4Auditioning to be a part of the Brisbane Gang Show takes place in November each year, for the following years show. Applications are usually open via this website between July and 31 October each year.
Attending an audition can be a daunting process for new cast members and even for returning cast members. We conduct auditions in this manner as this is how professional shows conduct the process and therefore it is part of the overall performing arts training process.
The following details our BGS audition process:
Process (Numbered stations in the audition facility match the below):
1. On arrival the applicant and their parent or guardian (if under 18) will complete our paperwork process first.
2. The applicant then speak with previous Cast Representatives or a Program Leader whilst the parent or guardian will wait with other support leaders from the Gang.
3. Whilst with our Cast Representatives the applicant will receive a script for a short acting piece, in order to prepare for your individual audition (not relevant for Cub Scouts).
4. New applicants will have their photo taken for our records.
5. All applicants will rehearse a short dance routine with our Choreography Team, where they will be judged on their dancing capability. This scoring does not exclude applicants from joining the Gang. It simply enables the choreo team to understand the skills of the applicant.
6. Finally, the applicant then proceeds to wait outside the individual audition room for their personal audition to take place. This personal audition includes (a) acting out your sketch piece per item 3 above (excluding Cub Scouts), (b) singing your chosen song, (c) answering questions asked by the Production Director.
Audition Criteria: Cast applicants are scored on an equitable points system related to talent, grooming, uniform, attitude and service to the Gang or their Movement.
For these auditions, applicants must:
– Be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian (if under 18),
– Wear full correct Scout or Guide uniform (mentioned in video),
– Dance a short routine as part of a group,
– Act out a few lines of a sketch provided at the audition (excluding Cub Scouts),
– Sing a song (or part thereof – see below).
Your Song Choice and Singing Information: Just like major tv shows – your song choice is key to a successful audition. You may sing any song of your choice, with or without music backing.
Please come prepared with either of the following:
(i) sheet music for the BGS pianist to play the song for you (you will need to tell the pianist the speed/temp of the song)
(ii) a portable device with 3.5mm jack to connect to our speaker with the music on it ready to play
(iii) sing acapella
You can sing to a backing track. We prefer that the track is karaoke version which does not include vocals on a phone, cd, ipod or usb. You can also email the Production Director in advance of your audition with the link to your chosen YouTube version of your song.
The song must be a legitimate song and not something generic found on YouTube etc. Rapping style music is not considered suitable as this does not match the style of our show.
The BGS pianist may ask applicants to sing ‘scales’ to determine singing range if it was not able to be determined during the singing of their song.
PLEASE COME PREPARED so as not to be disappointed. If you do not appear read the Production Director will ask you to leave the personal audition space and come back in again when prepared. You do not have to memorise the song – you can hold sheet music in your hand or the lyrics to the song.
Please note that nearly all applicants do not sing the entire song – the Production Director usually cuts off everyone after a verse and or chorus, once enough singing has been heard to determine singing capability.
Audition Timing: The entire audition process may take up to approximately 1.5 hours in your time slot. Please ensure you have allocated sufficient time to be at the audition process.
Note to Parents or Guardians: It is important that we have the opportunity to speak with parents of all new cast applicants who are under 18 years of age. We will do this whilst your youth are going through the audition process. Family members will not be able to witness the personal audition process at item 6 above.
Please make sure you have reviewed the Diaries and Cast Information available on the website – www.brisbanegangshow.com.au/cast to be sure you know what you are committing to! These will also be available at the audition for review.
CLOSING NOTE: With record numbers of youth members applying to be in the Cast – the Brisbane Gang Show may not accept every applicant or may alter the set up of the Gang (eg. more split cast arrangements where not every member performs in every show, like the Cub Scout cast members have done for the last couple of years).