Actors wanted for a French musical in Chatham

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Aspiring French-speaking actors and singers are in demand for a French-language musical set to hit the stage in Chatham next year.

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2BC Media is organizing auditions for the musical Vindredi on November 6 and 7. Producers are looking for six French-speaking comedians – five women and one man – for this hilarious musical wine tasting experience, a press release says.

Vindredi is based on the musical Winesday, written by local residents Joseph Benoit and Jenne Wason. The show was translated into French by Benoit.

Chatham resident Julie-Colette Wright-Charbonneau said she jumped at the chance to direct the musical.

“I love everything theater-related and because of the pandemic, I hadn’t been about to perform or do anything theatrically for almost two years,” she said. declared.

“I saw Winesday and I couldn’t stop laughing – and now being able to direct the first production in my native French is such a treat,” said Wright-Charbonneau. “I encourage everyone to audition because we’re going to have a blast!

Friday is described as “the grape’s escape from our crazy world”. It tells the story of five “women gorged with wine” who meet every Friday evening, the press release said. Theoretically, they get together for a book club or a yoga class, but in reality, they just want to drink wine and talk about their life.

The show is divided into four different ‘Friday’ stages, each accompanied by a wine tasting for the audience.

“What we really hope to create with (the show) is a romantic outing and the possibility of having French theater in the community,” said Wright-Charbonneau.

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No acting experience is necessary for those who wish to audition, but all actresses must sing and be able to play a strong acting role, and must appear to be between the ages of 30 and 55.

The male role will play and make an improvisational physical comedy and can be of any age from 20 years old. All actors must speak conversational French.

“We hope to have a diverse group of actors from across southwestern Ontario,” said Wright-Charbonneau.

Exact dates and location of performances to be determined based on plans for a safe reopening of Ontario

“We would really like a nice and intimate place,” said Wright-Charbonneau.

She added that the goal is to take the show on the road after Chatham’s performances.

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Hearing details

Auditions will take place at the Chatham-Kent La Girouette Community Center, 150 King Street West, Chatham, from November 6 to 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The actresses are invited to prepare a musical theater song. An attendant will be made available, as well as a Bluetooth speaker for those who would prefer to use a Karaoke track.

The actors will be invited to read excerpts from the show during their audition. Anyone who auditions must present proof of double vaccination upon entry. Audition times must be scheduled in advance in order to adhere to security protocols. Actors can schedule their time by [email protected] or by calling 519-350-2590.

Actors will be offered a small allowance per performance.

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