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Bainbridge Performing Arts

  • Bainbridge Performing Arts
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Project Begins: Aug 12, 2017
  • Project Ends: Oct 12, 2017
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  • Contact Person: Deirdre Hadlock
  • Primary Phone: 206.842.4560
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  • Mailing Address:

    200 Madison Avenue North
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Submission instructions:
    Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email to schedule an audition.

BPA is thrilled to announce auditions for the opening show of our 2017 – 2018 Season, the Seattle-area premiere of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL. Run dates are October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview October 12. Includes roles for 20-30 actors, singers, dancers, and drag queens, ages 18 and up, plus one 8-11-year-old boy.


Other details:
BPA’s team of theatre professionals works with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional quality, enthusiastically-supported, and well-attended shows in our 245-seat facility on Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge is a beautiful 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, and the theater is a short walk from the dock. BPA provides walk-on ferry passes for Seattle cast members for all rehearsals and performances.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
BERNADETTE – 40s-50s Transgender female or Cis-gender Female. Outstanding acting, dance, singing (range adaptable) and lip-synching ability essential. A quietly dignified transsexual who must be convincing as an older woman who was once the star performer of ‘Les Girls’. The mother of the group, Bernadette is glamorous, oozing Old Hollywood charm with rapier wit and sensitivity. Must be able to be convincing and touching in her attraction and growing relationship with Bob.
MITZI/ TICK – 30s to early 40s male. Outstanding acting, dance, singing (baritone – tenor) and lip-synching ability essential. With an unremarkable and essentially straight exterior, Tick is a discontented drag queen, the best in the business. Estranged husband of Marion and absent father to 8-year-old Benjamin, his journey from disillusionment to fulfillment through being reunited with his son is the central core of the story.
FELICIA/ ADAM –20s to 30s male. Very well maintained physical features with outstanding character acting, dance, singing (tenor) and lip-synching ability essential. A flashy, young drag queen and born performer with a more than occasional bitchy streak. Provocative and outspoken he has a tendency to get himself into trouble with both friends and complete strangers.
THE DIVAS – 20s-40s females. Sassy and strong, these women lead us through some of the greatest hits of the last decades. Strong vocalists in the disco-belt style a must. Will also be part of the female ensemble
BOB – late 40s-early 60s male. Strong acting ability. A mechanic. Typical laconic attitude, soft hearted Aussie bloke who spent years wandering around the world only to find he was better off where he started. Has a fascination with Bernadette whom he saw perform in ‘Les Girls’ in Sydney more than twenty years ago.
SHIRLEY – 40s-50s female. Hardened outback bar tender/waitress. Good ironic comedy. Character acting, dance and strong singing ability – solo and ensemble pieces.
MARION – 30s-early 40s female. A hotel Entertainment Manager in Darwin, mother of 8 year Benjamin and estranged wife of Tick (Mitzi). A strong, direct and forthright woman who takes charge, but is incredibly accepting of her role as a single mother. There is a deep unconventional affection between her and Tick. Strong singing and acting. Will also be part of the female ensemble
CYNTHIA – 20s-early 30s Asian/Eurasian female. Bob’s feisty Filipino wife. A frustrated performer of obscure ‘stage tricks’ which make her very popular at the local pub. She spends her days as a housewife looking after Bob and his home. Character acting, dance and singing ability essential.
MISS UNDERSTANDING – 20s-30s male. A fabulous drag queen with great comic hosting ability.
FRANK – late 20s-mid 30s male. Tough miner bloke with violent tendencies. A hardened resident of mining town Coober Pedy. Tall, strapping and very outback Australian. Character acting, dance and singing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene.
JIMMY- 20s-30s male. Friendly indigenous Australian bloke whom the queens run into in the desert; innocent charm and great movement skills; any traditional dance a huge plus; character acting, singing and dancing ability. Will be part of the ensemble.
YOUNG BERNADETTE/ FARRAH- 20s-30s male. Young Bernadette: the epitome of grace and glamour,gender illusion rather than drag, 'Les Girls' at its most alluring. Farrah: young, beautiful and sassy drag queen. Character acting, singing and dancing ability. Will be part of the ensemble.
BENJI – 8-11 year-old boy. The cute son of Tick and his estranged wife, Marion. Marion has raised Benji to be a sweet and open minded young boy who is supportive of his Father’s lifestyle. Although Tick has not seen him for many years their reunion is pivotal and endearing.
MALE ENSEMBLE - Males, 18 – 40s.
Excellent dancers who sing well. All play a variety of ensemble characters. Any drag experience a plus. Will speak with Australian accents. (Various vocal types.)
FEMALE ENSEMBLE - Females, 18 - 40s.
Spectacular singers who dance well. Will play a variety of ensemble characters. Will speak with Australian accents. (Various vocal types.)

Audition/Interview Dates:
Saturday, May 13 @ 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. & Tuesday, May 16 @ 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

Audition Requirements:
Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a disco or 80’s pop song that shows range and individual character. An accompanist will be provided but you must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder. Please – no outside accompanists or acapella singing. All roles are open to audition.