Rock opera Tommy

Seeking Tommy cast members

Sooke Harbour Players schedule audition for latest production

The Rock Opera Tommy, which was first performed by The Who in 1969, was originally conceived by Pete Townshend and Kit Lambert with contributions to the development by John Entwhistle, Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey.

It’s the story of a young boy’s triumph after a journey of pain, abuse and sadistic relatives and neighbours. Tommy becomes deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing a murder and remains in that catatonic state until he discovers pinball. He becomes a pinball wizard and fame and super-stardom follow. It’s a tale of loss and discovery, pain and pleasure. The songs are recognizable to most anyone who has listened to The Who.

Now those songs and the rock opera will be coming to Sooke. Sooke Harbour Players is holding auditions in early May to find cast members and musicians.

“There is a cast of 25 including the lead role of Tommy,” said producer Joe Scheubel.

Being part of the cast also means a huge time commitment. Rehearsals will begin in September and continue three days a week until the November performances.

“Be prepared to do a lot of work,” said Scheubel, “but you’re going to be part of a great show.”

The audition pieces have been pre-selected for each of the cast members. The lead role of Tommy will need a singer (tenor) aged 16 to 25, his audition piece will be “Sensation.”

Cast members will range in age from 12 to 50, so there are roles for everyone.

Not comfortable in front of the spotlights? There are numerous roles for those who might want to play a backstage role. The Sooke Harbour Players are seeking volunteers for all aspects of the theatre production including, costumes, front of house, makeup, technicians, etc.

“We’d like people who work backstage to commit to as many performances as possible – to be part of the production without being on stage,” said Scheubel.

Those wishing to be a part of one of the greatest rock opera of all time can email Musical Director Stephen J. Horak for information (phantomxiis@gmail.com)

Audition dates are Saturday, May 9 and 16 and Sunday May 10 and 17 from 12- 4 p.m. at the Edward Milne Community Theatre.

The performances take place on November 6, 7, 13 to 15, 20 and 21 for a total of seven performances.

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