On June 10th & 11, North Fulton Drama Club will be holding open, Non-Equity auditions for a new production of William Shakespeare’s henry V.
Monday and Tuesday June 10th & 11th – 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
What Are We Looking For?
**We are interested in actors of any and all races, ethnicities, body types, flavors, heights, whatever. Come as you are, because you are awesome.**
Show dates are evenings Fridays & Saturdays, September 27th through October 12th; Sunday Matinee at 4pm on October 6th.
Actors should come prepared to perform cold-readings from provided scripts. Monologues, particularly Shakespearean, are appreciated, but not required. Headshots and theatre resumes are appreciated, but not required.
Auditions will be held on the property of Barrington Hall in Roswell, Georgia. The Hall is located at 535 Barrington Drive, on the south side of the Historic Roswell Square, near the intersection of GA Hwy 120 and GA Hwy 9. Follow Barrington Drive and turn left on to King Street to access the graveled parking behind the blue barn. There is very limited parking available in the main lot, so please park around back.
Deal breakers include inability to be at ALL shows and inability to be present during the entirety of tech week. If you feel you have a particularly strong case for missing ONE day during tech week, please feel free to attempt to reason with us. We are nothing if not reasonable.
Please note: NFDC accepts actors who are age 14 and at least freshmen in high school.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or call us at 678-561-BARD.
NFDC is an all-volunteer community theater, and as such, no stipend or compensation is offered.
Today is Shakespeare’s birthday, and I was thinking about how his work has affected us, beyond the obvious – our company would not be what it is without him.
Over the seven years (and 15 plays) that we’ve been performing Shakespeare outdoors in Roswell, what has struck home with our team is how truly adaptable Shakespeare’s plays are. While he was definitely writing for his time – supporting the Tudor line with his histories, Latin references that school kids would have learned, very specific jokes about the French and Germans – his themes and relationships are universal and can fit so many different settings and themes. The trick we’ve had to master is choosing the right one.
There are some settings that are easier or more obvious than others. Much Ado About Nothing is about soldiers returning home from war, ready to settle down and concentrate on love and marriage. That screamed post-World War II to us, so that’s where we set it.
In MacBeth, a lord gets some power, which triggers a craving for more, and Macbeth becomes more and more ruthless in his actions. With our historic Southern home as a backdrop, MacBeth as Huey Long with voodoo priestesses as the witches seemed a perfect fit.
Some shows took a bit more imagination. I’m not sure as Shakespeare was writing Comedy of Errors that he would have imagined the Duke as a blue-skinned genie, but that’s where we went. And it turned out to be one of my favorite concepts, and an audience favorite as well.
When we tell people about our non-Elizabethan settings, we often get asked if we are also modernizing the language. Nope, we do not. We choose the settings we do because those settings give the audience a context to what they are watching. Seeing a young guy as Hamlet dressed like Kurt Cobain, debating the merits of killing himself to end the pain of life, gives our audiences a direct link to a modern context for the speech. They might not understand every word of the speech, but they get the overall idea.
So today, on Shakespeare’s birthday, I’ll be going to rehearsal to work on a scene in Measure for Measure where a supposedly pure, honest politician uses his position of power to seduce a young woman. The setting? Prohibition-era 1925, where usually law-abiding people broke those laws to swill bathtub gin and police and politicians went to extreme lengths to stop them. Thanks, Shakespeare.
This post was brought to you by Sterling Children’s Books, who are encouraging readers of all ages to discover Shakespeare.
This year, our matinee for Measure for Measure falls on Mother’s Day. So we thought, what a better way to celebrate all the moms than with a special Mother’s Day package!
- A reserved table that seats six
- 1 bottle of white wine
- 2 mini-bundt cakes
- Flowers for your table
You get all this for less than $10 a person! Give mom the gift of a unique experience she’s sure to remember.
We have a limited number of tables for this special, so reserve your Mother’s Day package today!
Click here to reserve your Mother’s Day package
We are up and running to take your generous donations for reserved seating at our Spring 2013 production of Measure for Measure!
Remember – we use Google Checkout (now Wallet) to process transactions, so your financial data is always safe. You don’t have to use GMail to reserve a table! Any email address is okay!
Last week we sent out some press kits, and we thought it would be awesome to share its contents with you!
We’ve got great photos (even extras that were not in the physical kit), a great write up, and a Spotify Playlist to get you in the mood for Measure for Measure.
Measure for Measure
Kandinsky painting emotions and experiences with abstract color and forms.
Legs swinging wildly to the hot rhythms the Charleston.
Secret knocks and swilling bathtub gin in speakeasies.
The culture of the mid-1920s was changing as fast as a Model-T and with Prohibition in full swing, otherwise law-abiding people having fun with a little secret sin. Shakespeare’s controversial Measure for Measure deals with this same moral question: what makes a sinner?
From a good man sentenced to death for love to a supposedly saintly ruler driven by lust, Measure forces the audience to question supposedly easy answers about what is right and wrong. This is one of Shakespeare’s sleeper comedies, a hilariously bawdy romp that sneaks in some thought-provoking insights on what’s really happening behind your neighbor’s front doors.
Friday & Saturday Evenings: May 3 through May 18th at 8pm
Sunday Matinee: May 12th at 4pm
Seating begins at 7pm; Show begins at 8pm
General Admission: FREE!
Suggested Donation of $5
Reserved seating at tables is available for this show! Tables seat six, and come with tablecloth and candle.
Become a supporter and reserve your seats or call us at 678-561-BARD (2273).
535 Barrington Drive
Roswell, GA 30075
There’s nothing like some hot jazz to set the mood for breaking all the rules. Check out our Spotify Playlist of songs of and inspired by the 20s to catch the essence of the era!
Download all the photos!
Photos By: Thomas L. Strickland
Clothing Provided By Rene Rene – check them out on Facebook and be sure to visit the boutique in Little Five Points!