The audition panel was delighted with the standard of auditions today and was also grateful for everyone’s patience as we mixed and matched stepsisters and stepmothers. I hope that everyone who participated was able to see what fun this is going to be.
Everyone who auditioned and wants to be in the company has been accepted. However, many of the parts could have been cast twice over so we sympathise if you were unlucky this time. Please note that two parts remain uncast – The Queen and Lionel. We would like to re-audition both parts on Wednesday at 19.30, Witham Public Hall and we strongly encourage those who auditioned on Wednesday or today (or anyone else who perhaps was unsuccessful in another part) to have another go, taking the feedback below on board. Call me 077756725467 if this is unclear.
The main feedback for the “Queens” is to focus on being a strong, domineering character who also understands her own jokes. For example, the joke about getting the “ball rolling” was missed by all auditionees. Therefore, you need to be bigger in your persona, more forceful, without being nasty, hen-pecking your husband and really understanding where the jokes are.
“The Lionels” need do only the dialogue with the Stepmother, where she is flirting with you. This needs to be controlled, not over-acted, but aware of the comic effect of the interaction between the two characters and the rebuff you give the stepmother. Don’t rush the dialogue. The song needs to be in tune and strong – this is a public announcement. Also remember the slight American accent.
Because of the need to re-audition two parts on Wednesday we are not calling the whole company. Principals should come along and read in their parts against the auditionees.
Cinderella – Aimee Hart (Young Cinderella in Prologue – no dialogue or singing –Poppy Fisher)
Prince Christopher – Danni Carr
Fairy Godmother – Emma Loring
Stepmother – Constance Lawton – will have more vocals and dancing than is in the lib.
Grace – Rhianna Howard
Joy- Hattie Gribben
King Maximilian – Tom Whelan
Queen Constantina – uncast – reaudition Wednesday
Lionel – uncast – reaudition Wednesday.
Dancers – Nina Catasus-Escriba (Dance Captain) , Poppy Fisher, Louisa Turnbull, Emily Smith, Rachel Ings, Daryl Warnnar, Fraser Mclauchlan, Matthew Bacon, Ben Rolph, Ryan Wuyts
Leonie Bradford Doig
The RMS Mix app can be downloaded to your smartphone via Google Play or the Apple app store. It is free for you to use. WAOS has paid for the license to download the music for Cinderella (Enchanted edition). Once you have downloaded the app you will be asked to scan or photo a QR code (see below). Tap on the QR, then enter your name and email address when asked to do so. Note this is not a dedicated userid or password. We suggest you do this using wifi because the music represents approx 1GB of download. Any problems let me know - email@example.com
RMS MIX QR Code for Cinderella
Want to know a bit more about R&H’s ‘Cinderella The Musical’ our next exciting WAOS production? Firstly – no – it is not a pantomime!!! There have been many fairytale stories over the years that are brought to life as stage musicals......think ‘Beauty and The Beast’, ‘Aladdin’, even ‘Frozen’ now on Broadway. ‘Cinderella’ by Rodgers and Hammerstein was probably the first of these - the timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with all the R&H hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance.
Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, the musical was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother.
As adapted for the stage, with great warmth, a beautiful score and more than a touch of hilarity (there are lots of these!), the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper finally fits. We will be doing the Enchanted Edition based on the modern 1997 teleplay – so it will be modern, a traditional show delivered in an up-to-date fast-moving way – without forgetting the touches of magic along the way. Old shows don’t need to be dated; we will be working hard to bring it to life for today.
There are 6 principal roles for the ladies – Cinderella (of course), the Fairy Godmother, the wicked Stepmother, the two Stepsisters and the Queen. All are significant roles. For the men, there are 3 main roles – Christopher the Prince, Lionel his Steward and the King, again all have a lot to do. This will be a full company show with lots to get involved in – from townsfolk, market sellers, servants at the royal household, guests at the ball etc......There will also be a lot of choreography for the dancers – both ladies and gents – and company and dancers will be added in to as much of the show as possible. Some energetic dance numbers where possible in ‘The Prince is giving a ball’ for example, and more sedate in the elegant grand waltz scenes of the Ball.
It is a new show for all of us, but another winner from R&H I would suggest. A truly beautiful score combined with a good amount of humour and magical touches. Not necessarily easy from a staging point of view but we love a challenge! If you still aren’t sure, take a look at the 1997 film version starring Brandy, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters and Whoopi Goldberg.......you might just be surprised and see why we are excited to be bringing this rather unknown musical to the Witham stage!