Performers sought for a special concert performance of COULD I HAVE THIS DANCE? - A new musical featuring the hits of Anne Murray.
Production: Could I Have This Dance? - A new musical featuring the hits of Anne Murray
Rehearsals begin: July 14th, 2019
Concert Performance: July 26th, 2019
Location: Halifax, NS
Venue: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Deadline to submit: Wednesday, May 15th at 11:59pm ADT
Send submissions to: email@example.com
Director: Geordie Brown
Choreographer: Mary Lou Martin
Writers: Belinda Hart & Geordie Brown
Please send headshot and resume (or bio outlining training and experience) to firstname.lastname@example.org , indicating which role(s) you are submitting for.
Submissions from artists of all ethnocultural backgrounds are welcome.
CAEA members engaged in this project will be engaged through an ITA contract.
The story unfolds from 1948 – 1968 in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Submissions are welcome from performers outside of the characters’ listed age ranges.
Submissions are being accepted for the following roles:
MAUREEN | alto-mezzo | age 18 - 38 | she/her
The town gossip. Behind a polished façade, she is motivated by jealousy, and often finds herself chasing other people’s dreams. | Featured solo(s): “Blessed are the Believers”, “Make Love to Me”, “A Little Good News”| Strong singer and actor. Strong dancing ability an asset.
GERARD | Bari-tenor | age 21 - 26 | he/him
An athletic “looker”, with a mysterious past. He works on his family’s farm, and delivers goods to town by horse and buggy. A hard worker, he likes to unwind and feed his strong attraction to partying, booze, and gambling. He falls for EVIE, but his inability to accept fatherhood leads to heartbreak. |Featured solo(s): “Danny’s Song”, “What Would It Take?”, “Now & Forever (You & Me)” | Strong singer and actor. Dancing ability an asset. May play other ensemble roles.
ROSIE (child) | age 12 | she/her
The eldest child and daughter to EVIE and GERARD. She is street-smart and mature for her age. She quickly learns to care for her younger siblings, and is relied upon heavily by her mother. She looks up to her mother’s new friend, JOHN, who hires her to work part-time after school at his general store. | Strong actor. No solo singing. Will also play young ensemble characters.
TONY | Bari-tenor | age 16 | he/him
EVIE’s unrelenting teenage suitor, and son to the owners of the tailor shop for whom KIT works.
| Featured solo(s): “Hey, What About Me?” | Strong singer and actor. Will play other ensemble roles. Dancing ability an asset.May be played by a CHILD or ADULT performer.
ROSIE (teenager/adult) | age 17 | she/her
The eldest child of EVIE and GERARD. She is street-smart and mature for her age. She quickly learns to care for her younger siblings, and is relied upon heavily by her mother. At age 17, she is engaged to be married. Before leaving home, she longs to see her mother find happiness. | Substantial ensemble singing. Will play other ensemble roles. Strong dancing ability an asset.May be played by a CHILD or ADULT performer.
MR. COLLINS | Baritone | age 55 – 75 | he/him
A fishmonger who works at the downtown market. He is a close friend to KIT and her family.
Featured ensemble. Substantial ensemble singing. May play other ensemble roles.
LYLA | age 5 | she/her
ANNA and WALLY’s only child. A happy girl who loves unconditionally.
A confident young person with strong communication skills. Singing and dancing ability an asset.
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Featuring the hits of Anne Murray, COULD I HAVE THIS DANCE? is a new musical written by Belinda Hart & Geordie Brown, inspired by a true East Coast Canadian story.
Set in post-war Nova Scotia, the musical tells the story of how a sisterhood of women band together through parenthood, widowhood, love, and loss, ensuring no one gets left behind. The story is enhanced by the music of of Anne Murray ("You Needed Me", "Daydream Believer", "I Just Fall In Love Again", "Could I Have This Dance?", "Snowbird", etc.).
In celebration of the Anne Murray Centre's 30th anniversary,
Theriault Financial presents a special concert performance.
Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 7:30pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium | Halifax, NS
A Geordie Brown Production, presented by Theriault Financial.
This concert presentation on July 26th will be the first time the story and songs will be performed for the public. An exciting blend of CONCERT and MUSICAL THEATRE, spectacular world-class concert lighting, a band of live musicians, and a cast of 12 actor/singers will help bring the incredible music and heart-wrenching story to life.
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Principal casting has already been announced: Broadway World's announcement.
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GEORDIE BROWN is an award-winning singer, actor, pianist, director, and producer from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For the past 7 years, Brown has been at the helm of Halifax's annual Christmas musical revue The Advent Show; he has mentored over 100 young performers during his tenure with the production. In summer 2017, he produced an acclaimed 2-month run of his production of Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart at Neptune Theatre, in which he also performed. A finalist in David Foster's Star Search Atlantic singing competition, Geordie has portrayed numerous musical roles on stage including productions at Neptune Theatre, the Spatz Theatre, the Dalhousie Opera and over 300 performances of Anne & Gilbert: The Musical in Charlottetown. In 2017, Geordie released his debut album, a live recording from his original one-man show The Songs of The Rat Pack, which had a sold-out run at Neptune Theatre. Geordie also has a list of film and television credits to his name, including The Tenth Circle with Kelly Preston, and Made In Canada with Rick Mercer. Most recently, Geordie originated the lead role in the world premiere of Jukebox Hero - a new musical featuring the music of rockband Foreigner, at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in downtown Toronto.
AUDITION NOTICE / CALL FOR SINGERS, DANCERS, & MUSICIANS / THE ADVENT SHOW, HALIFAX
Updated April 12th, 2018
Geordie Brown (Director/Producer) is seeking new talent for the 2018 edition The Advent Show, to be performed November 29th - December 1st, 2018 at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Created by Geordie Brown (singer/actor/pianist) and Judy Savoy (writer/actor/news personality), The Advent Show strives to showcase young emerging talent from the Halifax area, while providing mentorship opportunities with established artists. Each year, the show has the opportunity to grow and change to highlight the unique talents of each year’s cast. SINGERS, DANCERS, and MUSICIANS are sought for this year’s production. The show put over $30,000.00 back into the community each year, supporting young local performing artists through mentorship and monetary grants, while raising funds and awareness for charities who help the homeless and marginalized in our midst (ARK Outreach, Souls Harbour Mission, and St. Mary’s Basilica’s Daily Bread Outreach).
Performers of all ages, genders, and ethnicities are welcome, although there is a particular interest in young artists aged 12 – 25. Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Performers cast in the production will be compensated with an honorarium or grant. Submissions from CAEA members are welcome.
Young or emerging performers cast in this year's production will receive valuable mentorship opportunities through The Advent Show's Young Artist Mentorship Program. More experienced performers cast in this year's show may be engaged in a mentoring role within the program. As a new initiative, The Advent Show will also be offering free workshops and masterclasses to cast members prior to the start of rehearsals.
SINGERS may be from a variety of musical backgrounds and styles, though strong musicianship, sight-reading ability, and strong stage-presence are assets.
DANCERS with training/experience in Step Dancing, Tap Dancing, Highland, Ballet, or Lyrical are sought.
MUSICIANS who are highly skilled at playing any of the following instruments are sought: flute, violin/fiddle, percussion, piano, guitar, bass and brass.
Multi-talented applicants may audition in more than one discipline.
(Auditioning DANCERS do not need to have singing ability, though some dancing ability is an asset for auditioning SINGERS.)
The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 27th, 2018 at 5:00pm.
Auditions will be held in Halifax on Monday, May 7th, 2018, by appointment only.
Please submit a headshot and resume (or brief bio outlining training and experience) by email to email@example.com
Only applicants who are selected for an audition will be contacted.
Submissions must be received no later than 5:00pm on Friday, April 27th, 2018.
Successful SINGER applicants will be asked to prepare two contrasting songs, from any of the following genres: musical theatre, contemporary/pop, folk, gospel, and classical. Choose songs that show you at your best. An accompanist will be provided.
Successful DANCER applicants will be asked to perform a solo of their choice (improvised or choreographed), along with their own audio accompaniment track.
Successful MUSICIAN applicants will be asked to perform two selections of their choice (any genre).
Video submissions may be considered if an applicant is unable to attend their audition in person. Call-backs and/or a dance call may be held at a later date.
Performers who have auditioned for (or worked with) Geordie Brown within the past year may not be asked to audition, but may express their interest in being considered by e-mailing an updated resume and headshot.
Performers who have performed in The Advent Show in the past may not be asked to audition, but are also encouraged to submit their interest via e-mail.
2018 Key Dates
Young Artist Workshops: Late October/Early November
Rehearsals start: Early November
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: November 27th, 28th
Performances: November 29th at 7:30pm, November 30th at 7:30pm, December 1st at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
About the Creators
GEORDIE BROWN is an award-winning singer, actor, pianist, director, and producer from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A finalist in David Foster's Star Search Atlantic singing competition, Geordie has portrayed numerous musical roles on stage including productions at Neptune Theatre, the Spatz Theatre, the Dalhousie Opera and over 300 performances of Anne & Gilbert: The Musical in Charlottetown. In 2017, Geordie released his debut album, a live recording from his original one-man show The Songs of The Rat Pack, which had a sold-out run at Neptune Theatre. This past summer, Geordie produced an acclaimed 2-month run of his production of Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart at Neptune Theatre, in which he also performed. This past December, he starred alongside Heather Rankin of the Juno-award-winning Rankin Family in A Rat Pack Christmas at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax. Geordie also has a list of film and television credits, including The Tenth Circle with Kelly Preston, and Made In Canada with Rick Mercer. For the past 7 years, Brown has been at the helm of The Advent Show; he has mentored over 100 young performers during his tenure with the show. Most recently, Geordie has been cast in the lead role in the world premiere of Jukebox Hero - a new musical featuring the music of rockband Foreigner which critics say is “destined for Broadway.”
Born and raised in northern New Brunswick, JUDY SAVOY has lived and worked all across Canada, as an actor, television and radio broadcaster, writer, singer, drama workshop leader, storyteller, Christian conference speaker and retreat leader. She studied Communications Arts at Loyola in Montreal and Drama at the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. Judy has been reviewed in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, The Daily News, The Globe and Mail, The Calgary Herald and The London Free Press for her stage and television performances. Fortunately, all were favourable and a few were ecstatic! Judy wrote and produced her one-woman show Get Me Back to the Garden, I’m Chockin’ on the weeds, a blend of stand-up comedy, comedy characters, and music. The show has received rave reviews from California to Newfoundland, and is available on DVD. For nearly a decade, Judy presented The Christmas Show for ARK, a variety show that showcased young performers while raising funds for ARK Outreach; her grassroots efforts paved the way for what would ultimately become The Advent Show. In 2016, Judy published her first book, There’s a life in here somewhere.
AUDITION NOTICE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | SINGERS/MUSICIANS/ACTORS
Update April 11th, 2017 at 2:30pm AST: Casting is now complete. Thank you to all applicants who submitted. Stay tuned for casting announcements.
Original Posting (March 2017):
Submissions are now being accepted for Geordie Brown's upcoming production of a Canadian musical revue. The show is being staged in July and August at a prominent venue in Atlantic Canada to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation, while showcasing the best in East Coast and Canadian talent. Auditions will be held in Halifax and Toronto. Producer/Director Geordie Brown is seeking submissions from multi-talented singers/musicians/actors. Performers of all ages, ethnicities, and genders are encouraged to submit.
Performers may be from a variety of musical backgrounds and styles, though strong singing ability, musicianship, sight-reading ability, and strong stage-presence are assets.
Singers must also be highly skilled at one or more of the following instruments: GUITAR, FIDDLE/VIOLIN, PIANO.
Instrumentalists who have little to no singing experience may also submit - they should be skilled at 2 or more of the instruments listed above, though they may still be considered with only one principal instrument.
Acting or Dance experience is an asset, but not required.
Performers will be engaged through the Canadian Actors' Equity Association's Independent Theatre Agreement under the E House category. Approximate contract dates are July 2nd - September 3rd, 2017. More details will be provided to successful applicants.
Auditions will be held (by appointment only) in Toronto, ON on Friday, March 31st, 2017, and Halifax, NS on Monday, April 3rd, 2017.
Please submit a headshot and resume (or brief bio outlining training and experience) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put your city in the subject line of your e-mail (Halifax or Toronto).
Please make it clear in your submission which instruments you play. Demo videos may be included in submissions.
Submissions must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, March 27th, 2017.
Successful applicants will be asked to prepare two contrasting songs that show them at their best. Applicants may also be asked to prepare provided material in advance. An accompanist will be provided.
Only those applicants selected for an audition will be contacted.
Video submissions may be considered if an applicant is unable to attend their audition in person.
Performers who have auditioned for (or worked with) Geordie Brown within the past 2 years may not need to audition, but may express their interest in being considered by e-mailing an updated resume and headshot.