THE PHOENIX FILES: AUDIO DRAMA
Preachrs Podcast OnLine and OnStage

Written By: Chris Morphew (novels) and adapted by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Directed By: Benjamin Maio Mackay

As soon as Luke touches down in Phoenix, he knows that something's not right. The brand-new town is supposed to be a paradise, but it's not long before the cracks begin to show: malfunctioning phone lines, restrictions on car use, and a private security detail instead of a police force. Luke along with his friends Peter, and Jordan uncover the true reason for the town's existence - a secret that means Phoenix is suddenly both the safest and most dangerous place on Earth. Someone in Phoenix is plotting to wipe out the human race. And the clock is already ticking.

“I'm so excited about this project! I hope my current readers (& a bunch of new ones!) will love hearing my characters given voice in this new way, & I'm really looking forward to hearing Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage bring The Phoenix Files to life!” - Chris Morphew (series author)

Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage have secured the global rights to adapt all 3 novels into full cast audio-dramas, beginning with Man in the Shadows. The first novel in the series will be released in late 2017, with Blood in the Ashes and Life in the Flames to follow in 2018. The production is to be adapted, directed and produced by company founder, Benjamin Maio Mackay. Adelaide musician Sean Braithwaite will be scoring the series. The format of the show, a reading, means actors will not have to learn lines - though they will have to be familiar with them. We encourage people of all genders, ethnicities and ages to audition. All actors will be paid $200 after the initial investment by Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage Pty Ltd is recouped.

Roles Available:
The ages specified next to the characters are an indication for how old your voice should sound, not your actual age.

Lead Roles:

Bruce Calvin – Bruce Calvin is the head of Phoenix Security. He is mean, ruthless and intense. He holds a personal vendetta against the three leads and is Shackleton’s right hand man. 3-5 recording days. Publicity Required. Calvin appears in all 3 stories. 30+, male, Australian accent.

Supporting Roles:
Emily Hunter – Emily Hunter is the protagonist’s mother. She is a work driven woman in her mid 40s. She is a little cold, but does try to relate and understand her son. She appears in all 3 dramas. No publicity required, 3-6 days recording. Female, Australian accent.

Jess Weir – Mrs Weir is the mother of Peter, one of the protagonists. She is scared of the danger to her son and husband, but is also fearful to ask what the danger is. As soon as she learns of the danger she joins the rebellion to fight against Shackleton, even after her family is struck by tragedy. She appears in all 3 plays. 1-6 recording days, no publicity required. Female, 40+, Australian accent.


Officer Barnett - Officer Barnett is a menacing, intimidating and pure evil guard working on Shackleton’s security team. His is 40+ and has an Australian accent. Barnett is a supporting role and appears in all 3 plays. No publicity required, 1-5 recording days.

Officer Miller - Officer Miller is a 30+ soldier for the Shackleton Co-operation and has an Australian accent. He is naive, but after learning what Shackleton is planning joins the rebellion and often risks his life in order to help the protagonists. Miller is a supporting role and appears in Blood in the Ashes and Life in the Flames. No publicity required, 1-5 recording days.

Officer Hamilton - Officer Hamilton is a 35 year-old soldier for the Shackleton Co- operation and has an Australian accent. He is reluctant to join the rebellion, as he is aware of Shackleton’s power and influence. He has a family he’s trying to protect, including a young daughter who helps Jordan. Hamilton appears in Blood in the Ashes and Life in the Flames. No publicity required, 1- 4 recording days.

Amy - Amy is a powered teen, with an attitude. She is defensive and helps the revolution. She is with Jordan during a terrible ordeal and offers much needed comfort and support. She appears briefly in the first and second stories, but is a lead in the final play. Female, 15-18, Australian accent. No publicity required, 3-6 recording days.

Mike - Mike is the ringleader of the small group chosen by the Overseers to help serve their cause. He is the most defiant and still refuses to believe they are people, even when brought face-face with them. He is a school student, but is aggressive, tactless and mean. Mike appears in all 3 stories and is a supporting role in the series. Australian accent, 15-17, male.

Tank - Tank is a student at Phoenix High and an antagonist in the series. He is a typical “bully,” but once approached by the Overseers he becomes physically aggressive towards other students and secretive towards his old friends. Tank appears in all 3 stories and is a supporting role in the series. No publicity required, 3-5 recording days. Australian accent, 15-17, male.

Cathryn - Cathryn Hawking is a student at Phoenix High, who is madly in love with Peter - despite his obvious flaws. Her mother is a high-ranking business woman within the Shackleton Co-operation, who often ignores her, leaving her feeling unloved. She is friends with Mike and Tank and believes the mysterious Overseers have really chosen her and her friends for a reason. She carries out various tasks for them, including certain illegal activists. Cathryn appears in all 3 stories and is a supporting role in the series. 15-17, Australian accent, female. No publicity required, 3-5 recording days.

Lauren - Lauren is the older sister of one of Georgia’s friends. She is dating Jeremy, who Luke and Jordan save from a beating. She is grateful to Jordan and gives her assistance while they’re hiding. She is headstrong and defiant. She appears briefly in the first play, but more prominently in the second and third. Female, 13-17, Australian accent. No publicity required, 3-5 recording days.


Jeremy - Jeremy is a whiny teenager who’s dating Lauren. He initially believes the lies about the protagonists, but Lauren eventually drags him in to assist in the revolution. He appears in a supporting role in all three plays. Australian accent, 13-17, male. No publicity required, 1-5 recording days.

The following actors will play 2 characters each, as their characters do not appear in all 3 stories.

Arthur Van Pelt/Officer Cohen - Arthur Van Pelt is one of Shackleton’s confidants, he provided part of the initial funding to build the town and is aware of the genocide plot. He is an aggressive, 40+ male with a refined American accent. He appears in Blood in the Ashes and Life in the Flames. No publicity required, 1-3 days recording. Officer Cohen is young, scared and unable to make decisions for himself. He tries to act tough, but fails. He is captured by Soren at one point and immediately divulges information. Natural Australian accent, he appears only in Life in the Flames.

Louisa Hawking/Ms Pryor - Ms Pyror is the 50+ strict Principal of Phoenix High. She is working closely with Noah Shackleton to help orchestrate his plan to end all humanity outside of Phoenix. She loathes Luke, Peter and Jordan and tries to make their lives as difficult as possible. While she holds her Principal pretence during the first audio drama, by the finale she is actively hunting down the protagonists. She appears in all 3 plays. Female, British accent. No publicity required, 1-4 recording days. Louisa Hawking is Cathryn’s mother who works closely with Noah Shackleton. She is Emily Hunter’s boss and is so work driven she pays very little attention to her daughter. She does attempt to save her daughter’s life in the finale, but dies in the process. She appears only in Life in the Flames. Australian accent.

Abraham Burke/Officer Webb – Mr Burke is the father of Jordan, one of the protagonists. He is kind man, but defends what he believes in. He instantly believes Jordan is innocent of the crimes Shackleton accuses her of and joins the rebellion to defeat the Co-operation. He is 45+, male and has an Australian accent. He appears in all 3 plays. 1-5 recording days, no publicity required. Officer Webb is a young soldier with an American accent and an attitude that often gets into trouble. He has a young child and wife who Shackleton hold hostage during the revolution. He appears only in Life in the Flames.

Samara Burke/Mrs Stapleton – Mrs Burke is Jordan and Georgia’s pregnant mother. She is stressed and anxious during the majority of the series, but plays a crucial role in the finale. She is a “no nonsense” woman who holds strong moral values and she always believes her daughter. She briefly appears in the first story and has a supporting role in the second and third. No publicity required, 1-4 days recording. Australian accent. Mrs Stapleton is the deputy Principal of Phoenix High who greets Luke upon his arrival at the school. She has a British accent and while tough, is kinder than Principal Pyror. She appears only in Man in the Shadows.

Rehearsals:
There will be very few rehearsals, some characters won’t have any. These will be predominantly to establish cast rapport. These will be made at a convenient time to the cast.


Performances:
There will be a series of between 6 and 12 recording sessions over June, July and August. We can be flexible with dates/times and if you are suitable for the role and can’t attend group recordings we can record your lines separately.

Venue:
N/A

Information Night:
N/A

Auditions:
All auditions must be recorded and emailed to Benjamin by April 29th. Please email Benjamin to get a character audition packet. You are more than welcome to audition for more than one character. You can record your audition on any suitable device, you don’t need studio quality equipment.


Venue:
N/A

More Information:
Contact Benjamin Maio Mackay on 0415187827 or email benjamin@preachrspodcast.net

BYE BYE BIRDIE
The Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of SA Inc (aka “The Met”)

Written By: A MUSICAL COMEDY
Book by MICHAEL STEWART Music by CHARLES STROUSE Lyrics by LEE ADAMS
Originally produced by EDWARD PADULA by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd
Directed By: Gordon Combes
Musical Director: Paul Sinkinson
Choreographer: Carmel Vistoli

Before Link Larkin...Before Danny Zuko...There was Conrad Birdie!

This is a bright and fast paced musical that will leave the audience with a smile on their face and humming the well-known tunes. Bye Bye Birdie is a celebration of song and dance, paying homage to 1950’s American pop culture.

When superstar Conrad Birdie is drafted into the armed forces, his tense songwriter/ manager Albert is set for bankruptcy. That is, until his faithful secretary (and long-term girlfriend) Rose devises a most brilliant publicity campaign to cash-in on Conrad’s departure from entertainment. Conrad will bestow ‘One Last Kiss’ on a teenage fan before national television audience, live from Sweet Apple, Ohio. But not all goes to plan when jealous boyfriends, meddling mothers and teenage hormones are thrown into the mix. The result is chaos!

Featuring classic Broadway songs including Put on a Happy Face, One Last Kiss, Honestly Sincere and A Lot of Livin’ to Do, this is entertainment in its most feel-good form.
We are seeking a high-energy cast of all ages to bring this flashy and colourful production to life in October at the Arts Theatre!

If you loved Hairspray, you won’t want to miss Bye Bye Birdie. It’s fun loving, hilarious and wildly entertaining.

Roles Available:
ADULT ROLE AUDITIONEES – 18 YEARS AND OVER
RANDOLPH MACAFEE – 9 YRS & OVER TO LOOK STAGE AGE 9 – 12 YEARS

Albert F. Peterson - Albert is the nervous and high-strung president of Almalou Records. We are looking for an actor with great comic timing and an awareness physical humour. A traditional Broadway song and dance role.
Stage Age: 30-40
Vocal Range: F2 – Gb4 Baritone/Tenor
Dance Requirements: Albert must be able to move well, soft shoe would be an advantage
Audition Song: Put On A Happy Face (Bar 7 – 37) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Rosie Deleon - Rose is Al’s secretary but dreams of the day when she can adjust his title from “employer” to “hubby.” The role of Rose requires someone who can display a truly strong spirit and a spicy inner core. The role of Rose will be secured by the one who can sell the character’s spirit, both in scenes AND songs.

Stage Age: late 20s-40
Vocal Range: F3 – C5 Alto Belt
Dance Requirements: Rosie has a huge dance sequence “The Shriner’s Ballet” which requires a trained dancer or an extremely talented mover - she has to be energetic, agile and be able to be lifted
Audition Song: An English Teacher’s Wife (Bar 67 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Mama Mae Peterson – Albert’s interfering mother who will do anything to ensure he does not marry Rose. She has a powerful presence with great comic timing. Every scene in which she appears presents Mae unabashedly working to guilt trip her poor son.

Stage Age: 50+
Vocal Range: Alto
Dance Requirements: Must move well
Audition Song: A Mother Doesn’t Matter Anymore (Bar 15 – 52) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Conrad Birdie – A tall handsome and confident rock-star. He’s rude. He’s arrogant. He doesn’t show much regard for others. We also need to see, very clearly, the physicality of Birdie. The show was loosely based on Elvis’ entrance into the army. Give us a few king-like indications of the guy, but don’t go full-blown Elvis.

Stage Age: 25-30
Vocal Range: Ab2 – Gb4 Light Baritone
Dance Requirements: Birdie has to emulate the Elvis hip swinging, pelvic thrusts - needs to move with agility
Audition Song: Honestly Sincere (Bar 1 – 9) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Kim MacAfee – Kim is the president of Sweet Apple’s Conrad Birdie Fan Club. Through random chance, she is selected to deliver Conrad Birdie his final kiss goodbye before leaving to join the army. Unfortunately, her boyfriend Hugo has a few reservations. Kim needs to come across as a young, sweet and flirtatious teenage girl of the 1950’s.

Stage Age: 16-17
Vocal Range: G3 – Ab5 Lyric Mezzo
Dance Requirements: Preferably a dancer - needs to be an extremely good mover
Audition Song: How Lovely To Be A Woman (Bar 24 – 102) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Harry MacAfee – He constantly feels that he has no control over his family (or even himself) He’s also a great source of comedy in the production. He has a couple of really great scenes in which he has the potential to leave the house rolling. As Kim’s father he needs to be the typical over protective dad of his teenage daughter.

Stage Age: 40+
Vocal Range: C3 – E4 Comfortable Baritone
Dance Requirements: A good mover
Audition Song: Kids (Bar 1 – 62) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing
Doris MacAfee – Doris is a devoted wife and Kim and Randolph’s loving mother. She has a wonderful scene early on in the show in which she is mortified with her daughter’s abrupt assertion of adult status. She is the peacekeeper between her moody teenage daughter, abrasive husband and curious little boy. Doris should underplay her role in the family, even though it is clear she is in control.

Stage Age: 40+
Vocal Range: Bb3 – F5 Comfortable Mezzo
Dance Requirements: A good mover Audition Song: Kids (Bar 1 – 62) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Randolph MacAfee - Kim’s younger brother. He’s overlooked a bit and wants attention from his father. When he is acknowledged, he really isn’t given much respect at all. Randolph shouldn’t be played shy. He’s a typical kid who is curious about the world and loves discovering a variety of creatures and sister’s secrets.

Stage Age: 9-12
Vocal Range: D4 – D5 Boy Alto
Dance Requirements: A good mover
Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Hugo Peabody - Hugo is Kim’s understandably frustrated boyfriend. He is a hopeless romantic with a touch of melodrama about him. He has solid stage time and enjoys command of a couple of humorous moments.

Stage Age: 16-19
Vocal Range: No lead songs, but will be required to sing as part of ensemble
Dance Requirements: A good mover Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Ursula Merkle – Ursula is completely smitten with Conrad and shows it with great enthusiasm and passion. She is a supporting character, but she has some wonderful moments. She’s Kim’s number-one confidant. She’s a little quirky and high-energy.

Stage Age: 16-17
Vocal Range: D4 – F5
Dance Requirements: Needs to be able to do the splits - requires some trained dance experience
Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Harvey Johnson - A member of the teen chorus with comedic voice cracking solos in the song ‘The Telephone Hour’.

Stage Age: 16-17
Vocal Range: D3 – F#4 Comedic Tenor
Dance Requirements: A good mover
Audition Song: The Telephone Hour (Bar 19 – 22) AND A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Feature Roles and Ensemble

Feature roles: Like Mayor, Mayor’s wife, Reporters, Sad Girl, Helen, Nancy, Margie, Alice, Fans (girls and boys), TV crew, Mr Johnson, Station Master, Director, Maude and staff parents and Gloria Rasputin will be cast from the Ensemble.

Teen Ensemble: The teen ensemble need to be high energized, hard-working and be able to portray a variety of characters.

Vocal Range: Soprano/Mezzo/Alto/Tenor/Baritone/Bass.
Dance Requirements: 4 trained dancers required - others some dance experience and ability to follow choreography - great numbers for chorus
Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Adult Ensemble: The ensemble will be asked to perform a variety of roles throughout the production from TV studio types to 1950’2 parents, we are seeking a variety of voice types and ages.

Vocal Range: Soprano/Mezzo/Alto/Tenor/Baritone/Bass.
Dance Requirements: good movers required - adult men participate in the Shriner’s Ballet
Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy ADULT Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Rehearsals:
Mondays at Maylands Church of Christ Hall, corner Portrush Road & Nora Street Maylands from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Wednesdays at Wesley Uniting Church Hall , corner Fullarton Road & Grenfell Street Kent Town from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm at Maylands Church of Christ Hall - address above

Performances:
12-14 & 17-21 October 2017 – Evenings at 8 pm
Special Price Night on Tuesday 17 October at 8 pm
Matinee Saturdays 14 and 21 October at 2 pm


Venue:
The Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide

Information Night:
MONDAY 5 June at 7:45 pm to be held at Maylands Church of Christ Hall, corner Portrush Road and Nora Street, Maylands

Auditions:
SUNDAY 18 June from 2 pm to 10:30 pm
MONDAY 19 June from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Venue:
Maylands Church of Christ Hall, corner Portrush Road and Nora Street, Maylands

More Information:
Carolyn Mesecke on 0407 457 821 or via themetsa@gmail.com