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The Peasant Prince Audition Call Out

Monkey Baa will be holding auditions at ARA Darling Quarter Theatre in Sydney from the 11th-13th October 2023 for the 2024 National tour of our production, Li Cunxin’s The Peasant Prince.

The Peasant Prince tells the rags to riches true story of a Chinese peasant boy, Li Cunxin, who at the age of ten was plucked from millions of other students across China to be trained as a ballet dancer. Li controversially defected to the USA from China and went onto to become of the world’s greatest dancers.

Engagement Duration: April to September 2024.

Who We're Looking For: Actors of CHINESE DESCENT, aged 21 and over:

  • ACTOR 1: Cunxin – Male/Male Identifying

  • ACTOR 2: Niang, Gao, Clare – Female/Female Identifying

  • ACTOR 3: Dia, Teacher Xiao, and more – Male/Male Identifying

  • ACTOR 4: Bandit, Cunfar, and other roles – Male/Male Identifying

All Auditionees Must:

  • Sydney-based with a verifiable Sydney address.

  • Over the age of 21.

  • Possess a full driver’s license (non-negotiable).

  • Either double-vaccinated for Covid-19 or have a valid medical exemption.

Audition Details: Auditions are in person from the 11th-13th October 2023 at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre. Self-tapes will not be accepted. Call-back participants will partake in a group audition with a physical component alongside our Movement Director. Please wear attire that facilitates ease of movement. This combined text and movement session is anticipated to last approximately 75 minutes.

Application Process: Email your CV and headshot to Producer Emma at by September 22nd, 2023. Audition times will be confirmed upon receipt.

Key Dates:

  • Auditions: October 11th-13th, 2023 (including call-backs on 13th).

  • Rehearsals: April 13th - May 2nd, 2024.

  • First Show: May 3rd, 2024.

  • Sydney Seasons: May 4th-8th and May 9th-22nd, 2024.

  • Tour Part I: May 23rd - June 22nd, 2024.

  • Break: June 24th - July 15th, 2024 (unpaid).

  • Tour Part II: July 16th - September 25th, 2024.

Fees: $1,300.00 per week for rehearsals and $1,350.00 per week for performance, plus all travel, allowances, 11% superannuation and annual leave. This is a No Sunday PCA Engagement. Engagement is split into two contracts with a 3 week unpaid break.

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