Auditions

Our Covid Safe Plan will apply to all activity on our premises, including auditions. 
Note: All cast and crew of any productions are required to be fully vaccinated.
If this is a problem, please discuss with the director at the time of booking an appointment.

 

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, adapted for stage by Toby
Hulse
Director Peter Newling


Season dates: 16 November to 3 December for 16 performances
 

Audition dates:

  • Sunday 11 September from 7:30pm

  • Monday 12 September from 7:30pm
     

Audition and Performance Venue:
Williamstown Little Theatre, 2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown


Auditions by appointment only.
For an appointment, please email director – peter.newling@gmail.com
Or call on 0419 205 200.


Synopsis:
Jules Verne’s much loved 1872 novel is 260 pages long. It takes the reader on a Victorian era world tour from London to Dover to Paris to Turin to Brindisi to Bombay to Calcutta to Hong Kong to Yokohama to San Francisco to New York to Newfoundland to Queenstown, Ireland and finally back to London. It involves travel via steamer, train, hansom cab, elephant and (according to David Niven) hot air balloon.


In the spirit of plays such as The 39 Steps, three actors will attempt to stage the whole story. The fourth character is Jules Verne himself, who makes an unexpected appearance.


It’s a rollicking, fast paced bit of silliness to finish the year. It’ll require a cast with huge energy and equally huge inventiveness.


To our knowledge, this will be the first time the four-handed version of this play will be done in Australia.

 

Characters


All actors play myriad roles. But each has a main character that stays with them throughout. These are described below, and will form the basis of auditions. As scripted, all four actors are male.

 

Phileas Fogg: 50s. Debonaire, charming, and with a killer smile.
Perfect manners hide the fact that he’s a high-class thief. Quite unflappable, with unshakable dignity.

 

Passpartout: 30s or younger. Fogg’s young employee and fixer. This role will be the most demanding

in terms of physical comedy. Bright, helpful, perhaps a bit gullible. But a genuinely nice young guy.

 

Inspector Fix. 35+. The hapless Scotland Yard detective charged with bringing Fogg to justice.

Stuffy, dogmatic and no fun at parties. This actor would ideally be able to put across

a range of British accents.

Jules Verne. 60+. Written as something of a doofus. Tries very hard to be helpful to the actors,

but more often than not just gets in the way. Adopts a narrator type role, so must be confident

with audience interaction.

Requirements


Williamstown Little Theatre requires that all those who work with us – including cast – must be able to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or provide an appropriate medical exemption. Please ensure you have your proof of vaccination certificate or exemption with you when you come to the audition.
 

Information


Rehearsals will be held at Williamstown Little Theatre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons.
Please bring to your audition a completed audition form downloaded from wlt.org.au/auditions,

together with a non-returnable headshot (studio shot not necessary).

 

COVID SAFE AUDITIONS AT WLT

Williamstown Little Theatre has a COVID SAFE PLAN that will apply through auditions, rehearsals and performances. 

  • Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, are required to be in isolation or have tested positive to COVID 19 either via PCR or RAT within the previous 7 days.

  • We recommend that you wear a mask while indoors except for during your actual audition.