Calling Romeo and Juliet:  
 See the "Upcoming Auditions" page...


For Immediate Release

Contact: Ronnie Bell Executive Director

Syracuse Shakespeare Festival (315) 476-1835 or 395-0691

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Upcoming Auditions
First Announcement published Fri. 7/28/16:

Auditions for the two title roles in
Romeo and Juliet will be held:

 Tues. Aug. 16th and Thurs. Aug.  18th, 2016 from 7-9 pm

at the Cantor Warehouse Theater OR the Thornden Park Amphi-theater.

The show will be mounted in June 2017 to kick off the 15th anniver-sary season of SSF as part of the Shakespeare-On-The-Grass series.

Ronnie Bell is directing.  

Call 315-476-1835/e-mail for an appointment/interview audition.

If you are a Juliet and have a Romeo with whom you would make a great pair, please come together.  Only potential Juliets and Romeos are welcome to audition.  You may be asked to read more than your prepared monologue/scene.  

Please prepare one of the following monologues as completely as possible:

Juliet- Romeo-
A2, S2 A1, S4

A3, S2 A1, S5

A3, S5 A3, S1

A4, S3 A3, S3

A5, S3

Audition Tips:

Be Patient
When you arrive, simply sign in, and complete an audition sheet, and have a seat.  The casting director(s) will call for you.

Perfect Your Monologue
If you are asked to bring a monologue, make certain that you have rehearsed it completely. Do not just know the lines, know the character you are becoming. Let the directors see a striking difference between the person that just said hello to them, and the character that is now coming to life on the stage.  At the same time, be flexible with the audition material. They might have you read the lines over, asking you to take on a different personality. Sure, you may do great when you perform the monologue with tears in your eyes, but be prepared if they ask you to do the same lines in a calm, icy voice or a whimsical British dialect. If given the chance, show them that you can interpret the role in many different ways. 

Get to Know the Play 
Many auditions involve reading “sides.” Sides are small, hand-picked portions of a script. Sometimes they are a brief monologue. Sometimes they are short scenes involving two or more characters. Most of the time, you won’t know exactly what scene you’ll be reading. In that case, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the play in general.  If you are auditioning for a popular play feel free to buy a copy of the script online or at your local book store. Better yet, visit your local library. Watching a film version of the play might help as well. However, don’t simply mimic the movie actor’s performance. Casting directors want to see what you can create, not what you can imitate. 

Practice Cold Reading 
If the play is rather obscure or brand new, it may be difficult to purchase a copy. In that case, you’ll want to polish up your cold reading skills. Cold reading is the act of performing lines as you read them for the very first time. It can be a nerve wracking experience, but with practice most actors can become quite adept at it.  The best way to become a fluent cold reader is to read aloud as often as you can. When you cold read during your audition, do not worry if you stumble over a word or two. The important thing to remember is to stay in character. Create chemistry between you and your fellow actor. Make the casting director, and anyone else watching, believe that you are thinking and feeling the words on the page. 

Don’t Apologize
After an audition, an actor becomes his own worst critic. Often times, hopeful thespians are tempted to explain themselves to the directors. They provide excuses or even apologies in hopes of gaining sympathy. Avoid this as much as you can. Thank the casting director and leave the stage knowing that if you are right for the part, they will contact you. If not, know that you did your best. And remember: there are many other wonderful roles out there just waiting to be filled. 
Please check back for future upcoming auditions.

Call 315- 476-1835 for more info: no roles pre-cast

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