Bards of Birmingham is dedicated to empowering young actors
through producing high quality classical theater.
Bards of Birmingham is thrilled to announce auditions for spring shows!
December 7, 1-4 pm
December 8, 1-4 pm
Creative Montessori School in Homewood, AL
The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
"The Taming of the Shrew" will be directed by Victoria Boyce and cast with actors ages 25 and younger (auditions are open to actors as young as kindergarten age). The production will go up in March. Adults older than 25 may be cast in select roles. Shakespearian gender limitations are seldom observed by the Bards, so don't be concerned about the limited roles for women!
Orpheus Goes to Hades Town
by Laura Coulter
Our second production, "Orpheus Goes to Hades Town", is an original play written and directed by Laura Coulter. Rehearsals will begin in February, 2014, and the production will go up at the end of April, 2014. The script calls for a wide range of actors, ages 10-70. Roles include, but are not limited to:
Orpheus, male, age 15-25 (music experience is preferred, but not necessary)
Eurydice, female, age 14-20
Persephone, female, age 18-35
Hades, male, age 25-45
Styx, male, any age over 25
The Fates, Atropos, Clotho and Lachesis, female (there are three of them, and they can be any age in between 10 and 70)
The Crone, female, age 30-70
Thalia, female, age 25-60
Sybil and Phoebe, age 14-30
Hermes, male, age 40-70
Other men and women of the village and of Hades Town (we will be casting at least 10, possibly more)
In addition to casting actors for the primary roles, we will also be casting dancers, so if you're a dancer who can't act, please show up and show us what you've got! Several of the acting roles will require a small amount of dancing, so come dressed to move.
Callbacks, if necessary, will involve cold readings from the script.
What should I bring to auditions?
1. A memorized monologue. This monologue should be no shorter than 30 seconds, no longer than 4 minutes.
2. A head shot. This doesn't have to be a professional headshot, but needs to accurately represent what you look like.
3. A resume. Highlight your acting and/or dancing experience, but please keep in mind that Bards DOES NOT require acting experience in order to be cast. If you have never been on stage before, but you're interested in giving acting a shot, you should come and audition. Lack of experience does not play a role in determining whether you will be cast.
What should I expect if I am cast?
1. Two to three rehearsals a week, until tech week draws near (at that point we will add rehearsals, in all likelihood). One of the weekly rehearsals will be scheduled on Saturday afternoons. The other 1-2 rehearsals will take place on weeknights. The weeknight rehearsal will be scheduled based on the conflicts of everyone on the cast.
2. All props and costumes are provided by the Bards. You will not be asked to provide your own costume or set or prop pieces.
3. Missing 3 or more rehearsals will mean that you are dropped from the cast, or assigned a smaller role, at the discretion of the director. Bards of Birmingham is very serious about attendance at rehearsals, as we feel that it is not possible to produce a professional, high-quality play without a high level of commitment from everyone involved.
4. Actors are asked to pay a supplies fee of $50 to cover the cost of Bards materials, such as copying and binding scripts, printing programs and publicity materials, costume creation, and set building. We charge this fee in lieu of asking actors to provide their own costumes, supplies, etc. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD THIS FEE, OR IF THIS FEE WOULD DETER YOU FROM AUDITIONING, PLEASE KNOW THAT WE WILL OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS. In most cases, adult actors who are cast with largely youth casts are considered mentors, and because we ask them to take on a mentoring perspective, this $50 supplies fee is not charged. Bards believes that financial difficulty should NEVER be an obstacle to participating in theatre, so if you are at all concerned about this expense, please do not be. We will work with you rather than close you off from this opportunity.