Welcome to the audition information page for Point Break Drama’s 2017 production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, slated to be performed in late May, 2017
Please read all information on this page thoroughly before applying.
Point Break Drama has become a bona-fide Theatre company in recent times, with six productions staged in the last three years. They include the highly successful & inspiring productions of Romeo & Juliet ( 2013 & 2016) utilising a Teen and Adult cast, a contemporary adaptation of Hamlet ( 2014) with an adult cast, then fun and hilarious teen versions of both A Midsummer night’s Dream (2014) and As You Like It (2015) & fun adult production of Much Ado About Nothing (2015).
The classic story of one man seemingly content with his lot in life, seduced & manipulated by his awakened ambition will be bought vividly to life by Point Break Drama Co-Founder & producer Paul Winchester & directed by Shakespeare specialist, Blair Cutting. Point Break Drama theatre company is proud to present a Macbeth for our times.
This is a unique opportunity for participants to work with, and be guided & mentored by Industry professionals.
As a violent turf war for control of a major city’s criminal underworld enters its final phase, crime boss Duncan places his future in the hands of his most trusted foot soldier – the loyal assassin Macbeth.
However, a chance encounter with three homeless women – and the fanatical ambition of his wife – will propel Macbeth into a bloody quest for power that will ultimately destroy him, his friends, and his family.
Macbeth’s journey into the dark side of the mind, mirrors the crumbling society of which he is a part – further fuelled by the drugs, alcohol and violence that permeate every aspect of his world.
Point Break Drama expects the highest level of commitment and dedication to the work, and people interested in excellence need only apply.
Participants will be expected to make every effort to attend all rehearsals. Actors and parents (if actors under 18), must consider the commitment carefully. Core dates and rehearsal days are at the bottom of this page. A detailed rehearsal schedule for first few weeks, will be released after the play is cast, so all participants will understand their responsibilities.
This is a non-for profit Production, however in order to cover the costs of paying professional directors & choreographers , there is a fee involved for the duration of the production of just $350 per participant. This fee does not cover the costs associated with the production. These will be met by Point Break Drama. Any profit made from ticket sales will be put into future productions.
Key Details of Production
- Performance/ tech week will be Wed 18th – Mon 23rd May
- Rehearsals will be held regularly on Thurs nights (6.30pm-10pm) & Saturday’s from (2pm- 6pm).
- Extra full day rehearsals to be held on Saturdays. See bottom of this page for details
- Fee to be involved is $350. (To be paid before rehearsals commence. Direct deposit or Cash only)
- A free copy of script will be given to each participant.
All auditions will take place on Saturday February 18th, 2017 at the Point Break Drama studio(28 Fisher Rd Dee Why). Applicants will need to keep the day free. To audition please follow the following process carefully:
- Read the play ( Available online ‘ No Fear Shakespeare”)
- Choose a role or roles you would like to audition for.
- Prepare a 1- 2min monologue from either Macbeth, or from another of Shakespeare’s tragedies.
- Be familiar with scenes involving your character as you may be asked to cold-read.
- Email us at email@example.com with a request for an audition time indicating name, age, contact info, basic performance experience( 4 lines max), singing & Dancing capabilities and the name part or parts you would like to audition for.
- Please No CV’s at this stage.
- Please note applicants under 18 must have parental authorization to audition. A parent or guardian must request an audition time.
- Audition request Deadline is February 17th (Note: pending availability).
- Keep entire day of Saturday February 18th free. After initial audition you may be asked to return later in the day to read with another actor.
- Anyone can audition but roles will be given to the best applicants.
- Auditioning is free.
- Applicants must arrive 15 min’s prior to audition time to fill out information form.
- Bring a Head shot & CV to the audition only. DO NOT EMAIL.
- Choose a character from the breakdown provided that is close to your age.
- Audition for the role of your choosing, but be familiar with other characters in the play.
- Audition monologues should be short ( 1- 2 mins max)
- Try to show an emotional journey and the character your auditioning for in your monologue presentation.
- Understand every word and phrase that you utter. This is one of the keys to performing Shakespeare.
- Get some tips on performing Shakespeare from sites like http://www.stagemilk.com/how-to-act-shakespeare/
- Go to the Enotes page “strategies for understanding Shakespearean language”
- Read thoroughly the character breakdown before preparing.
Thurs 18th May- Monday 22nd May(No rehearsal on Sunday 23rd)
Crew Only: Wed 17th May 6pm-10pm.(Stage, lights, windows)
Dress Rehearsals ( all Cast/crew):
Thurs 18th May 6pm -10pm
Fri 19th May 6pm-10pm
Sat 20th May 2pm-10pm
Mon 22nd May – Final Dress Run 6pm-10pm
1 x Saturday Matinee at 2pm
6.00pm Call-time for Cast
Tuesday 23rd May – Opening night
Wednesday 24th May
Thursday 25th May
Friday 26th May
Saturday 27th May Matinee- 2pm
Saturday 27th May – 7.30pm Closing Night
1st read through – whole cast
Thur 9th March 6pm-10pm
Performers will be asked for measurements, to fill out Photo/ Performance forms & Performance agreements
Regular Rehearsal Times
All Cast will need to keep Thursday evenings & Saturdays Arvo /early evenings free for Rehearsals, although not all cast will be required for the entire rehearsal period.
To commence Thursday 9th March
Thursdays – 6.30pm- 10pm
Saturdays – 2pm – 6pm.
Exceptions are the Saturdays listed below
Full Day Rehearsals
Key Saturday Rehearsals – Whole Cast Required
Sat 25th March 9am-5pm
Sat 6th May 9am-5pm
Sat 13th May 9am-5pm (Dress run)
Sat 20th May 2pm – 10pm (Dress/Tech run)
These Saturdays will be used for:
Character study/work, Fight Choreography, Music/choreography, Scene Work & Running of entire play.