Gemco Players in Artistic Collaboration with Page to Stage are holding auditions for
The Gem Community Theatre
10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 March
Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness, and death.
The style of the production will be dark and sexy, with a hint of tartan. It will be a contemporary interpretation of the original story with murder, mayhem and the decent into madness taking centre stage. The script has been adapted for a modern audience.
The story will be told with a backdrop of war, but the time and place are ambiguous – it could be the 11th century, it could be now, it could be in the future. Macbeth will, through his own ambitions and his wife’s urging, plot, scheme and murder until he is King of Scotland. But through the guilt of his actions will descend into madness and lose everything.
The play’s minor characters will be replaced by an ensemble of 8-12 actors who, through stylised movement, will emulate soldiers in battle, nobles at court and servants. They will move along the action of the play by recounting what’s taken place off stage, and highlight Macbeth’s paranoia and his descent into madness. The ensemble will also move set pieces and props as required.
Auditions Monday 12th [7pm-10.30pm] and Sunday 18th December [2pm-10pm]
Call Backs Wednesday 21st December
The Gem Community Theatre
Kilvington Drive Emerald
ALL AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT.
BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE BY CONTACTED DIRECTOR SHARON MAINE ON [email protected]
PLEASE ALLOW 20 MINUTES FOR YOUR AUDITION.
Auditions will consist of prepared readings from the script [see www.gemcoplayers.org] – Scottish accent not required
Performance Dates: 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 March 2017
Rehearsals: Most likely to be Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Some flexibility.
Please Note: The roles of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, MacDuff and Lady Macduff are gender specific, but males and females will be considered for all other roles.
The Ensemble, Witches, Macbeth, Banquo, Macduff, Malcolm, will be required to perform choreographed movement, including stage fighting manoeuvres.
Auditionees are asked to prepare the following desired audition pieces and be prepared to step through a simple piece of choreographed movement for their audition.
Duncan– King of Scotland, (M 25-55+)
The good ruler of Scotland whom Macbeth murders. Duncan is a virtuous and benevolent ruler whose death symbolises the destruction of order in Scotland.
Malcolm, (M 25-30)
The offspring of King Duncan, who reclaims the throne and restores Scotland to order after Macbeth’s reign of terror.
Macbeth, General of the King’s Army, later King of Scotland (M 25-50)
A Scottish general and the thane (lord) of Glamis. Macbeth is a brave soldier and powerful man, but he is not virtuous. He is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of three witches, murders King Duncan to fulfil his ambitions to the throne, and once crowned king of Scotland, embarks on further atrocities with increasing ease. Ultimately, he is unable to bear the mental torment of his actions
Lady Macbeth – (F 25-45)
Macbeth’s wife is a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position. Early in the play she urges her husband to seize the crown. After the bloodshed, Lady Macbeth falls victim to guilt and madness. Her conscience affects her to such an extent that she commits suicide. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are quite passionate, but their spiral into madness, numb their feelings for one another.
Three Witches – (F 15+)
Three mysterious women who plot mischief against Macbeth using charms, spells, and prophecies. Their predictions prompt him to murder Duncan, to order the deaths of Banquo and Macduff’s family, and to blindly believe in his own immortality. The witches take a perverse delight in manipulating Macbeth.
Banquo – (25-50)
A brave Scottish general whose children, according to the witches’ prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. Like Macbeth, Banquo thinks ambitious thoughts, but does not act on them. Banquo’s ghost haunts Macbeth.
Fleance – (M/F 12-20)
Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him.
Macduff – (M 25-45)
A Scottish nobleman who is opposed to Macbeth’s rule. He leads an army of English soldiers to restore Malcolm to the Scottish throne. Macduff also wants revenge for the murder of his wife and children.
Lady Macduff – (F 20-40)
Macduff’s wife and mother of their young son. Warm, poised, lovely, loves her son, with whom she has a great rapport. Our hearts should ache to see her murdered.
Macduff’s son (M/F 10-15)
The younger-looking the better, son to the Macduffs, a bright, articulate boy, clever, sweet, feisty.
A nobleman, serves Duncan and later Macbeth, because he must, but comes to understand Macbeth’s moral corruption. In the meantime, serves as a kind of consigliere, often bearing difficult news. Subsequently joins with Macduff and Malcolm to remove Macbeth from the throne.
Captain– Officer in the King’s Army (M 15-25)
Those auditioning for the part of The Captain are responsible for preparing the monologue requested below.
Porter (or Messenger) – (20-50)
A strange presence. A drinker, he’s a caretaker at Macbeth’s castle who must answer the door in the middle of the night. Will double as another character.
An ensemble of 8-12 people will take on the roles of: soldiers, nobles, servants and the consciences of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The Ensemble will be on stage for 85% of the play and will work together, using stylised movement, voices and drumming, to move along the action.
Will be cast from people who have auditioned for other parts, unless you specify you would like to audition for this part. Please contact [email protected] for additional information
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to your audition. Break a leg!