AUDITIONS

Romeo and Juliet Auditions

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will hold auditions for Romeo and Juliet on April 29 and 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Little Space Studition, 111 South Division in Grand Rapids.

Auditionees should prepare one 12-15 line Shakespearean monologue.  The audition will also include cold readings from the script.  If you sing or play a musical instrument, please be prepared to sing (a capella) or play a brief selection (16 bars or so) at the audition.

Pigeon Creek employs doubling and cross-gendered casting in all of our productions.  We are seeking a diverse cast of 10-12 actors ages 18 and up.  We would love to see auditions from actors of all races, genders, ethnicities, and abilities!  For more information on casting, please see our guidelines below.

This production will be directed by Katherine Mayberry.  Rehearsals will begin the week of May 20.  Performances are June 29 (Coughlin Park, Saugatuck), July 5 and 6 (Overnight Trip to Charlevoix), July 12-14 and 19-21 (Dog Story Theater, Grand Rapids), August 4 (Jenison Center for the Arts), and August 18 (Loutit Library, Grand Haven).  Regular rehearsal schedule is Sunday through Thursday evenings, with some Sunday afternoons possible.

Actors with Pigeon Creek receive paid stipends and gas allowances to help with travel to rehearsal.  For overnight trips, the company and/or venue provides lodging and food.

 

Please send any questions to Katherine Mayberry.

 

PCSC Audition Guidelines

 

1.  An audition is a job interview.  Please dress accordingly.  Please also dress in clothes and shoes that allow you to move.

2.  We require memorized monologues for our auditions (12- 15 lines in length.)  Please take time to prepare your monologue.  No one is good at memorizing Shakespeare the night before an audition!  

 

3.  Make sure to bring us your headshot and resume.  If you don’t have a professionally taken headshot, bring a clear full-face photo.  If you don’t know what to include in a resume, contact us and ask!

 

4.  We will ask you to look us in the eye when you do your monologue, because our performance style includes a lot of audience contact.  If this makes a difference in your preparation, please take it into account.

 

5.  Our productions include live music.  If you sing or play an instrument, come ready to show off your talents.

 

6.   We do cross-gendered casting and doubling of roles.  Be prepared to read anything, even if you think it’s outside of your range.

 

7.   Please familiarize yourself with the company before you audition.  Read our company history and performance philosophy on the website.  If at all possible, attend a performance.  We may do Shakespeare in a way that is new to you!  Check the “On Stage” section of our website for opportunities to see shows.  

 

8.   We are an actor-powered theatre company. Actors make up the board of company administrators, and actors in our casts perform production duties.  We are looking for people with an interest in and willingness to participate in all aspects of theatre production.

9.   Make sure that you bring your calendars and conflicts for the production periods to the audition.  This is very important, since sometimes conflicts factor in casting decisions.

10.   Our company has an existing ensemble of regular company members who act in our productions as part of their role as members of our board or repertory company.  We also do very small casts (the average size being 9 - 11 actors). Please remember that you are auditioning to join our ensemble for these productions, and the laws of probability dictate that not everyone who auditions can be cast.  If you are not cast with us this time around, please return for future auditions.  We love to meet people who are enthusiastic about Shakespeare!

11.   Our casting notices may be unlike others you have experienced in situations like university or community theatre. Because the offer of a role also includes the offer of a paid stipend, we do not publish one cast list, but approach actors individually.  Once all casting offers have been accepted, we contact all auditionees to let them know that casting is complete.

12.   Please come to auditions ready to have fun!  We want you to do well.  The more outstanding auditions we have, the higher quality productions we can put on; So make our job difficult.  See you at auditions!