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Information about auditions in other Victorian amateur theatres can be found at The Victorian Drama League site

Audition Notice

SUITE SURRENDER by Michael McKeever
Directed by
Bob Bramble


It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel – assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance…that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.


Characters Summary: 5W, 4M

Characters Description:

Murphy - 20s – 30s. Athena’s personal secretary. Efficient, overworked but hopelessly romantic. Pippet - 20s - 30s. Claudia’s personal secretary. Efficient, overworked and stressed out.

Dora - 40s – 50s. Renowned Gossip Columnist. Determined, devious and will do anything for a scoop.

Mrs Osgood - 40s - 50s. Society Matron, President of The Palm Beach Ladies for Unity. Staunch supporter of the military and will do everything to give them great R & R.

Francis - 20s – 30s. Bellhop. Has self-esteem issues, but very romantic.

Otis - 20s – 30s. Bellhop. Efficient but flustered at times.

Precast Characters:
Please note that the roles of Claudia, Athena and Dunlap have been pre-cast.


Season 2 Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre

Performance dates: 27 Jun 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

• Sun 10th Mar 2024 at 2:30pm
• Mon 11th Mar 2024 at 7pm


Audition Venue Name: Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre

Audition Venue: Address: 39-41 Castella Street, Lilydale, 3140

Audition Enquiries Contact: Bob Bramble, Director -

Audition Notice


Book by Allen Knee  |  Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein  |  Music by Jason Howland

Director – Alan Burrows | | 0412 077 761
Musical Director – Adam Bianco
Choreographer – Susan Lewis




Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. The Civil War is in full swing, and the March sisters - Meg, the oldest, a romantic; the spirited and tomboyish Jo; sweet and loving Beth; and irascible, playful Amy - live in Concord, Massachusetts with their Marmee while their father is on the battlefield.

Filled with adventure (both lived and imagined), heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, their struggle to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America.

Audition Venue Name: Malvern Theatre

Audition Venue Address: 29 Burke Rd, Malvern East, VIC, 3145

Audition Date(s):

1. Sunday 5 May 2024 7:00pm

2. Monday 6 May 2024 7:30pm

3. Tuesday 7 May 2024 7:30pm

Callbacks Sunday 12 May 7:00pm

Please note: Little Women is a joint production with The Malvern Theatre Company, who will stage this same production 23 August – 7 September. The Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company will stage this same production November 14 – 30. Successful auditionees will be required to commit to both seasons.

All characters will be required to have a standard American accent.


Josephine “Jo” March: Playing age: 15-22 (character ages through the show). Lead. A Star Vehicle role. Jo barely leaves the stage. Range: E3-A5, Belt to E5. Mezzo Belt (or strong mix). Dance Requirement: Some movement.


Theodore “Laurie” Laurence: Playing age: 15-22 (ages through the show). Supporting Character. Doubles as Roderigo I. Range: Bb2-Bb4 (A youthful, contemporary high Tenor). Dance Requirement: Some movement.


Margaret “Meg” March: Playing age: 16-23. Supporting Character. Doubles as Clarissa. Range: Bb3-B5 (Legit Soprano). Dance Requirement: Some movement.


Elizabeth “Beth” March: Playing age: 13-21 (character ages through the show). Supporting Character. Doubles as Roderigo II. Range: A3-G5 (Mix Soprano). Dance Requirement: Some movement.


Amelia “Amy” Curtis March: Playing age: 12-20. Supporting Character. Doubles as Troll. Range: G3-G5 (Bright, Soprano or Mezzo). Dance Requirement: Some movement.


Marmee March: Playing age: ~42-50 (Flexible). Supporting Character. Doubles as Hag. Range:D3-E5 (a warm Mezzo or Alto). Dance Requirement: A little movement (one number).


Aunt March: Playing Age: ~65-73 (Flexible). Supporting Character. Doubles as Mrs. Kirk. Range: D3-E5 (Character Mezzo or Alto). Dance Requirement: Optional (Possible in “Could You”).


Mr. John Brooke: Playing age: 20-28 (Flexible, no age is given in the story). Supporting Character. Doubles as Braxton. Range: C#3-Gb4 (A darker tenor than Laurie, but still lighter than Prof. Bhaer). Dance Requirement: None


Grandfather Laurence: Playing age: ~65-73 (Flexible). Supporting Character. Doubles as The Knight. Range: C#3-D4 (Gruff Character Baritone or Tenor with a strong lower extension). Dance Requirement: Optional (possible in “Off to Massachusetts”).

Precast Characters: Professor Friedrich “Fritz” Bhaer

Little Women is a joint production with The Malvern Theatre Company, who will stage this same production 23 August – 7 September. The Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company will stage this same production November 14 – 30. Successful auditionees will be required to commit to both seasons.

It is necessary that you are familiar with the play and should know it well enough to be able to describe the “story” and briefly discuss the essence of the play. A copy of the script is available from the director.

Auditions are strictly by appointment and auditionees are asked to prepare two contrasting songs, suitable for the character for which they are auditioning. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. There will also be a short reading from the script and an opportunity to demonstrate simple movement. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to your audition.

Successful cast members MUST BE available for rehearsals and all production dates. Rehearsals will most likely be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Thursday evenings from 7:30pm – 10:30pm and Sunday afternoons. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided. Rehearsals will commence the first week of June.


Please check you are available for all performance dates before booking your audition time. Please also inform the Director at your audition, if there is a possibility of you taking on professional acting work that may conflict with rehearsal and performance dates.

You will be required to submit a resume and headshot prior to the audition via Malvern Theatre’s online audition form which will be sent out via email.


If you are successful, you will be required to become a member of the Malvern Theatre Company, if you are not already and abide by our Association Rules & Policies.

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