FAME
THE MUSICAL

Conceived and Developed by David De Silva
Book by Jose Fernandez
Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Music by Steve Margoshes

Title song “Fame” written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

Fame

Wendy Samantha Productions is proud to present Fame as a part of our Showtime Program for 2017. The performances will be running from the 27th October to 29th October 2017 at the Performance Centre at Doncaster Secondary College. Auditions will be held at the start of May in 2017.

It is nothing short of a global phenomenon. First came the hit motion picture, then the long-running television series. Now the screen sensation of the 1980’s is the stage sensation of the 1990’s and beyond! And if the recent smash-hit West End production is any indication, FAME – THE MUSICAL is indeed “gonna live forever”.

Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), FAME – THE MUSICAL is a bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work. With candour, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.


Detailed Synopsis

Source from Music Theatre International Australasia

Act One

A group of vibrant, energetic young people, African-American, white, Hispanic, rich and poor alike, converge on 46th Street to audition for the chance to study at the famous New York High School of Performing Arts ("P.A."). Praying they make "P.A.," the students tear open a letter from the school, learn of their acceptance and begin a joyous dance of celebration.

On the first day of school, the freshmen meet Miss Sherman, their English teacher, who warns them that it takes a lot more than dreams to succeed at "P.A." The students, with a mixture of excitement, trepidation and raw energy, acknowledge that what it really takes to succeed is ("Hard Work").

Drama Class. Nick and Serena rehearse a scene and discuss their life experiences. Nick's goal in life is to move people emotionally ("I Want to Make Magic"). Mr. Myers, the drama teacher, asks his students to recall how a physical sensation can trigger an emotional response. Joe, a funny and uninhibited young man, graphically recounts the very personal reactions that occur whenever he thinks of a certain beautiful girl in dance class ("Can't Keep It Down").

Dance Class. Tyrone, a sexy, streetwise African American, is partnered with Iris, a very wealthy, classically trained dancer. Iris obnoxiously derides Tyrone's lack of classical dance experience. Tyrone, enraged at her comments, begins a rap that expresses his anger ("Tyrone's Rap"). Iris apologizes and, unexpectedly, kisses him passionately.

While Nick and Serena rehearse another scene, she tells him of her yearning to try something romantic and passionate. It becomes obvious that Serena is in love with Nick. Concerned only with acting, though, Nick becomes upset and leaves. Heartbroken, Serena laments her unrequited love ("Let's Play a Love Scene").

At lunch, Carmen, a self-assured and cocky Latina spitfire, dreams of seeing her name in lights and people gasping as she walks down the street ("There She Goes / Fame"). The other students join in her fantasy and begin an exciting, electrifying dance.

The Hallway. Miss Sherman expresses concern over Tyrone's carefree attitude towards education and threatens to keep him out of the Fall Festival if his grades don't improve. Miss Bell overhears this and argues that Tyrone's artistic talent is more important than his academic ability ("The Teachers' Argument"). As Tyrone threatens to drop out of school, the other students try to focus on the reason why they are really there ("Hard Work").

Act Two

After two arduous but rewarding years, the students now begin their junior year with the P.A. Fall Festival ("I Want to Make Magic").

Dance Rehearsal. Mabel, a bit overweight for a dancer but full of spunk and wit, complains about the water her body is retaining. In a hilarious yet touching turn, she prays aloud for God's help in keeping her from becoming "the world's fattest dancer" ("Mabel's Prayer").

The scene shifts. Serena enters to see Carmen and Nick kissing. Heartbroken once again, Serena tearfully remembers one of the first lessons she learned at P.A. and tries to channel her emotions into her acting ("Think of Meryl Streep").

Carmen confronts Schlomo with her plan to leave school and go to Los Angeles. She has met a Hollywood agent named Elliot Greene, who is sending her a plane ticket. Schlomo begs her not to go. He has seen her get into Elliot's limousine outside of school before and accuses her of using cocaine with him. Schlomo tells Carmen he loves her, but when he realizes he is powerless to stop her, he turns his attention to his violin.

In Miss Sherman's English class, Tyrone is spotted reading a Superman comic book. Miss Sherman confronts him by forcing him to stand up in front of the class and read from the comic book. Embarrassed, he accuses her of trying to make him look stupid: "Wanna fail me again? Go ahead. I'll pass in summer school, bitch." Miss Sherman gives him a resounding slap in the face and walks off. Defensively, Tyrone says to his shocked classmates that he doesn't need her help. "I'm choreographin' my own life." This leads to his fantasy dance number, "Dancin' on the Sidewalk." Confronting his pain and frustration, Tyrone goes to the blackboard, writes "I Will Read," and runs off. Miss Sherman enters, sees what he has written, and is deeply touched. ("These Are My Children.")

A baroque trumpet-call sounds as the drama students rehearse Romeo and Juliet. Joe, insecure about playing Romeo, has been ad-libbing. Serena pleads with him to be serious in the part. Nick offers to show him how to play Romeo and winds up kissing Serena in their first romantic moment. Tyrone asks Iris why she has been avoiding him all year. She says she doesn't want to be tied to a loser. He takes out a copy of Leaves of Grass and reads to her, showing her that he has a whole new attitude about learning. They dance a pas de deux.

Mr. Sheinkopf, Mr. Myer and Miss Sherman confront Miss Bell about influencing a summer school teacher to pass Tyrone even though he never showed up. They insist that he must repeat the year. "But the Dance Theatre of Harlem is ready to take him," pleads Miss Bell. "Let them wait!" Mr. Sheinkopf fires back. Miss Bell, left alone with Miss Sherman, finally admits that she may be losing her perspective and suggests that she take a sabbatical.

Carmen is standing in front of the school, looking physically wasted and disoriented. She spots Schlomo and, after a warm embrace, tells him the truth about her experiences in Hollywood ("In L.A.") Carmen promises him that she is going to go for her equivalency diploma, but she needs money more immediately. He gives her a couple of dollars and sadly departs.

At the farewell party, everyone is dressed up, and the celebration is loud and festive. Tyrone tells Miss Sherman that he is going to repeat his senior year and give her another chance to whip him into shape. Joe announces that, not only is Lambchops finally wearing a dress, but he is going to be opening at a comedy club – and they'd all better be there. Serena is on her way to Brooklyn College; Nick is headed for Yale. They wonder about their future together ("Let's Play a Love Scene").

Characters & Roles

  • Carmen Diaz - A sexy and confident, but cocky, dancer with a big ego. Carmen is determined to make it big and is obsessed with the idea of fame, nearly to a fault.
  • Tyrone Jackson - A talented but dyslexic hip hop dancer who comes from a poor background. Shares a difficult relationship with Iris.
  • Schlomo Metzenbaum – A classical violinist who starts a rock band. He is fed up from the strain of his famous violinist father's expectations. He is very wise and academically clever.
  • Serena Katz – A shy and timid, yet keen and enthusiastic actress. She is attracted to Nick.
  • Nick Piazza – Ambitious, enthusiastic, classical actor who is very serious about his craft. He holds a hidden romantic interest for Serena.
  • Iris Kelly – A very talented, graceful ballet dancer who often comes across as snobbish and mean because of her insecurities with herself. She shares a difficult relationship with Tyrone.
  • Mabel Washington – A loud and overweight dancer and singer who is desperate to shed the pounds but can't resist food. Often speaks her mind and gives out advice to others in their times of trouble.
  • Joe (Jose) Vegas – An acting student. Loud, funny, and comical. He develops a crush on Carmen.
  • Grace Lamb (Lambchops) – A loud, confrontational rock chick and tomboy who plays the drums for Schlomo's band. She often loses her temper and it is implied that she does not take school seriously.
  • Goodman King (Goody) – A musician who is in Schlomo's band. He is believed to be Schlomo's best friend.
  • Miss Sherman (English) – A strict, old-fashioned English teacher who loves her students despite the fact that she comes down hard on them.
  • Miss Bell (Dance) – A dance teacher with a passion for different styles of dance. Believes that dance is a way of life and is very protective of her students.
  • Mr Sheinkopf (Music) – European Music tutor with a love for classical music and dislike for all things rock and roll.
  • Mr. Myers (Drama) - A laid back drama teacher with an obsession for human psychology.
  • Ensemble – Students. Including a dance troupe, acting troupe and a music troupe.

Performance Dates

Fame will be performed at the Peforming Arts Centre - Doncaster Secondary College:

  • Friday 27th October 2017
  • Saturday 28th October 2017
  • Sunday 29th October 2017

Performance Venue Location

Peforming Arts Centre - Doncaster Secondary College

123 Church Rd, Doncaster VIC 3108

Friday 7pm – Opening Night

Carmen Diaz – Mia Zelesco
Tyrone Jackson – George Evangelakos
Schlomo Metzenbaum – Theo Pappas
Serena Katz – Laura Wilcox
Nick Piazza – John Ninis
Iris Kelly – Alysha Coady
Mabel Washington – Katie Worboyes
Joe (Jose) Vegas – Sebastian Campitelli
Grace Lamb (Lambchops) – Kushinka Jayewardene
Goodman King (Goody) – Max Nania
Miss Sherman (English) – Clare Toulmin
Miss Bell (Dance) – Emma Boyce
Mr Sheinkopf (Music) – Penelope Gordon
Dancing Troupe – Mitchell Bennie, Eleftheria Kazas, Isabella Mangano, Ethan Oppy, Keira Singleton, Jack Spallas
Acting Troupe – Keila Adinugroho, Sophie Chiew, Ashleigh Hughes, Madeleine Van Der Meer, Alida Worthy
Music Troupe – Skye Chen, Frances Fleming, Joshua Gong, Acacia Jakobi, Harrison Stoneman-Banks
Chorus – Brianna Bradford, Ainsley Chase, Claudia Ciempka, Sophia Connor, Kate Cunningham,
Ensemble – Isabella Gangi, Kat Giannaris, Chee-Rae Loi, Xian Loi, Kate Pappas, Bella Soccio

Saturday 11.30am – Saturday Matinee

Carmen Diaz – Mia Zelesco
Tyrone Jackson – George Evangelakos
Schlomo Metzenbaum – Theo Pappas
Serena Katz – Bella Soccio
Nick Piazza – Sebastian Campitelli
Iris Kelly – Alysha Coady
Mabel Washington – Katie Worboyes
Joe (Jose) Vegas – John Ninis
Grace Lamb (Lambchops) – Xian Loi
Goodman King (Goody) – Max Nania
Miss Sherman (English) – Clare Toulmin
Miss Bell (Dance) – Emma Boyce
Mr Sheinkopf (Music) – Acacia Jakobi
Dancing Troupe – Mitchell Bennie, Eleftheria Kazas, Isabella Mangano, Ethan Oppy, Keira Singleton, Jack Spallas
Acting Troupe – Keila Adinugroho, Sophie Chiew, Ashleigh Hughes, Madeleine Van Der Meer, Alida Worthy
Music Troupe – Skye Chen, Frances Fleming, Joshua Gong, Acacia Jakobi, Harrison Stoneman-Banks
Chorus – Brianna Bradford, Ainsley Chase, Claudia Ciempka, Kate Cunningham
Ensemble – Isabella Gangi, Kat Giannaris, Penelope Gordon, Chee-Rae Loi, Kate Pappas, Laura Wilcox

Saturday 7pm – Saturday Night

Carmen Diaz – Chee-Rae Loi
Tyrone Jackson – George Evangelakos
Schlomo Metzenbaum – Theo Pappas
Serena Katz – Laura Wilcox
Nick Piazza – John Ninis
Iris Kelly – Kate Pappas
Mabel Washington – Isabella Gangi
Joe (Jose) Vegas – Sebastian Campitelli
Grace Lamb (Lambchops) – Xian Loi
Goodman King (Goody) – Max Nania
Miss Sherman (English) – Kat Giannaris
Miss Bell (Dance) – Emma Boyce
Mr Sheinkopf (Music) – Penelope Gordon
Dancing Troupe – Mitchell Bennie, Eleftheria Kazas, Isabella Mangano, Ethan Oppy, Keira Singleton, Jack Spallas
Acting Troupe – Keila Adinugroho, Sophie Chiew, Ashleigh Hughes, Madeleine Van Der Meer, Alida Worthy
Music Troupe – Skye Chen, Frances Fleming, Joshua Gong, Acacia Jakobi, Harrison Stoneman-Banks
Chorus – Brianna Bradford, Ainsley Chase, Claudia Ciempka, Sophia Connor, Kate Cunningham
Ensemble – Alysha Coady, Kushinka Jayewardene, Bella Soccio, Clare Toulmin, Katie Worboyes, Mia Zelesco

Sunday 11.30am – Final Performance

Carmen Diaz – Chee-Rae Loi
Tyrone Jackson – George Evangelakos
Schlomo Metzenbaum – Theo Pappas
Serena Katz – Bella Soccio
Nick Piazza – Sebastian Campitelli
Iris Kelly – Kate Pappas
Mabel Washington – Isabella Gangi
Joe (Jose) Vegas – John Ninis
Grace Lamb (Lambchops) – Kushinka Jayewardene
Goodman King (Goody) – Max Nania
Miss Sherman (English) – Kat Giannaris
Miss Bell (Dance) – Emma Boyce
Mr Sheinkopf (Music) – Penelope Gordon
Dancing Troupe – Mitchell Bennie, Eleftheria Kazas, Isabella Mangano, Ethan Oppy, Keira Singleton, Jack Spallas
Acting Troupe – Keila Adinugroho, Sophie Chiew, Ashleigh Hughes, Madeleine Van Der Meer, Alida Worthy
Music Troupe – Skye Chen, Frances Fleming, Joshua Gong, Acacia Jakobi, Harrison Stoneman-Banks
Chorus – Brianna Bradford, Ainsley Chase, Claudia Ciempka, Sophia Connor, Kate Cunningham
Ensemble – Alysha Coady, Xian Loi, Clare Toulmin, Laura Wilcox, Katie Worboyes, Mia Zelesco

Production Team

Producer - Shenuka Abeysena

Director - Wendy Samantha

Musical Director - Chris McLeod

Assistant Director - James Worboyes

Choreographer - Jess Claughton

Assistant Choreographers - George Evangelakos & Amelia Campitelli

Vocal Coach - Isabelle Gan

Production Assistant -

Costume Design & Making - Lorraine Tyedin, Moni Langford & Inge Coppinger

Set Design & Construction - James Worboyes & Pelly Chang

Technical Consultant - Mark Banks

Lighting Operator - Chris Milburn & Brynn ...

Radio Mic Technician - Mark Banks & Shenuka Abeysena

Sound Design - Mark Banks

Sound Operator - Mark Banks

Sound Effects Operator -

Marketing & Publicity -

Flyer & Program Design - Shenuka

Photography - Shenuka

Backstage Crew Manager - Mark Chang

Backstage Crew - ...

Audition Information

Auditions will be held at the start of June in 2017.

  • Friday 2nd June 2017
  • Saturday 3rd June 2017
  • Sunday 4th June 2017

Audition Venue Location

Trinity Lutheran Church, 53 Victoria St, Doncaster VIC 3108

We are looking for performers and strong dancers aged 13-22 years old as of 31 December 2017.