Once (Theatre)

Auditions and casting information

Once (Theatre)

Child casting for Coventry, Malvern and Birmingham leg of tour

[restrct]ONCE The musical is out on tour and will be playing Coventry, Malvern and Birmingham.

Book by Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, it is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carneym.

The producers are Adam Spiegel Productions, the director is Peter Rowe and the musical director is Ben Goddard. Costume design is by Libby Watson, choreography by Francesca Jaynes, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook and projection design by Peter Hazlewood.

There will be one rehearsal session on the day of the first performance in the venue.


Performances are from Monday 9–Saturday 14 March 2020 at BELGRADE THEATRE COVENTRY; from Monday 23-Saturday 28 May 2020 at MALVERN FESTIVAL THEATRE; from Monday 1-Saturday 6 June at ALEXANDRA THEATRE BIRMINGHAM.

The role will be shared by two children at each venue. It is possible that the same children could perform at Birmingham and Coventry, depending on where they live. They MUST live in very easy travelling distance of any of the venues – definitely no more than 40 minutes travelling door to door.

Auditions are in BIRMINGHAM on Saturday 18 January 2020.

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 Academy Award-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 year old 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.

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