EMT Chaperone Call Out

Sep 21 2021 | By More

Open Call for Drowsy Chaperone

Edinburgh Music Theatre has put out an open call for amateur performers to join the company for its Spring 2022 production: The Drowsy Chaperone, to be staged at the Church Hill Theatre.

EMT will be holding a welcome night and company auditions on Wednesday September 29 2021 at Barclay Viewforth Church Halls, Tollcross. Dance auditions and auditions for principle and featured roles will follow in the beginning of October. Rehearsals will start on Wednesday 13 October.

The Drowsy Chaperone

As previously announced, the show will run for five nights from Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 April 2022 with a matinee on the Saturday. The EMT production will be directed by Jo Heinemeier with musical direction by Matthew Brown and choreography from Ashleigh Le Cras.

The Drowsy Chaperone has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The story concerns a musical theatre fan who sits listening to a record of their favourite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone.

As they listen to the record, the musical is comes to life onstage while they comment knowingly on the music, story, and actors. The result is a gentle, loving and very funny pastiche of the golden age of musicals.

welcome evening

EMT’s welcome evening is an opportunity for potential cast members to find out more about the company, meet recent and returning cast members, and find out a little more about the production itself from the creative team.

Anyone interested in joining EMT as a cast member for The Drowsy Chaperone, but who is not wishing to be considered for anything other than ensemble, will need to attend a company audition at the welcome evening.

A musical number will be taught to all participants during the welcome evening. Company auditions will be held with small groups at the end of the evening. Full audition materials for named and featured roles will be available following the welcome evening.

Rehearsals will start on Wednesday 13 October. EMT rehearse twice weekly on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. As EMT is an adult company, auditions are open to everyone aged 18 and over.

All auditions and rehearsals will be carried out under the Covid-19 guidelines worked out with the Barlcay Viewforth Church Centre. These are well within current Scottish Government guidelines and include one metre distancing, masks when not singing and increased ventilation. EMT’s Covid policy is available here.

Listings and links

Drowsy Chaperone Welcome Evening & Company Auditions.
Barclay Viewforth Church Centre, 2 Barclay Terrace, EH10 4HR
Wednesday 29 September 2021
Evening: 7-10pm.
All potential auditionees should register for attendance.
A full audition pack with registration details is available to download on the EMT website: https://edinburghtheatre.co.uk
Facebook event page: The Drowsy Chaperone – Welcome night
Facebook Principles information: Principal & Featured Role Auditions
Facebook dance auditions: The Drowsy Chaperone – Dance workshop & featured dancer auditions

The Drowsy Chaperone
Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Tue 19 – Sat 23 April 2022.
Evenings: 7.30 pm; Sat matinee: 2.30pm.

EMT Socials:
Facebook: @edinburghmusictheatre
Twitter: @EdMusicTheatre
Instagram: @edmusictheatre.
Website: http://edinburghtheatre.co.uk.

The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006. It was nominated for multiple Broadway and West End theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards.
Read Æ’s reviews of previous productions: here.
The original cast recording is available from  Amazon:


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