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Event Series Event Series: High Fidelity

High Fidelity

20 June 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Written By: Tom Kitt
DIRECTOR: Hayley Horton
CHOREOGRAPHER: Vanessa Redmond

Stirling Community Theatre is going to rock in November 2021. Based on the 2000 Touchstone Pictures film starring John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones and based primarily on the 1995 Nick Hornby novel of the same name. The plot focuses on Rob Gordon, a Brooklyn record shop owner in his thirties obsessed with making top five lists for everything, always observing rather than participating in life.

When his girlfriend Laura leaves him, he goes through a painful re-evaluation of his life and lost loves (with a little help from his music) and he slowly learns that he has to grow up and let go of his self-centered view of the world before he can find real happiness.
Thematically we are going for grungy, indy and fun… with plenty of music and appreciation for mixtapes and record stores.

Role Name Gender Stage age Role Information Range
ROB Male Late 20s – late 30s Rock Tenor with Strong Falsetto, Top Bb4
(D5 Falsetto) to bottom G2.
The show’s protagonist and narrator, Rob is a former DJ who is now the owner of Championship Vinyl, a cramped, messy, failing record store; Rob is arrogant, selfish, incapable of change and desperate to cling on to whatever remains of his youth; he understands the world around him through music and his record collection, and moreover, he most likely knows more about music than he does about himself; the whole show ostensibly takes place within Rob’s head.

Audition: Last Real Record Store On Earth (extract), 9% Chance Of Your Love (extract), Laura, Laura (whole piece)

LAURA Female 30’s Mezzo with Belt Top F5 to bottom F3.
A lawyer and, when we meet her, Rob’s ex-girlfriend. Laura is a former punk rocker who has since settled into a more stable way of life; she is mature, smart, strong, sexually alluring, capable and focused, and she is quite clearly fed-up with Rob’s inability to settle or grow up in general; in fact, she is leagues above him in many respects, and both she and Rob know this.

Audition: Number 5 With A Bullet (extract 1 and 2), I Slept With Someone (Who Handled Kurt Cobain’s Intervention) extract)

DICK Male 20’s – 30’s Tenor with strong Falsetto Top Bb4 (C5 falsetto) to bottom Bb2.
Originally started working for Rob as a temp at Championship Vinyl, but that was four years ago, and he never left; hugely knowledgeable about all things music, Dick is painfully shy, awkward, and incapable of talking to or dealing with women.

Audition: It’s No Problem (whole piece),
9% Chance Of Your Love (extract)

BARRY Male 20’s – 30’s Tenor Top B4 to bottom E3.
Like Dick, Barry used to be a temp at Championship Vinyl, but now works for Rob full time; he is a hipster and effectively what Rob might have been in his younger years: abrasive, cocksure, vicious, unjustifiably arrogant; Barry is also a failing musician looking to start his own band.

Audition: Last Real Record Store On Earth (extract),
9% Chance Of Your Love (extract)

LIZ Female 30’s+ Alto with Strong Belt Top E5 to bottom E3.
A long time friend of both Rob and Laura’s, she effectively acts as an older sister to both of them; Liz has a sharp wit and wisdom beyond her years, unafraid to call it as she sees it or speak her mind.

Audition: She Goes (extract)

Female 20’s and 30’s Various ranges needed.
These five performers function as backup singers and part of the ensemble with their own characters and solo moments. All five of the girlfriends need to be confident singers and have a good ear for holding harmonies. Performers will need to prepare a harmony extract that is included in their audition material.

Audition: Number 5 With A Bullet (extract), Harmony Exercise 1 and 2 (Desert Island All-Time Top 5 Breakups)

Any Range
IAN Male 30’s – 40’s High Baritone Top F4 to bottom B2.
Laura’s new partner: a new-age interventionist and gross cultural appropriator with an affinity for Eastern culture and Sandalwood incense; he prides himself on being highly spiritual and level-headed in conflict.

Audition: Ian’s Here (extract)

MARIE Female Late 20’s – 30’s Alto/Mezzo Top Bb4 to bottom F3.
Local singer who may be Rob’s new love interest. A bit of a grungy/hipster musician who used to date Lyle Lovett.

Audition: Ready To Settle (extract)

ANNA Female 20’s Mezzo Top Db5 to bottom Eb4.
Customer in store who acts as a potential love interest for Dick. Naïve and sweet.

Audition: It’s No Problem (extract)

FEATURED ENSEMBLE Undefined These roles are shared amongst a small ensemble of performers. Some doubling may be applied.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: A figment of Rob’s imagination, who gives him advice and sings a duet. Performers are asked to attempt an impersonation at audition and an additional piece is required.

Audition: Goodbye and Goodluck

Other Roles:

Audition (Male Ensemble): 9% Chance of Your Love (extract), Last Real Record Store (extract)

Audition (Female Ensemble): Number 5 With A Bullet (extract), Ready To Settle

Additional general ensemble may be added subject to audition talent presented.

This is a truly ensemble production with featured roles for all cast, requiring strong musical and acting skills.

Auditionees will be asked to read a short section of dialogue provided as well as sing set audition pieces. There is no movement section in these auditions, however, some choreography may be taught at callbacks. Please review the information following to ensure you give yourself the best possible chance of a successful audition.

For dialogue and songs we suggest a Brooklyn/American accent.
Please prepare the relevant character music extracts that can be downloaded via the HMC website. During your audition the Musical Director and Director may workshop these extracts with you. Please be aware that you may only get to present certain sections of the extracts. The Musical Director may also run some harmony exercises with you during your audition.

You will not be required to prepare your own music piece. An accompanist will be provided on the day. Backing tracks will not be accepted.

Please note:
– You are not required to memorize your dialogue or music extracts;
– Sometimes there is a difference between the keys on a cast recording and the keys of the songs in the score. When practicing for your audition, please be aware that the keys in the score will be what is used in your audition and the show;
– If the role you are auditioning for requires harmony tracks, there will be someone in the audition room that will sing the harmony extract against you.

If you are successful in gaining a place in the cast of High Fidelity you will be required at most rehearsals scheduled for:

MONDAYS 7:30PM – 10:30PM

First Rehearsal: Sunday 1 August, 10am – 1pm

Additional Rehearsal Dates:
Sunday 3 October and Monday 4 October (public holiday)
All cast will be required for extended day/evening rehearsals on the long weekend.

Sitzprobe: Sunday 24 October, 2pm – 5pm
Production Week: 31 October – 4 November
Performances: 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 November at 8pm
14 November at 2pm

Cast will be called for a ‘dry run’ on 11 and 17 November

Venue: Stirling Community Theatre, Stirling SA
Most Rehearsals and all Shows will be at this Venue

Auditions are Saturday 19th 1300-1700 and Sunday 20th 1300-1700 June
Callbacks: Wednesday 23 June (evening) TBA for selected roles

Info pack can be found at http://hillsmusical.org.au/highfidelity/


20 June 2021
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hills Musical Company
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Stirling Community Theatre
5 Avenue Road
Stirling, SA 5152 Australia
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