Characters in Cinderella
All adult members (including paid-up new members) are entitled to audition for all the
and assistance will be given in pre-audition rehearsals commencing on Monday 24th September.
||As the title character, she must be able carry a lot more of the story than most Principal Girls. She has a lot of dialogue, which must be convincing, and she must be able to sing and dance/move well.
||A traditional courtly type Principal Boy. "He" must project authority but the audience must want him to find Cinderella.
||The Prince’s aide—often an insignificant part but this script gives him a new dimension. “He” has ideas above his station and plots to foil the Prince’s efforts to find Cinderella. Strong dialogue and singer.
||Cinderella's impoverished father who has made a bad second marriage! Has a heart of gold but is totally under his wife's thumb.
||Cinderella's stepmother. Domineering, cruel and a snob of the highest order.
|The Ugly Sisters. They obviously carry most of the comedy. Maxie is the dominant one and Minnie is the silly one - but both are nasty and vicious when dealing with Cinderella. Traditionally played by men, but we are happy to consider 2 ladies or a man and a lady if they can put the comedy across.
||Buttons is Buttons! General factotum in the Baron's house and Cinderella's only friend. He must have a natural warmth and a rapport with the audience.
||She appears both as a traditional glamorous Fairy Queen and disguised in cloak and cowl as an "old woman". Must be a singer as she may be leading the chorus at the end of Act 1.
||Small speaking part for a chorus gentleman - appears in Acts I and 2.
||Small speaking part for a chorus gentleman - several scenes in Acts 2.
If you take on a principal role you are
committing to do a lot of homework
throughout the 3 month rehearsal period and this
begins before the audition. To
demonstrate your commitment to the audition
panel you should prepare by
reading the entire script several times to
understand exactly what the part
involves and how the character fits in to the
story. Do your own research into the
background of the character and learn the
audition dialogue and music. Directors
will usually give some general pointers as to
how they see the character but most
are open-minded and want to see your
The Friday Pre-Audition Rehearsal is designed to
give you the opportunity to:
Bearing in mind that there are many other
candidates waiting for their turn,
your session with the readers should take no
more than about 10 minutes. This is
not an opportunity for you to ask how you should
play the part or deliver a line. lf
you need that sort of help or advice. you should
arrange it privately with a
suitable person (not the Director) at another
go through the audition music with the pianist
who will be playing at the
audition; this may be the MD or a rehearsal
pianist, however, you should
already have practised at home.
go through the dialogue with the people that
will be reading-in at the
auditions. You should have already thought
carefully about the scene and how
you would expect it to be staged, having regard
to references in the script
describing the scenery and furniture and any
stage directions such as where
the character enters from etc.
explain to the readers where you would like them
to stand, move around and
react to your moves.
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