Rehearsals begin!!!! Follow our journey…

We are so excited to announce that official rehearsals start today at Chapter Arts Centre in preparations for our premiere! Our cast have been busy with preparations at music and script workshops over the past month and have helped our creative team develop characters and shape the music. What our incredible cast have achieved in three workshops has been outstanding and we are delighted to spend the next two weeks taking this project to the stage. The cast have already taken on three of the shows EPIC production numbers – singing complex harmonies and adding real character, depth and soul to every line.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be tweeting and putting updates on the website! Follow our journey to see the creation of a brand new musical and experience exclusive previews and tasters. Share this with your family, friends, Barrowfans and musical lovers!

For a glimpse at our workshop process and to meet the fabulous J-Belles…..click play. Go on! You know you want to!

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Our fundraising journey

Our first SJB Fundraiser was a huge success! Canton Rugby Club were our generous hosts and a fine time was had by all.  A brain-boggling quiz, a delicious curry and wonderful entertainment all made for a brilliant night and we all enjoyed the first ever public performance of our title song from the show!

We followed this with a sunny seaside fundraiser in beautiful Tenby, which was jam-packed with supporters who enjoyed an entertaining quiz and wonderful live music.  Delicious John Barrowman cupcakes baked by our very own leading man Simon Bulley were very well received indeed! A huge thanks to all at Canton Rugby Club and at Caffe Vista in Tenby for supporting us and for helping each night go with a bang!

Fans of Stalking John Barrowman gathered on 1st August in Porter’s Bar to hear a taster of our show! The bar was packed full of musical theatre fanatics and Barrowfans as well as friends and family of the cast and creative team.

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Audiences experienced a preview of the title song complete with a flash mob performance (click here to see) as well as a medley of 5 different songs they can expect to see on opening night! The cast were on top form – wowing audiences after only 2 rehearsals together – a true teaser of what we can expect to see after two weeks of intensive rehearsals.

Other entertainment included performances from Sing & Inspire’s SUPERCHOIR who impressed the crowd with their high energy and wonderful harmonies. There was a male audition and lots of prizes to be won. The fundraiser generated lots of money to help us put this show on the stage. Thank you so much to everyone who came, engaged with us, shared our passion and gave so generously. This show is possible because of YOU!

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A Musical Extravaganza – Thursday 1st August, 7:30pm @ Porters Bar, Cardiff

The SJB team will be hosting a fundraiser to generate funds for the show. Come along to support us and experience music, entertainment and an exclusive preview of our musical. In addition to performances from the cast, there will also be performances from Sing & Inspire’s SUPERCHOIR, chances to win AMAZING prizes and a man auction! Be the first to experience the glamour, the humour, the magic and the incredible music of Stalking John Barrowman!

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Fantastic Auditions @ Chapter Arts Centre – June 15th

The SJB Creative team were blown away by the incredible talent at the ‘Stalking John Barrowman’ auditions! Throughout the day we workshopped songs and sections of the script and we LOVED seeing our show brought to life by such incredible actors. In the individual auditions, each actor dazzled us with their monologues and singing voices, making it so hard to shortlist everyone who applied.

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We also received many auditions via email from those who could not make Saturday and have been overwhelmed with the support and passion everyone has expressed for this musical. We really appreciate it!

We are still in process of selecting our cast and will be notifying everyone next week with the results! Good luck everyone and thank you so much for sharing your talent with us – we were very, very impressed!

Open Auditions

Auditions Details

We are now casting for Stalking John Barrowman.

Date: Saturday 15th June 2013

Time: 10am – 3.30pm

Where: Chapter Arts Centre, Ground Floor, First Space

Characters

Julie (female lead, 30-50, mezzo-soprano) Jamie (male lead, 18-35, baritone/tenor)

The J-Belles (female gospel trio which narrate our story, strong harmony singing skills required, 18-40)

J-Belle 1 (Soprano) J-Belle 2 (Mezzo-Soprano) J-Belle 3 (Alto)

Ensemble: 5 men (18-50) and 4 women (18-50,) compromising of ensemble, additional characters and understudies

Plan of the Day

10am – Midday: Introductions & Workshops (inc. show information, ensemble vocal workshops, improv & script work)

Midday – 12.30pm: Lunch (please bring lunch, refreshments are also available to purchase at the Chapter cafe)

12.30-3.30pm: Individual Auditions (please prepare a short modern monologue and a 20-30 second extract from a musical theatre song, which will need to be performed acapella. Please choose material which you feel best displays your vocal ability. You may be required to wait a while for your individual audition. We’ll give you a time on the day, however please bring a book or your ipod to keep you busy if needed)

Future Availability 

Performance Dates: 27th – 30th August 2013, Chapter Arts Centre

Rehearsal dates: Various workshops/rehearsals through July/early August (TBC) Intensive rehearsals: 10th – 26th August 2013

Important Information

We are looking for Musical Theatre Actors with professional training and/or previous musical theatre experience. We are hoping there will be some payment available to actors (based on a profit-share system) however I would advise you commit to the show based on your passion for new musical theatre writing and exposure rather than financial reward as this cannot be guaranteed. This production is perfect for musical theatre graduates and actors wanting to showcase their talent. We have already got a strong marketing team involved and hope this will be the biggest musical theatre event in the Welsh calendar for 2013!

Be part of something special

This show gives you the opportunity to workshop a brand new musical with it’s writers and a fantastic director. We are constantly developing the script, the music is evolving and we want you to be part of this process! The show has already received much interest from press, producers and of course, John Barrowman fans. Producers, directors and the Musical Theatre Elite will be invited from across UK to see the show and these four days in Chapter Arts Centre could turn into something MUCH BIGGER! We also hope to raise lots of money for Ty Hafan through the creation of this musical so we are able to give back to the local community.

In addition to musical theatre talent, we will be looking to select actors who are fun, easy to work with, committed, passionate, energetic and with whom we can enjoy this creative process with.

Harmony Singing

Within Stalking John Barrowman, our musical theatre actors will need strong harmony singing ability. You will be required to hold individual harmony lines in complex arrangements which at times can split into 10-part harmony. Previous choral and vocal ensemble experience is desired.

How to get involved? 

Send a headshot and CV to SJBthemusical@gmail.com along with any information you feel would be beneficial. We will shortlist applications and confirm your place at the auditions as soon as possible however please keep the date free.

Cannot make the audition date? 

Send us your details anyway however priority is likely to be given to those able to attend open auditions on 15th June 2013.