Shakespeare Improv Weekend:  

Three exciting and delightful shows, each one unique-

Fri. Nov 13, 7:30 pm:
 The first night will begin with a Judith Harris directed reading of an hour long PBS documentary, The Shakespeare Mystery, by Kevin Finn read by some of our finest local actors and celebrities including Neil Novelli, Jack Sherman, Simon Moody, Sam Tamburo and Ed Mastin.  It will be followed by an intermission.   Then, we will launch into Shakespeare Improv based on scenes, characters and props from the Bard's works.  Audience participation will be encouraged for the Friday show!  Members from the competitive teams will be participate as a practice session for the following two competitive shows.  There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar for wine and beer. 

Sat. Nov 14, 7:30 pm: So far, teams from Open Hand Theatre and the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival are participating! The next two shows, about 1 1/2 hours each, will be competitive among the companies using the same format described above and giving you 3 creative takes on the same improv topic.  Scoring will be done by two pre-selected judges and one audience member on a 1-10 point basis for each improv.  We'll rotate the company order and have great fun.  

Sun. Nov 15, 2:00 pm:  Another competition among the companies based on scenes, characters and props from Shakespeare.  The format and scoring will be the same as described above.  Winners will be declared at the end of the show.

 Ticket Prices: 1 Day Ticket= $20;
2 Day Ticket= $35; (save $5)
3 Day Ticket= $45  (save $15)
Available at 
and at the door 30 minutes before each show
Upcoming Auditions
Supplemental Auditions for The Lion in Winter"
(The roles of Henry and Eleanor have already been cast.)
Production days: Shakespeare-Under-A-Roof, February 12-21, 2016
Empire Theatre, NYS Fairgrounds
Directed by Dan Stevens

Audition Date/Time
July 27 and July 28, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
SU's Cantor Warehouse Theatre (Room 100A)
350 W. Fayette St. (enter on Washington St)
Syracuse, NY 13210

Bring a Shakespeare monologue of your choice
as an audition piece.  If you don't have one, we will
give you one to read.

call 315-476-1835 with questions
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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