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OPEN AUDITIONS: Majestic Readers’ Theatre Company presents Cyrano




Open Auditions: Cyrano

By Edmond Rostrand and Michael Hollinger

Directed by Sarah Sheldrick

Open Auditions: Video Audition and Form Due by June 7th to s.sheldrick@gmail.com

Rehearsal Timeframe: June 14 - July 2nd & Tech / Filming: July 5-9th

Performances: July 24-25

Content Label: Appropriate Audience (TBD)


The Majestic Theatre (a division of the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to creating a safe place for actors of all backgrounds to explore their craft. We are particularly eager to work with artists of color and other artists from marginalized communities. All auditions are free and open to the public. This audition is for an amateur, volunteer production. The Majestic Theatre staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, gender, ethnic background, ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or any protected class.


All auditions will be via a video submitted to the director via email unless otherwise arranged. In addition to your audition video, please download, fill out, and attach our audition form located at tinyurl.com/MTAuditionForm


All underage performers will need the permission of parent / guardian before submitting their audition. A headshot will be requested to be posted with the cast list, so if you have one please attach it with your audition video and form.


SHOW TYPE


Majestic Readers’ Theatre Company -The format for this show will be determined by the director and cast after auditions have been completed. As part of your audition video, please state your preference as one of the two options below:


  1. Show rehearsed and performed completely via Zoom

  2. Show rehearsed may be rehearsed via Zoom or in-person depending on current OHA recommendations and will be filmed in-person on the Majestic stage with extensive COVID-19 precautions (including masks) over a one week period. Participants will be required to come to the theater for the filming and in-person rehearsals unless other arrangements are made.


The show will only be filmed in-person if the director and cast are unanimously in favor of doing so. If even one person isn’t, the show will be rehearsed and filmed via Zoom.


The performances will be presented via Vimeo and will utilize the Pick What You Pay $10-20 online ticket system. A link and a password will be sent to all ticket holders and will be provided to cast and crew.


SHOW SYNOPSIS


THE STORY: The most legendary nose in literature gets a makeover with this lively American adaptation of the 1897 French classic. Will Roxane fall for Christian’s dashing looks or Cyrano’s daring poetry? Find out in this timeless tale—full of wordplay and swordplay—that’s been an inspiration to writers and lovers for centuries.


This play is fast moving and very funny! A modern translation and interpretation on a classic story! This traditional play is a favorite with many audiences. Often Cyrano is associated with over theatrics. Big hats, swashbuckling, sword fights, beautiful voluminous dresses, and unrequited love. Behind all the show is a story of a quest for love, and the definition of beauty.


“…a sterling, illuminating new translation by Michael Hollinger…His mostly rhymeless version bubbles with dialogue that honors the play’s period (17th century) and dishes as easily as, say, the ladies on The View…a joy to watch—funny, touching, pathetic, kinetic. A story well told.” —Philadelphia Inquirer.


“…well-crafted, rhythmically beautiful, humorous, emotionally resonant and convincing…Hollinger removes the original’s many allusions to French society and norms and lets the audience enjoy modern equivalents, reflected mostly through language. He drops the blank verse (which dominates most prior translations), except strategically, to emphasize a point, sometimes underlining it with rhyme…Hollinger gives his actors plenty to work with.” —BroadStreetReview.com. “…the eponymous hero is as magnetic and touchy as ever…an entertaining script.” —Washingtonian.


“This version of Cyrano de Bergerac is interesting and entertaining…a thoughtful piece of work which makes many bold choices…This is by far the funniest CYRANO you will ever see.” —DCTheatreScene.com. “…a good, practical adaptation for modern audiences…a show that can make you feel again as deeply and unashamedly as you did when you were 17 serves a great purpose. And CYRANO, with all of its heartbreaking panache, achieves that in aces. Three cheers and a flourish of a feathered hat to that.” —Oregon ArtsWatch.


FROM THE DIRECTOR [Sarah Sheldrick]


Note: Cyrano is a love story about feeling unlovable. The three lead characters Cyrano, Christian, and Roxanne all represent aspects of the struggle to self-acceptance. Cyrano a great poet, Roxanne a great beauty, Christian classic machismo beauty. Yet each of these characters focus only on what they lack and their faults. We find these perfectly amazing people wallow in their insecurities.


Themes/Issues - Cyrano sustains significance because of the human need for self-esteem and belongingness. The play is filled with adventure, comedy and tragedy. Cyrano is on the journey of learning to accept, love and trust oneself.


This production of Cyrano will be a celebration of theatre. Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. The staging of this production will explore the language in a classic readers’ theatre production style. We will strip away the schmaltz and embrace the writing and vulnerability of the characters. It will be playful and full of fun and memorable moments! The actors will all be dressed in more modern, everyday attire.


The three primary characters represent the eternal search for the answer to...

How do we accept love from another, if we first cannot love our-self?


PREPARATION NOTES


For your audition video, record a 2-3 minute video of you reading

WHO'S ON FIRST? BY ABBOTT AND COSTELLO

The script for this classic comedy sketch can be found at https://www.baseball-almanac.com/humor4.shtml


If you have someone at home you can safely meet with face to face and record yourself together. If the other person is not auditioning they do not have to appear in the video they can help by feeding you the lines. OR You can meet someone via a recording platform like zoom/teams/skype/etc...


Instructions: Read a portion as Abbott and the switch half way through and play Costello. Choose a portion of the script to read. Most likely the whole script may not fit in the limited time frame.


I am looking for expressions of emotion, facial expressions, and vocal abilities.

  • Costello: Keep the character lovable, cute, volatile and unhinged. Although they are trying to keep it together they are transparent in their frustration.

  • Abbott: The classic comic straight-man or leading lady. A little aloof, calm, kind, confident, and secure. They are truly concerned about Costello and want to help them understand the names on the team.


I am watching for acting-range differences in character choices and contrast. Make it your own, add props if you want and have fun with it!


Email your video and audition form to Sarah Sheldrick at s.sheldrick@gmail.com by 8:00 PM on June 7, 2021. Feel free to include what role you’re interested in within the body of the email. Also, if you have one, please attach a headshot image to your audition email. It doesn’t need to be a professional headshot; any clear image of your face will do wonderfully.


Some video audition guidelines:


Perform while seated, trying to frame yourself from the shoulders up. This is what you’ll look like in the video chat during the performance, so we’ll want to see how well you can emote in this limited space.


Props and costume pieces are encouraged! Whatever you have lying around. Just keep in mind that we can only see your torso and head!


Actors of any gender, age, race, or ability are invited to audition for any role.


If you have any questions, feel free to email and ask!



CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

General Note - All characters do not have a specific race or ethnic background; we're excited to see a diverse pool of actors audition for all roles.


CYRANO

Character Age: age range 17-40

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Needs to have an average range of motion. Ability to move arms and handle a variety of props.

Vocal Range: Wide variety of ability to play around with voice range, speed, tone, pitch, pronunciation and articulation.


ROXANNE

Character Age: age range 17-40

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Needs to have an average range of motion. Ability to move arms and handle a variety of props.

Vocal Range: Wide variety of ability to play around with voice range, speed, tone, pitch, pronunciation and articulation.


CHRISTIAN

Character Age: age range 17-40

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Athletic. Lifts weights. Wide range of motion. Ability to move arms and handle a variety of props.

Vocal Range: Wide variety of ability to play around with voice range, speed, tone, pitch, pronunciation and articulation.


ALL OTHER CHARACTERS

Character Age: Any

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Some movement. Ability to move arms and handle a variety of props.

Vocal Range: Wide variety of ability to play around with voice range, speed, tone, pitch, pronunciation and articulation.



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