The Tempest Audition Information

The Tempest

Welcome to the audition information page for Point Break Drama’s 2019 Teen / Young adult production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest to be performed in the first week of September.

 

Please read all information on this page thoroughly before applying.

 

Point Break Drama Theatre company expects the highest level of commitment and dedication to the work, and people interested in excellence need only apply.

Do not book an audition time if you want to gain audition experience only, or if you know you are unavailable. We appreciate everyone’s time and effort, we expect the same in return.

Participants will be expected to make every effort to attend all rehearsals. Actors and parents (if actors under 18), must consider the commitment carefully. Core dates and rehearsal days are at the bottom of this page. A detailed rehearsal schedule for first few weeks, will be released after the play is cast, so all participants will understand their responsibilities.

This is a non-for profit production, however in order to cover the costs of paying professional directors & choreographers & providing two specialty character workshops, there is a fee involved for the duration of the production of just $370 per participant.  This fee does not cover the costs associated with the production. These will be met by Point Break Drama. In the event of any profit made from ticket sales will be put into future productions.

 

Synopsis

A tale of revenge, redemption, personal growth, hatred, love, slavery and – ultimately – coconuts.

Prospero’s quest for vengeance is obsessive, blinding him/her to his own short-sighted – and cynical view of the world. Through his love for his daughter – and his increasing awareness of his treatment of both Ariel and Caliban – he comes to an understanding of not only a humanist world view, but also of himself.

On their cruise home from a royal wedding in Africa, a European ruler and his closest advisors are marooned on an uncharted island.Political wheeling and dealing must take a backseat as their mysterious host – Prospero – carries out a program of what seems to be hell-bent revenge, but soon shifts into something more profound.

Love, loyalties and trust will be challenged as magic takes us into a deeper understanding of what it means not only to be human, but also humane to others.

 

Key Details of Production
  • Performance & tech / Dress week will be Wed 28th Aug – Sat 7th Sept
  • Rehearsals will be held regularly on Thurs nights (6.30pm-10pm) & Saturday’s from (2pm- 6pm). Starting Thurs June 13th.
  • Extra full day rehearsals to be held on Saturdays. See bottom of this page for details
  • Fee to be involved is $370. (To be paid before rehearsals commence. Direct deposit or Cash only)
  • A free copy of script will be given to each participant.
Audition details

All auditions will take place on Saturday 8th June, 2019 at the Point Break Drama studio (28 Fisher Rd Dee Why).  Applicants will need to keep the day free. To audition please follow the following process carefully:

  1. Read the play ( Available online ‘ No Fear Shakespeare”)
  2. Choose a role or roles you would like to audition for.
  3. Click Here for Character Breakdown.
  4. Prepare a 1- 2min monologue from either The Tempest, or from another of Shakespeare’s comedies.
  5. Be familiar with scenes involving your character as you may be asked to cold-read.
  6. Email us at info@pointbreakdrama.com.au with a request for an audition time indicating name, age, contact info, basic performance experience( 4 lines max), singing & Dancing capabilities and the name part or parts you would like to audition for.
  7. Please No CV’s at this stage.
  8. Please note applicants under 18 must have parental authorization to audition. A parent or guardian must request an audition time.
  9. Audition request Deadline is Friday June 7th (Note: pending availability).
  10. Keep entire day of Saturday June 8th free. After initial audition you may be asked to return later in the day to read with another actor.
  11. Anyone can audition but roles will be given to the best applicants.
  12. Auditioning is free –  however do not request an audition time to gain audition experience, if you know you are unavailable for the production..
  13. Applicants must arrive 15 mins prior to audition time to fill out information form.
  14. Bring a Head shot & CV to the audition only. DO NOT EMAIL.
Audition Tips
  • Choose a character or characters from the breakdown provided that is close to your age.
  • Audition for the role of your choosing, but be familiar with other characters in the play.
  • Audition monologues should be short ( 1- 2 mins max)
  • Try to show an emotional journey and the character your auditioning for in your monologue presentation.
  • Understand every word and phrase that you utter. This is one of the keys to performing Shakespeare.
  • Get some tips on performing Shakespeare from sites like http://www.stagemilk.com/how-to-act-shakespeare/
  • Go to the Enotes page “strategies for understanding Shakespearean language”
  • Read thoroughly the character breakdown before preparing.

 

Tech / Dress Rehearsal week

Thurs 29th Aug to Monday 2nd September

Crew Only: Wednesday 28th August 6pm-10pm.(Stage, lights, windows)

Dress  Rehearsals ( all Cast/crew):

Thur 29th August 6 -10pm

Fri 30th August 6-10pm

Sat 31st August 2-10pm

Mon 2nd September Final Dress Run 6pm-10pm

Performances

7.30pm showtime

1 x Saturday Matinee at 2pm

6.00pm Call-time for Cast

Tuesday 3rd September Opening night

Wednesday 4th September

Thursday 5th September

Friday 6th September

Saturday 7th September – 2pm Matinee

Saturday 7th September – 7.30pm Closing Night

 

 1st read through – whole cast

Thur 13th June 6pm-10pm

Performers will be asked for measurements, to fill out Photo / Performance forms & Performance agreements

Regular Rehearsal Times

All Cast will need to keep Thursday evenings & Saturdays Arvo /early evenings free for Rehearsals, although not all cast will be required for the entire rehearsal period.

To commence Thursday 13th June

Thursdays – 6.30pm – 10pm

Saturdays – 2pm – 6pm.

Exceptions are the Saturdays listed below

Full Day Rehearsals

Key Saturday Rehearsals – Whole Cast Required

Sat 29th June 9am – 5pm

Sat 17th August 9am- 5pm

Sat 24th August 9am- 5pm (Dress run)

Sat 31st August 2pm – 10pm (Dress / Tech run)

 

These Saturdays will be used for:

2 workshops  dedicated to understanding verse/ prose, using metaphor, applying to a scene and / or monologue. 2.) Voice / Movement workshop application to Shakespeare character. Also Character study/work, Fight Choreography, Music/choreography, Scene Work & Running of entire play.