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Tagline "Follow the rabbit, escape the war, find your way to wonderland on a Dark blue background with a clock, book, white flower with blood spot, pink flamingo, pink big ben, a drink me potion bottle, pink outline rabbit, tea cups, red poppy and a London underground logo

Alice by Heart
"When the madness of the world is too much to bear, we take refuge in the stories we love." Alice

In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer’s budding teen life is turned upside down when she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station.

When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice’s ‘by heart’ rendition of Lewis Carroll’s, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” helps the pair find their way to Wonderland.  With assistance of beloved characters including the Cheshire Cat, March Hare and the Queen of Hearts, they travel through the magical tale, exploring the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss, and finding the courage to move forward.

From the team that created Spring Awakening, Alice by Heart is a whimsical, utterly transporting musical with an exhilaratingly beautiful score, not to be missed.  

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Audition Details

Vocal Auditions: Friday 19th April (Evening) and Saturday 20th April (All day)

Dance Auditions: Sunday 21st April (9am - 10:30am & 10:30am - 12pm)

Call backs (If required): Sunday 21st April 2024 (Late afternoon and Evening)

Rehearsals Commence: Sunday 19th May at 1pm

Performance Dates:  15th August - 24th August 

Note:  All ages listed below and elsewhere in the audition material represent the general age the actor can ‘play’ on stage (e.g. if the actor is 35, but they are still able to pass for 29). All roles require singing and a British dialect.

Production states: "A fantastical, magical mystery tour with ingenious costumes, Noel Coward-ish wit, and dreamy songs which suggest The Beatles' hallucinogenic period with echoes of music from spring awakening. From The New York Times."

Inclusive Casting: The creative team is committed to casting practices that advance diversity and inclusion. All ethnicities, types, and abilities will be considered for every role with the exception of roles on which the storyline is dependent on a particular race. These exceptions are noted specifically in the character breakdown below. Additionally, the genders listed in the breakdown below are specific to the pronouns used in the script and the script cannot be changed; however, the creative team may consider any gender identity for roles provided that the performer can execute the vocal requirements.

Characters

Alice Spencer

Full of questions, wonder, and a tenacious stubbornness when it comes to achieving her goals. Entering a confusing time of transition in her body while trying to survive a distressed situation - living in a tube station, displaced from her family. Possesses a wonderful imagination that allows her to escape her present situation. Strong contemporary pop/rock singing voice.

Character: Female.

Stage Age: 18-25

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: G3 - D5

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition:Song:

  • Winter Bloom (Start - Bar 48)

  • I’ve Shrunk Enough (Start - Bar 42)

Callback Song:

  • Afternoon (Start until Bar 36)

Alfred Hallam / White Rabbit / March Hare

Alice's ailing childhood friend. Alfred contracted tuberculosis while living on the streets and is now being cared for by a small medical staff in the Underground station. Doubles as White Rabbit: Attractive, obsessive-compulsive, and a little manic - running from something he doesn't understand. Strong contemporary pop/rock singing voice.

Character: Male.

Stage Age: 18-25

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: B2 - A4

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • The Key Is (Bar 61 – end)

  • Still (Start - Bar 47)

Callback Song:

  • Afternoon (until Bar 36)

Red Cross Nurse / Queen of Hearts

Younger Judi Dench feel.  In the real world a strict Red Cross nurse tasked with taking care of the many people trapped in the tube station, the stress of the situation leads her to be harsh and even cruel. In Alice’s Wonderland she is the Queen of Hearts, a childish and short tempered ruler obsessed with aging. Tough, funny, sultry, and take-charge, she dominates her husband and shows how to get what she wants.

Character: Female.

Stage Age: 30-50

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: F#3 - D5

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Isn’t It a Trial (Start – Bar 40)

Callback Song:

  • Same as Audition

Tabatha / Cheshire Cat

In the real world and Wonderland a street smart leader, helping Alice on her journey to accept her grief. 

Character: Female .

Stage Age: 18-25

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: Bb3 - D5

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Some Things Fall Away (Whole song)

Callback Song:

  • Same as Audition

Harold Pudding / Mad Hatter

In the real world, a young soldier suffering from shell shock from the war who is manic, funny and charming. In Wonderland, the Mad Hatter who is preening, demanding and full of riddles.

Character: Male.

Stage Age: 18-25

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: C3 - F4

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Sick to Death of Alice-ness (Start – Bar 32)

Callback Song:

  • Same as Audition

 

Dodgy / Duchess

In the real world, a somewhat flamboyant street urchin with “sticky fingers”. In Wonderland, the Duchess, a very funny and overdramatic older woman.

Character: Male 

Stage Age: 18-23

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: C3 - G4

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Manage Your Flamingo (Bar 43 – 71)

Callback Song:

  • Same as Audition

Nigel / Dormouse

In the real world, a frightened teenage boy who has been traumatized by the bombs and the loss of his family. In Wonderland he plays the sleepy Dormouse.

Character: Male.

Stage Age: 18-23

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: E3 - Bb4

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Sick to Death of Alice-ness (Bar 25 - 37)

Callback Song:

  • Same as Audition

Angus / Caterpillar 1

In the real world a member of the working class with a penchant for opium and escapism. In Wonderland, he is the Caterpillar. He is seductive, charming and funny.

Character: Male.

Stage Age:18-30

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: F3 - B4

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Chillin’ the Regrets (Start – Bar 34)

  • Isn’t It a Trial (Bar 40 – 51)

Callback Song:

  • Chillin’ the Regrets (Start – Bar 50)

Dr. Butridge / King of Hearts / Jabberwocky

In the real world, a nervous yet somehow still threatening doctor tasked with managing the Underground station. In Wonderland he is both the King of Hearts, a weak-willed counterpoint to the Queen, and the Jabberwocky, a monstrous expression of Alice’s fears.

Character: Male.

Stage Age: 35-50

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: C3 - G4

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Brillig Braelig (Bar 12 - 36)

Callback Song:

  • Same as Audition

Clarissa/ Queen of Diamonds 

In the real world, a once wealthy young woman who attempts to hold on to that class in the war. She is mean and haughty. She plays the Queen of Diamonds in Wonderland.  

Character: Female.

Stage Age: 18+

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: B3 - D5

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Some Things Fall Away (Start - Bar 23)

Callback Song:

  • Same as Audition

Betty / Caterpillar 2

In the real world a working class factory worker who had to leave school and work in a factory to support her family at the start of the war. In Wonderland, Caterpillar 2 who is seductive, charming and funny.

Character: Female.

Stage Age: 18+

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: Ab3 - C5

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Chillin’ the Regrets (Bar 57-86)

Callback Song:

  • Chillin’ the Regrets (Start – Bar 50)

Female Ensemble

Characters:  Female.

Stage Age: 18+

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: All ranges

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Some Things Fall Away (Start - Bar 23)

Male Ensemble

Characters:  Male.

Stage Age: 18+

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vocal range: All ranges

Accents/Dialects: British

Audition Song:

  • Sick to Death of Alice-ness (Start – Bar 32)

Townsville Choral Society Production Team

Director: Sandra Neal

Vocal Director:  Emily Lafferty

Choreographer: Jarrah Scarsi

Musical Director:  Luke Gallagher
Production Manager: Lauren Dee
Stage Manager: Emily Molloy
Set Design: David Campbell

Costume Design: Rebecca Kelly

Props: Sam Carter

Set Dressing and Period Coordination: Claire Davies and Kieri Darrigan
Marketing: TCS Marketing Committee
TCS Committee Representative: Sam Stewart

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