PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Directed By Annie Hatcher.
Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever imagined. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favourites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love The Nightlife,” this wildly fresh, colourful and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!
7 female, 9 male, and 1 boy featured roles
Opportunities for featured casting in the ensemble.
Lead - young man - drag artiste
Lead - Older male
Lead - Older male – transexual
Lead - approx. 40s – drag artiste
Local (originally Aboriginal character) any age
Female singers, good voices, able to hold a line
Compere in nightclub – drag artiste, any age
Bob’s Thai wife – sings and does a ‘turn’ with ping-pong balls!
Prejudiced thug, any age
Tick’s wife 35/40 ish
Drag artiste – any age
Dream sequence - sings
Bar owner – any age - sings
Young boy – son of Tick – under 12 years
Male and female - these appear in many of the songs, lots to do!
Many of the drag queen vocals can be lip synced, some can be sung, depending on casting.
Most numbers are group songs - if the drag queens are singing, they are usually accompanied by the 3 divas who are major players.
There is lots more work for the ensemble in the stage show than in the film and this is the main draw for the cast.
You'll see from the list below that it's all rather stylised and the company turn up in most musical numbers.
Here is a list of who sings what:
It's Raining Men
What's Love Got to Do With It Don't Leave Me This Way Venus Go West
I Say a Little Prayer
I Love the Nightlife
True Colours Sempre Libera
Color My World
I Will Survive
Thank God I'm a Country Boy
A Fine Romance
Shake Your Groove Thing
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Always On My Mind
Miss Understanding and Divas
Company Felicia (Adam)
Tick and Divas
3 Queens and Divas
Felicia (Adam) /Divas
Queens and Divas, then Company
Queens and Divas
Tick and Benji then Company
Dancing requirements and difficulty - this will be adjusted according to the abilities of those cast. Dancing can be as simple or as complicated as necessary.
Possible Crew – Would you like to be involved?
I will need a stage manager, a production secretary, a MD, a choreographer as well as crew for set building, sound, lighting, wardrobe, wigs, make up and props – though I’ve already had lots of enthusiastic volunteers for some of these roles. Please get in touch if you’d like to help -