Striving artists announces auditions for william shakespeare's hamlet

Shakespeare's greatest work, finally a part of Striving Artists' popular Summer Shakespeare series! 

SAC Artistic Director Greg Luzitano will helm the 9th annual Summer Shakespeare production. As with last year's Henriad cycle, Hamlet will be cast gender-neutral. We're seeking a total of 10 performers to cover all roles, with double (or triple) casting opportunities (see character list below). 

Outdoor afternoon performances (Saturdays and Sundays) will tour Massachusetts as always, with performances at historical landmarks Hale Farm in Beverly, Fall River Historical Society, and Borderland State Park in Easton. Performance dates are July 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. 

ACTORS WILL BE STIPENDED. No membership fees, script purchase, expectation of ads sold, set-construction requirements (some assistance may be necessary on performance dates to set up in each location), or self-provided costume pieces. For additional information, see the attached contract.

Auditions will be on Sunday, May 13th at 7pm, with callbacks on Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm. PLEASE CONTACT greg@strivingartists.org TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION SLOT. If you are unable to attend on the 13th but would like to audition, contact greg@strivingartists.org to arrange an audition for the 16th immediately preceding callbacks. 

AUDITIONS: Please prepare a short dramatic or comedic Shakespearean monologue. Additional cold readings may be requested. Auditions will be closed and a chair will be available. You will perform for the director and possibly the stage manager and may be asked to repeat your monologue after receiving notes from the director. If we'd like you for callbacks, we'll contact you by Monday, May 14th, at 9pm. Everyone who auditions will be contacted after callbacks whether or not you have been cast. If not cast, feedback on your audition will be provided upon request.

CALLBACKS: Callbacks will consist of sides with scene partners and possible additional cold monologues. There will be a fight/movement assessment with the fight choreographer for those called back for Hamlet or Laertes. Callbacks will be closed apart from your scene/fight partner. 

Rehearsals will be Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7pm-10pm; beginning May 20th, at First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St, Salem, MA. See posted calendar below. 

Director: Greg Luzitano

Associate Director: Jeremy Funke

Fight Choreographer: Lara Fury

Costumes: Linda Stockman

Master Carpenter: Brett Pelletier

Characters (doubling/tripling subject to change after auditions):

Hamlet

Claudius

Gertrude

Polonius/Sexton

Ophelia/Osric

Horatio/Lucianus

Laertes/Player Queen

King Hamlet's Ghost/Player King/Gravedigger

Rosencrantz/Marcellus

Guildenstern/Barnardo

If you have any questions at all, please contact greg@strivingartists.org.

See you there!

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