Centrepoint Open Stage Production for 2019

Each year Centrepoint programmes an Open Stage production where we provide roles in a professional production for actors within our community to join us on stage. They will get to work with a professional Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Designers & Crew. They will perform alongside professional actors who in 2019 are Blair Strang and Roy Snow. In doing so, they will experience a full production process from beginning to end and improve their skills and craft to take into their next projects and back into their communities. 

This year the production is our Surprise Birthday Musical. The name of actual show will be announced to the public on the 15th of April 2019. It is a comedy musical that we feel Palmerston North will love. If you wish to apply then you will need to be able to sing and have some comedy instincts! There are chorus numbers, dialogue driven scenes and several chorus and lead parts available with their own songs.  


Upon receiving your audition application we will get in touch with a list of roles available to audition for. This will include names, descriptions, vocal range and scale of the roles. We will provide applicants with the shows name and information.  There are chorus dancer roles, singing lead roles, comedic cameo roles. Most cast members will be required to perform multiple roles through out. 

NOTE: The name of the show and role information is confidential and you will need to sign a form to ensure the show information stays under wraps until April at the rights holders request.

Rehearsal Information:
Below is an outline of possible call times for the rehearsal period. NOTE: No cast member will be called for all of those hours. If you apply for a smaller role you will be called less, if you apply for a larger role you will be required more. Below is the outline of hours you will be called within. Sundays are likely to be all in cast days for singing and dancing.  

If you know/foresee you won’t be available for certain dates in the rehearsal period still get in touch. We may be able to work around that/align the size of the part with your availability. Applicants MUST be available for all show dates. 

Rehearsal dates & Times: 

Sunday 31 March (10-4pm)

Sunday 7 April (10-4pm)

Sunday 14 April (10-4pm)

Easter break no rehearsals 

Sunday 28 April (10-4pm) 

Monday 29 April- Friday 31 May 

Rehearsal hours fall within the following: 

Monday-Thursday 6pm-10pm

Sunday 10am-4pm 

Friday & Saturdays are days off during the rehearsal period. 

Show dates: 

1 June- 30 June 

Shows are Tuesday-Sunday

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm

Thursday-Saturday 7.30pm

Sunday 4pm 

Audition dates: 

Saturday 2 February 

Sunday 10 February

Between 9am-4pm both days 

Group Dance auditions: 

Saturday 26th January 4.30pm-5.30pm

Saturday 2 February 4.30-5.30pm 

Audition requirements:

-A song that shows off your range/ability/style/comedy abilities. Any style of song welcome- if in doubt a musical theatre song.

-A backing track to sing to or willingness to sing acapella 

-A monologue exert that we will provide (8-10 lines memorised prior to audition)

-A willingness to jump in and try at the dance auditions if not a trained dancer 

Any questions concerning auditions can be directed to dan.pengelly@centrepoint.co.nz or 021 127 6320.


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We are still operating successfully as a professional theatre after 44 years because we have always tried to reflect the needs and inspirations of our wider community in everything we do; be it telling local stories on stage, for instance, or involving Manawatu's best performing talent in our Open Stage productions, under the guidance of industry professionals.

Open Stage is an initiative providing opportunities to those in our arts community who want to grow creatively in a supported yet rigorous learning environment. It was launched in 2015 with the New Zealand premiere of Nick Dear's Frankenstein, a production led by two professional actors with support from local actors and Basement Company, and presented to sold out crowds and critical acclaim. In 2016, we collaborated with seventeen community choirs from the lower North Island on David Greig's The Events. In 2017, another literary classic exploded onto the stage with our sold-out season of Lord of the Fliesagain supported by local actors and our youth company.

2018 Open Stage production: THAT BLOODY WOMAN

2015 - Frankenstein

2016 - The Events

2017 -   Lord of the Flies

2017 - Lord of the Flies