Theatre B is holding open auditions for Hamlet, our first mainstage show of Season 17!
WHEN: Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and Tuesday, June 4 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. If you can’t make these dates work, please contact email@example.com to set up auditions by appointment.
WHERE: Theatre B, 215 10th Street N, Moorhead, MN.
WHAT: Prepare a 1-minute classical monologue.
Hamlet Performance Dates: September 19 – October 12, 2019, Thur, Fri, and Sat at 7:30 pm with a possible extension to October 19. Sunday Matinees September 29 & October 6 at 2:00 pm
- CLAUDIUS: male, age 45-60. Regal and ruthless.
- HORATIO: 30, male or female. Hamlet’s trusted best friend.
- ROSENCRANZ: 30, male or female. A false friend.
- GUILDENSTERN: 30, male or female. A false friend.
- MARCELLUS/PLAYER QUEEN/FORTINBRAS: 20-30, male or female. Flexible: Marcellus is a soldier; Player Queen is a cross-dressing boy actor; Fortinbras is a Norwegian crown prince.
The roles of HAMLET, GERTRUDE, POLONIUS, LAERTES, OPHELIA, GHOST, and PLAYER KING are cast.
Please read the general audition info below prior to arriving! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Theatre B office (701) 729-8880
What is an open audition?
Simply put, they’re auditions that anyone can show up for. So everyone gets a shot. It’s a beautiful thing.
So does that mean there are auditions that are not open to everyone? Yes. Sometimes directors will hold invited calls, contacting only a short list of actors they would like to consider. Theatre B will occasionally hold this type of audition for a special project or if there is a role that has specific needs. Sometimes auditions will be open for certain roles and not for others. Occasionally Theatre B will pre-cast an Ensemble member or guest artist in a particular role. In that case, Theatre B will announce the pre-casting at auditions or in the audition notice.
Open casting calls are the best way for aspiring actors to get noticed. If you attend a lot of auditions, directors will begin to recognize you, and are more likely to take a chance and cast you.
So attend every open casting call you can. Why not?
How should I prepare for an audition?
Read the play. Understand the needs and demands of the roles available. You may be asked to present a prepared monologue. Here is some great information on how to prepare a monologue for an audition. Be open to trying many different things. Try to be as creative as possible in the moment of auditioning. See our Tips for Auditioning below for more thoughts and ideas. Some shows may include music, so be prepared to sing. Typically the audition notice will include how much of a song the director / musical director will want to hear. Here is some great information on preparing for a singing audition. Some shows may also include dance. In that case, there may be a separate dance audition. This will be noted in the audition notice. Unless otherwise specified, come dressed to move around. You may have to learn a dance sequence (fun!) or learn a swordfight sequence (scary but fun!). This means you should dress in clothes that are comfortable and will not impede your movement, but still be neat, clean and nice looking. Please, no flip-flops, boots, high heels, wheeled shoes, etc. Sturdy shoes that stay on your feet are a must. Dance shoes are appropriate. Things like tight-fitting clothes, skirts without leggings, and dangly earrings are also not recommended.
What if I cannot make the scheduled audition?
Contact our administrative staff at email@example.com. Most of the time, a separate audition can be scheduled.
How much time is auditioning going to take?
You should plan on being there for about 3 hours, which is the typical duration of a standard rehearsal.
What is a ‘callback’?
Callbacks are a kind of second round of auditions, where selected auditioneers are invited to read from the script again. This is usually so that the director can see different auditioneers from different nights of auditions together before a decision is made. If there are going to be callbacks, the director or stage manager will let you know if there are call backs and if you are invited to attend. Not being invited to attend call back’s does not mean you have not been cast.
How will I find out I’ve been cast?
If the director and artistic staff would like to cast you, you will be contacted soon after auditions to extend an offer to join the cast. We recommend you consider this offer carefully before accepting so that you are clear on the time commitment and the subject matter of the production.
If you don’t get cast, it’s not the end! You could volunteer to work backstage for the show. You could and should audition again for a different show.
What are the expectations if I get cast?
You will be expected to fulfill the role you have been cast in. Please see our production guidelines for actors for more information. A typical time commitment is four to six weeks of rehearsal, five nights a week, then performances. There are also several weekend commitments during the process. Keep in mind that the time commitment will be different depending on the show and the role. The director and stage manager will have the best information on the expected time commitment.