Helderberg Academy of Theatre

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I am so, so sad that can't make the show on Sunday 20th at 3pm. I have 4 tickets to sell.
Please DM me if you are interested!
So it’s official 2022, the year I turn 40… is the year 16 year old Christy makes all the decisions 🤣🙈

#soundofmusic #charlottesweb #theyearofthemusicals Helderberg Academy of Theatre Playhouse Theatre Somerset West
For the love of theatre! On stage and backstage - we love what we do! last three shows of Happy Days Are Here Again comings to you tonight, tomorrow and Friday night at the Playhouse Theatre Somerset West! #drag #makeup #theatre #backstage #create #communitytheatre
Great excitement! Looking forward to 22!
Such a pleasure to be working with this fun cast and crew on this powerful little musical review!

Let the music play!

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On to the next one! Opening tomorrow night!

Such a pleasure to work with Jon-Paul Ruschenbaum Bryoni Jean Currin Zanodean Cassiem Gretel Schulze-le Roux Matthew Martin and so many others...

The Greatest Show is such a wonderful expression of the passion for the theatre by our youth at Helderberg Academy of Theatre!
This is so exciting. Proud of you.

The Helderberg Academy of Theatre, based at the Playhouse Somerset West, focusses on classes in 3 as

Operating as usual

HAIRSPRAY 2023 | TRACY REVEAL 15/09/2022

HAIRSPRAY 2023 | TRACY REVEAL

Meet TRACY!!!! ➡️Casey Holmes⬅️

Thanks Rory at RMC Videographers for this video!!!!🍭🍬💙💞💙💞💙💞💙💞👩

HAIRSPRAY 2023 | TRACY REVEAL Casey had no idea her day would start with the cast and crew of Hairspray in her bedroom!Casey Holmes will be playing the role of TRACY TURNBLAD in Hairspray...

14/09/2022

*ONE WEEK TIL AUDITIONS*

*101 Dalmatians*

Based on the on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.
From the team who gave you Charlotte’s Web 2022, comes another fun-filled children’s classic. To be performed at the Playhouse Theatre for 10 performances after Easter 2023.
*THU 22 SEP* at The Playhouse Theatre
15:30 Juniors
16:30 Seniors
*SUN 25 SEP* at The Playhouse Theatre
12:30 Junior Call-Backs
13:00 Senior Call-Backs
13:45 Adults
*What to Prepare:*
> No preparation needed. You will be given lines to improvise or read.
> Accent ability and physicality are good to explore in the audition.
> If you can sing, please sing a short piece of a musical theatre song.
> More detail will be explored at a call-back if needed.
*ADULTS*
*Cruella De Vil*
​Cruella is the rich, fashion-forward antagonist of the story who harbors a penchant for puppy fur. Ruthless and impulsive, she should command the stage with dramatic flair and brassiness. Needs an actor who can sing – with a strong, authoritative presence – and who can move with a high, captivating energy.
Gender: *Female*
*Roger*
Roger, married to Anita, is the soft-spoken yet confident composer and owner of Pongo and Perdita. His relaxed form of leadership acts as a contrast to the frenetic Cruella. He needs to be a strong actor, singer, and mover with an adult bearing that sets him apart from the more immature puppies.
Gender: *Male*
*Anita*
Anita, wife of Roger, is a sweet and nurturing painter whose kind disposition acts as a stark contrast to Cruella's cruelty. As she has only a single line to sing, this role needs an actor with strong acting skills who is comfortable portraying an adult.
Gender: *Female*
*Nanny*
Nanny is the warm yet outspoken housekeeper to Roger and Anita. This is a small role that requires a strong speaking voice (no singing required).
Gender: *Female*
*Police Officer*
The Police Officer that arrests the villains. Needs a comedic actor who can convey a no-nonsense attitude.
Gender: *Any*
*Dogcatcher*
This role is gender neutral, and needs an actor who can excel at creating a few moments of physical comedy with Cruella.
​Gender: *Any*
*TEENS*
*Horace and Jasper*
​Horace and Jasper, Cruella’s two henchmen for hire, provide the show’s comic relief à la Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy. Though they sing together often, need actors with strong comedic timing who can excel at physical comedy. While not necessary, these two can speak with Cockney accents.
Gender: *Male or Female*
*Perdita and Pongo*
Perdita and Pongo, the puppies’ parents, have similar dispositions to their owners, Roger and Anita. These roles do not require solo singing, but need actors capable of projecting a more mature presence than their pups.
Gender: *Any*
*Grumpy Cat*
Grumpy Cat is the army cat that rallies the Dogs of London to rescue the puppies. This role is gender neutral – but a performer with a strong voice that can project an authoritative air.
Gender: *Any*
*Boxer Narrator, Scottie Narrator, Poodle Narrator, and Chihuahua Narrator*
Boxer Narrator, Scottie Narrator, Poodle Narrator, and Chihuahua Narrator help to tell the story and are part of the "Dogs of London" ensemble (see above). Because the clarity of the plot relies on them, performers need excellent diction and projection.
Gender: *Any*
*Dogs of London AND Reporters*
The Dogs of London include the Boxers, Scotties, Poodles, and Chihuahuas that assist Perdita and Pongo in saving their puppies. All should be comfortable embodying the physical movement of their particular breed. Within the ensemble numbers, there are some opportunities for solos, pairs, or small groups.
Gender: *Any*
*​JUNIORS*
*Lucky, Patch, Penny, and Pepper*
Perdita and Pongo’s funny and spirited pups.
Gender: *Any*
*Freckles and Spotty*
Freckles and Spotty, two Dalmatian puppies stolen by Cruella.
Gender: *Any*
*Other Puppies*
Dognapped by Cruella, these Dalmatian pups can be double-cast.
Gender: *Any*

11/09/2022

Great roles up for grabs at AUDITIONS today! Show up and show off from 6PM!

Be part of the magic created by HAT! Production number 5!

Photos from Helderberg Academy of Theatre's post 10/09/2022

AUDITIONS ARE TOMORROW⭐⭐

SPREAD THE WORD! From an ensemble of all dancing students and council members to Traacy to THE Motormouth Maybelle... HAIRSPRAY seeks and diverse and energetic cast!

See you tomorroe at 6pm!⭐

08/09/2022

Can you be an evil mom? VELMA is the part for a sassy 28 - 50 year old woman!

Auditions SUNDAY!

08/09/2022

See you on Sunday!

07/09/2022

*AUDITIONS*

*101 Dalmatians*

Based on the on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.

From the team who gave you Charlotte’s Web 2022, comes another fun-filled children’s classic. To be performed at the Playhouse Theatre for 10 performances after Easter 2023.

*THU 22 SEP* at The Playhouse Theatre
15:30 Juniors
16:30 Seniors

*SUN 25 SEP* at The Playhouse Theatre
12:30 Junior Call-Backs
13:00 Senior Call-Backs
13:45 Adults

*What to Prepare:*
> No preparation needed. You will be given lines to improvise or read.
> Accent ability and physicality are good to explore in the audition.
> If you can sing, please sing a short piece of a musical theatre song.
> More detail will be explored at a call-back if needed.

*ADULTS*

*Cruella De Vil*
​Cruella is the rich, fashion-forward antagonist of the story who harbors a penchant for puppy fur. Ruthless and impulsive, she should command the stage with dramatic flair and brassiness. Needs an actor who can sing – with a strong, authoritative presence – and who can move with a high, captivating energy.
Gender: *Female*

*Roger*
Roger, married to Anita, is the soft-spoken yet confident composer and owner of Pongo and Perdita. His relaxed form of leadership acts as a contrast to the frenetic Cruella. He needs to be a strong actor, singer, and mover with an adult bearing that sets him apart from the more immature puppies.
Gender: *Male*

*Anita*
Anita, wife of Roger, is a sweet and nurturing painter whose kind disposition acts as a stark contrast to Cruella's cruelty. As she has only a single line to sing, this role needs an actor with strong acting skills who is comfortable portraying an adult.
Gender: *Female*

*Nanny*
Nanny is the warm yet outspoken housekeeper to Roger and Anita. This is a small role that requires a strong speaking voice (no singing required).
Gender: *Female*

*Police Officer*
The Police Officer that arrests the villains. Needs a comedic actor who can convey a no-nonsense attitude.
Gender: *Any*

*Dogcatcher*
This role is gender neutral, and needs an actor who can excel at creating a few moments of physical comedy with Cruella.
​Gender: *Any*

*TEENS*

*Horace and Jasper*
​Horace and Jasper, Cruella’s two henchmen for hire, provide the show’s comic relief à la Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy. Though they sing together often, need actors with strong comedic timing who can excel at physical comedy. While not necessary, these two can speak with Cockney accents.
Gender: *Male or Female*

*Perdita and Pongo*
Perdita and Pongo, the puppies’ parents, have similar dispositions to their owners, Roger and Anita. These roles do not require solo singing, but need actors capable of projecting a more mature presence than their pups.
Gender: *Any*

*Grumpy Cat*
Grumpy Cat is the army cat that rallies the Dogs of London to rescue the puppies. This role is gender neutral – but a performer with a strong voice that can project an authoritative air.
Gender: *Any*

*Boxer Narrator, Scottie Narrator, Poodle Narrator, and Chihuahua Narrator*
Boxer Narrator, Scottie Narrator, Poodle Narrator, and Chihuahua Narrator help to tell the story and are part of the "Dogs of London" ensemble (see above). Because the clarity of the plot relies on them, performers need excellent diction and projection.
Gender: *Any*

*Dogs of London AND Reporters*
The Dogs of London include the Boxers, Scotties, Poodles, and Chihuahuas that assist Perdita and Pongo in saving their puppies. All should be comfortable embodying the physical movement of their particular breed. Within the ensemble numbers, there are some opportunities for solos, pairs, or small groups.
Gender: *Any*

*​JUNIORS*

*Lucky, Patch, Penny, and Pepper*
Perdita and Pongo’s funny and spirited pups.
Gender: *Any*

*Freckles and Spotty*
Freckles and Spotty, two Dalmatian puppies stolen by Cruella.
Gender: *Any*

*Other Puppies*
Dognapped by Cruella, these Dalmatian pups can be double-cast.
Gender: *Any*

06/09/2022

Could you be AMBER VON TUSSEL?

See you at 19.45 on Sunday to give it a try to join the cast of HAIRSPRAY with shows set for MARCH 2023!

Photos from Helderberg Academy of Theatre's post 04/09/2022

ONE WEEK TIL AUDITIONS

Are your ready for Hairspray? Little Inez is one of the power parts up for grabs!!! Be there! Playhouse Theatre Somerset West

Photos from Helderberg Academy of Theatre's post 02/09/2022

Looking for LINK LARKIN!!!

HEART THROB of the musical Hairspray to be staged by HAT in March 2023!!!! Bring on the smoulder and sing 'It Takes Two!'

Auditions 11 September!

Photos from Helderberg Academy of Theatre's post 30/08/2022

Searching for THE DYNAMITES to play in HAIRSPRAY!!! These sassy singing queens also play part in the ensemble!

See you 11 September for Auditions! More info in the audition post! Check out our instagram too!

📷ha_theatre

28/08/2022

Searching for CORNY COLLINS! Hairspray The Musical!

11 September 2022 at the Playhouse Theatre Somerset West ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

26/08/2022

See you then!!!

Photos from Helderberg Academy of Theatre's post 24/08/2022

HAIRSPRAY AUDITIONS!

The 'Female Authority Figure' is a really fun role to play! Join us for Auditions on 11 September!

15/08/2022

20 years ago today Broadway couldn't stop the beat as Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre 🎶

14/08/2022

HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL AUDITIONS

A Helderberg Academy of Theatre Production
Directed by Darryl Spijkers
Show dates: 24 March – 02 April 2023
Rehearsals begin in October 2022

AUDITIONS
The Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West
SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER – show up and show off
18.00 Council Members, Students, Dynamites, Lil Inez, Seaweed
19.15 Tracy and Penny
19.45 Edna, Wilbur, Corny, Amber, Velma, Link, Motormouth, Male Authority Figure, Female Authority Figure

Learn the prescribed song. A dance will be taught. Reading short lines in a USA accent will be required.

For more info please contact [email protected]

Available Roles
Tracy Turnblad ‐ A pleasantly plump teenager with a big heart who has dreams of being a dancing star … as soon as she's out of detention for her big hair. Tracy isn’t afraid to be herself and stand up for what she believes in. She must be friendly, relentless, and goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable personality and love to sing and dance. (Mezzo‐Belt)
Prepare: Good Morning Baltimore

Edna Turnblad ‐ Tracy’s kind, plus‐sized mother; runs a laundry business out of her home but hasn't been out in a while. Played by Harvey Fierstein on Broadway, and John Travolta in the movie, this drag role requires a strong comic male performer who is ready for his inner woman to take the spotlight Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman, she is all woman! Just, you know, with a distinctive voice. (Tenor)
Prepare: You’re Timeless To Me

Wilbur Turnblad ‐ Tracy’s goofy father, who owns the Har‐De‐Har Hut joke shop and is still madly in love with his wife, Edna. He encourages Tracy to follow her dreams. (Baritone)
Prepare: You’re Timeless to Me

Corny Collins ‐ the exciting, confident dancing and singing host of his own TV dance show (think American Bandstand at its inception). Corny is in favor of Tracy and racial integration. (Tenor)
Prepare: It’s Hairspray!

Penny Pingleton ‐ Tracy's slightly dorky, but lovable best friend who is often by her side (when not grounded for life by her mother, Prudy). Falls head over heels for Seaweed. (Belt)
Prepare: Without Love

Amber von Tussle ‐ bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show. Her mother's daughter through and through, she is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Council Member. (Belt)
Prepare: Cooties

Velma von Tussle – Amber's slim and attractive but overbearing mother who pushes her daughter to seek stardom. Velma is the scheming producer of The Corny Collins Show who tries to steer it in the “white” direction. Her sensitivities are offended at the very sight of Tracy. A great villainess role. (Belt)
Prepare: Miss Baltimore Crabs

Link Larkin ‐ Teenage heartthrob, aspiring young Elvis, and male lead dancer on The Corny Collins Show. Falls in love with Tracy (Amber is soooo jealous!). Council Member. (Crooning Baritone)
Prepare: It Takes Two

Seaweed J. Stubbs ‐ Motormouth Maybelle’s son and a talented dancer on The Corny Collins Show, but only allowed on “Negro Day.” Ends up in detention with Tracy. Falls in love with Penny. (Tenor)
Prepare: Run and Tell That

Motormouth Maybelle ‐ the sassy Corny Collins “Negro Day” DJ. Owner of a record store and mother to Seaweed and Little Inez. Plus‐sized, she helps Edna find pride in herself. (Soulful Alto)
Prepare: I Know Where I’ve Been

Little Inez – Seaweed's little sister and just as talented a dancer. Tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black by Velma. (Belt)
Prepare: Run and tell That

The Dynamites ‐ Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna – Talented black vocal trio a la The Supremes.
Prepare: Welcome to the 60s (Dynamite section)

Council Members ‐ Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann – Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show.
Prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat

Other Students ‐ Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad – Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth, Maybelle's record shop.
Prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat

Female Authority Figure – The roles of Prudy Pingleton (Penny's uptight mother), the sadistic gym teacher, and the prison matron are often played by one cameo performer.
Prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat

Male Authority Figure – The roles of Harriman F. Spritzer (President of Ultra Clutch cosmetics, Corny Collins show sponsor), the high‐blood pressure principal, and Mr. Pinky (owner of a plus‐sized dress shop) are often played by one cameo performer.
Prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat

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