The Taming of the Shrew
Production dates: November 2, 3, 4 & 8, 9, 10
Rehearsals will begin September 23rd (we will not rehearse during fall break)
TYPE OF AUDITION: Group auditions, with cold readings of selected scenes & speeches from the text (copies available at the audition) in addition to improvisational movement. See additional notes regarding music and dance below.
Reading the play (or a synopsis of the play and characters) prior to auditions is highly recommended
WHEN: Arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out an audition card and to warm up. You need attend only one of the audition times.
Wednesday August 22: 7 9 pm
Thursday August 23: 4 6 pm
Callbacks as needed: TBA
WHERE: Neely Auditorium (on Alumni Lawn)
AUDITION ATTIRE: Please wear form-fitting clothing (skirts or dresses for women). In all cases your clothing should facilitate (not hamper) movement; AVOID flip flops!
APPROACH TO THE PLAY: What does it take to forge a life of compatibility? Is anything needed besides animal attraction and money? Join the party of creativity by auditioning for VUTs The Taming of the Shrew. We seek an ensemble of 17 (11 males and 6 females) to explore the action of taming in this famous Shakespearean comedy. Get to the feast, revel and domineer. . . Be mad and merry! Ultimately, your enthusiasm, physicality, and input will inspire the costume design of whimsically altered, embellished, and repurposed past fashions.
ADDITIONAL NOTES regarding MUSIC and DANCE: Our approach to the play looks to incorporate elements of Latin-influenced music, improvisatory movement, and choreographed dance. We seek multi-talented actors who play instruments (possibly generating a portion of the music live) and/or the ability to dance and or move with finesse, although experience in dance is not required. A short dance piece will be taught at each audition session. A callback for musicians will be arranged after the initial auditions. Be sure to indicate your level of musical expertise on the audition card.
SCENES TO REVIEW BEFORE AUDITIONS
These scenes and/or monologues will be used in auditions:
II 1 Kate and Bianca
II 1 Gremio, Tranio (as Lucentio), Baptista pp. 99 103
III 1 Bianca, Lucentio, (as Cambio), Hortensio pp. 109 111
IV 5 Petruchio, Kate, and Vincentio
Petruchios speech IV 2 and Kates speech V 2