An urgent call to all those in Everyman interested in either directing or performing with a professional RSC company at the New Theatre, Cardiff and at Stratford-upon-Avon.
You will see below details of an invitation which has been sent to Everyman – together with leading amateur companies across Britain - inviting us to submit a Director and a cast of “Mechanicals” to appear in a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in a principal theatre in their region and then on to a performance at the RSC with a professional cast.
Our submission(s) will be assessed together with those from other amateur companies to determine which will be chosen to be part of the professional production staged in our case in the New Theatre in May, 2016.
The timescale for the initial submissions is very limited; in fact by 1 December 2014.
As the details below explain we are asked as a Company to offer a Director and Cast of 6 Mechanicals (Bottom, Quince, Snug, Flute, Snout and Starveling). They are looking for amateur experienced Directors and a fully amateur cast ideally with experience of acting together. We are told that we may submit more than one application including, if we so wish, from our Youth Theatre. However this may be complicated by the fact that all actors must be over 18 at the time of the performance (we are in the process of clarifying this).
Great news but we need to “get our skates on” as all submissions must be sent in by 1 December this year together with the details of the Director and actors.
The Board is keen for us to make a submissions(s) and has suggested the following process:-
All those wishing to be considered to direct the Mechanicals please express their interest to Arnold Phillips (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
This is to include a short written statement as to how they intend to portray the mechanicals in terms of context, any specific gender requirements, age and characterisation.
They will be invited to a selection process chaired by Arnold Phillips and interested Board Members on Tuesday 25 November. All applicants are urged to read both the Dream 16 Information and Dream 16 Application documents, and to fully commit to all the rehearsal times required between now and the performance in May 2016. The Director(s) will be chosen that day and notified immediately following the decision. The successful Director(s) will then be required to be available for the auditions for the mechanicals which will take place on Saturday 29 November.
All those interested in being cast as one of the mechanicals are to express their interest in writing to Arnold Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least a day in advance of the audition date.
They are to state which role(s) they wish to audition for and to include any information they consider appropriate as to their reasons, experience etc.
Auditions will be called and held by the successful Director(s) on Saturday 29 November and decisions will be taken that day. Successful candidates must agree to their details being included in the application to the RSC. All applicants are urged to read both the Dream 16 Information and Dream 16 Application documents, and to fully commit to all the rehearsal times required between now and the performance in May 2016.
So there you have it. A chance to perform with the RSC in a professional production staged in the New Theatre and at Stratford.
Of course, we may not get through the first stage. That’s where you come in!
Finally if you need to discuss any of the above in more detail then please contact Arnold (email@example.com) or ring him on 07775 51138307775 511383.