Artistic Team

Director: Jim McMullen
Musical Director: Richard Daley
Assistant Musical Director: Caleb Campbell
Choreographer: Sarah Tulley

Legally Blonde will be performed at the Erindale Theatre from 22 August 2019 - 7 September 2019.

 

Auditions

Where: The Philo Hut, 18 Collie Street, Fyshwick

Date: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2019

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

Note: Callbacks will be held on Sunday 7 April from 6:30pm.

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. We know what we are looking for, so don't be concerned if you are not required to sing an entire song. Auditionees for Lead roles (named parts listed below) will then do their prepared script for the role that they are auditioning for.

** Please allocate at least 1 hour for your audition.

Age for Audition

You need to be at least 16 years of age by the first rehearsal to be considered for this production.

Audition Requirements

Principal Roles:

Singing: Auditionees should prepare two contrasting songs (not from Legally Blonde) for their audition – The songs should be from a musical and in a style that is consistent with the character you are auditioning for. This should be something that you are very comfortable with – not something you learned the day before!

Acting: You should also prepare the section of script set out for that character. Once you have booked a time and nominated the character/characters you wish to audition for the script will be emailed to you.

Lead Roles requiring script

Elle Woods, Warner Huntington III, Emmett Forrest, Callaghan, Paulette, Brooke, Kyle, Vivienne, Margot, Kate, Bruiser, Grand Master Chad, Aaron Schultz, Sundeep Padamadan, Enid, Dewey, Nikos, Serena, Pilar, Mr Woods, Mrs Woods and Carlos

Ensemble:

Please prepare one song of your choice that is not from Legally Blonde, but in musical theatre style.

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

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 CDs are acceptable as long as they are exactly that....a backing CD.eg. 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!!

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 or your voice. 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.

Rehearsals

Rehearsal will start on Monday 13 May and will be Monday and Wednesday evenings 7 -10 pm and Sundays 1- 5pm initially and 10am – 5pm after that, depending on schedule.

How to Book an Audition

Philo are using Cast98 to schedule audition bookings for Legally Blonde. To book an audition follow the steps below:

  1. Go to https://cast98.com/signup
  2. Create a login and basic profile
  3. Once you have created a profile click 'Go Backstage'
  4. Click 'Manage Favourite Studios'
  5. Add 'Canberra Philharmonic Society' as a favourite studio
  6. Once you have added Canberra Philharmonic Society as your favourite studio, click on 'Backstage' again.  This will bring you to a home page.
  7. Once there, select 'Legally Blonde' from the left hand side
  8. Click on 'Audition Form'
  9. Read through the Audition Details and click on 'I Understand'.
  10. Complete all the fields in the booking form.  (Please ensure you include a current headshot - not everyone on the panel will know who you are).
    ** THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR YOU TO UPLOAD A RESUME **
  11. Please also include any conflicting dates so that if you are cast in the production we can try our best to create a rehearsal schedule around these.

Once your booking is received, if you are auditioning for a principal role, the Production Manager will email you through the script you are required to prepare for your selected roles.

If you get stuck or require assistance with your audition booking, please email and our Production Manager will get in touch with you within 24 hours.

Role and Vocal Range Details

Character Name Gender Vocal Type Role Type
Elle Woods:

Elle is a very bubbly college-age girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School and realises that she has more than just a pretty face and a bubbly personality to offer the world! She is very loveable, determined, vulnerable, energetic and outgoing! Tap dance skills are a plus. Must be comfortable with dogs and willing to be/become blonde!

Female

Soprano Belt (Gb2 – G5)

Lead

Warner Huntington III:

Warner is attractive and charming but very self-absorbed. He will do whatever it takes to achieve his dream of becoming a senator, including breaking Elle’s heart. Actor must be very comfortable on stage to best display the character’s charisma!

Male

Tenor
Eb3 – Ab4)

Lead

Emmett Forrest:

Emmett is a smart, quirky, sensitive and personable law student. He ends up taking Elle under his wing and believes in her when it seems that no one else does. Must be comfortable with dogs. A strong singer/actor with great comedic timing!

Male

Tenor (B2-A4)

Lead

Professor Callahan:

Callahan is a pompous and manipulative law professor at Harvard. Callahan should be charismatic but able to turn instantly into a conniving shark at the turn of a hat.

Male Baritone
(A2-F#4)
Supporting

Paulette Buonofuonte:

Paulette is the funny owner of Hair Affair, a local salon. She becomes friends with Elle and longs to marry a man from Ireland. She and Elle help each other achieve their dreams! Must be comfortable with dogs. A Bostonian accent is a plus, a strong singer with a powerful belt to match the personality!

Female Mezzo-Soprano
(A3-A5)
Supporting

Pilar, Margot, Serena:

Pilar is the sassy and sensible sorority sister. Margot is the seemingly dim-witted, boy-crazy sorority sister. Serena is the energetic cheerleader, from Jewish heritage, sorority sister. Margot, Serena, & Pilar are Elle's entourage who follow her through the story acting as her “Greek Chorus”. Strong singers and dancers with good comic timing and youthful energy!

Female G#3-F5 Belt Supporting

Brooke Wyndam:

Brooke is an exercise video star and former Delta Nu sorority girl who was accused of murder. Being physically fit is a must for this role, to properly do high level aerobics with enough stamina to continue singing. If you are auditioning for this role, you may be asked to jump rope while singing at your audition!

Female Soprano or Alto
(A3-G5)
Supporting

Vivienne Kensington:

Vivienne is an overachieving, stuck-up, wealthy, smart and savvy law student who is intellectually driven. Yet she feels very threatened by Elle's presence at Harvard. Must be willing to be/become a brunette.

Female Soprano Belt
(A3-F5)
Supporting

Kyle B O’Boyle:

(no vocal requirement) - Kyle is a physically fit, smooth-talking UPS deliveryman. We soon find out that he is Paulette's dream guy. Must be comfortable with dogs. Irish dancing skills are a plus!

Male Spoken Supporting

Enid Hoopes:

Enid is a strong, opinionated, feminist law student at Harvard. Great comedic timing!

Female Soprano Belt
(A3-G5)
Featured

Female Chorus – Looking for strong Dancers and singers. Several featured roles including,

Elle’s Mum: High society socialite from Malibu.

Kate: Delta Nu scholastic chair, the bookworm!

Leilani: Delta Nu sorority sister with vocal solo.

Male Chorus – looking for Strong dancers, singers and acting roles including

Elle’s Dad: High society golfer from Malibu.

Sundeep Padamadan: A foreign Harvard law student. Former leader of his country.

Aaron Schultz: A smug and arrogant Harvard law student.

Dewey: Paulette's rude, mean, dog-stealing, trailer-trash ex-boyfriend.

Pforzheimer, Lowell and Winthrop: Harvard Law admissions officers

Others Roles Male and Female include:
Grandmaster Chad (Rapper),
Nikos (Brooke’s Poolboy), Carlos (Nikos’ Boyfriend)
District Attorney Joyce Riley, Whitney (Law student- Vivienne’s friend), Saleswoman, Judge, Reporter, Kiki the Colourist, Salon Folks, Court Stenographer, Assistant D.A.
Gaelen (Delta Nu)
UCSD students, Prisoners/Dancers at Boston's Women's Correctional Facility, Harvard Law students, Courtroom spectators and trial personnel, Sales personnel, Parade Dancers, Frat Boys etc

 

Synopsis

Act I

The overjoyed girls of UCLA's sorority Delta Nu, led by Margot, Serena, and Pilar, celebrate the engagement that is expected to happen that night of Warner Huntington III to their perky, sweet, and strikingly blonde sorority president, Elle Woods, who is fretting over finding the perfect dress for the occasion ("Omigod You Guys"). Once she acquires her dream dress, Elle goes to dinner with Warner, where he tells her that he needs someone more serious and breaks up with her ("Serious"). Elle is devastated and sulks for twelve days ("Daughter Of Delta Nu") but decides to chase Warner to Harvard Law School to show him that she can be serious. With help from Delta Nu sister Kate, Elle studies for the LSATS. Instead of writing a personal essay, Elle bursts into the Harvard admission offices backed by a squad of cheerleaders. She is accepted after revealing she is motivated by love ("What You Want").

Elle's snobby classmates disapprove of her attire, and the only person who is willing to help her is law-teaching assistant Emmett Forrest ("The Harvard Variations"). However, he can't protect her in class from the bloodthirsty Professor Callahan ("Blood In The Water"). Callahan kicks the under-prepared Elle out of class at the suggestion of her classmate Vivienne Kensington, who happens to be Warner's new girlfriend. This "tragedy" summons the apparitions of the sisters of Delta Nu, who, acting as a Greek Chorus visible and audible only to Elle, encourage her to stay positive ("Positive"). Elle, believing that being blonde is the problem, decides to become a brunette. She heads to the Hair Affair salon where she meets the spunky beautician Paulette, who, after talking Elle out of her hair-dye plan, tells Elle that when she is down, she puts on her favourite CD, Celtic Moods, and dreams of Ireland and her dream Irishman ("Ireland"). At the salon, Vivienne gives Elle an unexpected invitation to a costume party. Paulette sends Elle off with a costume for the party with lyrics of encouragement ("Ireland (Reprise)").

Walking into the party as a Playboy Bunny, Elle soon realizes that she was tricked by Vivienne: no one else is wearing a costume. Despite this, she still seeks out Warner in an effort to win him back, but he remains unimpressed ("Serious (Reprise)"). Elle runs from the party, only to meet Emmett, who struggles to understand Elle's love problems. He has Elle assess her priorities until she realizes it is her obsession with Warner that keeps her from earning his respect ("Chip On My Shoulder"). Freed from her need to please Warner, she defeats him in a classroom debate. Elle then helps Paulette get her dog back from Paulette's ex-boyfriend, using legal jargon and demonstrating she is beginning to understand law. Along with Enid Hoopes, Warner and Vivienne win two of Callahan's coveted internship positions, and Warner proposes to Vivienne on the spot right in front of Elle. Vivienne accepts with a kiss. Elle is devastated, but Emmett shows her the internship list, revealing Elle got an internship position as well. Elle, overjoyed, celebrates, disses Warner, calls her mother to tell her the news, and eagerly anticipates the trial ("So Much Better").

Act II

Act Two begins with fitness queen Brooke Wyndham and her fitness team's workout video, which is being viewed by Elle, Callahan, Emmett, Vivienne, Warner, and Enid ("Whipped Into Shape"). Callahan tells the legal team that Brooke is accused of murdering her billionaire husband. At the jail, the legal team is unable to get Brooke to tell them her alibi and she refuses to plead guilty. Upon learning that they were both Delta Nu sisters, Brooke then privately tells Elle her alibi: Brooke was getting liposuction, which, if the public finds out, could destroy her fitness empire. She makes Elle promise not to tell anyone ("Delta Nu Nu Nu"). Because of Elle's loyalty to her client and refusal to state the alibi, Elle, and consequently Emmett, are shunned by the group. To cheer Emmett up and to increase his chances of impressing Callahan, Elle gives him a makeover ("Take It Like A Man").

Back at the Hair Affair, Elle is getting a manicure when Kyle, a sexy UPS courier, walks into the salon to deliver a package to Paulette, leaving her in complete awe, but her low self-confidence prevents her from making a move. When he leaves, Pilar, Serena, and Margot are summoned by Paulette's amazing "Bend and Snap" when picking up the package. The sorority girls tell Paulette to use the "Bend and Snap" dance move on Kyle to turn him on, but when she does, she accidentally breaks his nose ("Bend and Snap").

At the trial, Brooke's pool boy Nikos claims to have been having an affair with Brooke, giving her a motive for murdering her husband. After doing the Bend and Snap in front of Nikos and getting no response, Elle suspects that Nikos is gay although Callahan and her teammates are not convinced. Her colleagues posit that his perceived flamboyance might just be a cultural difference as Nikos is European. Emmet successfully makes Nikos slip and state that his boyfriend's name is Carlos, though Nikos claims that he misunderstood "boyfriend" for "best friend". Carlos, fed up with the closeted nature of his boyfriend, appears from the gallery and proclaims Nikos's homosexuality. Nikos confesses that he is indeed gay and European ("There! Right There! (Gay or European?)").

Later that night in Callahan's office, the interns celebrate Elle's skill. Warner finds problems with calling a finely tuned awareness of homosexuality a legal victory. Callahan, annoyed with Warner's behavior, sends Warner out of the room to fetch a coffee. Callahan dismisses Emmett and the other interns but requests Elle to remain for a few moments. Callahan forcibly kisses Elle, who slaps him. In turn, Callahan fires her. Warner and Vivienne both see the kiss through the door of the room. Warner turns away in anger, leaving Vivienne to be the only one to witness the slap. After Callahan leaves, Warner re-enters the office and mocks Elle, but Vivienne tells him to shut up and they both leave. A defeated Elle prepares to go home, despite Emmett asking her to stay, finally realizing that he is in love with her ("Legally Blonde").

Elle heads to the Hair Affair to say goodbye to Paulette, but before she can leave, Vivienne and Enid convince Elle otherwise. Elle discards her lawyerly navy suit, dons a pink dress and leads a parade back to the courtroom. They meet Kyle on the way, who has taken a liking to Paulette, and reveals himself to be Irish, prompting everyone present to Irish Dance. Back at the trial, Brooke fires Callahan and hires Elle ("Legally Blonde Remix"). Brooke's stepdaughter Chutney goes to the witness stand and her testimony is damning, stating after she got out of the shower she saw Brooke covered in her father's blood. After Chutney states she received a perm the day of the murder, Elle realizes a flaw in Chutney's alibi and suggests that the entire court should be moved to the scene of the crime - the bathroom where the murder took place ("Scene of the Crime"). As a demonstration, Elle asks Paulette to give Enid a perm, and asks Enid to step into the shower upon entering the crime scene. Relying on her knowledge of hair maintenance, Elle's demonstration is successful as Enid walks out of the shower with completely flattened hair—revealing that Chutney could not have possibly showered immediately after getting a perm because her perm was still intact. Under Elle's intense questioning, Chutney confesses that she killed her father, thinking that it was Brooke ("Omigod You Guys (Reprise)"). Chutney is arrested and Brooke is set free.

Warner proposes to Elle, having been dumped by Vivienne. Elle gently refuses, claiming to have been changed by the experience. Three years later, Elle ends up as the valedictorian of her class. Paulette tells the audience that Elle is not one to brag about her valedictorian status, so she decided to allow Paulette to play "Where Are They Now" during her speech. Paulette says that Enid practices family law, Vivienne is training for the Peace Corps, and Warner dropped out to pursue a modeling career. Callahan ran for governor but was defeated, and his wife hired Emmett to handle their divorce. Paulette married Kyle, had two kids, and is pregnant with a third. They live in Worcester, Massachusetts and Paulette bought a new salon (the Worcester detail was taken from the London script, and replaced with the detail that a child of hers was named Seamus) ("Find My Way"). At the end of the graduation, Elle proposes to Emmett, and Emmett accepts ("Finale").