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Auditions for The Hollow Crown presented by hiSTORYstage

hollow-crown-coverHistoric Interpretations proudly announces that Alison Davis and Linda Depo will direct The Hollow Crown for hiSTORYstage. The production will run for two performances at Common Ground Theatre at 8pm nightly, July 26th and 27th, and for four performances at Sertoma Amphitheater in Bond Park in Cary, NC, at 6:30pm nightly, August 1-4, 2013.

The Hollow Crown is an evening’s entertainment by and about the Kings and Queens of England.  The action unfolds through music, poetry, speeches, letters and other writings. The players bring to life British Royals from William I to Victoria; three singers intersperse songs from the proper period – some of which are sad tunes on the death of kings while others are uproariously funny.

A favorite of the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Hollow Crown has enjoyed perennial success since it hit the stage in 1961.  What makes The Hollow Crown remarkable is that, in some instances, the audience is hearing the story in the monarch’s own words.

While it may sound highly academic, the play is not a history lesson, but instead a piece of compelling entertainment.  The Hollow Crown will appeal to those with or without a firm grasp on the past.

Audition Times:  Wednesday, May 29th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm  and Thursday, May 30th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

You do not have to attend both audition dates. Please plan to stay the entire time and arrive by 6:00pm to allow time to submit your paperwork. We will begin auditions promptly at 6:30pm. Photos (not necessarily headshots) would be helpful, but are not required.   For more information about auditioning, call 919-339-1558 or visit www.historystage.org

Callbacks:  Saturday, June 1st – 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Please plan to remain the entire time)

Music:   If you wish to audition as a singer, please prepare a short selection for your audition. We may also do a brief teaching of a selection from the show as a group before giving you an opportunity to perform in private.

Forms:   Please download the Audition Form and Conflict Calendar from www.historystage.org and bring them with you to the audition.

Roles:  For those that may be familiar with this play, we are not following the “Reader A, B, C, D” staging. We have specific roles identified for the various pieces that relate tales about life events at court.

King – male any age (18+)
Queen – female any age (18+)
Lady of the Court – female any age (18+)
Knight – male any age (18+)
Chamberlain – male any age (18+)
Singers:   We have 3 additional singing parts for short musical transitions. All ages (16+) and abilities are welcome audition. We are looking for singers that are outgoing and can engage with the audience.

Townspeople:   3 -4 actors (any age 16+) seated in the audience to interact throughout the show. Improv ability and/or experience preferred. Directors will provide guidance on what is expected of the townspeople throughout the show.

Scripts:   Scripts for review are in the conference room at the Cary Art Center, 101 Dry Ave.  Please do not remove them.

Key notes about production:   The show in Cary is in an outside venue that is accessible to the public. To maximize the outdoor atmosphere, we are striving for a family friendly outdoor castle courtyard feeling; informal and interactive with the audience. It will be important for actors to project loudly, not be overly distracted by noise, people talking and moving about, animals, planes etc. Please remember, it will be hot in August at the Sertoma location.