Richard III Auditions
May 19 10-12
Richard III was chosen for this summer’s production because it is a political tragedy with some major comedy and fantastic larger-than-life characters. It will be fun to work on, as well as challenging!
Please show up a few minutes early to be ready to begin the audition at 10:00. Plan to stay for at least 90 minutes.
We will begin the audition with a short voice class led by Keely. Please come prepared to do some physical acting work and dress appropriately in movement attire.
Come prepared with a 15-20 line monologue from Shakespeare’s Richard III. The speech can be from any character – not necessarily one you think you could play or would like to play. Make sure it is a speech you love. Be prepared to discuss the piece - stand by for the possibility that the directors might want to workshop a part or the entirety of your monologue.
You will be auditioning in front of the other auditioners and a panel of the directors and staff working on the production.
Also please note, we are looking for actors with whom we can have some fun – so bring your positive attitudes and your willingness to play!
The Hairspray audition will be held on Saturday, March 23rd and last from 1:00 to 5:00 PM for students ages 12-19. You must be at the audition for the duration of those four hours. There will be singing, dance, and acting components in this audition. We want to encourage you to listen to the Broadway Original Cast Recording, available from Itunes or Youtube and find scenes from the play on Youtube to give you character ideas before you come to the audition. All parts are open, none have been pre-cast.
Rehearsals begin on Monday, June 17th and run M-F, 9-4 until we open on Friday, July 5th. Performances are July 5-13. We are dark on Monday, July 8th. Tuition is $500. Financial Aid is available, deadline for application is May 31st. Information about applying may be found on the NEYT website.
Please prepare a memorized song from the musical Hairspray. You may audition for more than one role. If you are auditioning for more than one role, please prepare one song for each character, but not more than two songs. Prepare and sing your song(s) as if you are that character in that moment of the show. There will be a piano accompanist. You do not need to bring in any sheet music for the songs. Here is a list of suggested songs for the leads:
⁃ Tracy: "Good Morning Baltimore" and "Mama I'm A Big Girl Now".
⁃ Penny: "Mama I'm A Big Girl Now" and "You Can't Stop the Beat"
⁃ Edna: "You're Timeless to Me" and "You Can't Stop the Beat part 2"
⁃ Amber: "Mama I'm A Big Girl Now" and "Cooties"
⁃ Velma: "Miss Baltimore Crabs".
⁃ Corny Collins: "It's Hairspray", from near the end of the play where Corny advertises the product "Hairspray"
⁃ Wilbur: "You're Timeless To Me" and "You're Timeless To Me"
⁃ Link: "It Takes Two" and "You Can't Stop the Beat"
⁃ Seaweed: "Run and Tell That" and "You Can't Stop the Beat" ⁃ Motor Motormouth Mabel: "I Know Where I've Been" ⁃ Big Doll House Matron: "The Big Doll House"
⁃ Ensemble: "You Can't Stop the Beat"
And here are more links to Hairspray on YouTube - to give you some character ideas for your auditions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AvUr47XzWs entire play
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiaVlrKz_8U without love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=vXUmqQ3j-Tk Mama I’m a big girl now
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obYSHgfRPgg You’re Timeless To Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0m4cKKtcXQ You can’t stop the beat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=al1E4YS4Mac Welcome to the Sixties
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DGC2HPAJso It takes two
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=z684syYtVx4 You can’t stop the beat - London TV Cast
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rlp1zrBl4g You can’t stop the beat - Original Cast
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vrACeEn2mg&feature=endscreen&NR=1 I can hear the Bells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=3joscGP69SM I can hear the Bells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=3joscGP69SM I can hear the bells
Alisa Hauser will divide the cast into groups, teach a dance combination, and then have each group dance that combination. Please wear clothes you can move in.
Stephen Stearns will have couples read a short scene, which will not be memorized. The purpose of this is to explore acting style, intention, emotion, and motivation.
Alisa Hauser and Stephen Stearns will be holding free audition coaching sessions on Saturday 3/16 at NEYT from 2-5pm. Enter the theatre through the back door, by the set show and come any time. Alisa will coach you through movement, character preparation, proper use of voice, and musical accuracy. Stephen will help with telling a story through your song. You do not need to be there for the entire time just drop in when you can. There will be a sign up sheet in the back hallway.