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All Bards productions are cast race-blind. Interracial relationships have been regularly and positively represented since the inception of Bards of Birmingham, and "Romeo and Juliet" will be no exception.
Most Bards productions have also been cast gender blind, except where the script called for specific romantic combinations (for example, Bards cast a female Shylock for "The Merchant of Venice," and both Brutus and Antony were female actors in "Julius Caesar," but Portia was cast as a woman and Bassanio cast as a man because they were involved in a romantic relationship).
However, this production represents a significant step for Bards of Birmingham in that our gender blind casting for "Romeo and Juliet" will INCLUDE ROMANTIC ROLES. In practical terms, this means that we may end up with two male or two female actors playing Romeo and Juliet. If this is the case, Romeo and Juliet will be represented as a gay or lesbian couple (we will not cross-dress and require a female to pretend to be a male, or vice versa).
Bards of Birmingham has always been, and will continue to be, a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community.
This is not to say that Bards has pre-determined that "Romeo and Juliet" will feature a gay or lesbian couple. We have not. As always, casting will be based on merit, and casting in romantic roles will also rely on the chemistry between two actors under consideration.
Bring the following items with you to auditions:
- A memorized monologue. This monologue should be no shorter than 30 seconds, no longer than 3 minutes. Shakespeare is preferred but not required.
- A head shot. This doesn't have to be a professional head shot, but needs to accurately represent what you look like.
- A resume. Highlight your acting and/or dancing experience, but please keep in mind that Bards of Birmingham does not require acting experience in order to be cast. A committed novice actor would be preferred over a lackluster experienced actor.
Actors will be called back one at a time to perform for audition judge(s). If casting decisions can't be concluded with an initial round of auditions, actors may be asked to come back for a callback audition round which will include cold readings from the script.
For every actor under 18, at least one parent must be present for a mandatory parent meeting on Wednesday, January 11, at 6:30 pm.
Rehearsals will take place on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6-7:30, January-March, and every other Saturday afternoon until the month prior to performance, during which rehearsals will take place every Saturday as well. The play will run the weekends of April 7-9 and April 14-16.