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Carmen (boys only)


Male Juvenile Dancers: Carmen (Sydney)

Opera Australia is seeking four male juvenile dancers to perform in Opera Australia’s revival production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2020 Sydney Summer Season.

Carmen is a revival of an Opera Australia production originally directed by John Bell, with choreography by Kelley Abbey. It is a large scale production set in Cuba and requires four male juvenile dancers with strong trickster/break dance moves.

All children cast in the production will perform in all shows.

This production will be performed at the Sydney Opera House from Saturday 11 January 2020 to Thursday 26 March 2020. Casual contracts will be offered to Sydney-based children with rehearsals commencing from Monday 16 December 2019.

Roles and casting criteria

Age range: between 9 and 14 years old                                          

Height: up to 160cm

Dancers must be able to demonstrate strong trickster/break dance moves.

Please note Carmen contains occasional references to smoking/a cigarette factory. These will be managed in accordance with current child employment and health and safety legislation and any ‘cigarettes’ used will be props only.

Pay and terms

Juvenile dancers are performers at or under 15 years of age. Pay rates of Juvenile Dancers are in accordance with the Opera Australia Enterprise Agreement. Rehearsal rates range between $20.13 - $24.61/ hour for children under 15 years of age (minimum 3 hour call). Performance rates range between $105.74 to $129.24 per performance for children under 15 years of age (minimum 4 hour call).

Children must be given permission by their school to participate. Children must be Sydney-based for the duration of the season.

Submissions are invited from Agents and individuals. To apply, please complete the online application form.

You will be required to upload the following materials:
1. CV/resume
2. Headshot
3. Full-length body shot

Boys that are successful in their application will be contacted for more information, and may be invited to attend an audition in Sydney in late November 2019.

Schedule

A one-hour wardrobe fitting will be arranged for all children to attend prior to rehearsals commencing. This time is paid at a minimum 1 hour call and will be included in your first full pay.

Studio rehearsals will commence from Monday 16 December at The Opera Centre, Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. Stage Rehearsals will take place from Monday 30 December in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House. A detailed stage rehearsal schedule will be available prior to commencement.

Children must be available to attend morning, afternoon and/or evening calls if scheduled, on any day (except Sundays) over the period Monday 16 December 2019 to Friday 10 January 2020. A detailed studio & stage rehearsal schedule will be available prior to commencement.

Performances will take place in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House. There are 23 performances in total, with the first performance on Wednesday 11 January 2020.

 

Call

Weekday

Date

Time

Venue

Performance #1

Saturday

11/01/2020

6:30pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #2

Thursday

16/01/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #3

Saturday

18/01/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #4

Monday

20/01/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #5

Wednesday

22/01/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #6 (matinee)

Saturday

25/01/2020

12:15pm – 4:15pm

SOH

Performance #7

Friday

31/01/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #8

Friday

07/02/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #9

Wednesday

12/02/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #10

Saturday

15/02/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #11

Tuesday

18/02/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #12

Saturday

22/02/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #13

Monday

24/02/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #14

Friday

28/02/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #15

Wednesday

04/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #16

Saturday

07/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #17

Tuesday

10/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #18

Friday

13/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #19

Monday

16/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #20

Wednesday

18/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #21

Friday

20/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #22

Monday

23/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Performance #23 (final)

Thursday

26/03/2020

6:45pm – 10:45pm

SOH

Applications close on Wednesday 20 November 2019.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The brief says 10 to 14 years. My child is 6 and a good singer. Can they audition?
No, not yet. Generally, if we’ve specified an age range, the production will contain staging that requires a certain level of maturity mentally, emotionally and physically as well as vocally. Children may need to be responsible for timing their own actions onstage and understanding how to interact with other performers in fast-moving crowd scenes.

My child is taller than the height limit listed. Can they audition?
If the difference is only 1-2 centimetres, yes — more than this would be too tall.

My child doesn’t have an agent. Is that ok?
Yes – quite a lot of our child singers aren’t professionally represented.

My child wants to sing their audition piece unaccompanied. Is this all right?
Only as a last resort. We ask children to sing with piano accompaniment so that we can assess their rhythm and pitch sense, as well as their ability to work with other musicians.

My child is nervous about the audition. Should I cancel?
If the nerves are fairly minor, please reassure your child that we understand, it’s normal, and that we’re very friendly and happy to see them. If your child is very worried, it may be best for them to wait until the next audition call – it may be a sign that they don’t feel ready to perform in front of strangers

What music should my child sing at the audition?
Ideally, your child should learn a piece that is either classical in style (simple artsong, Arie Antiche or folk song settings are good examples), or traditional music theatre written for children (think Oliver, Les Mis, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins). It should be about 1-2 minutes long and show off the middle and higher part of their voice. 

We ask that children don’t perform r’n’b, hiphop, rock, pop or music theatre pieces written for adults that require belting. Similarly, operatic pieces written for adults may not be suitable. The point of hiring children to sing in our productions is that children’s voices provide an extra texture amongst the sounds of the adult singers and the orchestra. Music that your child can sing confidently and that allows them to sound child-like will give us the best chance of assessing their voice.

What does ‘Boys should still be trebles’ mean?
Boys should still be singing in their unchanged ‘soprano’ voice – range approximately A below middle C to F or G an octave and a half higher. This range may vary slightly depending on the opera. We currently have no work for boys whose voices have changed to their adult pitch.

What should my child wear to the audition?
Anything neat that they feel comfortable in – unless they are very confident, it’s usually best to leave the new pair of shoes at home and wear something familiar that won’t distract them. 

What should my child expect during the audition?
You and your child will be met by a staff member who will note that you are present and then ask you to take a seat. Just before your child is due to audition, they will be asked to join a small group of children waiting outside the audition room – they should bring their music for the pianist plus any other material they want to give us (eg. Resume) at this point.

Your child will be called in to the audition room by another staff member. Auditions are private and usually take place in front of the Assistant Chorus Master and another staff member, plus the pianist. They will be asked to give their music to the pianist and discuss any requests about tempo, introduction and repeats, and will then be shown where to stand. We will ask them their name and the name of the piece of music that they plan to sing, and they can then start their performance as soon as they feel ready.

We will usually hear the whole audition piece, unless we need to work quickly and the piece is longer – we will usually explain to the child that we may stop them, and the reason. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t interested, as we will always listen for as long as we need to make our minds up.

If your child makes a mistake, starts in the wrong place or forgets their words, we will give them as much opportunity as we can to try again. Our pianists are experienced accompanists and know that their job is to make the singer sound good – they will do their best to accommodate any mistakes as they happen.

After your child has finished singing, we may ask them a question or two, we will show them out, and then they can go – the whole audition will take about 5 minutes.

When will I know whether my child will be offered a place?
We try to make sure that everyone knows whether they are being offered a place, whether they are on a waiting list, or whether they have been unsuccessful within approximately a week of the audition date, depending on the number of shows and children auditioned. If your child applied through their agent, we will pass on results to the agent.

My child is unable to audition on the day/s listed. Can they come on another day?
Usually, no – as we are a repertory company, we have to fit audition dates in around rehearsals and performances for other productions, which often means flying in from other states. We will do our best to accommodate requests for specific times on the listed date, as long as they are made at the time of application.

Does my child have to attend all the calls listed?
Yes. We may make exceptions for school commitments such as exams or other assessments.

Can my child be in more than one production at once?
No. Currently the child employment legislation won’t allow the amount of time needed to fulfil multiple engagements. If your child has other employment (or the prospect of other employment) at the time of audition, please make sure to let us know.

Do the children in the chorus get paid?
Yes. Please see the current rates above.

Who looks after my child while they are rehearsing or performing?
We employ professional, Working With Children checked chaperones to look after the children at all rehearsals and performances. If there are two rehearsals in one day, we will look after the children in between calls as well. 

The exception is your child’s wardrobe fitting call. Wardrobe staff will call you to arrange a time when you can attend with your child — you must ensure to be present to supervise them for approximately 30 minutes while they try on their costume and alterations are arranged.

My child has allergies or other health issues. Will this be a problem?
Usually, no – we have protocols in place to deal with anaphylaxis and can usually accommodate skin allergies, mild ADHD, asthma and various dietary sensitivities. Please make sure to discuss any chronic health issues with us well beforehand so we can make arrangements.

Children who develop short term contagious illnesses (colds, flu, gastro etc) will need to be either kept at home or taken home if we contact you. We have procedures in place for reporting of absence due to illness, so we can manage this on a case by case basis.

Which performances will my child sing in?
If your child is engaged as a member of a chorus, they will sing every performance. If there are many performances on consecutive nights, your child may alternate nights — this will be indicated in audition brief material.

Will my child need to miss any school?
If the production is scheduled to rehearse during term time, your child may need to miss some school. We try our best to keep rehearsals during school hours to a minimum, and your child’s absence from school must be approved by you, your child’s school Principal, and the Office of the Children’s Guardian before it can take place.