Auditions

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**AUDITION NOTICE**

Constellations by Nick Payne

Auditions: Friday 1st March at 7:30pm and Sunday 3rd March at 10am

Call backs: Monday 4th March

Rehearsals start Friday 8th March

Production week Monday 6th May

Performances Saturday 11th – Saturday 18th May.

A plot synopsis will only scratch the surface of this play but here goes: Marianne, a physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper and producer of honey, meet at a BBQ, tentatively go on a first date, fall in love, split up, get back together and deal with impending heart break. However, this story is told through the lens of the multiverse theory: we live in one universe that sits side by side with an infinite number of universes in which live the versions of ourselves that have made a different choice in any options that life throws up for us. As such we see many of these moments play out differently in differing universes.

There are no specific guidelines with regards the characters age except Marianne lectures at a University and she states at one point she’s ‘under 40’.

So in terms of what I’m looking for with regard actors:

  • Able to work with text that seems almost identical but pull out different meanings and convey to an audience
  • To be prepared to experiment with styles of performance in communicating the peculiarities of this play such as ‘changes of universes’
  • To be available for the whole rehearsal period: it is a two hander and so missing a rehearsal would probably lead to a cancelled rehearsal

AUDITION EXTRACT 1

AUDITION EXTRACT 2

I would recommend having a look at the audition pieces to get a flavour of the play and then come along to the audition where I’ll be able to convey more clearly my ideas for this play. It really does offer an exciting opportunity for actors who want to really push themselves.

If you have questions or queries then you can email me at ged42@hotmail.com

Otherwise I’ll see you there

Mark Thompson – director

**AUDITION NOTICE**

A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare

The Play

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: William Shakespeare

One of Shakespeare’s most enduring and best-loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a beautifully crafted play that draws upon the writing of Ovid and Chaucer, as well as English Folklore, observations of Elizabethan society, and of course Shakespeare’s wonderful imagination.

The play moves from the ordered urban court of Athens to the wild and magical world of the enchanted forest. The action begins in Athens where preparations are being made for the marriage of the Duke, Theseus, and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. These preparations are interrupted by one of the courtiers, Egeus, who asks the Duke to intervene in a dispute between himself and his daughter Hermia. Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius (the man he has chosen for her) but she refuses because she is in love with Lysander. When Theseus supports her father’s petition, Hermia and Lysander decide to run away. Demetrius hears of their plans and follows Hermia and Lysander into the forest, and his former lover Helena follows him.

Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors (the Mechanicals) are preparing a performance of Pyramus and Thisbe for the Duke’s wedding celebrations; to avoid prying eyes they make their way into the same enchanted forest to rehearse.

In the forest we find Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, embroiled in a bitter row over a child. Oberon, jealous of Titania’s possession of the child seeks revenge and anoints her sleeping eyes with a love juice that makes her fall in love with the next living thing that she sees.

As the lovers and the mechanicals cross paths with the fairies (particularly the impish Puck) comic mayhem ensues…

The Auditions

Audition dates: Saturday 16th March at 2pm and Tuesday 19th March at 7.30pm at the Crescent Theatre.

Call backs will be on Thursday 21st March at 7:30pm

Please prepare a short monologue from any Shakespeare play.

After performing your monologue you will be asked to work with another actor or a group of actors on an extract from the play (the extract will be provided at the audition).

 

Characters

The Athenians

Theseus. Duke of Athens. Represents power and order in the play. Will double as a Fairy

Hippolyta. Queen of the Amazons. A former female warrior thrust into a new social environment dominated by patriarchy. Will Double as a Fairy.

Egeus. Hermia’s father and Master of Ceremonies. An old fashioned patriarch. This production follows the first Folio in assigning the lines for the Master of Ceremonies in Act 5 to Egeus (rather than Philostrate).

The lovers (Under 25 years – these are the only parts for which I have set an age range)

Hermia. A strong and confident young woman, she is in love with Lysander and runs away with him to avoid marrying Demetrius.

Lysander. The young man in love with Hermia.

Helena. An insecure young woman who suffers the trauma of unrequited love.

Demetrius. An ambitious young man who was in love with Helena but now wants to marry Hermia.

 

The Mechanicals

Nick Bottom. An ambitious amateur actor who is seduced by the queen of the fairies. Plays Pyramus in the production of Pyramus and Thisbe.

Peter Quince. The stressed out director of Pyramus and Thisbe.

Frances Flute. A very promising young actor. Plays Thisbe in Pyramus and Thisbe. Will double as a fairy.

Snug. A shy but charming individual. Plays Lion in Pyramus and Thisbe. Will double as a fairy.

Tom Snout. If you enjoy physical comedy this is the role for you. Plays Wall in Pyramus and Thisbe. Will double as a fairy.

Robin Starveling. An assertive actor with a short fuse. Plays Moonshine in Pyramus and Thisbe. Will double as a fairy.

 

The Fairies

Titania. Queen of the fairies. She is sensual, earthy, and has a deep sense of loyalty.

Oberon. King of the fairies. He is jealous and vindictive, but also shows a more tender side to his character.

Puck. Servant to Oberon. A mischievous fairy who plays pranks on unsuspecting mortals.

Fairy/Attendant (non-speaking role)

 

Rehearsals and Performances

Rehearsals start on Sunday 7th April and run throughout April and May (there will also be 3 rehearsals between the studio run and the tour). Please bring your diaries to the audition so you can let me know of any prior commitments you have during the rehearsal period. All cast members must attend all technical and dress rehearsals and all performances.

Technical week begins: 3 June 2019

There are a total of 16 performances: 8 in the Ron Barber Studio and 8 at outdoor venues across the Midlands.

Performance Dates: 8 June – 15 June (studio), 29 June-14 July (tour)

Ron Barber studio (6 evenings and 2 matinees):

Saturday 8th June – 7:45pm

Sunday 9th June – 2:45pm

Monday 10th June – No Performance

Tuesday 11th June – 7:45pm

Wednesday 12th June – 7:45pm

Thursday 13th June – 7:45pm

Friday 14th June – 7:45pm

Saturday 15th June – 2:45pm and 7:45pm

After the studio run the production will go out on tour. We perform in the open air in all weathers! Performance dates and venues are:

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Saturday 29th June – 3pm

Sunday 30th June – 3pm

Blakesley Hall

Saturday 6th July – 5pm

Sunday 7th July – 5pm

Selly Manor

Wednesday 10th July – 7pm

Thursday 11th July – 7pm

Harvington Hall

Saturday 13th July – 7pm

Sunday 14th July – 5pm

Georgina Evans (Director) gevans28@sky.com