Auditions for Cabaret

 

Audition for Kander & Ebb’s timeless musical CABARET

In the autumn of 2018, Copenhagen Theatre Circle will be staging Kander & Ebb’s timeless musical Cabaret as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

 

Where When What
Huset – KBH
Rådhusstræde 13
1466 København K
March 3, 2018
10:00 – 17:00
Callbacks March 4 at 10:00
The 3rd will be singing/acting auditions and the 4th will be callbacks for people who will dance in the show: mostly Kit Kat Girls & Boys including Sally Bowles and the Emcee. People called back will be notified by 22:00 on the 3rd at the latest and must be available to come back on Sunday 4th at 10:00am.

To audition, please fill out the audition form.

 

How to prepare

Please prepare a short dramatic text of no more than 2 minutes in length and a short section of one of the following songs from Cabaret:

  • Cabaret
  • I Don’t Care Much
  • Pineapple Song
  • Tomorrow Belongs to Me.

Our Musical Director, Ulrik Spinkel Thomsen, will accompany you on the piano. We are seeking all cast members, including lead roles! See full list of characters below.

If you have any questions, please contact the director, Christina Hildebrandt at musical@ctcircle.dk.

Rehearsals & Performances

March 18 – June 29
August 5 – October 3
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with some Saturdays included.

Not all performers will be required for every rehearsal, except perhaps the actress playing Sally Bowles. Please only sign up if you can fully commit to the show.

The production will run from October 3-6 and 10-13 at Krudttønden Theatre, located at Serridslevvej 2, 2100 København Ø. Matinees on Saturdays at 13:00 and evening shows at 19:00.

The Play

Although Cabaret is set in 1931 Berlin, as the Nazis are rising to power, its themes remain relevant today. Rising nationalism, populism, and the “us and them” rhetoric still threaten, divide and create anxiety, and people have different ways of reacting to the current political climate. ”What would you do?” the show asks, in one of its many memorable songs and, despite the political climate being the underlying current of the show, Cabaret is about people. Their hopes, fears and – sometimes broken – dreams. The show is fun, grim, sexy, disturbing, bittersweet, and life affirming, all at the same time. It is about the choices people have to make to survive.

Characters

Ladies:

Items needed for the auditions and the show:

As a Kit Kat Girl/Sally Bowles, you will be expected to wear character shoes, which you will have to provide for yourself and bring to rehearsals from day one. If you do not have “proper” character shoes for the audition, please wear/get something similar so our choreographer can see you move in the proper shoes.

Sally Bowles – A British Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub.

  • Lead role.
  • Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano.
  • Age: Early to mid-20s. (or a young-looking late-20s).
  • Should be able to dance, or at least be comfortable with stage movement. British accent.

Fraulein Schneider – A landlady who rents rooms in her large flat.

  • Lead role.
  • Vocal Range: Alto
  • Age: 40s to 60s.
  • Comfortable with stage movement/waltz.
  • Realistic, no-nonsense woman, but she does have a soft side and enjoys being courted. Love interest with Herr Schultz… for a while. German accent.

Fraulein Kost – Another of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers.

  • Minor lead role.
  • Vocal Range: Alto/Mezzo.
  • Age: Mid-20s to late-30s.
  • Comfortable with stage movement.
  • She earns money by offering favours to sailors: She should exhibit a strong sexual comfort and commanding nature. German accent.

Kit Kat Klub girls/boys (5 -8 will be cast) – Kit Kat Club Performers and Various small feature roles.

  • Vocal Range: Strong Singers in all voice parts.
  • Age: 20s to mid/late-30s.
  • The individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and as club patrons/some as solo singers. The ladies can be of various shapes and sizes – the key is to be comfortable with your bodies and scanty costumes that show off, often grotesque, sex appeal. NOTE: boys can replace some of the girls!

Men:

Please note that men must bring their own shoes and, if cast in a dancing role, dance shoes/dress shoes you can move in!

Emcee Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub.

  • Lead role.
  • Vocal Range: tenor.
  • Age: Mid-20s to early-40s.
  • Requires agile stage movement and dance. The host at the Kit Kat Klub, presented as a gender-questionable character comfortable with being close to both men and women. Comedic and loveable but dangerous at the same time. German accent.

Clifford (Cliff) Bradshaw – An American novelist and English teacher travelling to Berlin.

  • Lead role.
  • Vocal Range: Tenor.
  • Age: Mid-20s to mid-30s.
  • Comfortable with stage movement and possibly light dance. Presented as a closeted gay man exploring his sexuality. American accent.

Herr Schultz – One of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers and the proprietor of a Fruit Shop.

  • Minor lead role.
  • Vocal Range: Baritone.
  • Age: 50+
  • Hard working, romantic and sometimes a little too optimistic. German accent.

Ernst Ludwig – A friendly and likeable German.

  • Minor lead role.
  • Vocal range: flexible – not necessarily a singing part.
  • Age: Flexible.
  • Takes English lessons from Cliff and smuggles funds for the Nazi Party. German accent.

Max/Customs officer/Nazi – three minor roles in one.

  • Vocal range: Not necessarily able to sing.
  • Age: Flexible
  • Stunt fight experience would be nice. No dancing necessarily required.

Possible gender-benders, but originally male.

Bobby/Sailor/Nazi – several minor roles in one.

  • Vocal range: Flexible.
  • Age: 20s to mid-30s.
  • Dancing abilities are flexible – good dancers can also double as a Kit Kat performer.
  • Young/youngish man. Hangs out at the Kit Kat Klub: if a good dancer, he can dance with the Kit Kat Girls. Could be played by a female performer. Note: This part requires a lot of flexibility as many changes so strong actors/actresses preferred.

Victor/Sailor/Nazi – several roles in one:

  • Vocal range: Flexible.
  • Age: 20s to mid-30s.
  • Dancing abilities are flexible – a good dancer can also double as a Kit Kat performer.
  • Young/youngish man. Hangs out at the Kit Kat Klub: if a good dancer, he can dance with the Kit Kat Girls. Could be played by female performer. Note: This part requires a lot of flexibility as many changes so strong actors/actresses preferred. 

About the director

Christina Hildebrandt graduated from Scandinavian Theatre School, Copenhagen, in 1993. She has worked as an actress, director and assistant director, both in Denmark and in Scotland. Christina has previously directed Cabaret for Pain and Panic Productions in Stirling, Scotland.

 

About the choreographer

Catharina Brostrup graduated from Denmark’s Show and Theatre School in 1998, where she specialised in musicals. She also has extensive training from MBT Danseteater, where she has taught both funk and jazz, and Jysk Ballet Akademi. Catharina has previously choreographed Spamalot for Gorgerne/Gladsaxe Teater and danced in Ariadne on Naxos at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

 

To audition, please fill out the audition form.