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AUDITIONS & JOBS

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
2023 SUMMER SEASON

PINOCCHIO THE MUSICAL 

Directed by Jesse MacLean 

Associate Director to be confirmed

 

ROMEO AND JULIET 

Adapted by Jade Douris-O’Hara and Drew Douris-O’Hara

Directed by Drew Douris-O'Hara

 

THE UNREHEARSED DREAM

A one night only, unrehearsed presentation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

 

Shakespeare by the Sea (SBTS) rehearsal begin in June 2023, opening July 8th, 2023, and closing September 3rd, 2022.

 

Shakespeare by the Sea performs outdoors in Point Pleasant Park, located in K'jipuktuk (Halifax, NS). SBTS productions run in repertory, with actors appearing in multiple productions.

 

Shakespeare by the Sea seeks to create theatre that is inviting, inclusive, and accessible to all. In seeking to gather an ensemble that reflects the diverse community we serve, we strongly encourage submissions from artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, and will be prioritizing submissions from applicants who self-identify as members of underrepresented communities.

 

Submission Notes:

. Please include any/all roles you wish to be considered for in your submission. In keeping with our casting by consent policy, actors will only be considered for roles which they submit for. 

. Former SBTS company members are encouraged to submit for roles they are interested in and feel suited for. In keeping with our casting by consent policy, former company members will only be considered for roles which they submit for.

. All roles are open to any gender.

. Applicants are asked to include their photo and resume in a single PDF. Actors are invited to remove their measurements from their resumes. 

. Pinocchio and Romeo and Juliet will both involve live music, and playing instruments is an asset. Actors are asked to list any instruments that they play with their submission. 

. Please indicate in the SUBJECT line if you are requesting an audition in K'jipuktuk (Halifax) or by video

 

At this time SBTS is holding auditions in K'jipuktuk (Halifax, NS). Artists unable to audition in K’jipuktuk are welcome to submit, and may be invited to send a video audition.  

 

Further show details, content disclosures and full character descriptions can be found below.

Applications can be e-mailed to: Drew Douris-O'Hara, Associate Artistic Director, drew@shakespearebythesea.ca

Deadline: Sunday, November 11th at 5PM

 

We thank everyone for their interest; however, only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Audition dates: November 28th, 29th and 30th. 
 

SHOW DETAILS AND CHARACTER DESCRIPTION

 

PINOCCHIO 

Based on the story by Carlo Collodi 

A collective creation by the SBTS acting Company in 2016 with new adaptation by Jesse MacLean 

Music and Lyrics by Garry Williams 

Directed by Jesse MacLean 

Associate Director to be confirmed

 

SHOW DESCRIPTION 

An original musical comedy adaptation of the Pinocchio story, a tale of a humble toymaker, whose dreams of making a living as a puppeteer are realized, with consequences, when his puppet is magically brought to life. The living puppet, Pinocchio, rebels against Gepetto and sets out for an adventure, along the way discovering what it takes to find your own path, and to become comfortable with being who you are.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

 

PINOCCHIO

A living puppet, wide-eyed and full of enthusiasm to discover the whole world. Trusting to a fault, loyal to the end, and so much more than just a piece of wood.

 

GEPETTO

A humble toymaker, who always wanted to have a family of their own. Seems like life and work got in the way of that dream, and now it may be too late.

 

JIMMY THE CRICKET

A circus manager, trying to save a fledgling circus and keep the team together

 

FOX

A con-artist, master of disguise

 

CAT

Another con-artist and master of disguise

 

WENDELL the Donkey Master / STRONG CLAM/ ENSEMBLE

Another con-artist, attempting to pull off the controversial and highly dangerous “donkey con”  / A body-builder with muscles for a body and a clam for a head

 

JENNY the Donkey Master’s Daughter/ BEARDED BABY/ ENSEMBLE

Teenage daughter of the Donkey Master, punk aesthetic, aloof, badass. / A circus baby with a beard

 

LAMPWICK/ ENSEMBLE

An awkward kid. Pinocchio’s best bud

 

CECELIA/ENSEMBLE 

A know-it-all kid. Pinocchio’s other best bud

 

Members of the ensemble may be asked to step into a number of roles, including donkeys on donkey island, performers in the Foxy Circus, and a giant whale. Some ensemble roles will require basic puppetry and mask work. 

 

PINOCCHIO is a musical, and some actors will be required to play instruments. Actors are asked to please include any instruments they are comfortable playing.
 

ROMEO AND JULIET 

By WIlliam Shakespeare
Adapted for SBTS by Jade Douris-O’Hara and Drew Douris-O’Hara

Directed by Drew Douris-O’Hara

 

SHOW DESCRIPTION: 

 

Shakespeare’s famous tale of two star-crossed lovers who sacrifice everything for love. This fast-paced adaptation retains Shakespeare’s original text while setting the play against a backdrop of our contemporary world. Romeo and Juliet is a timeless tale of generational conflict, familial duty, violence, protest, love, and ultimately: hope for a better tomorrow. 

 

CHARACTER NOTES: 

  • Character doubling is subject to (and likely to) change during the casting process. Should you only be interested in half of a double-track as listed, please indicate which role you are interested in. 

  • Character ages are not listed, as actors are invited to think outside of the traditional casting box for all characters. 

  • The role of Juliet is cast, and will be played by SBTS Resident Artist and co-adapter Jade Douris-O’Hara

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

 

ROMEO

A young person on the brink of adulthood, but holding onto youth. Romeo is Impulsive, passionate, impatient and fiercely loyal. Willing to sacrifice anything for love. In love with Juliet (she/her).

Content disclosure:

Intimacy: including kissing, hugging and touching, sexual language

Violence: including wrestling, fights with a knife, stabbing and killing. 

Suicide and talk of suicide 

 

MERCUTIO 

Romeo’s best friend and fiercest protector. Mercutio is the life of any party, and quick to enter into a fight. Mercutio is witty and provocative, and never backs down from a challenge. Stage combat experience is an asset.

Content disclosure: 

Sexual language, violence, onstage death

 

BENVOLIO

Romeo’s cousin and friend. Fun-loving but cautious, Benvolio is the most responsible of the group. 

Content disclosure: 

Sexual language, violence, witness of violence

 

CAPULET

A single parent to Juliet and head of the Capulet Family. Savvy in business, Capulet is always on the lookout for opportunities for the family to benefit from, including finding a rich suitor for Juliet. Capulet knows how to entertain a room, but is prone to anger and violence. 

Content disclosure: 

Domestic violence, anger, witness to suicide

 

NURSE/TYBALT 

Nurse: The hired help of the Capulet family. Nurse is witty, fun-loving and protective- especially of Juliet. Nurse is Juliet’s closest confident and trusted ally. Nurse is prone to teasing and loves an audience. 

Content disclosure: 

Sexual language, witness to suicide 

Tybalt: Juliet’s older cousin. Proud and precise, Tybalt will do anything to protect the honor of the Capulets. Tybalt is prone to anger and violence. 

Content disclosure: 

Violence, onstage death, witness to suicide  

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE/PETER

Friar Lawrence: A member of the clergy, Friar Lawrence is a community leader and believer in true love. Friar Lawrence is a creative thinker, willing to bend the rules to find solutions to Romeo and Juliet’s problems.

Peter: A servant to the Capulets. Peter tries hard to succeed and is eager to please.

Content Disclosure: 

Violence, talk of suicide, witness to death 

 

PARIS/PRINCE

PARIS: A suitor to Juliet. Paris comes from money and doesn’t mind if you know that. 

PRINCE: The authority in Verona. Frustrated with the never-ending violence. 

Content disclosure: 

Violence, witness to suicide 

 

MUSiCIAN/ENSEMBLE x 2

Two musician-actors who are witnesses to the action and perform a live musical score. These tracks will take on various roles in the production, including Gregory, Friar John, First Capulet, Apothecary, Page etc etc. 

Content disclosure:

Witness to violence, suicide, sexual language

 

THE UNREHEARSED DREAM

A one night only, unrehearsed presentation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

By William Shakespeare

 

Shakespeare’s famous comedy featuring a forest of magical fairies, a runaway foursome of bewitched and mixed-up lovers, and a rag-tag troupe of actors preparing to celebrate a royal wedding. For this one-night only performance, the actors receive just their lines and cues to memorize. They never rehearse together, and the 1st time they perform the play is in front of the audience!

 

NOTES: Actors will receive their part of the script to memorize well in advance of the performance, and participate in a “line-check” approximately one-week before the show. Actors are responsible for creating their own costumes, which can be pulled from the SBTS wardrobe stock, or from another source, if they so choose. On the day of the performance, the company meets to discuss general safety logistics that might pertain to the performance. At the performance there will be someone “on-book” should the actor need to call for a line.

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

 

LYSANDER / MUSTARDSEED

An Athenian youth, in love with Hermia / A fairy attendant to Titania

 

DEMETRIUS / MOTH

An Athenian youth, a suitor to Hermia / A fairy attendant to Titania

 

HERMIA / PEASEBLOSSOM

An Athenian youth, in love with Lysander / A fairy attendant to Titania

 

HELENA / COBWEB

An Athenian youth, in love with Demetrius / A fairy attendant to Titania

 

TITANIA / HIPPOLYTA

Queen of the Fairies / Betrothed to Theseus

 

OBERON / THESEUS 

King of the Fairies / / The Duke of Athens, betrothed to Hippolyta

 

PUCK

AKA Robin Goodfellow, a trickster fairy who serves Oberon

 

NICK BOTTOM 

An Athenian weaver, later plays Pyramus in ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’

 

TOM SNOUT

An Athenian tinker, later plays Wall in ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’

 

SNUG

An Athenian joiner, later plays Lion in ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’

 

FRANCIS FLUTE

An Athenian bellows mender, later plays Thisbe  in ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’

 

PETER QUINCE / EGEUS

A carpenter, also the company manager and Prologue of ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ / Father to Hermia

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