy Wonka’s factory. They create each scene, interact with the children (and the band!), dispose of the naughty children, sing to celebrate the child’s demise, while changing scene from one room to the next. They must have a sense of humour! Think of Minions, but with a slightly darker twist at times. There are some minor characters with lines that the OLs can do as well. What the OLs do exactly depends on who we cast in these roles and what their talents are – if they can sing, we will find solo parts for them to sing; if they can do gymnastics or acrobatics, we will find opportunities for them to do that; if you can bring a talent to the OLs, we will find a way to use it!
Gender/age are suggestions only
Small roles may also be able to be Oompa-Loompas at other times
Willy Wonka – Magical chocolate maker (solo singing), large role; M; 30+
Candyman – Narrator, large role in Act 1; M/F; 20+
Charlie – A nice boy (solo singing), large role; M; 8-14
Grandpa Joe – His optimistic grandfather (solo singing), on stage a lot but few lines; M; 50+
Mrs Bucket – His tired mother, small role; F; 30+
Mr Bucket – His unemployed father, small role; M; 30+
Grandma Josephine – His grandmother, small role; F; 50+
Grandpa George – His grandfather, small role; M; 50+
Grandma Georgina – His other grandmother, small role; F; 50+
Augustus Gloop – A greedy boy, small-medium role; M; 8-14
Mrs Gloop – His mother, small-medium role; F; 30+
Violet Beauregarde – A gum-chewer, medium role; F; 8-14
Ms Beauregarde – Her mother, divorced, medium role; F; 30+
Veruca Salt – A spoilt girl, medium role; F; 8-14
Mr Salt – Her rich father, medium role; M; 30+
Mrs Salt – Her long-suffering mother, medium role; F, 30+
Mike Teavee – A boy obsessed with video games, medium role; M; 8-14
Mr Teavee – His father, medium role; M; 30+
Mrs Teavee – His mother, medium role; F; 30+
Oompa-Loomas – The workers in the Factory; possible solo singing, dancing, acrobatics, or anything else you can think of; minor speaking roles throughout the show; M/F; 8-88
The audition will be a workshop format. There is nothing you need to prepare, but you need to wear clothes suitable for movement.
When you first arrive at 2pm, we will get you to complete an audition form. The rest of the audition will be in parts and how long you stay depends on what role you would like to audition for.
Part 1 – Movement and Group singing
There will be some movement/dance to learn and we will also teach you the finale song to hear you singing as a group. For those only auditioning to be Oompa-Loompas – this is the only role of the audition you will need to do (unless you would like a solo-singing opportunity as an Oompa-Loompa, then you need to stay for Part 3).
Part 2 – Speaking and characterisation
For those auditioning for a character role (e.g. Willy Wonka; one of the children or their parents) you will be given a scene to briefly practice and perform.
Part 3 – Solo singing
For those auditioning for Willy Wonka, Charlie or Grandpa Joe (or an Oompa Loompa with solo singing), we will listen to you sing the finale song (taught in Part 1) solo.
Should we need to see some auditionees again, they will be invited to a ‘call-back’ at 7.30pm on Monday 27 August.
If you have any questions about the show or the auditions, please email the director – Karl Buckley – at firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin West’s Science Fair project is a failure, He can’t demonstrate his time machine, because of a missing part, the gizmo. When his sister Nellie finds the gizmo, they go jaunting through time. In the excitement of Time Travel, Nellie manages to drop the Home Lever, they can’t get home without it and must retrace their journey through Ancient Rome, a perilous future period ruled by robots, and the Wild West.
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It is with much sadness, we advise that Life Member James (Jim) Murphy, passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer.
We have been advised by his family that his funeral will be held at 11 am on Tuesday 3rd April, at the Newstead Crematorium just outside of Hamilton (see map below).
MURPHY, James Harvey (Jim). Passed away peacefully on 30th March 2018 at home in Hamilton with family at his side. Aged 67 years. Dearly loved brother of Ian and Judy and Peter and Glenys and loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews and his late brothers Donald and Allan. Jim will also be missed by his many friends in Hamilton and North Shore. A service will be held at Newstead Crematorium on Tuesday 3rd April at 11am.
The Torbay Theatre Committee
Our next Torbay Theatre Club Night is on Friday 16 March, and all are welcome to attend, both members and non-members. Come along for a fun night out to watch and/or join in the fun. Don’t forget to bring $2 each to contribute to expenses.
Any members wishing to perform, please contact Lynette or Jacqué by Monday 12 March. Don’t be shy!
Further details below:
|STOP PRESS: We are still looking for someone to play the awesome role of Geoffrey. Please contact us ASAP if you are interested.
Saturday 17 February, 2pm & Sunday 18 February, 2pm
Set in Salford England 1960s: Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl, and her mother, Helen, who is presented as crude and sexually indiscriminate. Helen leaves Jo alone in their new flat after she begins a relationship with her rich lover, Peter. At the same time Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor. He proposes marriage but then goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone. She finds lodgings with a homosexual acquaintance, Geoffrey, who assumes the role of surrogate father. Helen returns after leaving her lover and the future of Jo’s new home is put into question.
| Required cast:
Helen Female, mid to late forties
Helen and Jo: preferably northern English (Manchester)
18 May to 2 June 2018
|For more information,
please contact the director,Steve Wright:
phone 444-7673 or 021-978-428
or email email@example.com
|To request a copy of the script for perusal,
please email firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you would like to audition, even if you can’t make one of the advertised times,
please email email@example.com