Saturday, February 11, 2017

Behind the Scenes of Audition Season

           In the past month, Nebraska Shakespeare has auditioned actors in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Florida for Nebraska Shakespeare's 2017 season and this past weekend held the last set of auditions in Omaha.  Nebraska Shakespeare will hire as many as 27 local and non-local professional actors and students for the upcoming productions of King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor. That is not including the 100s of professional designers, craftspersons, educators, administrators, and volunteers that will also make up the Shakespeare On The Green team!
Performance Dates: June 22-25, July 5, 6, 8
Performance Dates: June  29, 30, July 1, 2, 7, 9 

           





















2017 SOTG directors bonding over pepperoni 

          The audition weekend began on Friday with the arrival of The Merry Wives of Windsor director, Dr. John Hardy. John has worked with Nebraska Shakespeare in two previous seasons, as an actor in 2012 (Marcus Andronicus and Malvolio) and as Jaques in As You Like It and director of Othello in 2015. The directors met at Pitch Pizza to catch up and prep for the upcoming weekend.
        
         The following morning, Shakespeare On The Green's first production meeting took place at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's CEC building. In this meeting, Vincent Carlson-Brown, director of King Lear and John Hardy spoke to designers about their unique concepts for each show. Without giving away too much, let me leave you with two words: Vikings and VooDoo. Wanna know more? Join us this summer.



         Later that day, John and Vincent headed to Creighton University to hold the first of two days of auditions. Actors came from near and far to audition: UNO, UNL, Creighton University, Drake University, Wesleyan University. Students and professionals from Minneapolis, Denver, New York, LA and Albuquerque were in attendance. 





        The cast for both shows and the fall tour of Romeo and Juliet are being put together now.  Come to Shakespeare On The Green this summer to see these actors in action and visit nebraskashakespeare.com to learn more.

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