Auditions for The Lion King stage show are happening in Mzansi again and this time they're exclusively South African.
For the first time since 2007, the show will be casting an all-South African cast who will tour Asia with the production. The cast usually consists of performers from around the world but this time SA has exclusivity on the 60 roles in the production.
Duma Ndlovu's Word of Mouth Pictures (who make Muvhango) is the official casting agent for the show and they'll be in Durban this Thursday (16 March) and Friday (17 March) to scout for talented dancers and singers.
The dancing auditions are happening on Thursday (16 March).
The singing auditions are happening on Friday (17 March).
The auditions are an open casting call so you can simply arrive and do your thang.
Thursday dance auditions
The auditions are happening at The Playhouse Company
- in the Mayville rehearsal dance studio.
Registration starts at 09h00 and closes at 12h00. Auditions start at 09h30. Dancers need to be ready and warmed up by the start time.
The auditions are open to male and female dancers between the ages of 18 and early 30s.
You may be asked to sing so select a song and take sheet music with you.
Friday singing auditions
The auditions are happening at The Bat Centre
Registration starts at 08h30 and closes at 12h00.
Auditions start at 09h30.
Prepare a song and take the sheet music with you.
These singing auditions will be casting for four characters:
Late-20s to mid-40s.
A wise cracking, New York meercat.
This actor musn't be taller than 5'8".
Must move well and be comfortable working with puppets.
A male in his late-20s to mid-40s
He's a not-so-bright but loveable warthog.
A gravelly voice and larger body type is preferred.
A male in his early-30s to mid-40s.
A parrot-like bird.
He's a proper bufuddled English butler who has a cynical view of life but he's very loyal to the king.
The actor should be a character singer who is comfortable working with puppets.
A male in his mid-30s to 40s.
Mufasa's brother and Simba's uncle.
He's evil and maniacal but also capable of humour.
Scar will do anything to be King of the Pridelands.
The actor should also be a character singer.
Break a leg!
PS: Auditions have already been held in Cape Town and Joziburg. Once the Durban auditions are complete, Word of Mouth will return to each city for the call-backs.
If you have questions, you can e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: The dates of these auditions have changed numerous times and this is thelatest info. avialable on Wednesday 15 March. We hope that the auditions happen as stipulated above but we can't guarantee that they will.