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Steel Magnolias

AUDITION DATES
Monday, January 7 @ 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8 @ 7 p.m.
Call Backs Only: Wednesday, January 9 @ 7 p.m.

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

AYE: Taming of the Shrew

Starring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble (AYE)

Directed by Ali Gleason
Assistant Director & Stage Manager: Tyler Cicardo

AUDITION WORKSHOP
The director will be hosting a 2-hour Audition Workshop designed to prepare actors to audition for this show. The workshop is Monday, December 17, 2018, at 6 p.m. Cost is $35. Enroll now.

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan.

AUDITION DATES
Friday, January 4, 2019: 6-9 pm - Open Call
Saturday, January 5, 2019: 9-1 pm - Open Call

CALL BACKS
Saturday, January 5, 2019: 1-3 pm

Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Audition requirements for all participants:
1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
3. READ THE PLAY! Taming of The Shrew by William Shakespeare can be located online, Barnes and Noble or the local library.
4. Review and be prepared to audition with one of the following character monologues. Memorization is NOT required, only to be familiar with the play and characters to fully grasp the objective of the scenes in which you will be asked to read from:

4. Additionally review and be prepared that you may be asked to read from any one of the following scenes or for any one character: 5. Cast will feature students 11 & Up
6. Students who are cast in this production will be required to participate in the Algonquin Youth Ensemble. This class is tuition free.

PERFORMANCES
Friday, March 15 at 10 am (Education Performance*)
Friday, March 15 at 7 pm
*Students will receive a letter of permission to excuse there absence from school the morning of March 15, 2019.

SCHEDULE:
BEFORE YOU AUDITION: Conflicts must be provided at the audition. Be advised that all actors must be available for rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

CLASSROOM SCHEDULE: January 12-March 9
Classes start Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (9-Classes) 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9

REHEARSALS:
To begin in January of 2019. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned. Tech week will be March 11-14. Mandatory evening tech rehearsals will be scheduled after 5 p.m.

SYNOPSIS
The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Katherina, the elder of Baptista's two daughters, and Petruchio who takes on the challenge of 'taming' her. Can Katherina defeat the battle of man vs. woman? One of Shakespeare's most resilient of comedies, easily adapting itself both to traditional and a radically new interpretation?

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Baptista Minola: A weathy gentleman of Padua and Katherina and Bianca's father, Baptista is a harried father, having difficulty marrying his two daughters because the older one is a notorious shrew. He is not, however, an object of sympathy. He ignores the question of his daughters' happiness in seeking mates for them, and Katherina may be a shrew chiefly because of the way he treats her.

Vincentio: An old merchant of Pisa and Lucentio's father, Vincentio is extremely fond of his son and is grief-stricken when he discovers that Lucentio may have come to harm. He arrives in Padua amidst much confusion and is almost jailed as an imposter before Lucentio arrives and clears matters up.

Lucentio: A young student in love wtih Bianca, Lucentio changes clothes with his servant and offers himself as Bianca's tutor, thus ensuring he can woo Bianca privately. He ultimately does win her hand, although both he and Bianca are immature and no match for Petruchio and Katherina.

Petruchio: A gentleman of Verona, Petruchio arrives in Padua looking for a wife and is soon pointed toward Katherina, whom he roughly courts and quickly marries. His character has two levels. On the surface, he appears to be rough and unfeeling, but underneath it all he is intelligent and understanding--and deeply in love with his new wife. Certainly he is somewhat less than gentle, but he has a keen sense of humor and is the perfect match for Katherina.

Gremio: An elderly and wealthy suitor of Bianca, Gremio gets "Cambio" (the disguised Lucentio) the pose as tutor to her, on the understanding that he will woo her on his behalf; however, Lucentio woos and wins her for himself.

Hortensio: Another suitor for Bianca's hand and an honest friend of Petruchio, Hortensio is basically a good man but perhaps a bit foolish. He continues his suit of Bianca without encouragement from her, but finally abandons it, declaring "kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, / Shall win my love" (4.2.41-42).

Tranio: Lucentio's lighthearted and mischievous servant, Tranio changes clothes and positions with Lucentio so his master can woo Bianca. He accepts this with some reluctance initially, but soon warms to the role.

Biondello: Lucentio's servant, Biondello assumes the role of Tranio's servant when Tranio assumes the role of their master.

Widow: The third wife in this play of comparisons, the Widow marries Hortensio after he finds he has lost Bianca to Lucentio. At Lucentio's banquet she loses her husband a wager when she does not come obediently when he calls.

Curtis: Petruchio's servant.

Grumio: Petruchio's comic servant, Grumio is rather dense, but not stupid. He has a keen sense of humor and a great love of jokes and tricks.

Pedant: is a schoolmaster from Mantua, on a trip to Rome and Tripoli.

Katherina: Baptista's daughter and Bianca's older sister, Katherina is known throughout Padua as"Kate the Curst"; however, she has a much deeper character than the term would imply. She appears mean to Bianca, but only because she has continually been second in her father's affections. The transformation which she undergoes after she marries Petruchio is not one of character, but one of attitude. She alters dramatically from the bitter and accursed shrew to the obedient and happy wife when she discovers that her husband loves her enough to help her, in contrast to those who treated her badly. Beneath the surface the shrew is not a shrew at all.

Bianca: Baptista's daughter and Katherina's younger sister, Bianca is an unkind sister and later a disobedient wife. She fosters her father's attitude of favoritism for herself and dislike for Katherina by playing the part of a noble victim. Her disregard for the wishes of her new husband, Lucentio, leads to grim speculation as to what her behavior may be when they have been married longer. Ironically, as the play ends, she is more of a shrew than her sister.

Jesus Christ Superstar

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Director: Gina Lupi
Music Director: Mark Megill
Choreographer: Kathleen Pearlberg

AUDITION DATES
Sunday, January 13 @ 6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 19 @ 11 a.m.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Please bring picture, resume, and sheet music. Prepare 24-32 measures of a rock song. Your song choice should highlight your vocal range
  • Please bring music in the proper key, an accompanist will be provided. Please do not sing from the show.
  • Please be prepared to dance
  • Please be prepared to list all known conflicts. Rehearsals will be scheduled after the show is cast to accommodate conflicts. Just be honest, and we will work around your schedule the best we can.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Visit our Jesus Christ Superstar event page for show dates, times and a synopsis.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
We are seeking a diverse company of performers. We are looking for all races, ages, and body types. No role must be played by any actor of a specific race.

Jesus Christ (Tenor A2-G5): Protagonist of the story, leader of the twelve Apostles, and son of God, Messiah and King of the Jews. This text - Rice and Lloyd Webber's show - is interested in Jesus as Messiah and man both, and not only his spiritual ministry, but also his personal experience and political role in the world. Chest voice B2-A♭, powerful falsetto to G5. This role demands a well-rounded baritone voice that also has a super extended upper register- virtuosity coupled with sensitive musicianship a must. . This role does not dance but must be comfortable moving.

Judas Iscariot (Tenor D3-D5): One of the twelve apostles of Jesus; concerned for the poor and for the consequences of Jesus' fame. A tragic figure, a conflicted man, and a powerfully passionate guy. Most certainly not a bad guy - he's as desirous of being pure as Jesus is, and believes he is doing the right thing. This role requires an agile and sensitive voice with access to extremely high registers across a full dynamic range. Stylistically drawing a great deal from soul music

Mary Magdalene (Alto F3-E♭5): A female follower of Jesus who finds herself falling in love with him. She's a prostitute, and she tries in her way to care for Jesus, so there is tenderness, and desire, but this is a woman of great strength.

Pontius Pilate (Baritone A2-B4): Governor of Judea who foresees the events of Jesus' crucifixion from beginning to aftermath in a dream and finds himself being presented with that very situation. One of the most complex characters in the play, a man of his time and a leader capable of great brutality, yet also a man of a certain conscience.

Caiaphas (Bass C2-F4): Joseph Caiaphas was the high priest of Jerusalem who, according to Biblical accounts, sent Jesus to Pilate for his execution.

Annas (Tenor G2-D5): Fellow priest at the side of Caiaphas who is persuaded by Caiaphas into seeing Jesus as a threat

Peter (Baritone G2-G4): One of Jesus' 12 apostles; denies Jesus three times upon the night of Jesus' arrest to save himself

Simon Zealotes (Tenor G3-B4): One of Jesus' 12 apostles; urges Jesus to lead his followers into battle against the Romans

King Herod (Baritone): The King of Galilee; Jesus is brought to him for judgment after first being taken to Pilate

Ensemble: Male/female ages 16+. 12-16. Strong singer/dancer/actors. Will play multiple roles.

Camelot

AUDITION DATES
Monday, March 4 @ 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 @ 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 @ 7 p.m.

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

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AUDITION DATES
Wednesday, May 1 @ 6 pm
Thursday, May 2 @ 6 pm
Saturday, May 4 @ 9 am - 1 pm