Auditions for Clover Showtime Awards Revue shortly

; Siobhan Day will direct the Clover Showtime 2018 Revue, Let the Good Times Roll, for the first time as well as choreographing the show in the Pemads Little Theatre in January.Photo:SUPPLIED
; Siobhan Day will direct the Clover Showtime 2018 Revue, Let the Good Times Roll, for the first time as well as choreographing the show in the Pemads Little Theatre in January.Photo:SUPPLIED

AUDITIONS for the 2018 edition of Nelson Mandela Bay’s top family song and dance show of the year, the 28th annual Clover Showtime Awards young talent development revue will take place at Charlo Primary School during August.

On Saturday, August 12, starting at 1.30pm, singers and actors will be auditioned while, on Sunday, August 13 from 2.30pm, they will return, together with specialist dancers (tap dancers should bring tap shoes), for the movement and dance tryouts.

The show Let the Good Times Roll will run, in collaboration with the PE Musical and Dramatic Society, in the Little Theatre from January 22-27, next year, with all performances in theatre seating style.

The Junior Clover Awards Ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, January 23 for high and primary school productions and the main awards on Friday, January 26, both at 7pm.

Rehearsals will start in early October, concurrent with the week of the school holidays and continue over all subsequent Saturday mornings and weekend afternoons, until December 2 and 3, and then cease for resumption on Tuesday, January 2, next year.

As with all its predecessors, this revue has been devised and written - in yet another distinctive style, by executive producer Bob Eveleigh, who created the Showtime concept 27 years ago while arts editor of the Evening and Weekend Post, who is once more joined by the same production team as 2017’s A Grand Night for Singing, Marlene Pieterse, Wayne Hughes and Siobhan Day.

But there will be one major change this year with Siobhan, who staged the dance numbers last year, taking over as both director (in her adult theatre debut) and choreographer of all the song numbers and dance and company routines, except for tap, which will be staged by Simone Buchner of Ellen Bunting Dance Studio.

Marlene will be mentoring Siobhan, as she did in 2016 with Marelize Barnard handling Pansa Eastern Cape’s Bat Boy, while Wayne is again the musical and vocal director on his sixth Clover Showtime revue outing, with Lance Bright and Rocky Mann once more functioning as technical consultants.

The team will be seeking a fully multicultural core cast of 12 performers – eight females and four males – essentially within the usual Showtime development ages of 14 (turning 15 before January 27) to 22 years, with as many all-rounders (singers/actors/dancers) as possible included, plus a dance troupe of six girls, who also will be required to sing in ensemble numbers in the show.

They will again be supported by a group of ten pupils from Charlo Primary School, who will not, however, be selected at these auditions but separately at school by Wayne Hughes.

The musical score and comedy will salute the 1950s, a decade that has come to be known as the brightest in US showbiz history, including numbers made famous by such stars as Teresa Brewer, Patti Page, Doris Day Julie London, Connie Francis and many others, while the males include Pat Boone, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Junior, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

The Broadway and Hollywood hits to be saluted include Singin’ in the Rain, The Bandwagon, My Fair Lady, The Pajama Game, West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie, a 1960s Great White Way success that will also be featured.

The period also saw the initial birth of rock ‘n roll by such stars as Bill Haley and his Comets, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Presley and Boone and also featured the start of Frank Sinatra’s amazing second rise to fame, while the comedy gems come from the one-liners of the likes of ‘50s headliners Bob Hope, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Junior, Groucho Marx and Phyllis Diller.

For the auditions singers, who may bring their own backing tracks or perform with their own accompanists (or sing a cappella), should also particularly acquaint themselves – most easily via Youtube – with the songs of the decade but will all be taught one of these at the tryouts.

For more information about the auditions or any aspect of Clover Showtime 2018: Let the Good Times Roll email Bob Eveleigh at beveleigh@centrestage.co.za.or call him (all hours) on 083 452 7556.

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