Monday, January 4, 2010

Next Stage Program Auditions for Happy Prince

Long Wharf Theatre invites local Non-Equity actors ages 18 to 35 to audition for a devised adaptation of The Happy Prince, by Oscar Wilde, to be produced by the Next Stage Program, a program for early career theatre professionals, and directed by the theater's Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting.

Auditions will be held today from 3 to 5pm and from 6 to 8 pm. Auditions will be grouped into 30-minute slots. Prepared monologues are not necessary; auditioners should come prepared for a brief physical theatre workshop. Please bring a calendar of conflicts that may interfere with the rehearsal period. There is no compensation for these roles.

Each actor will play multiple roles and should be able to portray a range of ages and character types. Because this piece will be created collaboratively in the rehearsal room, actors should be comfortable working without a set script and experimenting with such techniques as guided improvisation, physical theatre, and puppetry to tell the story. Physical theatre/clowning experience and/or musical ability are a plus, but not necessary.

The Happy Prince is one of Oscar Wilde’s best-loved fairy tales. It tells the story of a selfless statue and the swallow who helps him ease the sufferings of others. Both the statue and the swallow give of themselves to improve the lives of the poor in this tale about charity, self-sacrifice, and hope, told with Wilde’s trademark grace and wit.

Callbacks will occur but have not yet been scheduled. Rehearsals will take place during late February through the month of March, with four total performances on Wednesday, March 31, and Saturday, April 3; performance times will be announced.

All actors should bring a current resume and headshot. While walk-ins will be accommodated, appointments are strongly recommended and may be made by contacting Jamie Steffen at 203-787-4284 (x300) or jamie.steffen@longwharf.org. If you are not available for the dates above, please contact Jamie Steffen to inquire about alternative arrangements.

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