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Priscilla Queen of the Desert


Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of.

With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including “It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!


Book by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Connecticut Theatre Company
In association with NULLABAR PRODUCTIONS
And in association with MGM ON STAGE

Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen “Spud” Murphy
Developed for the Stage and Originally Directed by Simon Phillips

The original motion picture was written and directed by Stephan Elliot, produced by Al Clark and Michael Hamlyn, executive producer Rebel Penfold-Russell and was financed with the assistance of the Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited and the New South Wales Film and Television Office

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10036. (866) 378-9758 www.theatricalrights.com

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Dates & Times


Show Date Show Time
Friday, July 7th, 2017 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 8th, 2017 7:00 PM
Friday, July 14th, 2017 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 15th, 2017 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 2:00 PM
Friday, July 21st, 2017 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 2:00 PM

What: Open auditions for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, by Stephen Elliot & Allan Scott, directed by Duane Campbell, at Connecticut Theatre Company

When: 4/22/17 & 4/23/17 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Repertory Theatre | 23 Norden Street | New Britain, CT 06051

Run Dates: 7/7/17-7/23/17

Audition Preparation: All roles are open. Looking for a very diverse cast. Actors will be seen in order of arrival. Prepare 16-32 bars of an uptempo pop/rock song. Please bring sheet music in your key, your resume and a headshot if you have one. An accompanist will be provided. All must sing first and, if appropriate, will be asked to attend a dance call each evening. A call back audition, if needed, will be held on Tuesday April 25th, 7:30 to 9:30pm. Those auditioners who the director wishes to see further will be invited to the call back audition. If you have any questions, please email the director at dcampbell@connecticuttheatrecompany.org.

Character Breakdown:

Bernadette Male, 40-59; outstanding straight acting, dance, singing (range adaptable) and lip-synching ability essential; quietly dignified transsexual who must be convincing as an older woman who was once the star performer of ‘Les Girls’; mother of the group; 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; played in film by Terence Stamp.

Mitzi/Tick: Male, 30-40; 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 eight-year-old Benji, his journey from disillusionment to fulfillment through being reunited with his son is the central core of the story; outstanding acting, singing (baritone/tenor), and dancing ability; speaks with an Australian accent.

Felicia/Adam: Male, 20-30; a flashy, sexy 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; very well-maintained physical features (which he loves to show off); outstanding acting, singing (tenor), dancing, and lip-synching ability; speaks with an Australian accent.

The Divas: 3 Females, 20s-30s; Sassy and strong, these women lead us through some of the greatest hits of the last decades. All shapes and sizes welcome – but brilliant vocalists in the disco-belt style a must. Will also be part of the female ensemble.

Bob: Male, 40-60; Strong acting ability with one song. 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: Female, 40-50; Hardened outback bar tender/waitress. Good ironic comedy. Character acting, dance and strong singing ability – solo and ensemble pieces.

Marion: Female, 30-40; 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 be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

Cynthia: Female, 20-30; 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. Please note: Anyone auditioning for this role should look at the scene in the film involving Cynthia’s performance in the bar involving ping pong balls, where the role and costuming will be at its most raunchy.

Miss Understanding: Female, 20-30; A fabulous drag queen with great comic hosting ability. Sets up the tone of the show for us – must be able to work a crowd well, and look brilliant in drag. Ability to deliver Tina Turner numbers convincingly a must. Character acting, dance and singing ability, mostly all ensemble pieces with one key scene.

Frank: Male, 20-30; 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.

Benji: Male, 10-14; The cute son of Tick and his estranged wife, Marion (a hotel entertainment manager). 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. Requires a good actor who sings.

Ensemble: Females & Males, 18-40; excellent acting, singing and dance ability. A number of performers are required to play a variety of ensemble characters in the production.