From Professors Majkowski and Ballard:
We’re about to embark on a great adventure and a first for SCAD: A Shakespeare Tour to area High Schools.
We’ve both been directly involved as actors and directors in such tours in our own careers. We know it requires a very special type of performer. It demands a unique form of commitment. Such actors need not only to be talented, but particularly mature and professional in both manner and action. You become ambassadors, putting a face on the sponsoring institution. You will be representing not only the Performing Arts and Production Design departments but Savannah College of Art and Design.
As actors we all know auditions are a subjective search for the right performer. But one of the distinguishing elements of any audition— from the auditor’s perspective, not the actor’s— is to determine if the director feels the person is right. Can they be fully trusted to be empathetic, mindful, artists? Will they be troublesome to work with? Are they sometimes less than fully reliable? Having talent is only part of the casting equation.
Every theatre professional knows this basic truism: People who are difficult to work with do not work—at least for any duration. The bitter pill to this platitude is the simple fact that it is the producer who gets to make that call, not the actor. So it goes without saying: all auditions are not created equally.
In classes, many of your professors have told you everything you do, every action you take, is a test. In this sense, for actors, every day is an audition. Whether you know it or not, you have been quietly revealing your levels of commitment, your work ethic, your attitude. These qualities are three key elements in casting any actor in a tour to High Schools and are just as vitally important as having the right talent. As Jaques says in “As You Like It,” you have been steadily inflating “the bubble reputation.”
We have had many of you in class(es). We have worked with many of you on audition pieces or in rehearsals. To this end, for some of you, this may be familiar territory. For many others, this will be our opportunity to souse you out a bit more.
Actors ourselves, we dislike and disfavor anything smacking of pro forma auditions as much as you do. Subsequently, it is our goal to make this selection process as brief and painless as possible.
We look forward to seeing you audition and break a leg,
Professor of Voice and Speech
Professor of Performing Arts
Auditions and Artistic/Staff Positions:
Shakespeare Tour Fall 2013
ROMEO AND JULIET (this show may change after we create the company)
We will be creating a company of actors anywhere from 8-16 members (final number still TBA). This company will tour area schools with a cut version of a classical play. We will rehearse and run the show during Fall Quarter 2013. This tour will also be a class that meets in the TR 8am slot. We will be rehearsing during class as well as touring during that class time and/or on Fridays. Selected students will be asked to sign up for one of these special sections:
- MPRA 421 Advanced Classical Acting VM
- MPRA 377 Production Lab LB
- MPRA 377 Production Lab VM
- MPRA 478 Production Lab II LB
All Moxie, Mobb Liner and Compass Players: Please audition! Conflicts should be minimal for these fall shows.
Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18; 5:00-8:00pm; Crites Room 306
Auditions are in 5 minute slots by appointment only.
Please prepare one of the following options (monologues must be memorized):
- two contrasting classical monologues
- one contemporary and one classical monologue
- one contemporary monologue (your choice) and a Shakespeare monologue selected from the attached document (Audition Monologues_Shakespeare Tour Fall 2013.pdf)
To sign up for an audition, please email Colleen Mond (email@example.com).
Friday, April 19; 10:00am-12:00pm; Crites Room 306
At callbacks we will be looking at the following scenes from ROMEO AND JULIET:
- The Balcony Scene; Act 2 scene ii
- Friar Laurence and Romeo; Act 3 scene iii
- Nurse and the boys; Act 2 scene iv
- Lady Capulet, Nurse and Juliet; Act 1 scene iii
- Lord Capulet, Juliet, Lady Capulet and Nurse; Act 3 scene v
- The opening sonnet
We are also looking to fill the following Artistic/Staff positions:
- Stage Manager (1)
- Assistant Stage Manager (1-2)
- Assistant Director (1)
- Assistant Tour Manager (1)
- Dramaturge (1-2)
Please email Professors Ballard (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Majkowski (email@example.com) if you are interested in being considered for these positions; there will also be a place on the audition sheet to let us know this.