All Shook Up – Auditions

Audition bookings for our June 2023 production of ALL SHOOK UP are now open.

Babirra Music is proud to be an inclusive community. We welcome participants of all ethnicities, genders, gender identity, level of ability, age or physical appearance. We are committed to a future where opportunities in non-professional musical theatre are equitable and inclusive for all.



Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, All Shook Up is built around some of the songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in a square little town in a square little state….in the middle of a square decade, somewhere in America. Where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing, motorcycle-riding stud help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock and roll. This hip-swivelling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Love Me Tender, Don’t Be Cruel, Can’t Help Falling in Love, and of course the title tune.

Production Team

Alan Burrows – Director
Vicki Quinn – Musical Director
Di Morgan – Choreographer

Audition Information

Audition dates:
Sunday 13th November, 3pm to 10pm
Monday 14th November, 8pm to 11pm
Tuesday 15th November, 8pm to 11pm

Dance and Movement Audition (by invitation):
Wednesday 16th November from 8:30pm
Please wear comfortable shoes and comfortable, close-fitting clothes.

Call Backs:
Thursday 17th November from 8pm

Audition Venue:
Highfield Road Uniting Church Hall, Highfield Road, Canterbury
Except for:
Tuesday 15th November, which will be at:
Fleigner Hall, 31 to 39 Highland Ave, East Oakleigh

Important Dates

Monday 21st November, 8pm at Highfield Rd.

Rehearsals will be on Monday and Thursday evenings from 8-10:30pm, and on Sundays from 1-5pm.
First rehearsal – Sunday 12th February 2023 at 1pm.

Saturday 29th April, 10am to 5pm, in Ringwood
Sunday 30th April, 12pm to 6pm, at Highfield Rd

PHOTOSHOOT (all cast required)
Saturday 22nd April
Venue: East Oakleigh.

COSTUME CALL (all cast required)
Saturday 13th May – from 10am
Venue: East Oakleigh.

10 performances from 10 to 18 June 2023.
Venue: Karralyka Centre, East Ringwood.

Audition Requirements

Please prepare two songs, of your choice, that showcase your vocal range and capabilities. You may not be asked to sing both songs, and you may be asked to sing just a portion of either song, so please prepare an appropriate cut.
You may also be asked to sing a few bars or read lines from the show and not necessarily for the role you may be auditioning for.
A flexible approach from auditionees will ensure that the production team can make the best possible assessment of each person.

An accompanist will be provided, so please bring sheet music in your key. Backing tracks or A Capella are not acceptable.
Please arrive 10 or 15 minutes prior to your audition time, to allow time to fill in your audition form and discuss your song(s) with our accompanist.

Please provide an up-to-date photo and resume if available, to be attached to your audition form.
The Production Team is to be fully informed at the audition of your availability throughout the rehearsal period – any conflicting dates must be noted on your audition form.

Attendance at the dance/movement audition will be by invitation after attending a vocal audition.
Please wear appropriate and comfortable, close-fitting clothes and shoes, and be warmed up before the audition.

Call-back invitations will be issued after the final vocal auditions on Tuesday 15 November.

Character Descriptions

NATALIE HALLER – A young woman and an excellent mechanic. She’s much more at home in greasy overalls than a dress. Alto.
CHAD – A great-lookin’, motorcyclin’, guitar-playin’, leather-jacketed roustabout. Tenor.
JIM HALLER – Natalie’s widowed father. Middle-aged and messy, he still longs for his wife. Baritone.
SYLVIA – The no-nonsense, African-American owner of SYLVIA’S HONKY-TONK. Mezzo.
LORRAINE — Sylvia’s teenage daughter. Pretty, smart and a total romantic. Alto.
DENNIS – An awkward young man. He aspires to be a dentist. Tenor.
MISS SANDRA – The beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum. High Alto.
MAYOR MATILDA HYDE – The town’s very conservative mayor. Soprano.
DEAN HYDE – Matilda’s teenage son. He has spent his youth at military boarding schools and he has never disobeyed his mother. Tenor.
SHERIFF EARL – The law in town and a man of not many words. He loyally follows the Mayor wherever she goes. Baritone
MALE and FEMALE ENSEMBLE play an assortment of TOWNSPEOPLE.

November 17 @ 20:00
20:00 — 23:00 (3h)

Highfield Road Uniting Church