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Audition Call Out | Josephine Wants to Dance

Monkey Baa will be holding auditions at ARA Darling Quarter Theatre in Sydney on the 27th-28th February 2024 for the 2024 engagement and 2025 National tour of our production, Josephine Wants to Dance. Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry. Directed by Jonathan Biggins with Music and Lyrics by Phil Scott.  

About the show: 

Monkey Baa’s award-winning musical Josephine Wants to Dance returns to the stage. Josephine is a kangaroo who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her kangaroos don't dance, they hop – but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air. When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully, Josephine desperately wants to dance like the ballerinas in pink tutus and silk ballet shoes. On the day of the first performance the Ballet Company is in trouble. The prima ballerina twists her ankle and the understudy has a splinter in her toe. Who can dance the lead role? Josephine's talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she's a kangaroo?


The engagement is for September/October 2024, January 2025 and March-September 2025

This includes a 3 week unpaid break in June 2025 and a possible paid Wellness break in July 2025


Who are we looking for:

We are looking strictly for four triple threat performers over the age of 21. We wish to celebrate an entirely inclusive and accurate representation of Australia within the cast of this production and are actively seeking performers from a diverse background. We encourage trans and gender-diverse performers to apply for characters they are comfortable playing.

ACTOR 1 (Soprano): Josephine
ACTOR 2 (Mezzo): Ballet Director, Brolga, Lyrebird
ACTOR 3 (Soprano): Big Annie, Lyrebird, Prima Ballerina Nina
ACTOR 4 (Tenor): Joey, Costume Designer, Brolga, Todd the Ballet Dancer

All auditionees must: 

  • Must be available for call backs on 1st March 2024

  • Must be strictly Sydney based with a current Sydney address

  • Be aged anywhere above the age of 21

  • Hold a full driver’s license. This is a strict requirement


Audition Details:

Auditions are in person only on the 27th and 28th February 2024 at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre. Self-tapes will not be accepted. Each performer auditioning must be available for call backs on the 1st March.


How to Submit:

Send a copy of your CV and headshot to the Producer Emma by 22nd February 2024 for consideration. Please note that spaces are limited and Emma will be in contact if we have a space for you.


Key Dates:

Auditions: 27th & 28th Feb 2024 (must also be available for call backs on 1st March)

Rehearsals: August/September 2024 Dates TBC

First season: Arts Centre Melbourne 1st-6th October 2024

Sydney Opera House: January 2025

Sydney seasons various theatres: March 2025

First part of national tour: March 2025

Unpaid break: 1st June 2025-22nd June 2025

Second part of tour: 23rd June 2025-8th September 2025

All dates are TBC and subject to change



 $1,400.00 per week, plus all travel, allowances, 11% superannuation and annual leave. This is a full-time PCA Engagement.

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