MAY 20 AUDITIONS
SEEKING: Actors age 15 and up for 21-25 roles
WHEN: May 20 between 1 and 4 pm
HOW: First come, first served 10 minute audition slots available until filled by emailing Meredith McMath at RRRtheatre@gmail.com
WHERE: Franklin Park Arts Center
1. Prepare TWO 1-2 minute Shakespearean monologues (one comic, one dramatic) from any play except Much Ado about Nothing... OR...
2. If you play or sing, perform a short piece, and do only ONE monologue (comic or dramatic - your choice).
IF CALLED BACK: Actors MUST be available for Callbacks Thursday, May 24, 7-9 pm at Cascades Library, Conf. Rm A, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA
IF CAST: Rehearsals held Tues/Thurs evenings and Sat mornings in Loudoun County, VA and worked around cast conflicts whenever possible. Not all are called to all rehearsals.
SHOW DATES / LOCATION: August 10-12, Franklin Park Arts Center
THE PLAY: Stateside 1945... American soldiers are just back from the war. Some - like Benedick - are ready to celebrate, and others - like the young Claudio - are thinking of love. But no sooner have they arrived home than BENEDICK finds himself in another skirmish - an old war of wits with the clever BEATRICE. These two passionately swear they hate each other, but can their friends trick them into admitting the truth? And when CLAUDIO falls for sweet HERO, can he be tricked out of love by a traitor? Throw in a SWING DANCE, a BRAWL, a couple VILLAINS, half a MARRIAGE and one insane SHERIFF, and you have one of William Shakespeare's best loved COMEDIES!
Run Rabbit Run productions are built with a strong artistic vision and a creative, collaborative production process. In addition, Much Ado... rehearsals will include 1940s swing dance and stage stunts, and a few rehearsals will be open to the public in conjunction with Loudoun County Public Libraries.
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER: Meredith Bean McMath will include 1940s swing dance and stage stunt instruction, as well as portions of The American Shakespeare Center's Guide to Much Ado about Nothing throughout the rehearsal process. Lastly, a few rehearsals are likely to be open to the public in conjunction with Loudoun County Public Libraries.
ASST. MANAGER: Jenna Powell
CHOREOGRAPHER: Kelly Gray
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Diane El-Shafey
FURTHER DETAILS FOR MUCH ADO... AUDITIONS
FIND MONOLOGUE/S that are not from Much Ado...
1. Choose a powerful 1-2 min. DRAMATIC SHAKESPEAREan Monologue
2. FIND a HILARIOUS 1-2 MIN. COMIC SHAKESPEARean MONOLOGUE
3. If you are also presenting a song or instrumental performance, PREP only one monologue (You choice: comedy or drama)
PREP YOUR MONOLOGUE
1. MARK YOUR MONOLOGUE BY UNDERLINING KEY WORDS, EMOTIONAL CHANGES, AND PAUSES.
2. WORK ON YOUR BREATHING TECHNIQUE TO GIVE POWER TO YOUR VOICE, BECAUSE RUN RABBIT RUN LIKES TO PRESENT SHAKESPEARE THE OLD-FASHION WAY: NO MICROPHONES.
PROFESSIONAL AUDITION TECHNIQUES
FOR COMEDIES OR DRAMAS
Choose a one to two-minute monologue in the style of the play. Note: Never memorize a monologue from the play being produced unless a director asks and avoid monologues requiring strong accents. Practice, practice, practice. Ready? Okay...
On Audition Day: Come to audition space ten-minutes before your appointed time, sign in and fill out an audition form. When it's your turn, a staff member will call you into the audition room.
Upon Entering, smile and make eye contact with theatre staff. Be confident. Assume they like you already, and they do - hey, you showed up! Greet them and let them know your name and then tell them what you're about to present, i.e. "Hi there. My name is Theta Thespian / Douglas Drama, and I'd like to present so-and-so's monologue from Some Incredibly Great Play."
To Present: Step back and take a couple seconds to center yourself. Raise your eyes and focus on a space about 2' above the staff members' heads and begin your monologue. If the monologue is to one person, full imagine the person's head two feet about the staff. If it's a crowd, imagine them standing behind the staff, and address your crowd, back and forth, above the staff.
DO NOT make eye contact with staff members during your monologue/s.
Why? Because they aren't in the scene with you... they're in 2018, taking notes.
When done: Lower your head, take a moment to come out of character, then look at the staff, smile and say, "Thank you." In professional theatre, they're likely to say "Thank you" - and that's your cue to exit.
But in community theatre, they'll probably talk to you and ask you a couple questions before saying goodbye. Either way, they may ask you to do a cold reading from the script. And, at that point, it's perfectly acceptable (and expected) to ask them for a moment to look over the reading before you begin.
Present a monologue as described above and then a song. Piano accompaniment will be provided, so BRING YOUR SHEET MUSIC. Specific shows will have specific audition requirements (i.e., 16 bars, a certain range, etc.), so check the audition requirements on the website as you make your audition appointment.
The audition may or may not require a monologue. For an opera audition, Piano accompaniment is provided and as a courtesy fee is required to pay the pianist for those services (this amount is usually noted in the audition notice). BRING SHEET MUSIC. In opera, entire songs are presented during the audition period and are interrupted only if time does not permit. Usually the director/s will warn you they may need to interrupt your piece.
AT EVERY AUDITION
Assume the auditioners will like you. You're a living, breathing, willing theatre participant, and, for all they know, another star in the making. Enjoy the audition process: even if this show isn't a perfect fit for you, the next one might be, and directors never forget talent, a friendly face and a positive attitude.
These tips have been provided by Meredith Bean McMath of RUN RABBIT RUN THEATRE of Loudoun County, Virginia and are culled from professional actors, and the classes she taught with a professional acting camp.
You've read the professional audition techniques. If you apply them - If we see you in audition actually following these? - you will have an immediate leg up over every other auditioner. In fact, you may have won a spot in the cast on the spot, because we will already know you're serious about acting and you're a learner. Incidentally, you'll also have a leg up at every one of your future auditions. Bravo.
ADDITIONAL TIDBITS: SHARPEN YOUR ACTING SKILLS LIKE A PRO EVERY DAY BY
1. OBSERVE CHARACTERS, CHARACTERISTICS, AND SCENARIOS OF THOSE AROUND YOU - THE WAY PEOPLE WALK, SPEAK OR HAVE AFFECTATIONS (I.e, an interesting walk, a voice, an odd laugh, or unusual mannerism).
2. KEEP NOTES OR A JOURNAL IMAGES, SOUND BYTES AND SENSORY EXPERIENCES THAT GOT YOUR ATTENTION. THAT'S ALL FOR NOW...
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