Looking for Little People: Les Miserables open kids auditions, Melbourne

Les Miserables has been the talk of the Australian music theatre industry since its return to Oz was confirmed just over 12 months ago. Its famous logo – an illustration of Young Cossette taken from Victor Hugo’s epic novel – is one of the most recognisable on the theatrical stage.

Les Miserables Poster
The famous Les Miserables logo, taken from an illustration of young Cossette in Victor Hugo’s original epic novel.

Today, casting director for the Australian premiere of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production Michael Cassel, has announced that the search is on to find Australia’s Young Cossette and the two other child roles featured in this iconic musical (Young Eponine and the loveable street urchin Gavroche).

On Saturday 8 February and Sunday 9 February, Cassel and his team will be at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance searching for Melbourne-based children who can sing and act to feature in this classic music theatre work. No prior preparation of material is required, but all young hopefuls should wear comfortable clothing on the day.

Height and age restrictions apply to these roles due to legal and creative requirements and children successful in being invited for call-backs must be available on subsequent days.

For more information, visit michaelcassel.com/casting and fill in the registration form. Details on what to bring to the audition can also be found via this link. 

Audition details are below:

  • FEMALE – Young Cosette and Young Eponine

Both roles are sweet, with soprano voice.

Age Range: 10 – 12 years old. Must be 10 years as at 12 May 2014.

Height: Must not exceed 133cm.

  • MALE  – Gavroche

Streetwise and tough, but likeable.

Age Range: 10 – 11 years old. Must be 10 years as at 12 May 2014, with unbroken voice.

Height: Must not exceed 140cm.

It is understood that there will be several casts of children taking on these roles for the duration of the season in Melbourne.

REGISTRATION

Those who meet the above criteria are invited to attend the open auditions at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance (Level 1, 64-90 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) as follows:

Female – Saturday, 8 February 2014, 9.00am*

Male – Sunday, 9 February 2014, 9.00am*

*Children will be allocated a specific time for their group audition throughout the day and will be required to wait or return later in the afternoon.

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