Auditions – Romeo and Juliet

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. AUDITIONS

“Romeo and Juliet”

Drama

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Catherine Steer

 

Written by William Shakespeare in 1595, Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story. Two young lovers from opposing families meet and marry in secret but then the feud interferes in their plans for a life together. Director Catherine Steer will bring an exhilarating production as you join us on our journey into one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, creating an engaging, violent production with live music and dance scenes from the early 1960s. Experienced actors and theatre beginners welcome.

Audition

Tuesday 13 March 2018 at 7.30pm
Where: BATS clubroom, at the rear of the Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

When you arrive at the Hall there is parking available to the back of the hall and side. Enter the Clubroom from the rear of the building.

Tea/Coffee will be provided.

Please note, everyone auditioning will be given short instruction of how to read Shakespeare, however, familiarity with the plot is recommended before audition. Try these links:

https://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/summary/
https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/r/romeo-and-juliet/play-summary

or

Watch the DVD Romeo + Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann

For your audition, please familiarise yourself with the plot and the characters so that you gain an idea of which role to audition for. You do not need to read the play to do this; plot and character descriptions can be found online.

All ages from age 16 plus and all levels of acting experience are welcome. Ages of characters are flexible. If you wish to audition for this play just turn up, no appointment necessary. There are roles for leads, roles with a few lines and non-speaking parts. We also seek people who wish to be involved in a technical capacity, choreography, musicians, singers and backstage roles, such as stage manager, sound and lighting assistants.

In audition, there will be improvisation, readings and scene work. No need to prepare a speech. Auditionees will be guided in text reading if necessary.

Cast

As mentioned, a blend of experienced and beginner performers, from age 16 plus. No upper age limit. Cast will work as an ensemble to enhance the production process and outcome. There will be meaningful improvisation activities that serve as a means to discovering the internal characteristics and objectives of the characters.

All ages given are only a guide to “stage age” of the characters

ESCALUS, Prince of Verona – Male 16 plus
PARIS, a young Count, kinsman to the Prince – Male 18–30 years of age
MONTAGUE, head of Montague house – Male 30 plus
CAPULET, heads of Capulet house – Male 30 plus
ROMEO, son to Montague – 18-25 years of age
TYBALT, nephew to Lady Capulet – 18-30 years of age
MERCUTIO, kinsman to the Prince and friend to Romeo – 18-30 years of age
BENVOLIO, nephew to Montague, and friend to Romeo – 18-30 years of age
FRIAR LAURANCE, Franciscan – 20 plus
FRIAR JOHN, Franciscan – 20 plus
BALTHASAR, servant to Romeo – 20 plus
ABRAM, servant to Montague – 20 plus
SAMPSON, servant to Capulet – 20 plus
GREGORY, servant to CAPULET – 20 plus
PETER, servant to Juliet’s nurse – 18-30 plus
LADY MONTAGUE, wife to Montague – 25-40 year of age
LADY CAPULET, wife to Capulet – 25-40 years of age
JULIET, daughter to Capulet. Actual 13 years of age. An experienced young teenager can be cast or actor aged from 16-25 years of age who bears a young appearance
AN APOTHECARY – 18 plus
THREE MUSICIANS – 16 plus
AN OFFICER – 16 plus
NURSE TO JULIET – 35 plus. Comical, bawdy character
CITIZENS OF VERONA, Gentlemen and Gentlewomen of both houses; Maskers, Torchbearers, Pages, Guards, Watchmen, Servants, and Attendants – 16 plus years of age.

Musicians and Dancers

Three confident singers or actors who can be trained.
Musicians: competent, particularly electric guitarist/drummer/bass player
Dancers able to jive, or learn to jive.

All cast need to wear loose casual clothing and bring a pair of trainers to rehearsals for fight choreography. Thank you. All levels of fitness welcome.

Setting

The play will leave its original setting of the Renaissance period in Verona, Italy. It will be set using two eras, the late 1950’s and modern day. This forms the divide between the two families. Live Soul Music, singing performances will feature.

There are many ways to set Shakespeare. To set a Shakespeare in a different time frame has always been debatable. Ultimately, setting a Shakespeare play in a different era should complement the kernel of the play, and ideally, enhance his original work.” – Catherine.

Director

CATHERINE STEER, BA Hons. M Prof Prac (Performing Arts)

Catherine is a professional theatre practitioner and actor. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Sunshine Coast Actor Training School, Queensland School of Performing Arts. She specialises in physical theatre, directing, Mask, Puppetry and Stage fight choreography and introducing Shakespeare to those less familiar with his works. Catherine has directed over 15 Shakespeare productions with casts of children, teenagers and adults, in Australia and England.

For this production we are keen to include experienced actors but also people who are interested in trying performance for the first time. An excellent opportunity to experience being in a theatre company and working on classical text in a refreshing and interesting way.

A free workshop will be held at the first rehearsal session for familiarisation with text and introduction to synopsis to enhance the experience of this Shakespeare production.

Director’s last note

“I always say in the initial audition for producing a Shakespeare play, that I am not ‘an expert in Shakespeare’. I am, however, a very good communicator, I have a great sense of humour and have bags of imagination and have worked in the performing arts – teaching and training and performing for thirty (30) years.

I have directed many Shakespeare plays with actors of all ages. I love introducing people to Shakespeare that have never experienced reading his plays or performing them.

The first thing that people usually comment on is the thought of having to get through his difficult use of language….so here comes my little story……..

I did not read my first Shakespeare play until I was 26 years of age purely because I had been led to believe, in school, that Shakespeare would be too hard to our B stream English class. Shakespeare wrote in poetry and prose – not a foreign language like French or Sanskrit. Upon reading my first play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ I was saddened and annoyed that I had been kept in the dark about his works for so long. I understood the entire play and was bewitched, not frightened by the poetic language. This is why I think it’s important for everyone who is remotely interested to be introduced to his works. The language is the least of your problems, I’d say the fight choreography in this production might be more challenging!

Shakespeare wrote his plays for the masses, not the elite, and certainly not just for kids in A Stream English class.

They are for everyone and if this is your first introduction to working with Shakespeare I hope you join us for this production.”

CATHERINE STEER.

Rehearsals:
Mondays and Thursdays 7.30pm beginning Monday 9th April 2018, at the Buderim War Memorial Hall

Performances:
Friday 15, Saturday 16, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2018 at 7:30pm
Matinees: Sunday 16 and Saturday 23 June 2018 at 2:00pm

For more information, contact the director Catherine Steer at cdelsteer@googlemail.com or phone 07 5476 4376.