Urgent!! Panto Audition!

  • Zoe Michael

    Actor

    Hi Everyone

    Any help or suggestions would be great, I have an audition very soon for a panto production of 'Jack and The Beanstalk' for the role of the fairy.

    Need to prepare a short monologue (comic prefered) and a song - any of your suggestions would be highly appreciated!

    Thankyou

    xxx

    • 20th Jun 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    Nobody loves a fairy when she's forty,

    Nobody loves a fairy when she's old,

    She may still have her magic powers

    but that is not enough.

    They Like their bit of magic from a younger bit of stuff.

    When once your fairy wand has lost it's glitter!

    and your tinsel looks like rust instead of gold.

    Your fairy days are ending when your wand has started bending,

    no one loves a fairy when she's old!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=beHuNtrhOCg

    • 18th Jun 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    That's quite fun and very appropriate but rather old fashioned.

    Fairies generally speak in rhyming stuff. as a villain I generally describe my job as walking on, saying ten lines of rhyming stuff, laughing maniacally, and walking off.

    So your job would be similar, so write something for yourself that fits the story.

    So just off the cuff...erm

    "My name is fairy hufflepuff, I've come here from the dell,

    I would have got here sooner but I fell down in the well.

    My evil nemesis is here, The giant's man Fleshcreep.

    He could have had the mitchell brothers, but got him on the cheap."

    That sort of thing, don't, I repeat don't do Shakespeare! however funny it might appear, it just says that you don't understand the genre you are applying for. Take a wand, be graceful tinged with clumsy, always enter from stage right and pretty much stay there, again that will show you understand the genre. if you need anything else just ask :-) good luck!

    • 18th Jun 2011
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  • Zoe Michael

    Actor

    Thanks Nigel :)

    Sounds good - So you don't think I should steer clear from Fairy monologues then?

    I know this is the role I am going for however I know some directors/companies like to see something different - but still along the same sort of lines!

    Someone suggested to me a section from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes (Cinderella) - what do you think? I like the fact you can create good characterisation within it and it also has storytelling/audience interation elements but am not too sure!

    Thanks for your advice - I may mess around with some pen and paper and see what happens!

    Zoe x

    • 18th Jun 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    By all means take the advice of anybody who has more panto credits than I have seriously! They would obviously know more about it than me. I only speak from my own personal experience and don't claim to be an authority on anything :-)

    However if they haven't got many panto credits then it might be a different matter.

    • 18th Jun 2011
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  • Zoe Michael

    Actor

    ok thanks so much nigel! X

    • 18th Jun 2011
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  • User Deleted

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    I think you can make something up, do a fairy monologue taken from a panto or adapt a speech or passage from an appropriate book. The most important thing is that you show that you understand the genre and your character's function within the piece. For a panto fairy, your job is to push the story along (while the comedy characters and baddy provide lots of distractions from your purpose!) and draw the audience in to be interested in the narrative and focus on the key elements of the plot. In traditional panto, the fairy often opens the show with a speech to set the scene, introduce the characters and tell the back story of the panto. So, make sure you're engaging, sincere, quirky, funny, commanding & likeable - the audience needs to be on your side from the off!

    Good luck and sorry the rambling reply!

    Lindsay x

    • 20th Jun 2011
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  • Zoe Michael

    Actor

    Thanks Lindsay!!

    :)

    • 20th Jun 2011
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