Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz and Dori Robinson
SPRING SHAKESPEARE 2019
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Performances May 16-18, 2019 at Greater Boston Stage Company
Outside Performances TBD
When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a revered leader, Brutus and his republican friends fear his ambitions will spiral out of control. The once-loyal senators resolve that the great general must be assassinated. Once the deed is done, the idealistic conspirators must reckon with the forces of a new alliance led by Mark Antony and Caesar’s nephew Octavius. When their armies battle at Philippi, will Caesar’s ghost be avenged? Opposing powers, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between power and people.
SPRING SHAKESPEARE TUITION: $395
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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Our love for Shakespeare both theatrically and educationally knows no bounds. Our program this year will focus on two equally important aspects:
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Director of Education
AUDITION REGISTRATION: Begins Monday, February 11, 2019
Registration for auditions will begin at 10:30am on Monday, February 11, 2019. To register for an audition slot and the audition workshops, call the Education office at 781-279-7885 x104. You may register anytime Monday through Friday, 10:30am to 5:30pm.
AUDITION WORKSHOPS: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm (OPTIONAL)
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.
AUDITIONS: Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:00-9:00pm
During auditions, students will be seen by the creative team of Julius Caesar, 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.
CALLBACKS: Monday, March 4, 2019
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.
CASTING: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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.
REGISTRATION: Friday, March 11, 2019
Students who are cast will have until 5:00pm on Friday, March 11, 2019 to accept their role and pay the tuition in full or request financial aid.
REHEARSALS: Sundays 5:00-9:00pm, Mondays 6:00-9:00pm, Wednesdays 5:00-9:00pm
Rehearsals - starting Sunday, March 17, 2019 (No Rehearsals Sunday, April 16-Sunday April 23, 2019 for school vacation)
Tech Rehearsals - May 13 through May 15, 2019
Performances - May 16 through May 18, 2019
Outside Performances - TBD