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THE MAJESTIC LAB THEATRE

What is The Majestic Lab?

The Lab functions as a classroom, meeting hall, dance studio, filming workshop, and catch-all space for whatever needs arise at a busy theatre. It’s also where we host a variety of productions, including our Readers’ Theatre and Lab shows.

What is Majestic Readers’ Theatre?

Readers’ Theatre productions are smaller, more intimate shows that happen in the Lab space where actors have scripts in hand to read from the whole time. With a short rehearsal schedule, minimalist set dressing, and no memorization requirement, Readers’ Theatre is a great option for newer directors, actors, and designers. Far from only a venue for those exploring theatre for the first time, Readers’ Theatre is also great for people who can’t commit time to a mainstage show or who want to work on something that is better suited to a more intimate staging. Many of our long-standing volunteers (and at least one staff member) got their start in Readers’ Theatre, and we at The Majestic welcome anyone with even a passing curiosity to give it a try! Absolutely no experience is needed to audition for a Reader's Theatre show, minimal experience is necessary to run tech, and it's a perfect stepping stone between serving as an assistant director or senior crew and directing a fully staged production!

What is a Lab production?

The Majestic Lab as a whole has many functions and one of those is as a space for encouraging experimentation. Original works, new scripts, odd performance forms: the Lab is the place for it. Lab shows differ from Readers’ Theatre shows in a couple of ways. The main way is that Lab productions are fully memorized, instead of actors having scripts in hand. Lab productions are also more elaborately staged, while still creatively adhering to the constraints of a smaller space. These factors generally require a longer rehearsal time than Readers’ Theatre productions, so keep that in mind when considering your proposal. Prospective directors need a little more experience for fully staged Lab productions.

 

How do I propose a show for the Majestic Lab?

Proposals for the 2024-25 Lab Season will open August 1st and run until September 15th. For more information, please feel free to contact Damien Manassa or Sera Benoist, the Lab technicians at damien.manassa@corvallisoregon.gov or sera.benoist@corvallisoregon.gov.

What if I want to propose, but don’t have a script?

The Majestic Theatre has a library of scripts on site for check out. Please fill out this quick Patron Registration Form and the librarian will send you an email with instructions on how to set up your account and start requesting books. Dramatists Play Service, Inc and Concord Theatricals are also great resources to browse script summaries to get a better idea of what might interest you.

Get Involved!

Direct: Proposals for Lab plays will be considered after the 2024-25 proposal window closes on September 15th.


Act: You can find information about our upcoming auditions on our Auditions page!

Tech: If there's an upcoming production you'd like to help out with, but you prefer to remain behind the scenes, contact Damien Manassa at damien.manassa@corvallisoregon.gov to learn about the availability of tech positions.

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