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Auditions - A Midsummer Night's Dream
August 20th and 21st at 4:30 P.M.
Workshop Fee: $245
Directed by Denver Skye Vaughn
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM is Shakespeare’s best comedy (well, in this director’s opinion). It’s full of humor, love, adventure, and magic!
When the DUKE of Athens refuses HERMIA her right to marry as she chooses, she flees through the wood with her love, LYSANDER. Followed by an amorous suitor, DEMETRIUS, and HIS amorous suitor HELENA, the four lovers find themselves entangled in a magical catastrophe that is too real to be a dream (thanks PUCK). Meanwhile, a team of Mechanicals, meet together to rehearse a play and are struck mad when their fellow actor, BOTTOM, is turned into a donkey before their eyes (PUCK strikes again!). Will these magical misdoings be turned right? Can love conquer all?
Through live contemporary music played by the actors, contemporary edits to the text, and audience participation, we will bring new magic to the tale of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
Key phrases of this production:
Ensemble, support, mutual mentorship, respect, collaboration, perspective, creativity, independence, story circles
Ages 10 and up.
Audition Information: At the audition you will be asked to sing Happy Birthday and to read either a small poem or a short monologue from the show. There will be a brief movement exercise, so please dress in clothes you would feel comfortable moving in (crawling, somersaulting, running, etc.)
All actors will have an opportunity to read for the character they would like.
MUSICIANS – if you play an instrument please prepare to accompany yourself singing Happy Birthday.
Rehearsal Information: Rehearsals are Monday and Tuesday 8/27 – 10/2 and Monday and Thursday 10/8 – 11/1, 4:30-7:30pm
TECH WEEK is 11/4 - 11/8
Performance Information: Performances are November 11th and 10th at 7:30 p.m., and 12th at 2:00 p.m.
Q: Is this still a teen workshop if adults are potentially going to audition? Should I even audition?
A: This Shakespeare workshop is geared towards teens and open for anyone who is over 10 years old and willing to pay the workshop fee.
Shakespeare can be complex and tricky, my goal with this production is to grow and educate anyone interested (over 10, due to subject matter) in the acting and performance of Shakespeare's text. My casting may appear untraditional. For example, an older male actor auditioning for this show may be interested in the workshop to work on their physical craft, therefore I may cast him in the role of Mustardseed, the fairy, so he and I can collaborate on how to physically portray his part.
OR, a meek and timid actor may want to grow in confidence and power, I might cast her as Quince, or even Titania.
In my mind, these workshops are a huge opportunity to LEARN and GROW, and that is exactly what I aim to do as a director on this project. I will use every tool I have learned, research even more, or bring in those in our community who know more than me to help each actor achieve their goal. By working on our process, I believe we will create a dynamic and bold product worthy of an eager audience.
So…YES, audition audition audition! You have no idea the crazy schemes in my head, and you just might be the very person I am looking for!!
If there are any more questions, please please ask!
- Denver Skye Vaughn