THEATREX is accepting video audition submissions for an original spooky comedy adaptation of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, concept by Joe Hendren - to be performed outdoors at North Suburban Center for the Arts at the Banfill-Locke House (formerly Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts) in Fridley, October 1-10, 2021.
A small ensemble of performers/theatre artists (18 years and older) is sought to workshop the script as co-creators and perform in the final production. The current plan is to cast one performer as Katrina Van Tassel and approximately 4 others to play a multitude of roles (though that plan may be adjusted). Performers who can bring skills related to disciplines such as puppetry, creative movement, costumes, props, improvisation, music, storytelling, etc. are needed to be able to fully contribute to the ensemble process. Theatre artists/designers who have less experience or less interest in performing but are interested in the workshop process are invited to submit their resumes and letters of interest as well. Workshop/rehearsals will begin in early-mid August and will be infrequent for the first several weeks.
Please note: We are seeking an ensemble that is reflective of our communities today, not the society represented in a 1790s New York Dutch community. We are committed to a socially-conscious and equitable casting process.
As we are building this script/production from the ground-up, we are keeping COVID safety at the forefront in all production-related decisions. You are welcome to review our COVID safety protocols here, including vaccination requirement for those auditioning: https://www.theatrex.org/covid-19-protocols
The performance running time will be approximately 1 hour. 5 performances will initially be scheduled, with the possibility of adding an additional 5. The first 5 performances scheduled will be Friday, October 1, 7:00pm, Sat, Oct. 2, 4pm and 7:00pm, and Sun, Oct. 3, 4pm and 7:00pm - with the possibility of adding shows at 8:30pm or before one of the matinees if ticket sales warrant.
Oct. 8-10 are Rain Dates, with the same schedule. If the first weekend is sold out (or close to it) and has not been rained out, we'll consider adding up to 2 shows w/ rain backup this weekend.
Ensemble members will be paid a base stipend of $275 + $30/performance. With between 5 and 10 performances taking place, the total stipend will be between $425 and $575, depending on the number of shows.
To audition, complete each of the following steps.
STEP 1) record yourself performing two (2) of the following three options*:
-Two contrasting contemporary monologues, each 90 seconds or less.
-Tell a scary story in 2 minutes or less.
-Display a special skill that might be used in the production (eg. play an instrument, perform with a puppet, pantomime, etc. - you choose),
2 minutes or less.
*Upload the video to a site like Youtube, Vimeo, Google Drive, or a personal website and send us the link.
STEP 2) Download the audition form at the bottom of this posting and complete it.
STEP 3) Include a digital copy of your resume (PDF preferred) and headshot.
COMPLETE THE ABOVE AND EMAIL ALL REQUESTED MATERIALS TOGETHER TO [email protected] BY Sunday, July 25, 2021, MIDNIGHT.
NOTE FROM THE PRODUCER ON THE MAJOR FACTOR DRIVING THIS PERFORMANCE:
The North Suburban Center for the Arts (which recently returned to its original name from the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts) has been a cultural staple of the North Metro for decades. In 1988 the North Suburban Center for the Arts moved into the Historic Banfill-Locke House and changed their name to reflect this. The Banfill-Locke House was built in 1847 and used as an inn, tavern, farmhouse, and many other purposes in its long history. A few short months ago, Anoka County (which owns the building and property it sits on) began to make initial movements to sever ties with the art center, which is a nonprofit and is the sole occupant of the Banfill-Locke House. With the knowledge that their future with the county and their current home was uncertain, management for the art center began a period of transition - they returned to the organization's original name and launched a capital campaign to raise funds for a new home and to aid their transition away from the Banfill-Locke House. I had already been in discussions with art center management about the possibility of producing a show there when things took a sharp turn with the county and so I offered to try to bring in a show that would have broad appeal to help get the word out about their current situation - hopefully driving some donations and bringing in new members as well. A portion of profits from the show will also be donated to the North Suburban Center for the Arts to help with their transition to a new home. I hope that the selection of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will simultaneously offer a light, fun, and unique performance experience for a broad audience base and offer performers an ensemble-driven experience that breaks down the typical hierarchy present in the rehearsal room. -Joe