Aloha Theatre Holds Auditions for "Mamma Mia!"
Aloha Theatre will hold open auditions for volunteer performers for the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!” on stage Monday and Tuesday, December 3 and 4, at 6:00 p.m. A possible invitational call-back audition may be held on Wednesday, December 5, also at 6:00, if necessary. No previous theatre experience is required, and newcomers are welcome. Performers of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Jerry Tracy will direct, assisted by Catherine Williams. Music director is Dale Ross, vocal director is Gloria Juan, and choreographer is Cambrey White.
“Mamma Mia!” is a romantic comedy set on a Greek island, contrasting the dreams and aspirations of a 70’s girl and a 90’s girl. Through the storytelling magic of the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty, independent single parent, who doesn’t need a man to make her life complete, and her twenty-year old daughter Sophie, who wants romance, babies, and a big, white wedding. If only her father could give her away. If only her mother could tell her who her father is! Sun, sea, sensuality, and subterfuge are the backdrop to this tale of the women who wanted it all, and the girls who want happy ever after. And who knows what the men want? All roles are open and include: Sophie and her two girlfriends Ali and Lisa; Donna and her two former singing group partners, Tanya and Rosie; Sophie’s fiancé Sky and his two buddies Pepper and Eddie; Sophie’s three possible fathers, Harry, Bill, and Sam; and Father Alexandrios, the local priest. In addition, a multi-talented ensemble of singer/dancer/actors is required to portray islanders, taverna workers, and wedding guests.
Scores and libretti are available for perusal at the Aloha Theatre office, by arrangement with Operations Director Tiffany Kutsunai. Each person auditioning must prepare 16 bars, or about one minute, of a song. Sheet music will be available for songs from “Mamma Mia!” and an accompanist will be provided. If a song from another source is chosen, the candidate must provide the accompanist with sheet music in the proper key. No a capella or karaoke style auditions will be permitted. In addition to the singing section of the audition, candidates will be asked to read, choosing from a list of speeches provided, as well as learn a short movement routine as a group. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Slippers will not be allowed. Those auditioning will be seen in small groups in order of arrival. Attendance at one of the audition nights is sufficient; attending both nights is not necessary.
Rehearsals begin December 10, and will generally be conducted on Sunday afternoons and Monday through Thursday evenings. The specific time commitment varies, depending on the role. The show runs for five weekends, performing on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, February 8 through March 10, 2018. Although all cast members will not be required at every rehearsal, candidates must be available for the entire rehearsal schedule with a minimum of conflicts, and must commit to the entire performance run. The complete rehearsal and performance calendar is available on the theatre’s website, AlohaTheatre.com, and will also be posted at auditions. In addition to performers, support staff is also sought, including stage crew, hair, makeup, and wardrobe helpers, seamstresses, set builders, painters, concession workers, and ushers. Those interested in any of these volunteer positions are encouraged to attend auditions to fill out a registration form, or to reach out to email@example.com. Aloha Theatre is located 8 miles south of Kailua-Kona in the village of Kainaliu. For more information, call 322-9924.