Kamp is a new musical, book by Jamie Bradley, music and Lyrics by Garry Williams which will have its world premiere here at The Scotia Bank Theatre in Halifax from Oct 22- Nov 11 2018, possible touring dates to follow. This is a co-production with Neptune Theatre.
KAMP is a darkly comedic, two-act musical that tells the story of a group of homosexual men, interred in a Second World War Nazi concentration camp. Crammed into isolation barracks, these men suffer back-breaking work and torture beyond imagination. To seek solace, express themselves through their art and struggle to maintain their humanity, they plan to secretly produce a musical revue under the noses of the camp S.S.
KAMP is based on historical truth and inspired by stories from Nazi Germany's Sachsenhausen and other concentration camps. This play is about a piece of near-forgotten history and about our strong will to survive in light of persecution.
If you play any instruments with proficiency please bring them to your audition
Submissions by email to email@example.com by March 7 deadline
Directed by Sam Rosenthal ( Artistic Producer) Choreographer : Veronique Mackenzie MD : TBA
KAMP - the Musical - Character Breakdown
If you play any instruments with proficiency, please bring them to your audition.
Prepare to play one or two pieces.
Dance skills are a benefit.
Eastern Front Theatre encourages applications from underrepresented communities, including Indigenous, Black, communities of colour, people with disabilities and from Two-Spirit and Trans communities.
GUSTAV: (GOOS-tahv) Male, aged 50’s. Bass/baritone, Ab-f ’, falsetto. Dance. A homosexual prisoner. The heart. Gustav was once a popular Berlin cabaret performer. He cares about everyone and wishes to look after the other prisoners. He is confident and bold and, although he tries not to stand out in a crowd, can't help but be the centre of attention.
THEO: (TAY-oh) Male, aged 50’s. Tenor C-g#’. Must play piano. Dance. A homosexual prisoner. The producer. Theo is a controller, who isn't happy unless he is in charge. Dictatorial and organised, he believes he knows what is right and is confident he knows the only path to the goal. He cares more about his "vision" than anything else.
SCHLÄFER: (SHLAY-fur) Male, aged 30’s. Baritone A-eb’. A homosexual prisoner. The truth thinker. Schläfer's mind is always in motion and he has something to say about everything. Sarcastic and sardonic, he strives to find truth and pushes all around him to do the same. He hides himself from no one.
KLAUS: (KLOWSS) Male, aged 40’s. Bass/baritone A-f ’. A homosexual prisoner. The realist. Klaus is an artist; in fact, once a famous painter in Germany. He knows the essence of people and isn't afraid to tell them. Gruff and no-nonsense, Klaus prefers to keep himself at an emotional distance.
FRIEDRICH: (FREE-drik) Male, aged late 20’s-early 30’s. Baritone/tenor D-g’ Must play piano. Hiding his homosexuality behind a marriage of convenience and his Nazi block sergeant uniform. Always afraid he'll be found out, Friedrich attempts to balance his sympathy for the prisoners, his fellow homosexuals, while projecting the image of a ruthless soldier to blend in with the other Nazis. DOUBLE-CAST AS: MICHAEL: (MIK-ay-el) Early 20’s. Kind and curious, with a deep desire to connect with his late father Friedrich, Michael accepts people for who they are and tries to help them as much as he can. ZIMA: (ZEE-mah) Male, aged late 50’s. Tenor D#-a’. Must play guitar. A Roma. The spiritual philosopher. Zima looks at the big picture, filtered through his faith. He tries to find even the most minute positive in the prison life full of negatives. He is passionate about family, whether it is his own blood or his adopted one in the camp.
PAVLO: (PAH-vloh) Male, aged 15. Tenor A-f#’. Must dance ballet. A homosexual prisoner. The innocent. Pavlo knows he must attach himself to someone who will help him survive. Eager to learn the ways of the camp, he grows up quickly. DOUBLE-CAST AS: WILLEM: (VILL-um) Male, aged 30’s. Willem is a Berlin federal jail guard. He would rather be smoking a cigarette and guarding empty cells than have to deal with prisoners, especially homosexual ones.
KOMMANDANT: (KOH-man-dahnt) Male. Aged 40’s. Looks more like an accountant than a typical Nazi villain. A streak of cruelty often flashes from beneath the pretension of upper class elegance. A classic bureaucrat, he focusses on order and efficiency above anything else. He is a faithful follower of the Third Reich and believes the Fuhrer is the saviour of the German people.
CREUTZ: (CROYtz) Male. Aged late 20’s. Creutz is an ambitious Nazi guard. Ambitious and sees himself advancing through the ranks to the Kommandant's office. He wants power and influence and, while he might not believe in the politics of the Third Reich, he is willing to play by the rules and even break them to get what he wants.
JOSEPH: (KAH-poe) Male. Aged late 30’s. A career criminal, the position of barrack Kapo (a prisoner, who guards over prisoners) is a perfect fit for Joseph, as he enjoys his position of power over the homosexuals. His position allows him to take the abuse he is given by the guards and inflict his anger upon the homosexual prisoners.
BERTHA: (BEAR-tah) Female. Aged late 20’S. Bertha feels no love for her husband, Friedrich and their marriage is more a business arrangement than anything. She would leave Friedrich if she were able but their business arrangement is far too convenient. Bertha is fierce and will defend her unborn twins by any means necessary. DOUBLE-CAST AS: BRIGITTE: (bri-GIT-ah) Aged mid-20’s. Begrudgingly supports her brother Michael's quest for information. Embarrassed and hateful of her father, Brigitte also holds the sins of her country's past to heart