Once (Theatre)

Auditions and casting information

Once (Theatre)

Urgently the child’s role for Essex leg of national tour of hit show


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 ONCE, the musical, book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová  is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carneym .

Producers are Adam Spiegel Productions, the director is Peter Rowe, musical director is Ben Goddard.

Once is directed by Peter Rowe with set and costume design by Libby Watson, musical direction by Ben Goddard, choreography by Francesca Jaynes, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook and projection design by Peter Hazelwood.

Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, Once tells the uplifting yet yearning story of two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician – who unexpectedly fall in love. Following their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways. Celebrated for its original folk score including the AcademyAward-winning song Falling Slowly, Once is a spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams.

They are only looking for the following children’s role:

​IVONKA: the child of the lead character, this is a small non-speaking but important role in the musical. She’s five years old in the story, but realistically they are probably looking for a small 7 or 8 to play the role. She should look Eastern European/Czech, probably with dark or dark blonde hair, dark eyes.  She needs to be confident and secure enough to walk onstage on her own for the first encounter, and comfortable with being lifted up by the Andrej actor in the dance and by the Baruska actress for the night time scene, in which she needs to be still enough to appear sound asleep (no fidgeting allowed!) She may be in an additional moment in the second half during another song.


There will be one rehearsal session on Monday 13 January 2020 with performances from Monday 13 – Saturday 18 January 2020 in Southend.

The role will be shared by two children at the Cliff’s Pavillion.  They MUST live in very easy travelling distance of SOUTHEND – definitely no more than 45 minutes travelling door to door.

Auditions are in London on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

Suggestions by Spotlight Link or by email including details of age, height, location, any experience or training (dance, drama classes etc) to sophie@debbieobrien.net with ONCE in the subject line.[\restrict]