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					The Essex Group – www.thesxgroup.co.uk – (01376) 567677 or (07767) 600577


                                        THE ESSEX GROUP
             Are delighted to announce their next production at the Towngate theatre, Basildon

                                       Half a Sixpence
                                           Directed by Gary Sullivan
                                       Musical Direction by Patrick Tucker
                                       Choreography by Victoria McKenzie

                      AUDITIONS ARE BEING HELD ON Saturday 5th September
                  AT VESTRY HALL, ST MICHAELS LANE, BRAINTREE, ESSEX CM7 1EY

This brand new re-write has just become available with 9 new songs, new characters and scenes and we
have secured the rights to do it in February! It replaces the originally publicised production of CHESS.

 This show has many parts up for grabs, singing and non singing cameo characters as well as those in the
original version, new characters have been introduced to open up even more opportunities. Please note
that most of the online information available regarding this show refers to the original version. All the
original characters still remain and we will use the original songs for the auditions.

This is a fun-packed bubbly all singing musical comedy set in the Victorian period and will bring out a
stream of colourful and lavish costumes, a dynamic set of ensemble dance numbers and a chance to work
with all ages; so juniors aged 8 are also eligible.

Production dates
WEDNESDAY to SATURDAY 10th to 13th FEBRUARY 2010 (FIVE PERFORMANCES)
All performances at 7.30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday 13th at 2.30 p.m.
AT TOWNGATE THEATRE, BASILDON
Please note that we cannot consider anybody who is not available for all performances and rehearsals at the theatre
8th – 13th February or the five rehearsals between 10th January and 7th February.
Rehearsals
See the preliminary rehearsal schedule which is attached and can be downloaded from www.thesxgroup.co.uk so
that you may keep a copy.
Show fees
The Essex Group Show fee for HALF A SIXPENCE will be £50
Scripts
Principals are required to work from Full Scripts & Scores a returnable deposit of £25 is required. Upon return,
Damaged or defaced scripts and scores will be charged at cost.
Costumes
Costumes are to be provided by the Company but various items of everyday personal clothing will be required by
each member of the cast. All cast members will require black shoes (lace up for males and Character for females)
Tickets
Will be on sale from 1st September Adults £15 Concessions £13 (01376) 567677




Half A Sixpence                                     Audition Pack          Further Auditions on 14th September 2009
The Essex Group – www.thesxgroup.co.uk – (01376) 567677 or (07767) 600577


HALF A SIXPENCE
From the novel KIPPS by HG WELLS
Book By Beverley Cross
Music & Lyrics By DAVID HENEKER
New version By WARNER BROWN

The Story
Arthur Kipps, an orphan in his early twenties, is an apprentice shop man in Mr Shalford's Drapery
Emporium, one of the most fashionable shops in Victorian Folkestone.

Ann Pornick, Sid's sister, is Kipps' childhood sweetheart, but they don't have much opportunity to spend
time together. To Make up for this, Kipps gives Ann a token of his love - half a sixpence, so that Ann can be
reminded of him when they are apart.

One day, whilst in the shop, Kipps literally bumps into an excitable actor called Chitterlow, who informs
him that Kipps is about to inherit a large legacy.

With all this money, Kipps tries to better himself, and leaves Ann for Helen Walsingham, of a local family
who think they are a cut above the rest. Helen, who does love Kipps, is also determined to improve him.
Helen's brother, at the same time, begins to take over Kipps' financial affairs.

Sometime later, Kipps meets Ann again when she is employed as a servant at the home of a friend of
Helen's mother. On seeing Ann treated badly by her employer, Kipps soon realises that the people he is
surrounded by have attitudes and values very different to his own. Knowing that it is Ann he really loves,
he stops his engagement to Helen and returns to Ann, who he marries.

Kipps is still rather careless with his money, and decided to have a large house built. Unfortunately, Helen's
brother has continued to speculate with Kipps' money with disastrous results. He has to sell the house, and
just has enough left to rent a bookshop with accommodation for him and Ann.

A year later, they have started a family, and are relatively content with their new, modest, lifestyle. Until,
that is, Chitterlow returns unexpectedly one day with some surprising news...




Half A Sixpence                                 Audition Pack         Further Auditions on 14th September 2009
The Essex Group – www.thesxgroup.co.uk – (01376) 567677 or (07767) 600577




The Characters
Playing ages refer to the age “look” and not actual age.
If you would like to be considered for any of the singing roles other than Ann Pornick and
Arthur Kipps the song audition remains the same for everyone “If The Rain’s Got To Fall”

Those wishing to audition for the ensemble also need to sing “If The Rain’s Got To Fall”

Ann Pornick                    21 – 35
Helen Walsingham                     21 – 30
Flo Bates                            16 – 21
Victoria                             16 – 21
Laura                          16 – 21
Shop Girl 4                          16 – 21
Shop Girl 5                          16 – 21
Shop Girl 6                          16 – 21
Arthur Kipps                         21 – 35
Harry Chitterlow               25 – 55
Sid Pornick                    17 – 30
Buggins                              17– 28
Pearce                               17 – 28
Shop Boy 4                     17 – 28
Shop Boy 5                     17 – 28
Shop Boy 6                     17 – 28
Young Walsingham                     18 - 35

The twenty other cameo roles will be cast from the ensemble

Ensemble                       All ages
Young Ensemble        8 – 12

SONG AUDITIONS
Kipps: "Too far above me" & "Money to burn"
Ann: "I don't believe a word of it" & "I know what I am"

Everyone else “If The Rain’s Got To Fall”




AUDITIONS – HALF A SIXPENCE
Half A Sixpence                                Audition Pack        Further Auditions on 14th September 2009
The Essex Group – www.thesxgroup.co.uk – (01376) 567677 or (07767) 600577




Please complete and return to
THE ESSEX GROUP, VESTRY HALL, ST MICHAELS LANE, BRAINTREE, ESSEX CM7 1EY

If you are unknown to the Essex Group please include a recent passport photograph.
Before returning this form you must book your audition time by telephoning ANN
SULLIVAN on (01376) 567677 or 07767) 600577

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AUDITIONING FOR
ANN PORNICK                            
ARTHUR KIPPS                           
ANY OTHER SINGING ROLE                 ................................................
ENSEMBLE ONLY PLEASE            
It is assumed that if we are unable to cast you in a specific role you will be more than happy
to be a part of the ensemble. If not, please tick here 

Please return a copy of the PRELIMINARY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE WITH YOUR AUDITION FORM SO WE
KNOW OF YOUR AVAIALBILITY PRIOR TO CASTING – THANK YOU.
If you do not return the schedule we will assume you are available for all rehearsals.




Half A Sixpence                                Audition Pack        Further Auditions on 14th September 2009
The Essex Group – www.thesxgroup.co.uk – (01376) 567677 or (07767) 600577

PRELIMINARY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
 NAME
                                          Please tick any date that you cannot attend
     th           th
 Sat 5 & Mon 14 Sept.                half a sixpence auditions            By appointment
 Sunday 27th September               Music                                10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Sunday 4th October                  Music                                10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Wednesday 14th October              Dance                                7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
 Saturday 17th October               Dialogue                             10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Wednesday 21st October              Dance                                7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
 Sunday 25th october                 Principal Music as called by MD      10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Sunday 1st November                 Dance                                10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Wednesday 4th November              Dance                                7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
 Saturday 7th November               Dialogue                             10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Sunday 8th November                 Principal Music                      1.30 pm - 5.30 pm
 Sunday 15th November                Principal Music                      1.30 pm - 5.30 pm
 Sunday 22nd November                Dance                                10.00 am - 12.30 pm
 Sunday 22nd November                Principal Dance                      1.30 pm - 5.30 pm
 Saturday 28th November              Company                              10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Sunday 29th November                Dance                                2.00 pm - 6.00 pm
 Sunday 6th December                 Ensemble Music with MD               10.00 am - 1.00 pm
 Production meeting Les miz & Half A Sixpence - Cast not required         2.00 pm - 6.00 pm
 Sunday 3rd January                  Company                              10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Saturday 9th January                Notre Dame Auditions                 All Day
 Sunday 10th January                 Company                              10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Saturday 16th January               Principals As Called                 10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Sunday 17th January                 Music                                10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Wednesday 20th January              Costume Collection                   6.30 p.m - 10.00 pm
 Sunday 24th January                 Company                              10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Wednesday 27th January              Costume Collection                   6.30 p.m - 10.00 pm
 Saturday 30th january               Run x 2                              10.00 am - 5.30 pm
 Sunday 31st January                 Run x 1                              9.30 am - 12.30 pm
 Sunday 31st January                 Dance Refresher                      1.30 pm - 5.30 pm
 Saturday 6th February               Run x 2                              10.00 am - 5 p.m.
 Sunday 7th February                 Run x 1                              9.30 am - 12.30 pm
 Sunday 7th February                 Dance Refresher                      1.30 pm - 5.30 pm
 Monday 8th February                 half a sixpence Get In/Band Call     9.00 am - 11.00 pm
 Tuesday 9th February                Half A Sixpence Technical            6.00 pm - 11.00 pm
 Wednesday 10th February             Half A Sixpence Dress                6.00 pm - 11.00 pm
 Thursday 11th February              Half A sixpence performance          6.00 pm for 7.30 pm
 Friday 12th February                Half A sixpence performance          6.00 pm for 7.30 pm
 Saturday 13th February              Half A sixpence performance          1.00 p, for 2.30 pm
 Saturday 13th February              Half A sixpence performance          6.00 pm for 7.30 pm




Half A Sixpence                                    Audition Pack        Further Auditions on 14th September 2009

				
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