Midsummer AUDITIONS Jan. 25, 2020

Austin Shakespeare welcomes professional actors (Equity/Non-Equity) for open auditions 12 noon Sat Jan. 25 by appointment only from at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.  Actors of all ethnicities are welcome.  These auditions are primarily for actors who have not auditioned this season, focusing on A Midsummer Night’s Dream for April-May 2020 in Zilker Park.

New auditioners should prepare a 1-minute piece of heightened language; pieces from Midsummer and other Shakespeare plays are welcome. Audition speeches should be memorized or read with familiarity. On occasion, Austin Shakespeare uses cross-gender casting. Also, age range noted in character descriptions is a matter of appearance. Auditioners should familiarize themselves with the play, particularly pronunciation of names.  

Midsummer Night’s Dream dates: Zilker Park Performances are Thurs-Sunday 8 pm for (outdoors)Performances: May 7; closing May 31. Rehearsals begin April 7, weeknights 7-10 pm Sat daytime Sunday 4-9 pm; conflicts do affect casting. Non-Equity actor are paid a stipend.

More details about A MDISUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Austin Shakes: Combining poetry, fantasy, comedy and music, Midsummer bridges the worlds with magical Fairies (Oberon, Titania Puck and their crew), the ”Mechanicals” (Bottom and his fellow workers), four young lovers, and a royal court.

Especially interested in actors with training in “heightened language” and/or Shakespeare as well as those with experience in dance, music (singing or an instrument) mask-work, Comedia, and fight choreography.

ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: Audiences love the company for their surprising and entertaining productions at the intimate Rollins theater, as well as Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park each May.  The only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare stages performances that are imaginative, and thought-provoking. In the fall and spring, Austin Shakespeare also produces plays with heightened language The Long Center for the Performing Arts Rollins Studio Theatre.  The company has staged full productions of master playwrights including Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter, Stoppard, Pinter Shaw, and Schiller.

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