Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
MORE INFORMATION and DETAILS about the Crazy Man auditions will be COMING SOON!
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 (by appointment only between 5 and 7 p.m.)
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 (by appointment only between 5 and 7 p.m.)
Hamlet requires a large ensemble of male and female actors.
Because Hamlet is a Young Actor Series production, the roles are restricted primarily to actors between the ages of 13 and 23.
However, actors ages 24 and older may audition for three roles only: Polonius, Queen Gertrude and Osric.
Please prepare one memorized classical monologue that is approximately one to two minutes in length.
What is a classical monologue?
Generally speaking, a classical monologue is one that comes from a play written by either one of the ancient Greeks (Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles) or Shakesspeare. However, other playwrights who composed classical monlogues include Moliere, Marlowe and Ben Jonson.
CLICK HERE for classical monologues for men.
CLICK HERE for clasical monologues for women.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT
The auditions for Hamlet are scheduled in advance by appointments. On each audition day, actors will be slotted into 10-minute intervals. However, you may be asked to stay longer than 10 minutes at the auditions.
The audition appointments for Hamlet are being scheduled online only. Please do NOT call the Box Office to schedule your audition appointment.
CLICK HERE to schedule your Hamlet audition appointment.
ABOUT THE PLAY'S REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will begin Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, and will then be held five days a week: Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. and Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
Please bring your calendar with you to the auditions in order to declare any "conflict dates" between Dec. 28, 2014, and March 8, 2015. Conflict dates reported after the show has been cast may result in re-casting.
The show's “tech” rehearsals are listed below. Please be aware that attendance at all technical rehearsals is mandatory. Conflicts of any kind cannot be accepted for these rehearsals.
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2014: Noon to 8 p.m. (“double dress” rehearsal)
Monday, Feb. 23, 2014: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (technical rehearsal No. 2)
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2014: 5 to 9 p.m. (technical rehearsal No. 3)
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2014: 5 to 9 p.m. (the final technical rehearsal)
ABOUT THE PLAY'S PERFORMANCES
Hamlet will play for nine performances on Weathervane Playhouse's Founders Theater stage between Feb. 26 and March 8, 2015.
Please note: The performance schedule below includes three weekday-morning, school-day matinees:
Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m.
Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. (followed by the attendance-is-mandatory strike of the show's set and props)
ABOUT THE PLAY
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark!” When the King of Denmark is murdered, young Prince Hamlet seeks revenge against his Uncle Claudius for the untimely death of his father!
More About the Play
From Wikipedia: "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to enact on his uncle Claudius. Claudius had murdered his own brother — Hamlet's father King Hamlet — and subsequently seized the throne, marrying his deceased brother's widow, Hamlet's mother Gertrude.
"Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others." The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed, topping the performance list of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1879. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella.
"The play's structure and depth of characterization have inspired much critical scrutiny. One such example is the centuries-old debate about Hamlet's hesitation to kill his uncle, which some see as merely a plot device to prolong the action, but which others argue is a dramatization of the complex philosophical and ethical issues that surround cold-blooded murder, calculated revenge, and thwarted desire. More recently, psychoanalytic critics have examined Hamlet's unconscious desires, and feminist critics have re-evaluated and rehabilitated the often maligned characters of Ophelia and Gertrude."
ABOUT THE SHOW'S DIRECTOR
JOHN DAVIS previously for Weathervane Playhouse directed Our Town in 2013, The Taming of the Shrew in 2012 and the world-premiere production of Art of Deduction: Inside the Mind of Sherlock Holmes in 2011. A professional actor, director and fight choreographer for nearly 30 years, he is best know for his comic sword-fighting show, Hack and Slash, which has been seen in 16 countries with more than 4,000 performances (including more than 100 performances for the allied forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan).
He has received certification from five major stage-combat organizations worldwide and is a recognized instructor with the International Order of the Sword and Pen. Locally, he has taught courses for the theater department at Oberlin College and he directed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.
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