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Chess is a musical regarded as the most popular fictional portrayal of chess ever created – based on an idea and with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, of ABBA fame. Chess is the story of a love triangle between two grandmasters – one American, one Russian – and a woman who serves as a manager to one of the players but falls in love with the other.


FLORENCE VASSY – Rock belter F3-E5 [G#5 preferable]. Mid-thirties. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile. Frederick’s chess “second” and possible lover.

FREDDIE TRUMPER – Rock tenor [B2-C#4]. Mid-thirties. Arrogant and temperamental, a self-absorbed, fame-and-fortune-seeking, short-tempered, bad-boy – but a genius; his chess playing revolutionary.

ANATOLY SERGIEVSKY – Baritone [F2-B4]. Early forties. “The Russian”: A Russian chess champion and Grandmaster.

ALEXANDER MOLOKOV – Bass [F#2-E4] Fifties. Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually formidable.

SVETLANA SERGIEVSKAYA – Mezzo-Soprano [F3-E5] belt. Late thirties. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic contrast to Florence – not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.

WALTER de COURCEY – Bass-Baritone [G#2-E4]. Fifties. Head of the American Delegation A financial administrator in Freddie’s delegation and seemingly a secret CIA agent; also a marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.

ARBITER – rock high baritone/tenor [B2-A4]. Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.

ENSEMBLE – Other named roles plus Citizens of Merano, Reporters, Delegates, Civil Servants, Press, etc etc

Dance requirements
All cast members should have the ability to move well. We are also seeking male and female featured dancers with strong jazz ability (classical training an advantage).

Audition dates and location

Monday 5th June – evening
Wednesday 7th June – evening
Friday 9th June – evening
Wednesday 14th June [Call backs] – evening

Auditions and call backs will be held at:
Scotch College
James Forbes Academy [Music Department]
Corner Fordholm Rd & Morrison St. Hawthorn

Booking an audition

There are 2 important but easy steps –
1. Book an audition appointment which you can do on-line at You will be able at the same time to complete the Audition Application form and choose an Audition time slot. If you wish to change your audition arrangements, you will also be able to do that at any time.
2. Send us a CV – and headshot – to Richard Beveridge at

If you have any queries, contact Richard Beveridge preferably by email [with contact details] at or ring 0414 413 013.
For further information or expressions of interest email the producer – Richard Beveridge at – Applications for production support roles are also naturally welcome.

Audition Information

  • Auditions are by appointment only and will be of approximately 6-10 minutes duration.
  • For the audition, please prepare a cut of two songs: one pop/rock sty6le in the style of the show but not from Chess, and one ‘legit’ or classical song.
  • Auditionees may be asked to attend a dance/movement audition on June 9th at 7.00pm. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Rehearsal information

  • Rehearsals will commence Tuesday 18th July and be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons
  • We will have one rehearsal weekend on the 23rd and 24th September
  • Cast are expected to attend at least two working bees for set building, painting or costume making and to help with bump in and bump out.

Season Information

There will be eight performances from 19th October to 28th October 2017 in the Geoffrey McComas Theatre, James Forbes Academy, Scotch College Campus, Morrison St. Hawthorn. This is not a Scotch College school production.

  • Thursday 19th October, 7.45pm (Preview)
  • Friday 20th October, 7.45pm (Opening)
  • Saturday 21st October, 7.45pm
  • Sunday 22nd October, (Matinee) 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 25th October 7.45pm
  • Thursday 26th October, 7.45pm
  • Friday 27th October, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 28th October, 7.45pm


Monday 5 June, 2017
Friday 9 June, 2017
Scotch College James Forbes Academy
Venue Address
Corner Fordholm Rd & Morrison St.

Victoria, Melbourne