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YOuth Auditions

Summer 2021 Conservatory

Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) is hosting auditions for its filmed, summer production of Romeo and Juliet FOR YOUTH between the ages of 14 and 18 years old in Summer 2021. This is a part of the nonprofit's educational program, Shakespeare STEAM. Learn more about the program HERE and read below in its entirety for FULL audition details. 

  • Actors must be residents of the City of Detroit. 

  • All youth actors between the ages of 14 and 18 years old are invited to audition. 

  • No acting or performing experience necessary. 

  • Detroit Public Schools students are invited to attend. 

  • Priority will be given to our high school partner, The School at Marygrove, for roles in the play as it aligns with the curriculum during the regular academic year. However, and again, all students are invited to audition as there are multiple roles available. 

  • There are more than a dozen opportunities available to students (Full disclosure: the roles of Romeo and Juliet are cast, however, there are so many other incredible roles available). 

  • Parent /Guardian permission is required to participate.

  • All auditions are online via Zoom. 

  • MUST email Shakespeare in Detroit at info@shakespeareindetroit.com to book a 5-minute slot for an audition.

  • Decisions will be emailed (and/or students/parents will be called by May 20, 2021) shortly following auditions.

  • Rehearsals/Conservatory begins on Monday, June 21, 2021 IN-PERSON. 

  • Please be on time for your audition. 

PR

PREPARATION

  • Prepare a 60-second Shakespeare monologue (or longer but nothing more than 3 minutes, please). If you aren't sure what a monologue is, please see below. 

  • The definition of a monologue is: a long speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program. In this case, student actors will find a monologue from one of Shakespeare's plays. You can ask your teacher to help you identify a monologue or Google. A librarian, your parent or a peer from your English class might also be a good resource. Or you can reach out to Shakespeare in Detroit for suggestions. 

  • Email info@shakespeareindetroit.com for an appointment. A SiD representative will reply within 48-hours of receipt of your request. If you have a preferred time, please, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. 

  • Please find a quiet area in your home to set up your Zoom camera for your audition so that we can hear you, clearly.

  • Please find an area where you can move around (5x5 square) comfortably. 

AUDITION DATE/TIME

Saturday, April 24, 2021 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST. You will receive a 5-minute slot. 

LOCATION

All auditions will take place on Zoom. Please email info@shakespeareindetroit.com to make an appointment. 

DETAILS FOR THOSE CAST IN THE SHOW

  • Youth actors cast in the show will be informed via email/phone by May 20, 2021 (most likely, sooner).

  • Students and parents will be asked to complete permission slips and consent forms to participate (these are a part of safety protocols) and to ensure there is alignment between SiD, parents and student expectations. 

  • Students who successfully complete the program with one or less absence and show up on time, learning all their lines, learning all choreography (stage combat and dance) and who show up prepared and engaged in the process will receive a $1,000 grant on the final day of the conservatory/rehearsals/filming. 

  • Conservatory begins on Monday, June 21st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to Saturday August 14, 2021 (the final day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  All rehearsals/classes are Monday through Friday EXCEPT Saturday, June 26, 2021 when students will receive appointments for costume measurements. And, again, the final day for filming the production is Saturday August 14, 2021. 

  • The production is set in the 16th century with costumes and props that reflect that time period. 

  • Students will rehearse for the play but also focus on the learning pillars of the program, including but not limited to, intensive studies of voice and text, stage combat, dramaturgy, costume design and other vocational and artistic pillars that will ultimately result in a filmed production of Romeo & Juliet. 

  • The curriculum for the summer 2021 conservatory is aligned with SiD's Shakespeare STEAM program.

SYNOPSIS FOR ROMEO & JULIET

c/o Folger Shakespeare Library 

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.

In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.