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Uptown Players announces auditions for the regional premiere of The Boy From Oz under the direction of Cheryl Denson, with music direction by Scott Eckert and Choreography by Jeremy Dumont.

The Boy from Oz is the dazzling, funny, and touching story of the great Australian entertainer Peter Allen that follows his humble beginnings in Australia to his meteoric rise to fame as an international star. Singing in country pubs from age 11, Allen survived family tragedy to become a local TV star at age 16.

Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter, Liza Minnelli, and went on to become a beloved performer and an Oscar-winning songwriter. The Uptown Players production is the first regional theater production in the United States since the production closed on Broadway.

All roles are open to both equity and non-equity actors. There are 2 SPT-3 principle actor equity contracts available for this production.   The role of Peter Allen has been cast and will be played by Alex Ross.

Principle Roles:
Young Peter Allen….Aged about 10. A junior tap dancer.
Judy Garland….A charismatic diva aged in mid 40’s. (should sound like Judy as much as possible in speaking and singing)
Marion Woolnough….Salt of the earth, mid 50’s and up.
Liza Minnelli….A star is born. 20 something actress with spunk.  (should sound like Liza as much as possible in speaking and singing)
Greg Connell…A sexy cowboy.
Karen, Shena, Linelle…a trio of dazzling singers and dancers.

Dancing Ensemble Roles*:
9 ensemble singer dancers who also play a selection of roles in Country Hotel, Disco, HK Night Club, Radio City Music Hall performance, TV Bandstand studio, Auditionees, Broadway Gangster show, Reporters, Choreographer, Director’s Assistant, and Chris Bell. ages 18-45 *(all must sign up for one of the dance calls)

Non-Dancing Ensemble Roles:
Two men to play various roles including Dee Anthony, Peter Allen’s US agent, and Dick Woolnough, Peter Allen’s alcoholic father among others.

Principle and vocal auditions will be held by appointment on Saturday, March 29 from 1pm to 5pm and Sunday March 30 from 7pm to 9pm. The dance call will be held by appointment for all ensemble singer/dancers and for young Peter Allen, and the Trio on Saturday, March 29 at 1130am or Sunday, March 30 at 530pm. Auditions, rehearsals and performances take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd @ Blackburn, Dallas, TX 75219. For an audition appointment for the dance and/or vocal calls, please call 214-219-2718. Callbacks will take on Monday, March 31 at 630pm.

Two copies of headshot and resume are required at auditions. For dance call, bring clothes to be able to move in.  For vocal auditions, please prepare only -16- bars of one Broadway ballad and one Broadway up-tempo song that illustrate your vocal range and strength.  You must bring sheet music in the proper key.  Those auditioning for Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli should work on the vocal sound (both spoken and sung) of the real people and be able to demonstrate this at the audition.

A copy of the script is available for members at S.T.A.G.E or by appointment at the Uptown Players box office at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Rehearsals will begin June 23. The production runs July 25 through August 10, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Rehearsals and performances will take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (@ Blackburn), Dallas TX 75219.

For additional information, visit www.uptownplayers.org.


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