Actors

The Texas Shakespeare Festival 2015 Acting Company will consist of 12 men and 5 women and an Acting Intern Company of 5 men and 2 women. Seeking actors with classical and musical training, or experience, to work in a true rotating repertory ensemble.  Actors are cast in at least 3 of the 5 shows.

All female positions are required to be able to sing.

All male positions must be able to sing in an ensemble.

Actors receive $350 per week, private dorm housing, fourteen meals a week, and limited travel reimbursement. Acting Interns receive $125 a week, shared dorm housing, and fourteen meals a week for a ten week contract.  Actors perform no technical duties other than full company strike.

Each audition must consist of two, one minute contrasting classical monologues, one of which must be in Shakespearean verse (not a sonnet) and approximately 16-32 bars from an appropriate song, we prefer a song from MAN OF LaMANCHA, that demonstrates the actor’s optimum vocal range.

 

ACCOMPANIMENT and LEAD SHEETS from MAN OF LA MANCHA. You are not required to use these selections. They are provided as a convenience for those without taped accompaniment. Although, we prefer selections from MAN OF LA MANCHA you may use music of your choice just as long as it is in the same style as MAN OF LA MANCHA and it shows your full optimal range.  You may sing any selection you prefer.  They need not be character specific.

Dulcinea Lead Sheet   /  Dulcinea Accompaniment  /   Dulcinea Vocals     The Vocals and accompaniment is not very good for this selection.  Here is a YouTube link of Brian Stokes Mitchell singing the piece that should help working through the accompaniment  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLsQvCKG58k

The Impossible Dream Lead Sheet  /  The Impossible Dream Accompaniment  /  The Impossible Dream Vocals     

I'm Only Thinking of Him Lead Sheet  /  I'm Only Thinking of Him Accompaniment  /  I'm Only Thinking of Him Vocals

I Really Like Him Lead Sheet  /  I Really Like Him Accompaniment  /  I Really Like Him Vocals

Knight of the Woeful Countenance Lead Sheet  /  Knight of the Woeful Countenance Accompaniment  /  Knight of the Woeful Countenance Vocals

What Does He Want Of Me Lead Sheet  /  What Does He Want Of Me Accompaniment  /  no vocals for What Does He Want of Me   Here is a link of vocals for What Does He Want of Me that might help getting comfortable with the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcHhtSABAFw   If you are using the lead sheets provided you will find that the recording skips from stanza #13 at .34 to stanza #17 at 1:05 

 

 

AUDITIONS LOCATION AND DATES for 2015 season: 

NEW YORK CITY AUDITIONS - NOVEMBER 7, 8, 9, AND 10

Submission deadline is October 23, 2014.

To apply send headshot and resume to Auditions@TexasShakespeare.com or TSF Casting, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662.

 

CHICAGO AUDITIONS - NOVEMBER 12, 13, AND 14

Submission deadline is October 23, 2014.

To apply send headshot and resume to Auditions@TexasShakespeare.com or TSF Casting, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662.

 

KILGORE, TEXAS AUDITIONS - FEBRUARY 14, 2015

Submission deadline is February 9, 2015.

To apply send headshot and resume to Auditions@TexasShakespeare.com or TSF Casting, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662.

 

ELECTRONIC OR RECORDED AUDITIONS 

Submission deadline is February 9, 2015.

To apply send headshot and resume to Auditions@TexasShakespeare.com or TSF Casting, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662.

Include a downloadable headshot and resume with your submission.

For electronic auditions, each monologue may be up to five minutes long, may include a full stanza of a song (we prefer a song from MAN OF La MANCHA), and include personal, conversational comments. The taped audition should also include a close-up as well as a full-body shot.

Submit a headshot, resume, and a DVD or a link to an audition online.  If submitting electronic auditions make sure that they are not listed as private and that they are viewable or linked to be viewable.

Mail DVD’s to TSF Casting, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, TX 75662.  Send E-mail containing online links to Auditions@TexasShakespeare.com

  • Preferred formats are YouTube, Vimeo, or MPF HTML5 compatible files.
  • It must be an AUDITION video. Do not link to clips from performances.
  • Please make sure the video is HIGH quality and that we can see you clearly.
  • Please make sure the sound quality of your video is good and that we can hear you clearly.
  • Please make sure the lighting is good and that we can see you clearly.
  • The audition must include two Shakespearean monologues, one in verse (not a Sonnet), and 16 to 32 bars of an appropriate song for the season.
  • The order in which you present your material is up to you.
  • DO NOT SING ACAPELLA. You must include some form of accompaniment. Do not accompany yourself. We prefer a song from MAN OF La MANCHA.
  • Make sure we can hear your voice clearly above your accompainment.
  • The song must be presented on video - not as an audio file.
  • Show your video to someone, friends, teachers, or coaches, before submitting.
  • For a YouTube submission the privacy setting for the video is set to either Public (the default) or Unlisted.
  • For a Vimeo submission the privacy setting must be set to Anyone (the default).
  • For a direct link video the link must be to a web compatilbe video file. Preferred format is MP4 H.264 (AAC or MP3).

 

The Texas Shakespeare Festival will also be attending the UNIFIED PROFESSIONAL THEATRE AUDITIONS in Memphis, TN on February 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2015.

 

Headshots and Resumes

TSF prefers color photos in portrait (not landscape) format with the actor’s name at the bottom.  All resumes should contain an E-mail address, a telephone number, and the actor’s height.

If sent electronically, make sure your headshot is scaled correctly to print on a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.   Make sure your resume will print out on one piece of 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.

 

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