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KISS ME QUICKSTEP by Amanda Whittington (Stage)

Closing Date: 06/07/2015: 13:00

Following the success of Amanda's first New Vic commission (and London transfer) The Thrill Of Love, Kiss Me Quickstep follows the ups and downs of a group of competitive ballroom dancers around the North West, amateur dance circuit.

These are acting roles first and foremost and we are therefore looking for strong actors with a minimum of two years accredited drama school training, who have excellent dancing skills. We are not looking for trained dancers who act. All roles, other than Mick, require a high standard of dance. 

Although average heights will help us to pair people up much more easily - it may be that we are able to put together a shorter and/or taller couple if they are the right actors with dancing skills.

We are aware that this is a very early breakdown but we are not anticipating being able to offer after one meeting because of the dance requirements. In our initial auditions we will be just be looking at actor dance potential!

 

Pay category: Equity/PACT 

Production dates: New Vic dates: Rehearsals begin 1 Feb, Final show 19 March.  The show could tour, potentially until May 14. 

Company: New Vic 

Producer: New Vic 

Director: Theresa Heskins 

Casting director: Anji Carroll 

Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme and see 'production dates' details above 

Casting details: Preliminary dance auditions pencilled for 21, 22 and 23 July 

 

To cast:

LUKA KRAJL (Male, 27 - 30)

Looking for a trained ACTOR (min. two years, accredited drama school) with excellent dance skills. 

Late-20s, a dancer from Moscow. Good ear for required accent if not native.

Educated, intuitive and calm under fire, Luka is a Russian dancer whose enchantment with ballroom makes him enchanting to know. He has a playful sense of humour and a serious commitment to making his name. Luka has an enigmatic quality and a wisdom beyond his years. His dance partner is Nancy.

Height: Any

Appearance: Any

Pay category: Equity/PACT

 

NANCY KNIGHT (Female, 22 - 25)

Looking for a trained ACTOR (min. two years, accredited drama school) with excellent dance skills. 

Early-20s, a dancer from Blackpool. Good ear for required accent if not native.

Bright as a button, Nancy is accomplished and ambitious, and sincerely wants to be the best she can. Her youthful insecurities are underpinned by a clear sense of who she is and what she wants. This spirit serves her well in a complicated family dynamic. Her dance partner is Luka.

Height: Any

Appearance: Any

Pay category: Equity/PACT

 

MICK KNIGHT (Male, 50 - 54)

Early-50s, No dancing required.

Nancy’s father, from Blackpool. Good ear for required accent if not native. 

A working-class, self-made man, Mick’s proudest achievement is Nancy-and-her- dancing. Bullish, with a black-and-white view of the world, Mick is a self-proclaimed expert on everything ballroom (even though he’s never danced). He’s probably got a heart of gold but life has left it tarnished.

Height: Any

Appearance: Any

Pay category: Equity/PACT

 

JODIE ATHERTON (Female, 31 - 34)

Looking for a trained ACTOR (min. two years, accredited drama school) with excellent dance skills. 

Early to mid-30s, a dancer from Stoke-on-Trent. Good ear for required accent if not native. 

A ‘no guts, no glory’ competitor, Jodie is a force of nature. Sharp-tongued and ascerbic, she has a short fuse and an answer for everything. Scratch the surface and the glitter falls quickly away. Jodie is a Stoke girl who fears her finest hour on the dancefloor may never come. Married to Justin, her dance partner.

Height: Any

Appearance: Any

Pay category: Equity/PACT

 

JUSTIN ATHERTON (Male, 33 - 37)

Looking for a trained ACTOR (min. two years, accredited drama school) with excellent dance skills.

Mid 30s, a dancer from Stoke-on-Trent. Good ear for required accent if not native. 

Straightforward, open-hearted and hard-working, Justin is a regular Stoke bloke. He is a little worn and world-weary but the hopeful young man he once was lies just beneath the surface. Despite his diminishing confidence, Justin is a rock in a turbulent world. Married to Jodie, his dance partner.

Height: Any

Appearance: Any

Pay category: Equity/PACT

 

LEE HART (Male, 28 - 35)

Looking for a trained ACTOR (min. two years, accredited drama school) with excellent dance skills.

Late 20s to mid-30s, a dancer from Chester. Good ear for required accent if not native. 

A thoroughbred with an enviable track record, Lee is the archetypal ballroom champion. Winning is everything and his loyalty is only to himself. He carries himself with a cool detachment and his claws come out frequently in catty asides. Whatever he’s protecting is well-hidden. His dance partner is Samantha.

Height: Any

Appearance: Any

Pay category: Equity/PACT

 

SAMANTHA SHAW (Female, 28 - 35)

Looking for a trained ACTOR (min. two years, accredited drama school) with excellent dance skills.

Late 20s to mid-30s, a dancer originally from Stoke-on-Trent. Good ear for required accent if not native. 

Vibrating with nervous energy, Samantha’s inner hummingbird beats furiously at the bars of her ballroom life. She longs to escape and discover who is really is. Brittle and fragile, she is a dancing doll falling apart at the seams. Her dance partner is Lee.

Height: Any

Appearance: Any

Pay category: Equity/PACT

 

TO SUBMIT:

Please state, as briefly as possible, your suitability with link to your Spotlight details (not PIN please).

Email details to our Casting Associate, Anji Carroll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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