Call-Backs - 3:30 at the HS Auditorium, Thursday, Sept 14
Thank you all for coming out for these auditions today! It was so nice to see you there...especially our new 9th graders and people who have decided to try this for the first time! It takes great courage just to walk in the door and you should ALL be proud of yourselves. Seriously.
This particular play, unlike some we have done in the past, requires a very specific skill-set. Therefore, if you do not get called back or cast in the show, please do not think this takes you out of the running for other shows in the future. Every show is different and sometimes you are not the right fit and other times you are the perfect fit!
Those of you called back, please re-read the notes below. Come in tomorrow ready to play, take risks and have fun! An audition is a mini-performance...try to enjoy it! We realize we are only giving you a night to prepare, but do your best. We will have scripts at the call-back to use if necessary.
Here is who we would like to see. If your name is not here, you may still be cast. DO not make any assumptions. If your name doesn't ultimately make it onto the cast list, please think about joining the crew...we'd love to have you.
For Betty - Lily C. and Leah For Bill: Joe
Words, Words, Words:
For Milton - Madison, Jason, Leah For Swift - Jess P. and Toniann For Kafka - Brooke, Sophia & Bella
Watch chimp videos! Work in some chimp physicality and sounds!
Variations on the Death of Trotsky:
For Trotsky: Joe For Mrs. Trotsky: Toniann and Leah For Ramon: Jason
For the Waitress: Jojo and Bella
The Universal Language:
For Dawn: Lily C & Jess P.
We are also going to try a gender-swap. This means we would have a female play Don, the teacher (and we would call her Dawn) and a male play Dawn, the student (but call him Don) Get it? In that case we would like to see:
For Don (who is playing the student role): Jason
For Dawn (who is playing the teacher role): Toniann
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Please be sure to take the time to read the entire play. By doing so, you not only demonstrate that you have interest in being part of this production, but it helps you build a greater understanding of the play and the characters in the play. This, of course, helps you prepare for your audition because you have a point of view for the character you are playing at the audition. Also, you may get called back to audition for a different character. By reading the play in advance you will be able to pivot more easily and execute a different characterization.
"All in the Timing" is an unusual set of plays; therefore, it will require a different approach and acting techniques. We will be looking for actors who are willing to take risks, open to taking direction and willing to play!
There are only 13 characters in these plays. But, the entire show can be staged with as few as 4-5 actors. We will cast the show based on what you show us at the audition. The competition will be stiffer than it's been in some of the past years. People (several) will not make it onto the cast list. To increase your chances of being cast, come prepared to your audition!
- Memorize the audition scene
- Know your cues (keep the scene moving)
- Be bold. Make interesting choices.
- Listen to feedback and adapt your performance if asked to do so.
It is especially important to remember that the only thing you can control at your audition is YOU! Sometimes, even when you do great work at your audition, the part goes to someone else. Please remember: other people are also doing great work and, oftentimes, it comes down to the directors' vision of which actor just seems more suited to play the role. As the old saying goes, "That's showbiz!" It hurts, we know. It's disappointing, of course. Unfortunately, that is how it is. We do not set out to hurt anyone's feelings. I hope you know that by now.
The Cast List will be posted on this webpage by Thursday night.
A whole-cast table read of the show will be on stage from 2:45-4:30 on Friday, September 15.
Here is a link to the PDF of the entire script:
After reading the entire show, select a scene you would like to audition for from one of these. We MAY ask you to try something different at your audition or at a call-back.
For the Sure Thing - Every time that bell rings, the actors' intentions change. Show us that. Have a different point of view each time. For instance, are you friendly; are you angry?; are you hitting on him/her? Make choices and make them observable.
For The Universal Language - Have you ever seen something like this:
It deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are...? That is kind of how this play will work. This ridiculous made-up language somehow works. Be super-clean and precise with the language and the audience will be able to foolow...and be delighted.
For Words, Words, Words - These intelligent, well-spoken characters are chimps! Let yourself go! Show us some chimp behavior! Have fun with it!
For Variations on the Death of Trotsky - This play is absurd (well, they all are). But, these characters do not think they are being absurd. They play it real. Try a Russian accent!
For The Philadelphia Mike or Al - The stakes are high, especially for Al who doesn't understand what is going on. It is like a Twilight Zone episode!
For The Philadelphia Waitress - She is a classic New York waitress: overworked, dry, direct...has seen it all and she's over it.