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Artistic Team

Director: Marty King
Musical Director: Kat Tang
Choreographer: Emma Nikolic
Assistant Director: Hayden Crosweller

Tommy will be performed at the Erindale Theatre in March 2020.


Where: The Philo Hut, 18 Collie Street, Fyshwick

Date: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2019

Auditions will be held in groups of 8-10 people.

Note: Callbacks will be held on Monday 14 October.

Your audition will take place in two parts. The first section will involve your group learning a small prepared choreographed routine. Please wear something comfortable that you can move in.

This will be followed by you singing your selected song for the panel.  The panel will evaluate your song selection on what we hear.

** Please allocate at least 1.5 hours for your audition.

Audition Pack - Tommy 

Audition Requirements

Principal Roles:

Singing/Acting: Please prepare two songs for your audition. The first one will be allocated to you from Tommy (you will receive this upon application). The second, is a song of your choice. Choose a song in a style consistent with the character you are auditioning for. Please be comfortable with this song, as we would like to see you performing it confidently. Tommy is primarily sung, so it would also be great to see how you act and convey meaning through song.

Lead Roles requiring script

Captain Walker, Mrs Walker, Four-Year-Old-Tommy, Ten-Year-Old-Tommy, Twenty-Year-Old Tommy/Narrator, Uncle Ernie, Cousin Kevin⌃, The Gypsy, The Hawker, Sally Simpson, The Specialist, First Local Lad/Lass⌃, Second Local Lad/Lass⌃.

Ensemble: (Auditionees must be 16 years of age by the first rehearsal)

Please prepare one song of your choice. It can be from Tommy, or another song of your choice. Remember to choose a song in a style similar to the show! Tommy is primarily sung, so it would be great to see how you act and convey meaning through song.

Ensemble Roles:

Minister, First Officer, Second Officer, Nurses, Allied Soldiers, Lover, Judge, First Barrister, Second Barrister, Relatives (Kevin’s Mother and Father), Minister’s Wife, Local Lads (Security Guards), Local Lasses, Harmonica Player⌃, Specialist’s Assistant, News Vendor, Mrs Simpson, Mr Simpson, DJ, Ground Crewman, Flight Crew, R.A.F Officers, Young English Women, Aide, Airborne Troops, German Foot Soldiers, Allied Prisoners, German Guard, Policemen, Policewoman, Inspector, Military Officers, Constables, Doctors, Lab Technicians, Hospital Staff, Church Choir, Barkeep, Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist’s Assistant, Thugs, Harlots, Drunks, Reporters, Interviewers, Crowd.

Dancing: There is a lot of high intensity dance/movement in Tommy and everyone will be required to do a movement audition, this will be done in groups, so please wear something appropriate.

Additional Note for all Auditionees

Please bring sheet music (in the correct key). There will be an accompanist at the audition; however, you may bring your own accompanist if you wish. Backing tracks are acceptable as long as they are exactly that.... a backing track. e.g. Please be aware that you may not get to sing all of your song. We are expecting large numbers of people to audition, so if the Audition Panel feels they have heard enough to determine your vocal quality they may stop you mid note. This should not be taken as any indicator of whether you will or will not be cast!! We have an aux chord available to use.

Can you sing and play guitar or bass? Are you a Harmonica virtuoso? We are looking for high-energy rock guitar and bass players, as well as a harmonica player, to be part of our show. If you can play guitar, bass or harmonica we strongly encourage you to bring along your instrument and perform one of your favourite rock songs for us. Bass players are encouraged to bring a backing track if required (just without the bassline please). Please also ensure you bring a portable amp if required.

Important Notes for all Auditionees

  • Audition time is strictly limited, so use your time to show the panel what you can do. No extra time will be available. The panel will be looking for vocal quality, range and pitch as well as dramatic and movement ability.
  • Audition pieces should be well prepared. Remember, it is in your own interests to present yourself well.
  • An accompanist will be provided but you may bring your own if you wish.
  • Singing unaccompanied is not acceptable.
  • All auditions are private and may only be attended by the panel and auditionees.
  • Please don't apologise to the panel for the state of your health, your voice or your performance. We have heard (and tried!) all these excuses before!
  • And most of all enjoy it!! This is your moment to shine!

Please note that Canberra Philharmonic Society reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to not cast any role from these auditions if, in the opinion of the Audition Panel, the right person for the role is not found. In this event the Society may pursue other means to fill a vacant role.


Rehearsal will start on Sunday 3 November 2019 and will be Monday and Wednesday evenings 7 -10 pm and Sundays 1- 5pm initially and 10am – 5pm after that, depending on schedule.

Role and Vocal Range Details

Full details on Roles and Vocal Ranges can be found in our Audition Pack (Audition Pack - Tommy).