Audition notice

The Goon Show LIVE! on stage
The Goon Show LIVE! on stage

Are you the next Ray Ellington, or perhaps a smooth blend of Bing and Frank?

My show The Goon Show LIVE! has been going from strength to strength since it first hit the stage in June 2013. Since then, we’ve performed to predominantly full houses, with a few fans actually coming along to nearly every season!

I am looking for a stylish singer / entertainer to join our cast for the long-term. Your job is to warm up the audience before the show with popular tunes from the past, encouraging the audience to sing-along, and with a bit of humorous patter. During the show itself, you’ll be singing some numbers between segments, gluing the show seamlessly together.

Ideally this man (sorry ladies) is charismatic, charming, professional and reliable. You need to have a genuine love of ‘old time’ music, be very well presented – basically look a million dollars and sound like a star.

It is also possible that you’ll be reading a few lines from the scripts, playing guest characters from time to time.

Style?

I’m in two minds about what I want, so convince me… I want either;

  1. A Ray Ellington type – someone with that jazz feel and manner of the era, or…
  2. A ‘mash-up’ of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby – smooth and debonair

It would be great if you are an experienced harmonica player, saxophonist or trumpet player – however this is not essential. What is more important is that you are a true entertainer.

We are interested in men aged approximately in their 40s or 50s, although we are open to suggestion if the right fellow presents himself to us.

Auditions / interviews are being held on Sunday 14th February, in Katoomba, Blue Mountains.

You will be required to present two numbers, one slow and one up-tempo. Please bring your own recorded backing tracks.

If you are successful, you will be performing on the following confirmed dates;

  • Saturday nights 7th, 14th and 21st March 2015 – in Warrawee, Sydney
  • Saturday nights from the 27th June to the 1st August and Sunday 5th July 2015 – in Katoomba, Blue Mountains

There will other gigs during 2015 and beyond.

All cast will be paid, under contract, a share of box-office; our performers have been receiving suitable payment for performances to date.

Applications

Please submit your expression of interest with a biog and head shot. If you have any video and / or sound clips, please do not email them to me, however we will be pleased if you can supply links to online files which we can view / listen to.

The show

Entertainment Blue Mountains has been staging original The Goon Show episodes since June 2013. Every year the ‘The Goon Show LIVE!’ is presented as part of the official event programme for Yulefest Blue Mountains, as well as touring to Sydney and other regions.

This is presented as a dinner and show, with sell-out performances on most nights.

The Goon show (arguably the best of British comedy), was primarily created and written by Spike Milligan. This cult comedy was produced and aired by the BBC between 1951 (initially titled ‘Crazy People’) and 1960. Since then, The Goon Show has regularly been broadcast around the world.

For more information about The Goon Show LIVE!, visit the official website www.thegoonshowlive.com.au; and there are some clips you can view on our YouTube channel; https://www.youtube.com/user/thegoonshowlive.

Go on, take a chance and apply; or share this is someone you know who might fit the bill.

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