Now following our exciting As You Like It news from earlier in the week (run dates and audition dates), I now have even more cool stuff to share… Casting breakdowns and audition sides!
So the end of last week was a kind of confluence of King Lear viewing experiences. Last Thursday evening, NT Live had one of its worldwide cinema broadcasts of a performance of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Lear that had been transferred to London, so that more people could see what Ian McKellen has said will be his last live theater-Shakespeare. Then, the very next day, Amazon Prime released the BBC production of the play with Anthony Hopkins leading a star-studded cast.
So let’s take a gander, shall we?
EXCITING NEWS: we now have official run dates for As You Like It: February 8-March 10, 2019… Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday matinee performances (though we may swap out a Sunday performance to add a Thursday show so that actors from other shows can check it out. Also hoping to do a school-day show for students (but that’s another story).
Even more EXCITING NEWS: we have AUDITION DATES!
Sunday and Monday, October 21 and 22, from 7-10pm at the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse… with call-backs on Wednesday, October 24.
But wait, there’s more…
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So, before we have a cast for As You Like It, I need to have my metaphorical ducks in a row. There’s a lot of moving parts here. I’ve got 27 roles, 14 actors, and only a limited number of rehearsals to get them ready. (How many rehearsals? you ask… good freakin’ question… without an official announcement of run dates, we can’t set audition dates; without audition dates, we can’t set a rehearsal schedule… but that’s a frustration for a different day’s discussion… hopefully never to be mentioned again…)
One of the things we always ask during the audition process, is what scheduling conflicts does the actor have–what days will be missed. With this information, we can create a rehearsal schedule that maximizes people’s time.
So, as a director for Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, I needed to find a producer to help me put on As You Like It…someone to handle all of the business/logistical aspects. Now some might read that as all the “non-creative” things, but those are air-quotes there, buddy, because she helps find the lighting designer/operations person, the sound designer/opps, costumer, set designer and construction lead, plus choreographer, fight captain, and…most importantly, stage manager.
In other words, everything that would keep me up at night.
As my text work for As You Like It winds down, I’ve now begun more dramaturgical matters, researching the performance history of the play and seeing what insights I can glean from past directors.
#preproduction spoilers ahead…
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When we last left the (re-)sequencing of scenes in As You Like It, I had the order as: