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SHOW DATES: November 1 & 3 2018 7pm - Canes Auditorium 2pm & 7pm on the 3rd ** NO SHOW NOV 2nd Due to SR Night**
I would like to see the following numbers after school today for an additional reading.
The final cast list will be posted Friday & the 1st Rehearsal will be Monday 2:30-3:30
Print the audition form and bring with you SIGNED on Wednesday - Audition Form
Monday September 24 - Informational Meeting
Wednesday September 26 - Auditions
TIPS FROM MRS. LAIRD
Audition requirements: All students must perform a 1 minute monologue either from the list provided or of their own choice. It is HIGHLY encouraged for your monologue to be memorized.
Read the Play before you audition: Do your research! Understand what it is you are auditioning for. There are many adaptations of this play, so there is a lot of material to pull from. You can create a free account and read most of the play here: https://www.playscripts.com/sample/1384
What am I looking for? I am looking for your ability to show emotion on stage and to connect to these characters. I want these characters to seem like real people, so make sure you don't come up and just READ, ACT your lines.
Come memorized!- By showing up memorized to an audition you show that you are prepared and dedicated to the process of the production..
Dress for success - Take pride in what you wear to an audition . If you dress in sweatpants and a sweatshirt, you'll probably feel sluggish on stage. I don't need you to be all fancy, but a nice pair of jeans and a nice blouse for girls, or a button down/polo for boys will be fine =)
EYE CONTACT- Don't look at me! I'll just make you nervous, but I am not there to make you nervous! Look out, about the heads of the audience. Do NOT look at the floor.
SPEAK UP! Project- If I can't hear you how do I know I know what you can do?
Character Break Down:
MONOLOGUES - You can select one of the following monologues, or another of your choice- Monologues should be NO longer than 1 minute in length.
Monologues for Females:
Helena: In the following monologue Helena is complaing about how Demetrius loves Hermia and not her. She decides at the end of the monologue to lead him into the woods. Translation: https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/page_18/
How happy some o'er other some can be!
Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.
But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so;
He will not know what all but he do know:
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:
For ere Demetrius look'd on Hermia's eyne,
He hail'd down oaths that he was only mine;
And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.
(Helena now perks up. a plan formed)
I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight:
Then to the wood will he to-morrow night
Pursue her; and for this intelligence
If I have thanks, it is a dear expense:
But herein mean I to enrich my pain,
To have his sight thither and back again.
Hermia- Upset with Demetrius- thinking that he has killed Lysander. https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/page_86/
Now I but chide; but I should use thee worse,
If thou hast slain Lysander in his sleep,
Being o'er shoes in blood, plunge in the deep,
And kill me too.
The sun was not so true unto the day
As he to me: would he have stolen away
From sleeping Hermia? I'll believe as soon
This whole earth may be bored and that the moon
May through the centre creep and so displease
Her brother's noontide with Antipodes.
It cannot be but thou hast murder'd him;
So should a murderer look, so dead, so grim.
What's this to my Lysander? where is he?
Ah, good Demetrius, wilt thou give him me?
Monologues for Male/Female (These parts can be cast as either gender)
Puck: Creating the enironment of magic- speaking of how Oberon (Fairy king) is mad that his wife (Titania) stole a little human boy who
Oberon wants as his servant. Puck is a trickster - Translation - https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/page_32/
The king doth keep his revels here to-night:
Take heed the queen come not within his sight;
For Oberon is passing fell and wrath,
Because that she as her attendant hath
A lovely boy, stolen from an Indian king;
She never had so sweet a changeling;
And jealous Oberon would have the child
Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild;
But she perforce withholds the loved boy,
Crowns him with flowers and makes him all her joy:
And now they never meet in grove or green,
By fountain clear, or spangled starlight sheen,
But, they do square, that all their elves for fear
Creep into acorn-cups and hide them there.
Puck- Addressing the audience at the end of the play - Translation - https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/page_180/
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
Monologues for Males:
Bottom - A stubborn actor- waking up and recalling having a Donkey's face - Translation https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/page_138/
When my cue comes, call me,
and I will answer: my next is, 'Most fair
Pyramus.' Heigh-ho! Peter Quince! Flute,
Snout? Starveling? What?
and left me asleep! I have had a most rare
vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of
man to say what dream it was: man is but
an ass, if he go about to expound this dream.
Methought I was- and methought I had- but a man is
a patched fool patched fool, if he will offer
to say what methought I had!
I will get Peter Quince to write a
ballad of this dream: it shall be called Bottom's
Dream, because it hath no bottom; and I will
sing it in the latter end of a play!
Oberon- Fairy King- Feeling guilty for making Titania fall in love with a donkey (Bottom) - https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/page_126/
Her dotage now I do begin to pity:
For, meeting her of late behind the wood,
Seeking sweet favours from this hateful fool,
I did upbraid her and fall out with her;
When I had at my pleasure taunted her
And she- in mild terms -begg'd my patience,
I then did ask of her her changeling child;
Which straight she gave me,
And now I have the boy, I will undo
This hateful imperfection of her eyes:
And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp
From off the head of this Athenian swain;
That, he- awaking when the other do-
May all to Athens back again repair.
Demetrius to Helena - https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/page_44/https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/page_44/
I love thee not!
Therefore, pursue me not.
Where is Lysander and fair Hermia?
The one I slay! The other- Slayeth me!
You told me they were stolen into this wood
And here I am, and wood within this wood because I cannot
Meet my Hermia!
Get thee gone and follow me no more!
Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?
Or rather do I in the plainest truth tell you I do not nor I cannot love you?
Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit, for I am sick when I do look on thee.
Check the calendar once the cast list goes up for the list of rehearsals. Rehearsals run M-F 3-5pm. Students are only called for rehearsals where we are working on a scene they are in. If students are not called they are not required to attend rehearsal.
Conflicts:ALL conflict days should be submitted to Mrs. Laird prior to auditions. If you miss 3 rehearsals unexcussed you may be recast.
MANDATORY DATES: The following days are MANDATORY- SHOW DATES: November 1-A at 7pm November 3 at 2pm & 7pm- Cast is called at 12 pm Saturday and 5pm Thursday
Tech week- Thursday October 25- Wednesday October 31- 3-7pm rehearsals - Students will receive dinner for these days.
Potentially a Saturday Rehearsal October 27 9-5pm. ** TBA**