Auditions for Twelfth Night
The Chameleon Theatre Circle and Green T Productions announce auditions for Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Avian Jangula and Kathy Welch.
Auditions will take place on Sunday, December 8, at 12189 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337 from 7 to 10 p.m. and on Monday, December 9, at 528 Hennepin Avenue, Studio 600, Minneapolis, MN 55403, 6 to 10 p.m. Please bring résumé and headshot if possible. Possible callbacks on Tuesday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis location.
Please schedule an audition time by emailing email@example.com with the date and time you prefer. Unscheduled auditioners will be seen if time permits.
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is re-imagined using the style of the Japanese Kabuki tradition. Viola and Sebastian are twin sister and brother separated in a shipwreck. Washed ashore in the land of Illyria, Viola assumes the role of a young man, Cesario, and goes to work for the Duke Orsino. He is madly in love with the Countess Olivia, who is mourning the loss of her brother and refuses to marry, until she meets Cesario. Trouble occurs, hilarity ensues.
Kabuki is a traditional theatre form from Japan that utilizes stylized vocal technique and dance-like movement. Actors will be in full-face makeup for performances. No previous kabuki experience required.
Viola - A young woman of aristocratic birth. Washed up on the shore of Illyria when her ship is wrecked in a storm, she disguises herself as a young man, calling herself “Cesario”, and becomes a page to Duke Orsino.
Sebastian - Viola’s twin brother. When he arrives in Illyria, he discovers that many people think that they know him, and he is not one to back down from trouble.
Orsino - A powerful nobleman in the country of Illyria. Orsino is lovesick for the beautiful Lady Olivia, but becomes more and more fond of his handsome new page boy, Cesario/Viola.
Olivia - A wealthy, beautiful, and noble Illyrian lady courted by Orsino and Sir Andrew, she is in mourning for her brother, who has recently died, and will not marry for seven years.
Malvolio - The straitlaced head servant in the household of Lady Olivia. He is very efficient but also very self-righteous, and he reveals a powerful ambition to rise above his social class.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - A friend of Sir Toby’s, he attempts to court Olivia. He thinks that he is witty, brave, and good at languages and dancing, but he is actually an idiot.
Sir Toby Belch - Olivia’s uncle. He lives with Olivia, but she does not approve of his rowdy behavior, practical jokes, heavy drinking, late-night carousing, or friends.
Maria - Olivia’s clever, daring lady-in-waiting. She harbors aspirations of rising in the world through marriage.
Feste - The clown of Olivia’s household, he earns his living by making pointed jokes, singing old songs, being generally witty, and offering good advice cloaked under a layer of foolishness.
Antonio - A former soldier who rescues Sebastian after his shipwreck. He has fallen in love with Sebastian, caring for him, accompanying him to Illyria, and furnishing him with money.
Sides from the script will be provided for actors at auditions. Actors will also be taught a short kabuki-style movement piece.
All roles are open to actors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, ages, and genders. No previous kabuki experience required.
All roles are available. $200 stipend paid.
Weekly kabuki workshops will begin Tuesday, January 14, 2014, and will run each Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the new Green T studio (Ashton Building, Suite 204, 1549 University Avenue, St. Paul). Rehearsals will begin Sunday, March 23, 2014. Some rehearsals will take place at the new Green T studio and some will take place at the Chameleon space (12189 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337), exact location schedule TBD.
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule:
Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.
Mondays from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Thursdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.
Possible rehearsals Memorial Day Weekend if needed.
Performances will run May 30 to June 14, 2014. All performances will take place at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
Questions? Contact Avian Jangula at firstname.lastname@example.org.