Cape Town Opera is looking to audition 14 Extras / Supers for the opera, Hänsel und Gretel, to be performed live at the Artscape Opera House during April 2021. The production is directed by Alessandro Talevi and designed by Roger Ballen and Marguerite Rossouw.

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Age:                 18+

Gender:          Any

Height:            Max 1.6m

Suitable candidates will be young adults of slight build and not tall in stature, that could pass for 12-16 years of age.  Candidates will not be expected to sing.

In Act 2 The “children” will slowly emerge from piles of discarded mannequins, wearing full face-masks and body paint in Roger Ballen’s style (we would like some to be half-naked from the waist up if possible).

In Act 3 we will see masked heads, arms and hands emerge from the walls of the witches house, offering sweets to the children. At the end of the scene these “children” will emerge from the walls and take off their masks, and ‘silently’ speak.

At the audition, candidates will be asked to demonstrate physical control and the ability to stand up from a lying position in slow-motion and slowly walk forward. We will also look at expressivity of hand/arm/neck movement.

Some training or background in mime/physical theatre will be useful, but not essential. 

To Apply:

Please submit a video application to elisabethm@capetownopera.co.za before 5pm on Thursday 4th March.

  • Clearly speak your name, surname, age, and height into the camera.
  • Stand up from a lying position in slow-motion and slowly walk forward.
  • Stand in one spot, and in keeping your legs still whilst using only your arms, hands, neck and head, interpret and express one of the following: fear, anguish, anger, sadness.

Successful candidates will be contacted by Friday 5th March, to have a live audition on Monday 8th March. Successful candidates will have to be available for a 4-week period, from Monday 15 March to Thursday 8 April 2021.

The ‘Children’s Chorus’ will rehearse a maximum of 6 afternoon sessions, of 3 hours each, per week, for a three-week period.

The ‘Children’s Chorus‘ will participate in four performances, between the 3rd and 10th of April – dates to be confirmed.

*Remuneration available on request