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Auditions – Romeo and Juliet

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.

Auditions – Deep Eternity

Auditions – Deep Eternity

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. AUDITIONS

“Deep Eternity”

Drama

Winner of the 2018 Edythe Brook Cooper Playwriting Competition

By Cerise de Gelder

Directed by Jacqui Mata Luque

 

In an Australian seaside town, fisherman Vincent Beacon and his wife Coralee are trying to start a family. When his mother reveals a terrible secret from her past, Vincent is faced with impossible choices, and finally decides on a desperate course of action. But for his plans to succeed he must make friends of his enemies and strangers of his loved ones, find the family he never had, and chase a vision that might only exist in his mind.

Familiarisation evening

We strongly suggest you attend the information evening to find out more about the play and characters before the audition.

Monday 8 January 2018 at 7.30pm
Where: BATS clubroom, at the rear of the Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Audition

Thursday 11 January 2018 at 7.30pm
Where: BATS clubroom, at the rear of the Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Actors Required

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

Vincent
mid 40’s, male

David (Vincent’s best friend)
mid 40’s, male

Serina
20’s to 40’s, female

Coralee
30’s, female

Sophie
70’s, female

Lex
40’s, female

Rehearsals:
Mondays and Thursdays 7.30pm beginning MONDAY 29TH JANUARY 2018

Performances:
Friday 6, Saturday 7, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April 2018 at 7:30pm
Matinees: Sunday 8 and Saturday 14 April 2018 at 2:00pm

For more information, contact the director Jacqui Mata Luque on 0431 025 920, or jacmata5@gmail.com

Auditions – A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody

Auditions – A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. AUDITIONS

“A Litle Murder Never Hurt Anybody”

Comedy

By Ron Bernas

Directed by David Corben

 

This zany comedy begins on New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion. Julia and Matthew seem to have it all, but Matthew wants something more – to be rid of his wife Julia so he can have some real fun. He resolves to murder Julia and tells her so. She vows to stay alive and tells him so.

And so the games begin – a hilarious match of wits and the witless. While Julia cleverly dodges Matthew’s devious murder attempts, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously. Dim-witted daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her wedding to fiancé Donald because there won’t be any gifts. Enter Detective Plotnik who suspects everyone, but hasn’t a clue.

Donald and Plotnik jump to the conclusion that Julia is the murderer. Their plan to trap her comically back-fires when Matthew confesses to the murderous deeds, although he didn’t really kill anyone. But if he didn’t do it, WHO DONE IT?

The play is a screwball homage to the comedies of the 30’s and 40’s.

Audition

Monday 19 June at 7.30pm
Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Actors Required

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

Matthew Perry 50+
More dollars than sense. Mid-life crisis

Julia Perry 45+
Wife of Matthew. Classy, intelligent

Bunny Perry 20+
Daughter, dim-witted and deeply shallow

Donald Baxter 20+
Bunny’s fiancé, earnest, much in love with Bunny

Buttram 60+
Family butler, given to fits of weeping.

Detective Plotnik 40+
Witless gumshoe. American accent required.

Also require household staff:
Two non-speaking roles: one male houseboy 18+; one female maid 18+

Performances:
Friday 29, Saturday 30 September, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2017 at 7:30pm.
Matinees: Sunday 1 and Saturday 7 October at 2:00pm

For more information, contact the director David Corben on 07 5456 1789

Auditions – Deckchairs

Auditions – Deckchairs

BATS Theatre Co. Inc.

Auditions

“Deckchairs”

Five playlets

By Jean McConnell

 

Jean McConnell has written five twist-in-the-tail playlets, (two women required for each playlet) – all set on a seaside promenade – that are by turns funny and poignant.

These delightful plays run for approximately fifteen minutes each. They are all set in the present.

About the plays

Shoppers is a comedy and is about two well-to-do shopaholics who have a rather surprising secret.

Early Blight is a drama. It is a heart-breaking exploration of a doomed mother/daughter relationship.

Dancers is a comedy. It wittily dissects the tea dancing world of two skittish women.

Late Frost is a drama in which a woman finds out her best friend had an affair with her late husband.

Doggies is a comedy. An hilarious tale about two very different types of dog-owner.

Audition

Monday 8 May 2017 at 7.30pm
Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Enquiries: contact Jacqui Mata Luque
Phone: 5445 5464
Email: jacmata5@gmail.com

Actors Required

Shoppers

Director: Alice Rea

Characters: Rosemary – middle aged and smart. Angela – also middle aged and well dressed and wears pretty ear-rings.

Early Blight

Director: Kathy Hickson

Characters: Helen – an elderly woman, could be 80 +. June – Helen’s daughter: she is also elderly, say 60 +.

Dancers

Director: Lisa Blair

Characters: Wynn: 40+ dressed up for tea-dancing. Betty: 40+ also dressed up for tea-dancing. She wears a low cut dress.

Late Frost

Director: Alice Rea

Characters: Pamela – middle aged with sunglasses and light clothes. Kate: – middle aged also with sunglasses and light clothes (they will remove sunglasses eventually).

Doggies

Director: Kevin Blair

Characters: Two dog owners

Rehearsals: Generally Monday and Thursday evenings, but as agreed with each director

Performances: 16, 17, 23, 24 June 2017 at 7:30pm. Matinees: 18, 24 June at 2:00pm.

Auditions – Night Must Fall

Auditions – Night Must Fall

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. AUDITIONS

“Night Must Fall”

Murder mystery

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By Emlyn Williams

Directed by David Wilson

 

This is a gripping murder mystery with delightfully dark characters. Experience the chills and thrills that this classic psychological study of a murderer holds in store.

There is a sinister sexual undercurrent to Dan, our murderer (a role Williams wrote for himself and played in the West End and on Broadway). Dan is dangerous or violently deranged as he enters an English household.

The house belongs to a Mrs Bramson, a miserly invalid who wakes one morning to find a police investigation going on in her backyard. An old widow from the town has been reported missing, though Bramson can’t see what this news has to do with her or why it should get in the way of her routine scolding of the servants.

The household contains some delightful if not gullible characters including a maid, a cook, and a niece and her fiancé, which are set to enthrall our audience.

Familiarisation night

If you think you might be interested in auditioning, but want to find out more about the play and the characters first, there will be an information night.

Tuesday 6 December at 7.30pm
Where: BATS club room, rear of Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Audition

Tuesday 13 December at 7.30pm
Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Actors Required

MRS BRAMSON
a fussy, discontented, common elderly woman, old fashioned both in clothes and coiffure. She has a very commanding and dominant personality. She spends most of her time in a wheelchair.

NURSE LIBBY
a kindly, matter-of-fact younger country woman and with a lot of patience.

OLIVIA GRAYNE
a subdued young woman around 30, her hair is severely tied in a knot, wears horn rimmed glasses and is intelligent to a point.

HUBERT LAURIE
a man about 40-45, a hearty and irritating, pompous Englishman.

MRS TERENCE
a cook. She is middle-aged, Cockney, loud and fearless

DORA PARKOE
the maid. She is young, attractive, stupid and careless.

INSPECTOR BELSIZE
a detective. An inconspicuous man about 50, dressed in tweeds. His suavity hides an amount of strength. A character part.

DAN
a young fellow who speaks with a rough accent, indeterminate but more Welsh than anything else. Hi personality varies considerably as the play proceeds from disarming good humour and childlike unselfishness to murderous intent

THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE
an Appeal Judge of the English Court of Appeal. A severe and matter of fact elderly man delivering judgment.

Performances: 31 March 2017; 1, 7, 8 April 2017 at 7:30pm. Matinees: 2, 8 April at 2:00pm

Auditions – “Red Riding Hood”

Auditions – “Red Riding Hood”

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. AUDITIONS

“Red Riding Hood”

Family Pantomime

Written by John Crocker and Eric Gilder, Directed by Mary Newton

Red Riding Hood is celebrating her eighteenth birthday, and has become heir to a fortune left to her by her ancestor, Robin Hood. Her Grandmother suffers from short term memory loss, but with the help of the audience, remembers there is a will, and eventually where to find it. Red Riding Hood runs a farm and pays rent to the Squire, who is pocketing all the rent instead of sending it to the King. The Prince and his Page come to find out why they haven’t received rent from the region for over a year. The Prince has a curse on him that he is unable to speak to young ladies – he gets tongue-tied, so he decides to become a woodcutter, as they are in a forest. Of course being a woodcutter, he has no trouble speaking and he and Red Riding Hood become friends.

Meanwhile, Bo Peep has lost her her sheep, which she does repeatedly throughout the play, and Poppet, the Page helps her and they have adventures on the side. The Squire plots to get Red Riding Hood in his clutches, either by marriage or other awful ways, as he knows that she has become wealthy even before she does. He elicits the help of his two sons, Hardy and Foolhardy; the names say it all. They wreck his evil plans continually.

The wolf starts off as a typical wolf minding his own business, but because Demon Sheerspite spelled him to be able to talk, he has to do what he is told by the Demon. The Squire and Demon Sheerspite work together to get Red Riding Hood’s money, getting the Wolf to help them. There is the Dowager Fairy Dutiful to thwart all their evil plans, and she even spells the Wolf to become nice. The end scene is the classic “What big eyes/ears/teeth you have” but with a pantomime twist. All ends happily ever after.

Audition

Tuesday 27 September at 7.00pm
Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Actors Required

RED RIDING HOOD (a farmer): Female 16 – 18

BO PEEP (her shepherdess): Female 18 – 25

DAME TROT (Grandmother): Male 60 +

SIR FALSHOOD (The Squire): Male 50 +

HARDY HOOD (Squire’s son): Male or Female 18 – 25

FOOLHARDY HOOD (Squire’s son): Male or Female 18 – 25

PRINCE FLORIZEL: Male 18 – 20

POPPET (his page): Male 18 – 20

THE DOWAGER FAIRY DUTIFUL: Female 50 +

DEMON SHEERSPITE (he lisps): Male (any age – adult)

LUPE (The Wolf): Male (any age – adult)

6 x EXTRAS: Must be able to hold a tune and work well as a team. Males or females any age.

For more information

Please contact Director Mary Newton 07 5478 8823 or email: plumbobn@hotmail.com – AFTER 6TH SEPTEMBER

Performances: January 2017: 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd – 10am and 4pm performances.

Auditions – “And So Say All Of  Us”

Auditions – “And So Say All Of Us”

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. AUDITIONS

“And So Say All Of Us”

Comedy

Written by Ian Austin, Directed by John McMahon

From The Director

This play came about from a discussion in 1992 between the late Beryl Crosby and playwright Ian Austin, when Beryl complained there were no parts for old ladies (she was 82 at the time). Ian turned up with this play a couple of days later and I stage managed because Beryl was my mother in law.

Synopsis

A simple 25th wedding anniversary becomes a riotous disaster with high society hi-jinks, low life double crosses, mistaken identities, old affairs resurfacing, new affairs foundering – AND PIGS.

This is a fast paced very funny comedy with the action taking place on the back patio at the home of Harry and Dolly Doncaster as they prepare to celebrate 25 years of marriage.

Familiarisation night

Come along and find out more about the show from the director on:

Thursday 28 July at 7:30pm
Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Audition

Monday 1 August at 7.30pm
Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Actors Required

Gran … old enough to be Dolly’s mother … 60-80
Rosie … 70-80
Delivery boy/waiter … 20s
Harry Doncaster … 40-50
Dolly Doncaster … 40-50
Knocker (their son) … 20s
Annie … 20s
Sir Benjamin Proctor … 60+
Mrs Letitia De Ville … 60+
Pay Up Percy (female) … 30s+
Voice of Race Caller … any age
(age is character age and is a guideline only)

For more information please call John McMahon on 54 452 515/

email: johnnymac45@hotmail.com

Performances: 30 September; 1, 2, 7 & 8 October 2016