Auditions

The Crescent Theatre is holding auditions for the following production(s).

Non-members are welcome but please read the notes on this page.  Want to be involved but don’t want to act? There’s always plenty to do backstage – see our membership page for details.


Grimm Tales

Audition Date

Sun, 6 Sep, 2015 2:00 pm
Tue, 8 Sep, 2015 7:00 pm

This production is based around Carol Ann Duffy’s adaptations of the tales (written by the Brothers Grimm) and Tim Supple’s dramatisations. The text comes with little or no stage directions, and this leads for an exciting process of working as a team to explore and shape the stories’ different dramatic potential. We have a collection of 5/6 stories to explore that include Hansel & Gretel, Ashputtel (or Cinderella) and The Golden Goose. The stories are enchanting, thrilling, touching and often quite dark…perfect for children and adults alike.

I am looking to put together an ensemble of actors that will tell these different stories in an engaging and exciting way. The rehearsal period will involve improvisation and physical exploration of the stories and Tim Supple’s text. There really are a lot of exciting creative opportunities to be discovered. In the first initial rehearsals I want to work as a creative group of actors, director and technical team, to explore the different characters and then decide who will play the different specific roles.

I am looking for actors of all ages, actors that would enjoy the nature (and demands) of performing children’s theatre, and actors that will enjoy creating several interesting characters (each cast member may have many different roles).

More information on performance dates can be found at the following:

http://www.crescent-theatre.co.uk/theatre-event/?EventID=39530

Or do not hesitate to email me on:

jamesdavidknapp@yahoo.co.uk

Look forward to seeing you at the auditions!

James David Knapp (Director)


The Christmas Wassail 2015

An opportunity to take part in one of Birmingham’s most popular and highly-acclaimed Christmas theatrical and musical events and greet Christmas in style!

The Wassail has been produced by The Crescent Theatre every Christmas for thirty years and plays consistently to packed audiences. Performances take place at the Crescent Theatre and at three other beautiful and atmospheric venues: Coughton Court http://www.coughtoncourt.co.uk/, Harvington Hall http://www.harvingtonhall.com/  and Highbury Hall http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/highbury.

The Wassail is a programme of Christmas and winter-themed readings, extracts from plays, comic monologues and vocal music of all kinds from Palestrina to Michael Buble!   The Wassail achieves high musical and dramatic standards. The size of the cast is approximately thirty and new members and new participants from outside of the theatre are very welcome. It is not necessary to be able to read music; those who cannot read music will be provided with a recording of their part and be expected to learn it. However anyone accepting a role must become a member of the theatre and commit to attending rehearsals and working hard on the music and readings between rehearsals.

Auditions

Sunday September 13th from 6pm-9pm
Thursday  September 17th from 6.30pm-9.00pm

The initial audition is for a part in the company as a whole and is purely musical. Please bring to the audition a song of any kind- a song from a musical or simple carol is fine as is a classical song. In addition to singing your audition piece you will be taken through a few vocal exercises. The audition process will last no longer than ten minutes. Auditions for readers and soloists will take place a few weeks into rehearsals for those that have been accepted into the company.

You can either book a time or come ‘on spec’ during the times indicated above.  To book an audition, or to find out more about The Wassail, please contact Gary Spruce 07967 300853 or e-mail g.j.spruce@open.ac.uk. If you cannot make any of the audition dates please contact Gary to arrange another time.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals take place mainly on Sunday evenings from 7pm-9.30pm and also on Thursdays from 7.30pm – 9.45 pm from mid-October onwards.  Punctuality and regular attendance is very important. First rehearsal takes place on Sunday September 27th.

Performance dates:

Saturday  December 12th at Coughton Court, Alcester,  4.30pm and 7.30pm.
Sunday December 13th  Coughton Court, Alcester 4.30pm and 7.30pm.
Monday December 14th Highbury Hall, Moseley. 8pm
Tuesday December 15th Highbury Hall, Moseley. 8pm
Saturday December 19th Harvington Hall, Kidderminster. 4.00pm and 7.00pm.
Sunday December 20th Crescent Theatre 7.30pm
Monday December 21st Crescent Theatre 7.30pm
Tuesday December 22nd Crescent Theatre 7.30pm

Directors:

Dave Rodgers & Gary Spruce