Queenie van de Zandt

Audition Bootcamp

In a warehouse in Sydney’s inner suburbs, 24 girls are on their knees scrubbing wooden floorboards and lamenting their ‘Hard Knock Life’ preparing to hit the stage for the opening of Annie at the Lyric Theatre on December 29th. On the other side of the city, 8 boys and girls are working with an accent coach to perfect their English vowels before they go on tour as Jane and Michael Banks in Mary Poppins.

Musical theatre is booming in Australia and more shows feature children than ever before. Annie, Mary Poppins, Love Never Dies, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Addams Family are some of the biggest shows we’ve ever had play our stages.

And they all have children in their lead roles.

But with thousands of amazing young performers out there vying for these leading roles, kids are looking for a way to get ahead.

Recently, Australia’s leading teacher of Audition Technique, Queenie van de Zandt, wowed audiences as the Bearded Lady in sold out seasons of Smoke & Mirrors at the Sydney Festival in 2010 and 2011. This January she will not only appear in The Sydney Festival’s Assembly for Chunky Move, but she will also make a welcome return to teaching, running a one-week intensive Audition Bootcamp, to help children aged 7-15 stand out from the crowd at musical theatre auditions.

Queenie has high success rates in her workshops – with young students having landed roles in Love Never Dies, Mary Poppins and Annie after attending Queenie’s preparation workshops. In fact 5 of the 24 young girls in the upcoming production of Annie attended Queenie’s course!

Joining Queenie to teach this lucky group of kids how to make the right impression in the audition room and land that dream role, will be a Who’s who of the Australian Musical Theatre Industry:

• Musical Director - Max Lambert (How to Train Your Dragon, Fame, King Kong, Hairspray)
• Actor – Mitchell Butel – (Avenue Q)
• Director – Darren Yapp (Mamma Mia, Miss Saigon)
• Actor/Choreographer - Chloe Dallimore (Annie, The Producers)
• Actor/Choreographer – Jack Chambers (Hairspray, 2008 Winner - So You Think You Can Dance)
• Actor - Josh Quong-Tart – (“Milko” on Home and Away)
• Dancer/Singer – Wayne Scott-Kermond (Oliver, Singing in the Rain)

Queenie believes the students will gain a lot from this rare chance to work with such renowned artists. “If you’re wanting to do musical theatre, these are the people to learn from,” Queenie said. “They actually perform in and cast the biggest musicals in the country and the knowledge they pass on to the students is absolutely invaluable.”

Musical Director Max Lambert will be coming in to teach at the course, taking a break from rehearsals of the new arena production of How to Train Your Dragon. He has previously taught at Queenie’s adult courses. “Many auditionees long for some feedback after their audition,” he said. “This almost never happens….Industry professionals can offer insights and shortcuts that sometimes mean the difference between landing a role and working tables.”

As the song from Annie goes ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’, but it doesn’t have to be for the kids who take part in Audition Bootcamp.

“Zoe will be playing the role of ‘Pepper’…We found the workshop invaluable…a must for anyone who has an upcoming audition”
G. Nestor, Parent of Children’s Annie Workshop Participant Zoe, cast as Orphan “Pepper” in Annie (Sydney Season)

“The teachers were great...it taught me what to expect and I felt a lot more prepared for my actual audition...Thank you Queenie for helping me get this great opportunity as Gustave in ‘Love Never Dies’. I couldn't have done it without you".
K. Baldwin, Children’s Love Never Dies Workshop Participant, Gustave in Love Never Dies, (Sydney Season)

"The cost of the workshop is worth every cent …it’s about having an edge...in a tough audition, every little bit of help counts.”
The Courier Mail

Queenie van de Zandt is a Sydney based performer and teacher, having most recently appeared as the Bearded Lady in Helpmann Award winning, Smoke & Mirrors. She has been nominated for numerous Helpmann, Sydney Theatre and Green Room awards for her performances in shows such as: Oliver!, Women of Troy, I GET THE MUSIC IN YOU, an evening with Jan van de Stool, The Full Monty, and Abigail’s Party. She has taught at NIDA, the VCA and BAAPA and over the past 11 years has garnered the reputation of being not only one of Australia’s leading musical theatre performers, but also Australia’s leading teacher of Audition Technique for Musical Theatre.

Queenie van de Zandt Presents Audition Bootcamp
Dates: Monday 16th – Friday 20th January
Closing date for enrolments 9th January 2012
For more information: email: info@queenievandezandt.com



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