CYPT Summer 2013 Conservatory Production Auditions
The Wooers’ Woods
A Commedia dell’ Arte play
Directed by Mike Griffin
August 15th – 18th, 2013 at Lunchbox Theatre
Two lovers who want nothing more than to be together are threatened by the lusty desires of a greedy miser, the very same scoundrel who plans on tearing down the home of two trusty servants. How far would you go to be with the one you love? What would you do to protect your home? Based on traditional scenarios from the Italian style of Commedia dell’Arte, The Wooers’ Woods is a new riotous comedy that brings you love and lust, adventure and intrigue, slapstick and chaos. Everything you can hope for in the dark woods. Meet us there… at midnight.
Auditions are open to youth ages 10 – 17.
18 year olds are welcome to audition if you are just recently graduating highschool.
The format for this audition will be very untraditional. No monologues. No audition prep necessary. The style of Commedia dell’Arte is very physical and based on play so come in comfortable clothes and be ready to move. Auditions will be one hour in length and will be held in a group of 8 maximum and will involve an introduction to the physical characters of the Commedia dell’ Arte (Lover, Old Men, Servants, Capitano) as well as improvisation scenarios. All auditions will be held at the CYPT Office – 1703 1st Street NW.
Auditions will be held as follows in groups of 8 maximum and will run for one hour:
Tuesday May 14th – 7:30-8:30pm
Tuesday May 14th – 8:30-9:30pm
Thursday May 16th – 7:30-8:30pm
Thursday May 16th – 8:30-9:30pm
Please note that there may be callbacks on Saturday May 18th from 12:00noon – 2:00pm.
WHAT IS COMMEDIA DELL’ ARTE?
This play will explore the style of Commedia dell’ Arte, an Italian form of mask comedy based in improvisation and stock character types. This is a physical style of theatre, the style of comedy that gave slapstick comedy it’s name. Actors cast in the show will be trained in this style and will have an active hand in the development of the script, which will be based on traditional Commedia Scenarios.
COMMITMENT: July 22nd – August 18th, 2013
Rehearsals will be held at the Impro Depot, 2405 MacLeod Trail South and typically run Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm from Monday July 22nd – Friday August 9th, 2013. Tech days at Lunchbox Theatre are from Monday August 12th – Wednesday August 14th and the show itself runs from Thursday August 15th – Saturday August 18th, 2013.
The cost for this program is $450.00 upon acceptance following the auditions. CYPT also has a strong bursary program to help cover this cost as we want to ensure that all youth, no matter their financial situation, are able to participate.