April 5th 2009 Special Event
Campus Off-campus
Title Auditions for Hampshire Shakespeare Young Company
Phone Contact 413-584-2116
Hampshire Shakespeare Company announces open auditions for the Young Company production of Twelfth Night, directed by Sarah Wilson. The production week for the show will run July 27-August 2; show dates are July 31, August 1 and 2. There is a fee for participation in this workshop production. Call or email Sarah Wilson to arrange a time bracket at 413-584-2116 or sarahwilson@crocker.com.

Auditioners should come prepared with a monologue of Shakespeare or verse, a minimum of 14 lines, and no more than two minutes. Auditioners may be asked to do some improvisation, move or sing a simple song. Musical ability including singing and the ability to play an instrument is sought for some characters. Auditions will be held at the Jones Library on Amity Street in Amherst on Thursday, April 9, 4-6 pm, and at the Hartsbrook School at 193 Bay Road in Hadley on Saturday, April 11, 1-4 pm. For directions to the school, visit http://www.hartsbrook.org/directions.htm.

The Young Company welcomes actors ages 10 through 17 to audition; no previous Shakespeare experience is necessary. Some actors cast in leading roles work with an acting coach during the rehearsal process for the main stage production of Twelfth Night, as well as take minor but fun roles in the adult show. Main stage show dates are July 15-26 (Wednesday through Sunday).

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community-based organization with part-time seasonal professional staff. The company brings together professional, amateur and student performers, offering audiences and actors a range of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful. Our summer performances are held on the campus of the Hartsbrook School on an open-air stage with a majestic view of the Holyoke Range. For more information about Hampshire Shakespeare Company, visit our web site at www.hampshireshakespeare.org.

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