Priscilla Queen of the Desert Auditions

PriscillaDowntown Cabaret Theatre Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan, Executive Producer) is holding an open call audition for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical. January 16 & 17, 2018. Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom; Choreographer: Emily Frangipane; Musical Director: Eli Newsom. The show runs April 27-May 20, 2018 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT.

Seeking a cast of adult (16+) singers/dancers/actors ages for lead and ensemble roles; all roles open, non-equity, no pay. See below for character breakdown.

Younger actors (boys ages 7-13) May sign up for an appointment during the open call times, 6:30-8pm. Please specify your age in your sign-up.




Two open-call auditions will take place:
Performers ages 16 and up:
Tues January 16 6:30pm-9pm (sign-in begins 6pm, sign-in ends 8pm)
Wed January 17 6:30pm-9pm (sign-in begins 6pm, sign-in ends 8pm)

Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments (scroll down below for info on how to reserve a timeslot).  For those unable to attend auditions, in some cases the director may consider video submissions.  Please email for info.

Actors who auditioned at Season General Auditions:
If you auditioned at season general auditions in June 2017, and are requested by the director for callbacks, you will be contacted by January 10. If you have not been contacted you are welcome to re-audition.


Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill St.
Bridgeport CT 06604


All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1-page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.

Please prepare a short selection (no longer than 1 minute). Singing from the show is ok. If you choose not to sing from the show, please prepare something in the style of the show (disco/70s/80s pop) or similarly themed. Bring sheet music with your cut marked. We will also have a copy of the score available, but please have your start and stop points chosen. A capella singing is highly discouraged.


Callbacks will take place on Thursday, January 18 beginning at 6:30pm. There will be a movement call at callbacks and more singing and/or reading from the script.


The general rehearsal schedule for Main Stage Theatre productions are Mon-Thurs from 6:30pm-10pm and for most productions, Sunday evenings 5-9pm or some afternoons (or another weekend day TBA, based on cast and directors’ schedules). During tech week, the hours typically extend. Rehearsals typically begin on or around 5-6 weeks before opening.

The performance schedule for PRISCILLA… is as follows: The show runs April 27-May 20, 2018. Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 8:15pm, and Sundays at 6pm. The first rehearsal will be on or around March 26, 2018.


For convenience, we are offering limited appointment time slots. Appointments are not necessary, however, they are recommended. Visit to access the audition sign-up form. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.


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 dazzling costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive”, “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love The Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous!


BERNADETTE: Male 40s-60s. Baritone/tenor. Dance, singing 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, oozes Old Hollywood charm with rapier wit and sensitivity. THIS ROLE IS ALREADY CAST.

MITZI/TICK: Male 30s-40s. Baritone/tenor; dance, singing and lip-synching ability essential; with an unremarkable and essentially straight exterior, Tick is a discontented drag queen, the best in the business; his journey from disillusionment to fulfillment through being reunited with his son is the central core of the story. Any ethnicity.

FELECIA/ADAM: Male 20s-30s. Tenor; outstanding dance, singing and lip-synching ability essential; well built, flashy, young drag queen and born performer with a more than the occasional bitchy streak. Any ethnicity.

BOB: Male 40s-50s. Baritone; strong acting ability with one song; a mechanic; manly, soft-hearted Aussie bloke; has a fascination with Bernadette whom he saw perform in ‘Les Girls’ in Sydney more than twenty years ago.

BENJI: Male 7-11. Son of Tick and his estranged wife, Marion; Marion has raised Benji to be a sweet and open-minded young boy who is supportive of his father’s lifestyle; requires a good actor who sings; featured. Any ethnicity.

SHIRLEY: Female 30s-50s. Hardened outback bartender/waitress; good ironic comedy; character acting, singing (solo and ensemble pieces) and dancing ability (alto/belt).

MARION: Female 30s-40s. A hotel entertainment manager; mother of 8-year-old Benjamin and estranged wife of Tick; 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. Any ethnicity.

CYNTHIA: Female 20s-30s. Asian/Eurasian; Bob’s feisty wife; a frustrated performer of obscure ‘stage tricks’, which make her very popular at the local pub; character acting, singing and dancing ability essential; must have a great physique; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

THE DIVAS: Female 20s-40s. Three women who carry the musical weight of the show; sassy, strong and sexy, 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 with flexible range and strong movers a must; will also be part of the female ensemble. Any ethnicity.

MISS UNDERSTANDING: Male 30s. 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, singing and dancing ability a must; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers. African-American.

FRANK: Male 20s-40s. Tough miner bloke with violent tendencies; a hardened resident of mining town Coober Pedy; tall, strapping and very outback Australian; character acting, singing and dancing ability; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

JIMMY: Male 20s-30s. Friendly indigenous Australian bloke whom the queens run into in the desert; innocent charm and great movement skills; any traditional dance a huge plus; character acting, singing, and dancing ability; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

YOUNG BERNADETTE/FARRAH: Male 20s-30s. Young Bernadette: the epitome of grace and glamour, gender illusion rather than drag, ‘Les Girls’ at its most alluring. Farrah: young, beautiful and sassy drag queen; must be a brilliant mover and look stunning and believable as a woman; character acting, singing and dancing ability; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.

MALE ENSEMBLE: Male 20s-30s. excellent dancers who sing well, to play a variety of ensemble characters.



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