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Honest Pint Theatre Company announces auditions for William Shakespeare’s HAMLET

honestpintWe seek 12-20 actors for the roles listed below. We are interested in strong, capable, self-motivated actors with command of language and a good spirit. Auditioners are encouraged to prepare for roles with less regard for your “type” than your ability to help us tell this story. As such, we will consider casting people and actors of quality in roles you might not otherwise be seen for

Actors should also appreciate the possibility that they’ll be cast in more than one role.

Audition date and time:

Sunday, October 25th 

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Location

Stage Door Dance

4035 Lake Boone Trail #113, Raleigh, NC 27607

Audition sign up:

Go to honestpinttheatre.org to sign up for an audition slot

What to prepare:

Please prepare a 1-2 minute Shakespeare monologue

About this production:

Honest Pint Theatre Company is going to attack the greatest play ever written head on…and UCNUT. In other words, we’ll be producing an amalgamation of the 1604 Quarto, the 1623 Folio, and additional, unmatched passages of the 1602 Quarto.

You read that correctly, we are going to tackle the ENTIRE text and give audiences a chance to see and hear every word.

The production will take place in the late summer of 2016 (exact dates and times are currently being finalized.)

This undertaking necessitates having auditions now so that we can work on the show over the next 9 months. That does NOT mean full rehearsals for nine months, but we will meet periodically over the course of this year to work on text, play with staging, work combat, etc.

This is no small task and we are committed to providing local audiences a production unlike ANY they have ever seen.

Contact info:

For more information please visit http://www.honestpinttheatre.org or email honestpint@gmail.com

About the director:

Jeremy Fiebig is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fayetteville State University. He holds the M.Litt and MFA from the Mary Baldwin College/American Shakespeare Center in Shakespeare and Performance with an emphasis in directing. He is a graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he majored in Theatre (Honors) and Cultural Performance Studies. Fiebig works primarily as a director, actor, and production supervisor and his primary scholarly interest is in early modern staging practices and audiences.

He has served as Assistant Director and Stage Manager for the American Shakespeare Center’s 2006 Resident Troupe season including productions of As You Like It, Macbeth, The Tempest with director Giles Block (Master of Words at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), and Othello, a season featured in the Wall Street Journal. He is a former president and artistic director of the University Wits, a graduate performance organization. He has directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for The Justice Theater Project, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for FSU, Life As We Know It (premiere) and As You Like It for Gilbert Theater, Twelfth Night, True West, Julius Caesar, The Importance of Being Earnest, Godspell, and Peer Gynt at Waldorf College, Measure for Measure at Indiana Wesleyan University, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale, and Macbeth as part of the M.Litt-MFA program, The Pied Piper for Golden Duck Productions in Staunton, Virginia, Yasmina Reza’s Art while at William Jewell College, and The Tempest for the ASC’s Young Company. He has served as production supervisor for King John, Pericles, The Vagina Monologues, Top Girls, Quilters, and The 24 Hour Theatre Project. Jeremy has performed in nearly 40 productions in the past decade. Highlights include Cassius in Justice Theater Project’s Julius Caesar, Richard in Richard III, Jaques in As You Like It, Claudius in Hamlet, the title role in King John, Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost , Malcolm and Duncan in Macbeth, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Antony in Sweeney Todd, and many others. Jeremy is a four-time Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan nominee and an Equity Member Candidate.

Jeremy serves as Editor-in-Chief for The Shakespeare Standard. He is a board member and member of the Repertory Company at Fayetteville’s Gilbert Theater, a semi-professional theatre company and conservatory. He serves on the artistic vision committee of Justice Theater Project in Raleigh. He is the founder and artistic director of Sweet Tea Shakespeare, an outdoor, summer theatre project in Fayetteville.

Roles

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark​

The crown prince of Denmark who returns from the university in Wittenberg, Germany, to find his father dead, his mother married to the king’s brother Claudius, and Claudius newly crowned King.​

Plays 25-50.

Claudius, King of Denmark

Dead King Hamlet’s brother who has usurped the throne and married his sister-in-law.

Charismatic​, genius, savvy, and decisive on the surface, with a soft underbelly of insecurity.

Plays 45-70.

Gertrude, Queen of Denmark​

 Prince Hamlet’s mother, King Hamlet’s widow, King Claudius’ wife.

Observant, active, conciliatory while impulsive. Good sense of humor.

Plays 40-65.

The Ghost 

Spirit of the late King Hamlet, condemned to walk the earth until his soul is cleansed of its sins.

A worthy, warm, loving soul.​

Plays 45-70.

Polonius

Claudius’ chief officer of state. A bureaucrat and buffoon. A funny asshole.

Plays 45-85.

Horatio

Horatio, a fellow student and friend of Hamlet.

Plays 25-50.

Laertes 

A student in Paris, Laertes is Polonius’ son and Ophelia’s brother; he returns from school because of King Hamlet’s death, leaves to go back to Paris, and then returns again after his own father’s murder.

Plays 20-50.​

Ophelia 

Daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, Ophelia is beloved of Hamlet.

Plays 20-45.​

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern 

Classmates of Hamlet’s in Wittenberg. Claudius summons them to Elsinore to spy on Prince Hamlet.

Play 25-50.​

Fortinbras

Parallel to Hamlet, a prince-turned-ruler of Norway bound to avenge his father’s death by the Danes’ hands.

Osric

A boob and courtier who plays a minor role as the King’s messenger and as umpire of the fencing match between Hamlet and Laertes.

Voltimand and Cornelius

Danish courtiers who are sent as ambassadors to the Court of Norway.

Marcellus and Barnardo

Danish officers on guard at the castle of Elsinore.

Francisco

Danish soldier on guard at the castle of Elsinore.

Reynaldo

Young man whom Polonius instructs and sends to Paris to observe and report on Laertes’ conduct.

Two Clowns (the Gravediggers)

Two rustics (identified as clowns) who dig Ophelia’s grave.