The Malachite Theatre Collective are delighted to announce auditions for Edmonton’s 1st “Winter Shakespeare Festival” – a brand-new, site-specific repertory Shakespeare Festival running from Jan 3 – Feb 2, 2020.
Current applications are for a repertory acting company of 12-14 performers; who will work with traditional, Elizabethan performance practices to produce two full-scale, main-stage productions of William Shakespeare’s:
JULIUS CAESAR & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
Following the successes of Macbeth (2019); Twelfth Night (2018); and Henry V (2017), we are delighted to return to Alberta for this fantastic winter of stunning site-specific Shakespeare, staged in HTAC’s eerily-beautiful sanctuary space.
More information at: wintershakespeare.com
Directed by Benjamin Blyth (University of Cambridge, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), the Malachites’ Winter Shakespeare Festival are Canadian Actors’ Equity Association productions under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
Performances of Julius Caesar will be held on:
3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16, 18, 25, 31 January @ 7.30pm, and 24 January @ 1.30pm.
Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be held on:
9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 24, 26 January & 1, 2 February @ 7.30pm; and 31 January @ 1.30pm.
Mondays & Tuesday are always dark during the Festival; as are Wednesdays 22, 29 & Thursdays 23, 30.
Rehearsals are scheduled part-time (commitment and availability depending) from November 21 – December 30, with a break from December 22-27 for the holidays.
Rehearsals will then be full-time from January 2-5 and 7-9.
Please come prepared with detailed rehearsal availability to audition, particularly for the pre-Christmas period.
*All rehearsal commitments/availabilities pre-January 2 will be negotiable with the production staff.
Auditions for the Winter Shakespeare Festival’s REPERTORY ACTING COMPANY will be held in the LOWER HALL at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037, 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, T6E 2G6) from:
September 5: 10am-3pm;
September 6: 10am-6pm;
Call-backs will be scheduled for September 7: Noon-5pm.
The rehearsal hall and waiting area will be signposted on the day.
Please specify if you require a specific date/ time slot (AM/PM) in your submission email.
Please come prepared with 2 contrasting monologues (eg. 1 verse, 1 prose), of no longer than 2 minutes each, from Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries.
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD FOR ALL ROLES, AND BREAKDOWNS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
All roles will be cast without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, race or gender identity. Role pairings will be dependent upon applicants, and will be sent out with offers at the final stage of the casting process.
1. Julius Caesar
4. Mark Antony
5. Portia/Cinna the Poet
6. Calpurnia/1 Citizen
7. Octavius Caesar/Metellus Cimber
8. Lucius/Young Cato
9. Marullus/Caius Ligarius
10. Decius Brutus/Lucillius
10. Peter Quince/Peaseblossom
11. Francis Flute/Cobweb
Please email your headshot, resume and a brief cover letter outlining your previous experience with Shakespeare, to: [email protected]
The deadline for submissions is September 1.
Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition.
Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: The Malachite Theatre Collective are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from all qualified performers, without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, race, or gender identity.