November 17, 2011


Echelon Productions is a multi award-winning theatrical producer and one of the largest touring theatre companies in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Melbourne, the company has been established since 2000 and in that time has produced a number of Helpmann Award and Green Room Award nominated plays and musicals.

Also operating as Perform Educational Musicals, which specialises in touring educational musicals into schools across Australia and New Zealand, the company employs around 50 performers throughout the year.

Our educational theatre division is holding auditions across New Zealand during late November for our 2012 productions celebrating NZ Storylines Festival and Cyber Safety. Since we began touring our educational musicals we have performed to over one million students.

The performances, which take place within schools, are highly interactive and feature action packed narratives, appealing, identifiable characters, loads of comedy, singing and dancing that captivate and engage all audiences, including teachers! Question time at the conclusion of the performance reinforces the learning outcomes. 

Casts of two actors perform up to three shows a day in schools. Each cast will have one performer nominated as the team driver who has access to their own reliable car for the contracted period. Both cast members are required to bump in and out the basic set which takes around 20 minutes either side of performance.

All productions are one hour musicals and include PA and individual headset microphones for each performer. 

Cast requirements:

Performers are the ambassadors of the company and significant role models for thousands of students and this means we have high standards for hiring performers.

Age: between 20 and early 30s

Skills: creative and comedic acting, strong singing voices and the ability to move well.

Personal qualities: Warm, friendly, energetic, excellent communicators, fun loving, reliable, committed and most importantly, enjoy working with children. 

We are casting:
3 males and 3 females

Auditions will be held on the following dates:
WELLINGTON – Thursday 24th November 2011
AUCKLAND – Friday 25th November 2011


The acting audition will involve a 30 minute group session involving up to 8 auditionees per group. This will be followed by an individual singing audition.

The aim of the group session is to offer a relaxed and enjoyable experience that closely resembles that of our productions – creative, playful, interactive and fun.

Scene – We will forward one short scene from the script to be learnt prior to the audition. This scene will also be used as a basis for improvised play.

Song – We will forward a specific song to be learnt including vocal guides and backing track plus vocal chart.

These auditions may be video recorded for casting reference only. 

NZ Storylines Festival 2012 production:
TOTALLY AMAZING! By Craig Christie

Cleaning up an old storeroom really wasn’t a fun way to spend a holiday but that was before Claire discovered that adventures can begin in the most unexpected places! 

Our brand new Book Week musical will take audiences on a journey that is TOTALLY AMAZING as we explore and celebrate the 2012 New Zealand Storylines Festival and NZ POST Book Awards for Children.

Cyber Safety 2012 production:
MYFRIENDS DOT COM! By Craig Christie

Emma arrives at a new school facing new friendship groups while Dylan is spending more time away in his room on the computer. Soon they both will discover how the anonymous cyber world will threaten to take over their lives in a way from which they can see no escape! 

MyFriends Dot Com explores the world of cyber-bullying and the importance of cyber-safety in a story that resonates throughout schools and households everywhere. An exciting and engaging production that uses an energetic, fast paced narrative and contemporary music, MyFriends Dot Com brings into focus these vital issues to alert young people of the dangers and consequences of not taking the cyber world seriously.

Craig Christie has been writing educational musicals for nearly 20 years and has also written several full scale commercial musicals including Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision which opened on the London West End in 2008.


Performers are contracted full time for a specified period.

All successful performers will be required to undertake a Working With Children Check and/or Police Check.

Rehearsal dates/times: 
From Tuesday 1st May 2012
Ten days in total for rehearsal period
Exact dates to be confirmed – dependent upon which production and cast the performer is allocated to Will not exceed 8 hours per day and 48 hours in total

Season dates:
Term 2: From Monday 14th May to Friday 15th June 2012
Term 3: From Monday 6th August to Friday 24th August 2012
Exact dates to be confirmed – dependent upon which production and cast the performer is allocated to.

Fee: Flat fee as contractor (to invoice Producer with personal IRD number)
$1,250 total for rehearsal period
$800 per week for performance
Team leader an extra $40 per performance week

Petrol: The nominated team driver will be paid an allowance of $250 per performance week 

Travel: Some regional travel and accommodation may be required for part of the tour. Each performer will be paid an additional allowance of $140 per day to cover accommodation, meals and incidentals.


Echelon Productions Pty Ltd
ACN: 091 582 553 ABN: 27 091 582 553
AUSTRALIA T: 1300 652 470 F: (03) 9576 5658
1 Surrey Street Bentleigh East Victoria 3165
NEW ZEALAND T: 0800 775 770 F: 0800 630 102
83 Westminster Street, St Albans, Christchurch, 8014
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