FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Brian Harvard – General Manager
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is holding open auditions for actors of all types and experiences levels for paid and unpaid roles in its fall 2016 show, to be held weekends throughout October in North Haven, Connecticut.
Auditions will be held by appointment on July 9 and 10, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the company’s offices at Risom Mill in Danielson, CT. Audition slots may be scheduled by contacting the faire’s stage manager, CT Hannon at (617) 652-0851 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is seeking actors age 16 and older to fill a variety of roles in its fall scenario and cast musical, A Midsummer Night’s Musical, as well as to join the ranks of its street cast to help bring the interactive family-friendly event to life. All types and experience levels, including first-time actors, are welcome to audition.
The directors expect to cast 15 people in the musical in the following roles:
- Puck: Male or female. A mischievous fairy. Singing and dancing role, some gymnastic experience a plus. Physically demanding role.
- Demetrius: Male. Young lover type. Singing role.
- Lysander: Male. Bad boy lover type. Singing role.
- Helena: Female. A comic lover type. Insecure about her tall stature. Singing role.
- Hermia: Female. Classic lover type. Pretty. Sings a lament when jilted. Must have tap or soft shoe experience.
- Bottom: Male. A coarse braggart who is transformed into a donkey. Singing, dancing role. Physically demanding role.
- Oberon: Male. King of the fairies, a two-timing husband. Must be able to sing in a rock and roll style.
- Titania: Female. Jealous Queen of the fairies. Must be able to sing Fifties-style girl group song.
- Peter Quince/Narrator: Male or female. Fussy director of the coarse actors’ production. Also functions as narrator for the whole play. Singing, light dancing role.
- Chorus: Three men, three women needed. Alternately playing coarse actors, fairies, and other small roles. All roles require heavy singing and dancing in various styles of dancing from disco to soft shoe.
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is a non-union production.
All actors are asked to prepare a brief (two- to three-minute) comedic or dramatic monologue. Singers are also asked to prepare one short song for a musical audition, and actors may be asked to participate in a brief stage combat and dance auditions. The directors welcome additional audition material to display any special skills.
Actors with professional résumés and headshots are asked to submit both at the time of their audition.
If cast in any role, actors will be required to be available for a total of ten rehearsal days, to be held over the course of five consecutive weekends in September, with two possible additional rehearsals for actors cast in the musical; and a total of 11 performance days over the course of five weekends in October, which includes Columbus Day Monday and three extended days for the faire’s “Halloween Knights” after-hours show.