** AUDITION NOTICE **
Auditions for A Midsummer Night's Dream
Announcing auditions for Shakespeare in the City’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Shakespeare in the City is a partnership between The Newtowne Players and Historic St Mary’s City.
Directed by Beth Sanford and Assistant Directed by Kenny Faison
Stage Managed by Ariel Hulvey and Assistant Stage Managed by Alice Galliart
Original Score by Hunter Martin
Produced by Aaron and Jenny Meisinger
Auditions will be held Monday, April 25th and Tuesday, April 26th 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the State House of 1676, located at Historic St. Mary’s City, 47418 Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City. Please come prepared to list all conflicts between April 26th and August 20th, 2022. Anyone who does not list conflicts on their audition form and then subsequently brings in a long list after accepting a role will be recast. If you are unable to attend these audition sessions, you may submit a video audition by 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 24th. Email the Production Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive instructions for submitting your video submission.
Auditions will consist of the following monologue as well as a comedic Shakespearean monologue of your choice. (Note: monologues do not need to be memorized.)
HELENA (Act II Scene ii)
O, I am out of breath in this fond chase!
The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace.
Happy is Hermia, wheresoe'er she lies,
For she hath blessed and attractive eyes.
How came her eyes so bright? Not with salt tears.
If so, my eyes are oftener wash'd than hers.
No, no, I am as ugly as a bear;
For beasts that meet me run away for fear.
But who is here? Lysander! On the ground!
Dead or asleep? I see no blood, no wound.
Lysander if you live, good sir, awake.
Those interested in auditioning for Puck will also need to prepare the following monologue as well as the two listed above. (For a total of three monologues)
PUCK (Act II Scene ii)
Through the forest have I gone,
But Athenian found I none,
On whose eyes I might approve
This flower's force in stirring love.
Night and silence. Who is here?
Weeds of Athens he doth wear.
This is he, my master said,
Despised the Athenian maid.
And here the maiden, sleeping sound,
On the dank and dirty ground.
Pretty soul! She durst not lie
Near this lack-love, this kill-courtesy.
Churl, upon thy eyes I throw
All the power this charm doth owe.
When thou wakest, let love forbid
Sleep his seat on thy eyelid.
So awake when I am gone,
For I must now to Oberon.
Performances will take place on the lawn of the State House of 1676 at Historic St Mary’s City Thursday, August 11th , Friday, August 12th, Saturday, August 13th, Thursday, August 18th, Friday, August 19th, & Saturday, August 20th, 2022.
The first readthrough will be held during the first week of May. Please note that all performances and rehearsals will be outdoors.
For more information, please contact the Production Team at email@example.com
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NTP is implementing policies which require all performers to be masked when patrons or guests are inside Three Notch Theatre except while performing, eating, or drinking. It is also recommended to wear masks at all other times.
The Board of Directors will re-evaluate this guidance on a monthly basis and additional information will be provided to production teams as soon as it is available. We appreciate your flexibility as we seek to audition, rehearse, and perform safely.
This is my first audition, any advice?
It's easy (and very normal) to become nervous about auditioning, especially if it's your first time. Relax! You're going to be great. The most important thing is to just have fun ... that's why we're all here, right?!
What should I prepare?
Most of our auditions will include cold reading from the script. There will be select scenes from the play that the director may ask you to read from. You will be given time to look over them before you step into the limelight! Musicals require a prepared song (usually about 16 bars). Special requirements will be posted in the audition notice.
Should I come both days?
Most of our shows will have two days of regular auditions. You only need to come for one day. We hold two rounds of auditions with the hope that at least one of the days will work with everyone's schedule. If it does not, use the audition line to contact the director and make other arrangements.
What should I wear?
Always wear comfortable clothing that you can move well in, and please wear closed-toe shoes. Special requirements for dance will be noted in the audition notice.
I was cast in the show. Now What?
Congratulations! Being in a show is one of the most fun and rewarding things to do, we hope you have a blast. Make sure you check your email often, we will be in touch soon with rehearsal and performance schedules. If your email address changes, let us know immediately.
I wasn't cast this time. Now what?
Auditioning for any show is always a great experience, regardless of whether you make it or not! Keep up the good work. If you are still looking for ways to get involved, check out the show pages, there are volunteer opportunities posted and opportunities to help out in the front of house.
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