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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: CASTING CALL

May 3, 2022

We are delighted to be returning to in-person pantomime touring this Winter with our acclaimed family and schools pantomime, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Providing a contemporary Scottish-twist that our audiences have come to love, this production will feature a spellbinding set, sing-along songs and centres around the theme of women in STEM. This new adaptation is written by Edinburgh-based playwright and theatre-maker, Isla Cowan. You can find out more about the writer via Isla’s website and our blog here.

We are seeking twelve performers, to form three casts which will tour throughout Winter. Rehearsals will take place in early November for approximately two weeks. 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Applications are open for performers who are interested in developing their skills working and touring theatre for young audiences. We are casting for fourteen performers to work across the above two projects. 

We welcome applications from performers who we have not met before and welcome applications from people who identify as; global majority, LGBTQI+, disabled or neurdiverse, working-class, and/or marginalised in the arts.

All applicants must be over 18 years old and have the right to work in the UK.

ROLES

The production features four characters. These are:

JACK

Playing age: Jack is a secondary school pupil (12-14 years). We anticipate that the actor has a young playing age.

Gender: Female-identifying. We welcome submissions from actors who are transgender, non-binary and/or non-conforming.

Description: Jack was raised in a working-class Scottish family and attends a school for children who are gifted in science. Jack is cheeky, creative and a bit of a prankster. Jack isn’t afraid to take risks!

HEAD TEACHER

Playing age: 30-50 years.

Gender: We welcome applications from any gender.

Description: The Head Teacher is ‘THE DAME’ of the pantomime. They are always giving Jack into trouble and realising that Jack is up to no good. They set the standards and have a scary, quirky and know-it-all attitude, but of course, they are hilarious, too!

GIANT

Playing age: 40+ years.

Gender: Female-identifying. We welcome submissions from actors who are transgender, non-binary and/or non-conforming.

Description: The GIANT is an expert in working in their field within STEM. GIANT is our panto baddie!

QUENTIN

Playing age: Quentin is a secondary school pupil (12-14 years). We anticipate that the actor has a young playing age.

Gender: Male-identifying. We welcome submissions from actors who are transgender, non-binary and/or non-conforming.

Description: Quentin is a bit of a posh boy and a teacher’s pet. He is jealous of Jack and is a bit of a tell tale. 

HOW TO APPLY

Casting will take place over two stages. These are:

STAGE ONE: SELF-TAPE

We are inviting self-tapes, submitted through our online form, this is to include:

  • A one minute extract from the downloadable text of your chosen role*.

  • A one minute rock/pop song of your choice. Please choose a song that you feel shows off your vocal abilities and is preferably in character

  • A CV and Headshot
  • A completed our equalities monitoring form, which can be found here.

Submit: you can submit your audition via the online form here.

Deadline: All self-tapes must be submitted no later than 23rd May 2022, at midday.

*please note the extracts have been taken from our previous pantomime ‘Puss n Boots’.

If you require any help or have any questions, please contact us via info@hopscotchtheatre.com or visit Spotlight: helpful tips for self-tape! 

STAGE TWO: AUDITION

Shortlisted candidates will be notified on 30th May, 2022 if they have been invited to the in-person workshop audition. Any additional information will be provided at this stage.

A shortlist of candidates will be invited to a recall audition at our rehearsal studio in Govan on Tuesday 7th June with members of the Hopscotch Theatre team and JACK AND THE BEANSTALK director Calum Moore. The workshop will last no longer than 2 hours. 

OUTCOME


All applicants will be notified by email no later than 13th June, 2022.

If unsuccessful, Hopscotch wish to retain your information on file should further casting opportunities arise. We will ask for permission to do so at this stage and will comply in line with GDPR.

GET IN TOUCH


If you have any questions or would like to have an informal conversation, please do not hesitate to contact us via email on info@hopscotchtheatre.com and one our team will arrange an opportunity to speak with you.

Jack and the Beanstalk is our new pantomime written by Isla Cowan touring from November until January.

Written and edited by Hopscotch Theatre.

Tuesday 4th May, 2022.

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