SPRING SHAKESPEARE TUITION: $450
This audition-based program for students in grades 4–12 develops skills in text analysis, storytelling, and stage combat, and culminates in performances on Greater Boston Stage Company’s stage and at local libraries. Anyone can audition, and free workshops prepare seasoned actors and newbies alike!
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Director of Education
We offer free optional audition workshops a week before Spring Shakespeare auditions are held. In these workshops, our Spring Shakespeare creative team provides audition materials, a quick introduction to performing Shakespeare’s text, and audition practices to help actors prepare to show their best selves. Priority for a spot in these workshops will be given to new students.
During auditions, students will be seen by the creative team, which is comprised of the Director and the Co-Director/Stage Manager. Each audition is a 10-minute private slot in which the student is asked to perform a 1-minute long Shakespearean monologue. It is strongly encouraged that the monologue be memorized. Students should come to the audition in clothes comfortable enough to move in as the creative team may give adjustments that involve movement.
Students will be notified as to whether or not they should attend callbacks once all initial auditions are complete. Callbacks are a time for the creative team to gather information they may not have gathered at auditions. All callback sides will be given at callbacks. If you do not receive a callback, you may still receive a role.
In casting, we take several things into account:
1. Information we’ve gathered during auditions and callbacks.
2. The technical requirements of each role.
3. The learning goals for each actor (how this young performer can grow).
4. Rehearsal and performance conflicts.*
5. Attitude towards staff, fellow actors, and the space.
At the end of the casting process, we place students in whichever role best suits the artistic and educational needs of the program and the student. We are looking to cast students for whom we can provide adequate and extensive challenges.
Please note: Not every student who auditions will be cast. Also, roles will not be double-cast.
*Conflicts: Please bring ALL conflicts to your audition day. A student’s conflicts will play a role in their ability to be a part of a cast. Small conflicts may be honored, at the discretion of the creative teams, but any additional conflicts presented after casting may result in dismissal from the show.