Measure for Measure – cast announcement

Duke – Amos Witztum
Angelo – Edwin Coutts
Escalus – Michael Reffold
Claudio – Anthony Gretton
Isabella – Clare Janew
Juliet – Emily Hill
Lucio – Edward Smith
Provost – Omer Warman
Mariana – Francine Ross
Mistress Overdone – Paula Morris
Pompey – Geoff Prutton
Elbow – Sue Miller
Froth – Toby Davis
Abhorson – Stephen Chapman
Barnadine – Guillaume Doutreleau
Friar – Marilyn Greene
Nun – Rebecca Hill
1st Gent – Stephen Meehan
2nd Gent – Michael Meehan
Servant – Francine Ross
Messenger – Toby Davis
Justice – Stephen Chapman
Boy – Amelia Radnedge

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure is very much a play for our times. With themes of corruption, abuse of power and sexual exploitation it holds a mirror to our world as much as in Shakespeare’s day. Duke Vincentio absents himself from court leaving his deputy Angelo in charge. Angelo abuses his position, seeking to take advantage of young Isabella whose brother he has condemned to death. Scenes of intense emotion are interspersed with a comic sub-plot. All this is observed by the Duke, who has disguised himself as a friar and returns at the end to bring all to book.

Our next show – Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure is very much a play for our times. With themes of corruption, abuse of power and sexual exploitation it holds a mirror to our world as much as in Shakespeare’s day. Duke Vincentio absents himself from court leaving his deputy Angelo in charge. Angelo abuses his position, seeking to take advantage of young Isabella whose brother he has condemned to death. Scenes of intense emotion are interspersed with a comic sub-plot. All this is observed by the Duke, who has disguised himself as a friar and returns at the end to bring all to book.

Auditions – general information

  • Are you interested in developing your performance skills in front of a live audience?
  • Do you want to learn about theatre from the inside?
  • Have you ever wanted to get a better understanding of Shakespeare, Brecht or Berkoff?
  • Then come along to an open audition with us!

Auditions are free and open to members and non-members. Naturally, if you are offered a part you will need to join since only full members can perform on stage, but there is no cost to audition.

Backstage at Much Ado About Nothing

We welcome people of all experience, from old hands to complete beginners. We can never be sure who is going to turn up at an audition, so you may be up against much more experienced actors, though! Members and non-members all audition with the same rules and the same chance of getting cast.

To see what is coming up, check out the list of upcoming auditions. The audition notice will tell you where and when, and usually will list the pieces that will be used in the audition. There is also contact information for the director and production assistants – don’t be put off by the grand sounding names, these are friendly people who will be happy to talk to you about what to expect at the audition and what sort of actors they are looking for.

We hold our auditions in an open room, not on a stage. The director and the current members of our selection committee will be there to watch all the auditions and take notes. The director is the only one who chooses the cast, and will take advice from the committee members in private after the main audition is over. After the audition one of the members of the team will contact everyone (whether successful or not) as soon as they can – usually within three days.

Everyone who comes along to audition is able to watch everyone else who auditions, and the readings take place in the centre of the room; everyone can see all the auditions. This is not X-factor and there won’t be any aspiring Simon Cowells; the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. You will never get any negative feedback on your audition. It is natural for new members to feel a little daunted at times – but remember that everyone in the room will be able to remember their own first audition. No-one is here to judge you, and sometimes just watching other people auditioning can be useful.

Prospective members are encouraged to come along and watch an audition to get a feel for how it works, and to understand what they should do to prepare. You won’t be pressured to read; conversely if you change your mind and think you would like to audition have a word with the selection committee and this can usually be accomodated.

Around the World in 80 Days rehearsal

Although we try to make the audition pieces available in advance, it is very unusual for anyone to learn the pieces by heart before the audition. However reading the pieces thoroughly in advance planning how you might perform them will definitely help you get the part you want. If the audition pieces aren’t listed, you should try to read the play at least once before the audition to understand the characters. You can borrow a copy of the play from the director or production assistant in advance of the audition.

Often there are too many people reading for everyone to be heard for every single part they are interested in – the director and selection team will make sure that everyone has been heard enough times that we can gauge their skill and experience. If you feel you want another go at reading, let the selection committee know at the time – this can usually be accomodated. The team will not necessarily give out parts just for turning up, even if there are fewer actors than parts available; the director may choose not to cast anyone from the audition for a particular part. You may also be offered a part you didn’t read for.

If you’re not cast in the part you want, it is natural to feel a little disappointed. Please remember that very often the choices are not simply down to how well someone read for a part, but the actor’s looks or how they would appear on stage by comparison to others in the cast. For instance, if you’re the oldest person at the audition don’t be surprised that you aren’t cast as the young romantic lead! With five shows a year, you are bound to get cast quickly; and even if you aren’t cast there are plenty of ways to get involved backstage and be part of the team.

Good luck; work hard, have fun, don’t be scared!

Muswell Hill – audition notice

Production
Muswell Hill
by x x x x x x x x
Audition date: 29 July 2018 at 7.30pm
Production venue
Performance dates

Director: Mike Nower

Synopsis: A house party is in full swing at Lady Hunstanton’s country home. One of the guests, Gerald Arbuthnot, an earnest and upright young man but with limited prospects, is overjoyed when the suave and witty Lord Illingworth offers him employment as his secretary. Shockingly however his mother implores him to refuse this brilliant entrée into sophisticated society…
Ought she to reveal the shameful secret she has kept hidden for 20 years and destroy her beloved son’s happiness forever? How can she persuade Gerald that, contrary to appearances, Lord Illingworth is a “man of no importance”?

Characters
  • Character 1: A person who is bla bla bla. M/F Playing age: 20 – 50
  • Character 1: A person who is bla bla bla. M/F Playing age: 20 – 50
  • Character 1: A person who is bla bla bla. M/F Playing age: 20 – 50
  • Character 1: A person who is bla bla bla. M/F Playing age: 20 – 50

Audition pieces:

Notes
These are the pieces that we will be working from at the audition. There is not a piece for every character. You do not need to learn the lines or do any detailed work in advance. Please contact us at info@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk if you want any more information about the audition or the production.
Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons, and will be held at the Free Church Hall.
Please note that, though you do not have to join the GST to audition, all actors in a GST show are required to be members.