Serena Hill has been Head of Casting at Sydney Theatre Company since 2003, and after an incredible career Down Under, she is heading home to England with her family. For now. I was fortunate enough to squeeze in a quick chat with Serena about her time here in Oz, London, and steal some inside tips… Read more.
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. Today, casting director for the Australian premiere… Read more.
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. Preliminary 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… Read more.
Despite extensive auditions in Sydney and Melbourne, the creative team behind Strictly Ballroom have still not found the right actress to play the coveted lead female role of Fran in their upcoming world premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s new musical spectacular in Sydney next year. General auditions for the role of Fran have been called for Saturday… Read more.
This article came across the AussieTheatre news desk this morning from the blog Robojustice Superfighter. It poses questions about casting practices in Australian musical theatre productions, and asks what constitutes a high profile artist. Do you agree? Let us know what you think of this piece via Twitter or Facebook.
This is a particularly difficult column for me to write. I have wanted to write it for a good while and have postponed it many times but today I feel its time to let it loose into the theatrical community. (I would love some people’s opinions after reading.) The reason I find it difficult to… Read more.
After the success of his Sydney Masterclass at the Opera Centre today, Neil Rutherford and AussieTheatre Productions are thrilled to announce an exclusive Musical Theatre Audition Masterclass in Melbourne for professionals, graduates and up-and-coming artists alike. Presented by internationally acclaimed Casting Director for Legally Blonde, South Pacific and countless musicals on the West End and Broadway – NEIL… Read more.
Open auditions were held in New York over the weekend for the film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which is set to commence filming in NYC next year. Directed by Jon Favreau, the Jersey Boys movie is also allowing online audition submissions for the Four Seasons (Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and… Read more.
A performer’s audition mantra: Be prepared; Be brave; Own your audition, and then… Let It Go. Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? Interestingly enough, as internationally renowned and acclaimed Casting Director Neil Rutherford tells me, the reason his brand new book (Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting – a performer’s guide viewed from both sides of the audition table) is… Read more.