Stephen Robertson

Musical Director

Phillip Malcolm


Stephen Robertson


From 20 June 2019


TSB Showplace

Audition Pack

Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heat of FABULOUS!

It’s Raining Men, I Say A Little Prayer, Venus, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, I Love The Nightlife and two Kylie Medleys.

Important Information

New Plymouth Operatic will be the first and only community theatre group in the North Island to perform Priscilla – Queen of the Desert the musical.

Priscilla will run at the TSB Showplace from Thursday 20 June to Saturday 6 July 2019, with a possible extension through until Saturday 13th July. The season cannot be extended past the 13th.

We are seeking cast members of diverse ethnicity.

All adult roles available in Priscilla are limited to age 16 and above (Must be turning 16 by opening night – 20 June 2019).

All auditions for cast will be on an UNPAID/volunteer basis.

We are looking for performers who can sing, act and/or dance. All roles except Bob & Benji, are required to dance and/or move.

Not all ensemble roles are required to sing (to a solo level).

While talent is the primary consideration when casting, a high level of commitment is essential. Our final choices for all roles will be made with this firmly in mind.

Audition Dates & Venue

Auditions will be held at the New Plymouth Operatic Rooms, 76 King Street. Friday 30 November – Sunday 2 December 2018.

General Audition Information

All performers wishing to audition must book an audition appointment (even if auditioning as part of the group auditions) and complete the application form.

Auditions may be videoed for reference during the casting process. After the auditions these will be deleted.

You will be auditioning in front of a panel consisting of the Director/Choreographer, Musical Director, and representatives of New Plymouth Operatic.

Production Expectations

Your participation in this production requires your commitment in order to ensure a production of the highest possible quality.

The prior commitments section of the audition registration form must be completed and signed by every auditionee prior to auditioning. Please list any commitments (personal and work) that may impact on your availability to attend scheduled rehearsals.

If cast, it will not be possible for you to commit to any other production during the rehearsal period and production season (this includes rehearsing during Priscilla or any other production that may be onstage after Priscilla closes). You should NOT audition if you are unable to commit to the rehearsal and production schedule.

Rehearsal Information

The first cast get together will be held on a Sunday afternoon to be confirmed in February 2019, with rehearsals commencing after that.

Rehearsals will be held at the New Plymouth Operatic Society Rooms, 76 King Street, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.00-10pm and on Sundays 3pm – 7.30pm.

As we get closer to opening night, and once director’s rehearsals commence, rehearsals may be held on additional nights, including Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals from 7.00-10pm. Additional principal rehearsals may also be held at times as arranged.

It must be understood that, at times the rehearsal schedule will be subject to change.


During rehearsals we expect that our performers will be prepared. This means:

• arriving in advance and ready to work at the scheduled time

• learning and reviewing your lines and movement for the scheduled scene(s)

• warming up both vocally and physically

• paying attention and being respectful to the creative team, your fellow cast members and all those NPOS volunteers involved in the production.

The production will be staged in the TSB Theatre, TSB Showplace, New Plymouth.

The season will run from 20 June – 6 July 2019, with a possible extension week to Saturday 13 July.

All auditionees should be available through until 13 July, and should be prepared and accepting of the possibility that there may be evening and matinee shows on some Saturday’s during the season.

The maximum number of performances for the season is listed below. Note, this is a maximum, not a goal, target or a budget. It is likely that the final season make up will not include all of the below performance options.

Thursday 20 June 7.30pm

Friday 21 June 7.30pm

Saturday 22 June 7.30pm

Sunday 23 June 3pm

Monday 24 June No Show

Tuesday 25 June No Show

Wednesday 26 June 7.30pm

Thursday 27 June 7.30pm

Friday 28 June 7.30pm

Saturday 29 June 2pm

Saturday 29 June 7.30pm

Sunday 30 June 3pm

Monday 1 July No Show

Tuesday 2 July 7.30pm

Wednesday 3 July 7.30pm

Thursday 4 July 7.30pm

Friday 5 July 7.30pm

Saturday 6 July 2pm

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm

Sunday 7 July 3pm

Monday 8 July No Show

Tuesday 9 July 7.30pm

Wednesday 10 July 7.30pm

Thursday 11 July 7.30pm

Friday 12 July 7.30pm

Saturday 13 July 7.30pm

Audition appointments can be made by emailing:

Please advise what role(s) you are auditioning for.

On the day of your audition, please arrive at least 20 mins prior to your audition, allowing time for administration and adequate preparation.

Dance Workshop

All auditionees for onstage roles, except those auditioning for the roles of Bob and Benji, will be required to attend a group dance audition on Saturday 1 December from 3pm to 5pm.

For dance auditions please wear fitting clothes so the director/choreographer can see body shape and line.

You may wear dance shoes or sneakers. Sandals or bare feet are NOT to be worn under any circumstances. No preparation is needed as you will be taught the movement on the day.

Vocal Auditions

All those auditioning for a principal, featured, or onstage ensemble role must also book in for an individual 5-10 minute vocal audition in addition to attendance at the dance workshop.

The individual vocal auditions will be approximately 5 to 10 minutes long, and are scheduled for Friday evening 30 November and Saturday 1 December only at this stage. Individual audition times will be allocated when you book in your audition appointment.

The vocal audition is optional for anyone auditioning for one of the 4 onstage male dancer roles.

Auditionees for all adult onstage roles are welcome to choose a song of their choice for their audition.

This can be one of the songs from Priscilla if you choose.

The song should be up-tempo pop music or a club classic from the 60s to 80s eg. Petula Clark, Village People, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, Cyndi Lauper etc.

Please ensure that the song suits your style, and your vocal range. Focus on a performance that showcases your energy and charisma, as well as vocal technique. It is possible you may be asked to sing only part of a song.

Please provide a backing track for the song you plan to sing for your vocal audition on the day on your phone or via USB stock. Phones can be plugged directly into the NPOS sound system to play the backing tracks.

You cannot sing unaccompanied.

Children’s auditions

A group audition in workshop format for those interested in auditioning for the role of Benji will be held on Sunday 2 December from 10am – 11am.

All Benji auditionees should prepare to sing the song ‘Happy Birthday” as a solo performance. Auditionees should know the words to “Happy Birthday” so as they can perform it off by heart.

Backing Vocalists

We are looking for a STRONG group of approximately 12 males to be vocal support for the onstage ensemble. No females are required for the backing vocals for Priscilla. Backing vocalists do not appear onstage.

A group singing audition in workshop format for those interested in being backing vocalists will be conducted on Sunday 2 December from 11am – midday.

The audition song for the backing vocals is “Its Raining Men.” A backing track and sheet music is available upon email request to

Please book in/register for the group singing workshop ahead of the audition weekend.

Those auditioning for onstage roles who wish to be considered for the backing singers as well as onstage are not required to book in for the group singing workshop in addition to their individual audition time, but are welcome to attend if they wish.

By Arrangement with Nullarbor Productions in association with MGM On Stage

Exclusively licensed by Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Queen of the Desert
The Musical

Written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott

Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture

Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy

Developed for the Stage and Original Direction by Simon Phillips

The original motion picture was written and directed by Stephan Elliott, produced by Al Clark and Michael Hamlyn, executive producer Rebel Penfold-Russell and was financed with the assistance of the Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited and the New South Wales Film and Television Office