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Two Actors to Play Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in Stage play

Two Actors to Play Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in Stage play

Waikato, NZ. Apply from all NZ.
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We're excited to open auditions for "The Sherpa & the Beekeeper ~ Summit on Everest"

The play is a new work of theatre that explores the personal and political repercussions of one of the most iconic moments of the 20th century– the first summiting of the highest point of Earth.

Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary are two fascinating characters from diverse cultures, pushed to the limit of human endurance even as they celebrate their monumental achievement. The play mines the resulting wealth of cultural, class, and human flash points.

This is a two-person, three-act play, to be staged atop a replica of the peak of Mt Everest.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, November 20th at the Meteor in Hamilton, between 10am and 2pm.

- Matt Kambic – Director and Playwright
- Mel Martin – Stage Manager
- Sarah Johnson - Dramaturg
- Jay and Brooke Baker – Production Managers

Note: if we can't meet in person due to COVID restrictions, we'll switch to video auditions. Or if you can't make it to the Hamilton, Meteor Theatre audition for some reason, we're happy to see your video audition. Contact us for details.

Estimated time required:12 weeks of rehearsal in or near Hamilton NZ. 1 week of season. Possible touring opportunities.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

- Rehearsals are expected to begin in February 2022 in Hamilton, and run through till May. As there are only two actors, specific days can be determined around actor availability.

- Production season (including technical/dress rehearsal) will run from May 23rd to May 29th, 2022.

Job payment

Payment TBC - TBC

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

Born in Tibet, 5 ft. 8 inch tall. Tenzing is lithe and sure-footed. He is 39 years old, but doesn’t show his age. Tenzing’s narrative traces his peak joy at reaching the top, to his disillusionment at the trappings of fame, his mounting discernment of the still unresolved cultural and class gulf between Western Empire and Nepalese worlds, and his personal struggle to cherish his relationship with Hillary while trying to bridge the social encumbrances they inherited.

Anyone, aged 20 to 40

  • Height: Any - 176 cm / 5ft 9in
  • Ethnicity: Eurasian / Pan Asian, Indian, Māori, Pacific Islander , South Asian, Other

Applications closed 13 December 2021.

Sir Edmund Hillary

Tall, lanky, hard-scrabble New Zealander Edmund Hillary is 33 years old. Sir Edmund’s narrative traces his summit hour gladness, exhaustion, and appreciation, to his scourging of the controversy over who actually set foot on the top first, the distressing incongruities in the crowds and press, and the wild array of pursuits that fame has pulled him into. His relationship to Tenzing is both co-conspiratorial and splintering.

Male, aged 22 to 39

  • Height: 187 cm / 6ft 2in - 199 cm / 6ft 6in
  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 13 December 2021.

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Listing created: 12 November 2021
Applications closed: 13 December 2021
Casting #1154627