The Berliner Grundtheater e.V. (BGT) was founded in Berlin in 1991 and is dedicated to producing a wide range of English-language plays, while integrating players of different nationalities. In addition to playing many seasons in Berlin, the company has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Anglo-German Festivals in Germany, and is now based permanently in Luxembourg. The BGT repertoire includes shows by authors as varied as Peter Shaffer, Anthony Minghella, Oscar Wilde and William Shakespeare, as well as original scripts.
Saturday 30th April/ Sunday 1st May
ENGLISH SPEAKING ACTORS/ACTRESSES ARE WANTED
FOR THE “BGT ENGLISH THEATRE COMPANY’S” DECEMBER PRODUCTION OF
CHARLES DICKENS’ CLASSIC CHRISTMAS TALE
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
(a NEW ADAPTATION by JUNE LOWERY)
WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTORS
(playing ages are intended as a guideline and are approximate)
2 ACTORS: Playing age late 40s- 50s
3 ACTORS: Playing age 30s-40s
2 ACTORS: Playing age 18- early 20s
1 ACTRESS: Playing Age 40s
3 ACTRESSES: Playing Age 30s- 40s
1 ACTRESS: Playing Age mid-late 20s
1 ACTRESS: Playing Age 18-early 20s
9 “CHILDREN” (up to 18):
1 BOY: Age 16-18
1 BOY: Age 14-16
2 BOYS: Age 11- 14
2 GIRLS: Age 16-18
1 GIRL: Age 14-16
2 GIRLS: Age 11- 13
Auditions will be held at: 23 rue du Lavoir, L-3358 Leudelange
from 13.00 – 18.00
Each audition will last approximately 20 minutes. You will be asked to read piece of the text (which you will be sent in advance) in different styles. You do not have to learn the piece, only be ready to act it in different ways. You will also be asked to do some simple singing (see “production information” below). Please prepare a short song for the audition to sing so that we can get some idea of your vocal range.
(NB. If you can’t sing, don’t worry. This will not necessarily exclude you from being cast).
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an audition slot.
PRODUCTION & REHEARSAL INFORMATION
The show will be on the following dates:
Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd (2 shows) December - Centre Culturel de Rencontre Neimȅnster
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th, Saturday 10th (2 shows) December – Kulturhaus, Mersch
(Total 8 performances)
The show, which is a new adaptation for the BGT by June Lowery, is conceived for an “ensemble” cast in which most of the actors will play multiple roles. The full company will work together to create group scenes as well as playing in the individual dialogue sections. Contemporary Christmas songs will be used to recreate the period and will be performed as much as possible by the actors, as vocal and visual effects, created through workshop rehearsals.
THE REHEARSALS will begin with a reading and general workshop rehearsal on SUNDAY 8th MAY (afternoon)
MAY & JUNE
There will then be an evening rehearsal on TUESDAY 10th May and a further rehearsal on SATURDAY 14th May (afternoon).
After this there will be a pause until June, when (commencing on 1st or 2nd June) each week there will be a mid- week evening rehearsal (19.00-21.00) and a weekend afternoon rehearsal (14.00-16.30).
These will generally be full-cast workshop rehearsals focused on developing ideas for the group and atmospheric scenes. Some will focus on singing only. Exact dates will be pinned down once the play is cast and a detailed schedule will be given out at the read-through.
JULY & AUGUST No rehearsals
SEPTEMBER to mid-OCTOBER
Two rehearsals per week (as in JUNE), one mid-week and one weekend; these will be a mixture of full-cast group scenes and smaller cast rehearsals focused on blocking and putting a detailed shape on the show. Some specific singing rehearsals will be included.
Mid-OCTOBER to mid-NOVEMBER
Rehearsal will increase to 3 times per week (on average) focusing on linking the scenes together and working without scripts.
After 21st NOVEMBER
Cast will be expected to be available for rehearsals most days from now on as we run-through in preparation for the show. Expect it to be intense.
Detailed rehearsal schedules for the autumn will be prepared at the end of June.
If you would like any further information please contact TONY KINGSTON on: email@example.com
AUDITION CALL for
About the play
The Pillowman is a 3 Act play by Martin McDonagh (running time about 2 hours, with an interval). Katurian, a writer of short stories which often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders. When he hears that his brother Michal has confessed to the murders and implicated Katurian, he resigns himself to his execution but attempts to save his stories from destruction. The play includes both narrations and re-enactments of several of Katurian's stories, most notably the autobiographical "The Writer and the Writer's Brother", which tells how Katurian developed his disturbed imagination.
Although not obvious from the above description, the play unfolds through comic and tragic moments and is filled with lots of humour (albeit a bit on the dark side). It is through this humour that the playwright captures the humanity of the situation. Storytelling is the backbone of this production and through the rehearsal process we will explore the most exciting methods, both vocally and physically, of telling our story.
Date: Saturday April 30th, 2016
Place: Altrimenti, Centre Convict, 5 avenue Marie-Thérèse, L – 2132 Luxembourg
Cast: Katurian - Male, playing age: 20’s to 40’s
Michal - Male, playing age: 20’s to 40’s
Tupolski - Male, playing age: 30’s to 60’s
Ariel - Male, playing age: 30’s to 60’s
Mother - Female, playing age: 40’s to 60’s
Father - Male, playing age: 40’s to 60’s
Girl/Boy - Female/Male, playing age: 15 to 20
All auditionees will need to be present at 14:00 and will be required for up to 3 hours.
As the play depends strongly on ensemble work, the auditions will take the form of a workshop involving all auditionees and for which no preparation need be done beforehand and no “audition pieces” will be required.
Please wear comfortable clothes and trainers / soft shoes.
Performances will be in the Mierscher Kulturhaus – Mersch from October 5th to 9th 2016. There will be a 14-16 week rehearsal period starting from mid-May with 2 to 3 rehearsals a week and running throughout the summer holidays depending on the actors' / crews’ availability.
Anyone who is interested or who would like to find out more about the play and the production, can contact the director, Gav Guilfoyle on firstname.lastname@example.org or +352 691 630 690.
See http://www.nwtc.lu/pages/shows/upcoming-shows/pillowman/pillowman-audition-call.php for more information.