Open dance auditions for Opera Australia’s The King And I

Opera Australia has confirmed that open dance auditions for their upcoming production of The King And I will take place in Melbourne and Sydney over the next two weeks.

King And IPreliminary auditions have already begun and casting director Neil Rutherford is leaving no stone unturned in the casting of this Tony Award winning production.

“Following the success of South Pacific, I’m enormously pleased to be back again working on this spectacular production with Opera Australia”, Rutherford told AussieTheatre.

“Given the setting of the piece, we’re really keen to meet as many dancers as possible from any Asian ethnicity in order to be true to the piece. Dancing the original Jerome Robbins choreography will surely be a highlight of any dancers career.”

Candidates for the Open Dance Call in Melbourne and Sydney can be of any Asian ethnicity with a playing age of 18-30 years and must have a strong ballet technique or traditional Asian dance skills. Bare feet or jazz shoes are appropriate for the dance call, and dance attire should be worn.

All candidates must also prepare a Rodgers and Hammerstein ballad (or similar) and may be asked to sing after the conclusion of the dance call.

Directed by Christopher Renshaw, this world famous, lavish production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical will commence rehearsals on March 10, 2014. The production is set to open at the Lyric Theatre QPAC on April 7, 2014 and will transfer to Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from June 7 and then to the Sydney Opera House from September 7.


Melbourne Open Dance Calls

Tuesday 8th October
Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne

Women – 9:00am registration
10:00am – 11:30pm audition

Men – 12:30 registration
1:30 – 3:00pm audition

Sydney Open Dance Calls

Tuesday 15th October
Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

Women – 9:30am registration
10:30am – 12:00pm audition

Men – 1:30 registration
2:30 – 4:00pm audition

Pre-registration for the dance calls is essential.
To pre register, email Casting Director Neil Rutherford [email protected].

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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