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July 28, 2015 / Issue 7, 2015/2016 Season
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In Rehearsal

We the Family gets on it's feet

Rehearsals have begun for our season opener and judging by the laugher coming from the theatre, things are going hilariously well.
WTF in Rehearsal 2 WTF in Rehearsal 1
WTF in Rehearsal 3
See our next issue for a design sneak-peek into this world premiere.

Submit to "speak the speech"

Hart House Theatre is now accepting submissions for


by William Shakespeare
Directed by Paolo Santalucia

Deadline for Submissions:
Monday, August 17, 2015 - early submissions are encouraged.
Non-union, Non-paying

NOTE: all roles, including the title role, are being auditioned.

Perhaps the world's most iconic tragedy, William Shakespeare's Hamlet has all of the elements of a great drama: courtly intrigue, murder, revenge, family betrayal and forbidden seduction. With some of the most memorable and sublime poetry in the English language, Hamlet is a timeless tragedy that is not to be missed.

More information including audition requirements here >>

Tips for the Audition Process

Get noticed - in a good way

An Audition Line Some casting relies very little on your performance in the audition room. Very often qualities like attitude, reliability and self-knowledge play a huge factor in whether or not you are considered for a role. Throughout the years of auditioning talent for our shows, we've stumbled upon, been told about and witnessed a few tried-and-true ways of presenting oneself as an actor that we'd like to share:
  • If requesting an audition over email or by an online submission form, be sure to make your file attachments easy to read and name them professionally. While "sexyblueshirt" might be a name that means something to you, it's not a very professional name for your headshot.
  • Assume that everyone you interact with throughout the whole process has influence over whether or not you get the gig. From the director and producer to the person who answers your email or gives you a pen to fill out a form, behave kindly and respectfully.
  • When it comes to picking the appropriate piece to perform, follow the guidelines provided. You'll rarely score points for doing a Mamet monologue when the audition calls for Shakespeare.
  • When choosing a piece, try to avoid anything from a movie. Unless you're as good as Pacino or Blanchett, all you're doing is reminding the director of the performance those actors gave.
  • In the same vein, when choosing a piece, try to avoid ones where the character dies, goes crazy or uses a lot of props. There's a chance you'll be left lying on the floor and have to make an awkward rise and explain that you're not really a maniac, or you'll have dropped a lot of stuff that you'll have to spend time cleaning up. All of this can make you look awkward, unprepared and takes away from your time in the room.
  • To look at the panel or not? Some people coach to always look the panel in the eye as you do your piece and others say that it's too invasive and uncomfortable. When in doubt, ask.
  • If asked to read sides, there's nothing wrong with asking for time to review. You may be asked to do so as the panel sees someone else, but that's great - more time to prepare and show your work at its best!
The most helpful thing to remember is that everyone on the audition panel wants you to succeed. While the process may be intimidating, keeping that small fact in mind can give your time in the room that boost of confidence that helps make your audition a stand-out.

Break legs out there!
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