Book: Rachel Brittain and Daniel Falk, Music and lyrics: Daniel Abrahamson
Director: Lorna Mackie
Musical Director: Matt Austin
This quirky and cute modern musical is brought to you from Chime Communications Canada, where five ordinary office workers must mount a team-building talent show to save their jobs. Meet Stuart, the lovable yet inappropriate office manager; Marcus, the smooth talking sales rep; Diane, the tough as nails marketing manager; Brie, the perky and scheming receptionist; and Jack, the awkward guitar-playing intern. Together, they must use their hidden talents to sing, dance and manipulate their way through the talent show, which ultimately degenerates into an every-man-for-himself battle of office skills, where only one will walk away without a pink slip. Featuring a sales versus marketing salsa, a foul-mouthed printer puppet, and more office backstabbing than HR can handle, the team must learn to keep it together without tearing each other apart.
This fast-paced, comedic romp through office culture features a catchy, original pop-musical score, and five unforgettable characters that you’re bound to recognise from around the water cooler. An exciting and fun new musical, Funny Business is the perfect production for cubicle dwellers and blue collars alike.
“A Runaway hit” – Classical 96FM (Toronto)
“Fresh, tuneful, and full of talent…a guaranteed good time!” – Toronto Star
“Brilliant musical comedy!” – NOW Magazine
“Four stars! A breakout success!” – EYE Weekly
The production will be staged in the studio space at the Subiaco Arts Centre. Dates are July 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16.
All roles are stage ages.
STUART (any age) – A befuddled yet loveable boss. Mid to high bari.
JACK (20s) – A nerdy but guitar-playing intern. Tenor.
BRIE (20s) – A chatty and pretty receptionist. Mezzo.
DIANE (mid 30s) – A hot and tough as nails marketing manager. Mezzo/belt.
MARCUS (mid 30s) – A slick salesman. Mid to high bari.
Auditions will be held at Midland Junction Arts Centre on the 16th April, with callbacks the following week if required. Auditions are by appointment only, and should be booked via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditionees are requested to prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs, although you may be asked to perform only a part of one or both. One should be post ’90s and the other of your choice.
As this is a comedy with significant scope for audience interaction, there will be a short improv audition as well as some line reading and a short dance audition.
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