OPERA HOUSE ARTS 2019 SEASON - Opera House Arts Auditions

Posted: February 15, 2019

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Opera House Arts 2019 Season - Stonington, ME EPA
Opera House Arts

AUDITION DATES
Thu, Feb 28, 2019
8:00 am - 3:00 pm (EST)
No scheduled lunch break

Fri, Mar 01, 2019
8:00 am - 3:00 pm (EST)
No scheduled lunch break

APPOINTMENTS
Email casting@operahousearts.org with current headshot/resume to schedule an audition slot. Appointment times will be assigned and sent via email. Auditioners without an appointment will be seen as time permits.

CONTRACT
SPT SPT 5 – $425/week

SEEKING
Equity actors for roles in the following two shows in the 2019 season:

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
AVALON

See breakdown. Opera House Arts seeks a diverse cast for both productions

PREPARATION
Please prepare two brief contrasting monologues (one classical), totaling no more than three minutes. Bring picture and resume.

LOCATION
Stonington Opera House
1 School Street
Stonington, ME 04681-0056

PERSONNEL
Per Janson, Producing Executive Director (in attendance at EPA)

Judith Jerome, Founding Artistic Director (and dramaturg for AVALON)

OTHER DATES
Pursuant to the terms of a concession made to this employer's agreement,
the employer has agreed that any Equity member who attends this call will
have an opportunity to be seen.

OTHER
Non-Equity actors will be seen as time permits when no AEA member is waiting.

www.operahousearts.org
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of audition.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

BREAKDOWN
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Author: Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard; adapted for the stage by Lee Hall.
Director: Julia Sears
DATES:
First Rehearsal: June 24, 2019
Opening: July 18, 2019
Closing: July 28, 2019
SYNOPSIS:
Playwright Will Shakespeare struggles to write his next play against a fast-approaching deadline. He finds his muse and inspiration in Viola, a beautiful young woman who will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. A series of schemes, disguises and a love affair lead to what will become Shakespeare’s greatest masterpiece, Romeo & Juliet.
SEEKING:
A diverse cast with strong language skills, vocal and physical dexterity, and a healthy collaborative spirit.
ROLES:

WILL SHAKESPEARE
30s, male-identifying or non-binary, charismatic, excellent with verse. Poet and playwright.
KIT MARLOWE/LORD TILNEY/WABASH
30s-40s. Male or female-identifying or non-binary, character range. Will’s colleague, friend, and inspiration (Kit Marlowe); The Lord Chamberlain (Tilney); a stammering actor and Henslowe’s tailor (Wabash).
NURSE/LAMBERT/KATE
30s-60s, female-identifying or non-binary, comedic timing, musical abilities preferred. Servant to Viola (Nurse), Fennyman’s accomplice and henchman (Lambert), and tavern worker (Kate).
HENSLOWE
30s-60s, male-identifying or non-binary, good timing. Owner and manager of the Rose Theatre.
FENNYMAN/ROBERT DE LESSOP
30s-60s, male or female-identifying or non-binary. Producer at Rose Theatre (Fennyman), Viola’s father (Robert De Lessop)
BURBAGE/RALPH/ADAM/BARMAN
30s-60s, male-identifying or non-binary, character range. Lead actor of Chamberlain’s men and owner of Curtain Theatre (Burbage), an actor who plays Nurse and Petruchio (Ralph); and an actor who plays Gregory, Benvolio, and Servingman (Adam).
QUEEN ELIZABETH/FREESE/MOLLY/MISTRESS QUICKLY
30s-40s, female-identifying or non-binary, character range, music abilities preferred. Queen Elizabeth 1, Fennyman’s accomplice & henchman (Freese), a tavern worker (Molly), and wardrobe mistress at Whitehall Palace (Mistress Quickly).

NED ALLEYN/ROBIN
20s-40s, male-identifying or non-binary, charismatic. The lead actor of the Admiral’s Men (Ned Alleyn), an actor who plays Lady Capulet (Robin).
LORD WESSEX/NOL
30s-40s, male-identifying, presence, gravitas. A nobleman betrothed to Viola (Lord Wessex), an actor who plays Benvolio and Samson (Nol).
JOHN WEBSTER
Teens-20s, male-identifying or non-binary. A street urchin who aspires to be an actor
SAM
Teens-20s, male-identifying or non-binary. An actor who plays Tybalt.
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AVALON
Author: Melody Bates
Director: Joan Jubett
Dramaturg: Judith Jerome
DATES:
First rehearsal: July 22, 2019
Opening: August 15, 2019
Closing: August 25, 2019
SYNOPSIS:
AVALON is a one-of-a-kind site-specific theatrical event created by playwright-performer Melody Bates and sculptor Peter Beerits, in collaboration with Opera House Arts. Inspired by Arthurian and Celtic legends, it is both a traditional play and an unscripted, immersive “wander” through the world of Avalon and King Arthur. The play takes a page from shows like Punchdrunk’s “Sleep No More,” but seeks to land somewhere new: a spectacular encounter with the story of Avalon, with Beerits’s multi-acre woodland art installation of Nellieville as the stage for the play.

SEEKING:
For all roles we are seeking versatile, generous, and fearless actors with the chops to handle heightened text and grandeur as well as hijinks and comedy, and capable of powerful and precise physical and vocal expression. Skill in music (singing and/or instruments), dance, and stage combat may be useful. We are explicitly seeking a diverse company, in all respects, and we are more interested in the spirit and talent of the individual than any rigid physical type.

ROLES:
GUINEVERE
Female or female-identifying, 20s-50s. Graceful and beloved; funny, surprising, completely at ease as the center of attention. The Queen of the May.

LANCELOT
Male, male-identifying, or gender fluid/nonconforming, 20s-50s. Physically powerful, magnetic, charming; you can't take your eyes off him/them.

THE SHADOW
Male or male-identifying, 20s-40s. Wears anger on his sleeve. The adversary of the play in all incarnations, including Mordred.

THE PLAYER QUEEN
Female, female-identifying, or gender fluid/nonconforming. 20s-60s. Strong singer, ideally a musician as well. Bard, story-teller, jester, pied piper, shapeshifter.
MORGANA (cast)
MERLIN (cast)
PERCEVEL (cast)

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

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