Actors called to the stage

Mark Penzak and Kate Stone team up to produce Gallipoli the Musical.

Mark Penzak and Kate Stone team up to produce Gallipoli the Musical.

Calling all actors! Castlemaine Theatre Company is holding auditions for its next production, Gallipoli the Musical, and there is no singing involved.

The fast-paced, humorous play blends farce with social satire.

Castlemaine-based playwright Mark Penzak enjoyed success in 1997 when it played at La Mama in Melbourne to good reviews.

He describes it as a political piece that uses humour and satire to explore ideas of nationalism and the cultural significance that has developed around the legend of the ANZACs.

The story centres around three shearers trying to put on a musical which effectively runs a hilarious commentary on today's modern society.

Penzak said Gallipoli the Musical came from a place of respect for the men who fought for their country but posed the question of whether Australians today were living up to what they stood for.

The story is a vehicle to explore themes relating to patriotism and the commercialism of Anzac Day.

"I wondered what those men who sacrificed their lives would make of today's society and what has become of getting a fair go," Penzak said.

Kate Stone, who directed No Hands for the Castlemaine State Festival this year, is directing the play.

Auditions will be held on Sunday August 13, from 10am-4pm in search of nine actors to perform in the November production. Check out the Castlemaine Theatre Company website for details.

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