All Showbiz Major Productions are auditioned, no roles are ever pre-cast. Auditions are held in our premises at 369 St Asaph Street, CBD ChCh. Auditions are generally held 4 – 5 months prior to the performance dates of a production.
We are currently holding Wicked Auditions for the lead roles of Elphaba and Galinda/Glinda. Full audition information is here.
All Auditions will be publically notified using a number of methods with 3 - 4 weeks notice in advance of audition dates: ads in The Press, on our website, emails to our Showbiz membership, on Facebook and other social media groups dedicated to Musical Theatre in Christchurch, and via posters and flyers circulated to dance, drama and singing schools.
Auditions vary in structure depending on the nature of the show and specific instructions will be sent out with an audition pack to anyone that registers for a time.
Most auditions will require the performer to sing a short extract from a musical theatre song as a solo in front of the audition panel of 4 – 6 people.
Auditionees are to have prepared the song to a high standard, sing from memory and provide sheet music or a backing track (with no vocal line, instrumental only). Showbiz will provide an audition pianist.
Most shows require a dance or movement audition, which is frequently run as a group audition. Performers are taught a very short routine as a group, then perform that to show their ability as a dancer/mover, and also their capability to learn new choreography in a timely manner.
Dance requirements depend on the style of the show.
Showbiz runs workshops in Audition technique throughout the year, and these will be advertised via the methods above, primarily via membership emails and social media sites, including the Showbiz Facebook Page.
For further information regarding auditions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3777 954 between 9am - 3pm Monday to Thursday.