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Auditions for "A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories" by Margaret Mahy

Job details

Tim Bray Theatre Company
5 Feb 2021
Work type
Contract, Fixed Term, Auditions
Work classification
Performing Arts



A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories

by Margaret Mahy

adapted by Tim Bray

songs by Christine White


“Mother, there is a big, roaring, yellow, whiskery lion in the meadow!”

Join in the fun as some of Margaret Mahy’s best-loved stories are woven together into one enjoyable and imaginative show. Magical Mahy comes to life on stage.

Featuring Mahy’s stories A Lion in the Meadow, The Witch in the Cherry Tree and Leaf Magic and two of her poems set to music.


Producer: Tim Bray Theatre Company, administered by The Operating Theatre Trust.

Director: Tim Bray, QSM


6 actors required – 4 actors for the show plus 2 alternate cast members (understudies) who will perform in at least one show for each alternate role.

The alternate cast members will be close to the production through the entire season filling the roles of Audience Host (who is a liaison to school groups and the public) and makes a brief welcome to the audience) and Head Usher. As well as learning two roles Both also learn the Stage Manager duties as a back up.


Period required:

Just over 10 weeks

Thursday 18 March – Saturday 29 May, 2021


NB We are also looking for a real dog who can appear at the end of the show in an illusion. The dog will need to be happy to sit inside a closed box for a short period and then emerge from the box and run around the stage with the actor playing the boy, David. If you are an actor with a dog who could perform in the show, please let us know as we’d love to meet your dog as part of the audition.


David:  Young and small adult actor to convincingly play a boy aged about eight. Able to sing. N.B. We aren’t looking for children.


Mum: David's mother aged 30s-40s. Able to sing. The role would suit a wheelchair user, person of limited mobility, someone who is blind/visually impaired, or a person who is hard of hearing. The role is adaptable to suit access needs so please get in touch to discuss your accessibility requirements (please note that there are some limitations in the built environment which we will discuss with you).


Lion / Dog or Lion & Fish and Chips (M): Adult actor to play the lion in the meadow and also the dog at the end of Leaf Magic. If we manage to ideally find a real dog (hopefully with a cast member with a dog) for Leaf Magic the role would be Lion and perhaps also the character Fish and Chips, who is a man who lives by the sea. Face makeup required.


Witch (M/F) or Witch & Fish and Chips (M/F):  Actor or actress to play the witch in the cherry tree. The role could also include that of Fish and Chips (man who lives by the sea). Able to sing.


Auditions: Wednesday 10 February, 2021


Place: TAPAC, (opposite Zoo and next door to Western Springs College), Motions Road, Western Springs



Rehearsals: Takapuna Association Football Club, Taharoto Park, Tahoroto Rd, Takapuna

Thurs 18 – Fri 19 March 9.15am - 4.45pm

Mon 22 – Fri 26 March               9.15am – 4.45pm

Mon 29 June – Thurs 1 April      9.15am – 4.45pm


Production Week:

Final rehearsals                            Tuesday 6 April                9.15am – 4.45pm (could be later if needed at theatre)

At PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from now:

Lighting/Plot                                   Wed 7 April 9.15                            am – 7pm

Technical                                         Thurs 8 April 9.15                          am – 7pm

Dress:                                               Fri 9 April                          9.15am – 6pm



Possible filming of show – all day Saturday 10 April (note additional contract for this)

Gala Opening: Saturday 10 April, 5pm (Call time 3.30pm)


School Season: Monday 12 April – Friday 16 April, shows 10.30am and 1pm (call time 9.30am)

Public Season: Saturday 17 April – Saturday 1 May, shows 10.30am and 1pm (call time 9.30am).

No shows on Sundays, however please note there ARE shows on Monday 26 April which is a Mondayised public holiday for ANZAC Day.


Tour Dates:


Te Oro, Glen Innes

Pack in Monday 3 May 3pm – 7pm

Shows Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 May, shows 10.30am and 1pm (call times 9.30am)


Māngere Arts Centre, Māngere

Pack in Monday 10 May 3pm – 7pm

Shows Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 May, shows 10.30am and 1pm (call times 9.30am)


Glen Eden Playhouse, Glen Eden

Pack in Monday 17 May 3pm – 7pm

Shows Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 May, shows 10.30am and 1pm (call times 9.30am)


Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau

Pack in Monday 24 May 3pm – 7pm

Shows Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 May, shows 10.30am and 1pm (call times 9.30am)


Video: We are currently applying for the rights to film the show for an online pay-per-video. If these rights are granted, a separate contract will be issued for this.


Fees: $800.00 (+ GST if registered) per week


To be considered for an audition, please send CV and recent photo to Alana Hawkes, and please state your preferred role.


Thank you

How to apply

Please email your peformance CV, recent headshot, and state your preferred role to Alana Hawkes:


Written by

Tim Bray Theatre Company, admin. by The Operating Theatre Trust

26 Jan 2021

Tim Bray Theatre Company is recognised as Auckland’s leading theatre company for children and, having been established in 1991, is one of New Zealand’s oldest professional theatre companies.