The Crescent Theatre

The Crescent Theatre is holding auditions for the following production(s).

Non-members are welcome but please read the note at the bottom of this page.

Want to be involved but don't want to act?  There's always plenty to do backstage - see our membership page for details.

The Judas Kiss

by David Hare

Familiarisation and Auditions

Monday, 1st September and Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at 7.30pm

The Judas Kiss examines two pivotal moments in the life of Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde's philosophy on life and love lead him to a dangerous and destructive place. He believed that: The truth of a person is only visible through love. Love is not the illusion. Life is.

Act 1 of the play takes place at The Cadogan Hotel in London on the day that Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment.
Act 2 takes place at The Villa Guidice near Naples in Italy and describes the night, 2 years later, after his release from prison, when the lover for whom he risked everything, betrays him.

Time Out, New York said of the play "Superbly written……Hare has taken a history that's already been written and pieced it together with heroic grace……Vastly rich, sophisticated and heart-breaking".

The performance dates for this production are 22nd – 29th November 2014, and hopefully, rehearsals will begin on 8th September.

The characters

Oscar Wilde
Bosie (Lord Alfred Douglas) – Oscar's lover
Robbie Ross – Oscar's faithful friend
Arthur Wellesley – a young employee of The Cadogan Hotel
Phoebe Cane – a young maid at The Cadogan Hotel
Sandy Moffatt – the Manager of The Cadogan Hotel
Galileo Masconi – a young Italian fisherman

For me, one of the themes of the play focuses on the attitude of society of the time which permits a great deal of sexual freedom; society displays an uninhibited latitude towards sexual preferences – providing there is discretion. This seems to work for everyone except Oscar. To convey this, the script calls for Arthur, Phoebe, Galileo and Bosie to appear nude.

The scenes containing the nudity are there for a specific purpose and are necessary to fully portray the liberal sexual attitude of the time.

Please speak to me if you are interested in these roles but wish to discuss what is required or if you have any concerns.

Auditions will be held on Monday, 1st September and Tuesday 2nd September 2014 both will be proceeded by a brief familiarisation, beginning at 7.30pm.

Audition pieces (PDFs)

Oscar / Ross - pp48 – 51
Oscar / Bosie - pp40 – 42
Moffatt / Arthur / Phoebe - pp3 -7

Galileo only speaks Italian, so the actor cast in this role will have to learn to pronounce Italian convincingly. Help will be available for this, if required.

If you are interested in auditioning, but cannot make the scheduled dates, please contact me by email at the address below, and I will try to arrange to see you at a different time.

Many thanks,

Stewart Snape, Director

stewart.snape1@btinternet.com

The Christmas Wassail 2014

This is your chance to take part in one of Birmingham’s most popular and highly-acclaimed Christmas theatrical and musical events and greet Christmas in style!

The Wassail has been produced by The Crescent Theatre every Christmas for over twenty-five years and plays consistently to packed audiences. Performances take place at the Crescent Theatre and at three other beautiful and atmospheric venues: Coughton Court http://www.coughtoncourt.co.uk/, Harvington Hall http://www.harvingtonhall.com/  and Highbury Hall http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/highbury.

The Wassail is a programme of Christmas and winter-themed readings, extracts from plays, comic monologues and vocal music of all kinds from Renaissance motets to Michael Buble!   The Wassail achieves strives for high musical and dramatic standards. The size of the cast is approximately thirty and new members and new participants from outside of the theatre are very welcome. It is not necessary to be able to read music; those who cannot read music will be provided with a recording of their part. However anyone accepting a role will need to become a member of the theatre and commit to attending rehearsals and working hard on the music and readings between rehearsals.

Auditions

Sunday September 14th from 2pm-6pm
Wednesday September 17th from 6.30pm-9.00pm

The initial audition is for a part in the company as a whole and is purely musical. Please bring to the audition a song of any kind- a song from a musical or simple carol is fine as is a classical song. In addition to singing your audition piece you will be taken through a few vocal exercises. The audition process will last no longer than ten minutes. Auditions for readers and soloists will take place a few weeks into rehearsals for those that have been accepted into the company.

You can either book a time or come ‘on spec’ during the times indicated above.  To book an audition, or to find out more about The Wassail, please contact Gary Spruce 07967 300853 or e-mail Gary.Spruce@open.ac.uk. If you cannot make any of the audition dates please contact Gary to arrange another time.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals take place mainly on Sunday evenings from 7pm-9.30pm and also on Thursdays from 7.30pm - 9.45 pm from October 30th onwards.  Punctuality and regular attendance is very important. First rehearsal takes place on Sunday September 28th.

Performance dates:

Saturday  December 6th at Coughton Court 4.30pm and 7.30pm.
Sunday December 7th Coughton Court 4.30pm and 7.30pm.
Monday December 8th Highbury Hall, Moseley. 8pm
Tuesday December 9th Highbury Hall, Moseley. 8pm
Saturday December 13th Harvington Hall. 4.00pm and 7.00pm.
Sunday December 14th Crescent Theatre 7.30pm
Monday December 15th Crescent Theatre 7.30pm
Tuesday December 16th Crescent Theatre 7.30pm

Directors:
Roger Cunningham & Gary Spruce

Please Note

While auditions are intended for members, non-members are welcome to attend on the understanding that, if successful in reading for a part, you would be expected to become a member of the theatre.  This entitles you to take part in all theatre activities and to concessionary ticket prices.  In return you will be expected to attend all rehearsals and performances and to undertake your required allocation of front of house duties.  Your membership subscription must be paid by the end of the second rehearsal.  Membership fees for a year are £60 (£30 if unwaged).  More details on Crescent Membership can be found in the membership pages.

The Familiarisation Reading is not an audition but an opportunity to find out more about the play, the characters and the director's ideas for the production.  If you are unfamiliar with the play, try to come to this to see if you would be interested in reading for a part at the audition.

Unless stated otherwise, the venue for all readings and auditions is The Crescent Theatre.

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