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AUDITIONS FOR THE FAIRE

Here is your chance to make history as one of the talented performers of The Connecticut Renaissance Faire! This year marks the popular festival’s 20th annual performance to be held at its all-new location on the Lebanon Fairgrounds this fall.

This year’s Cast Production is directed by Scott Stephen Kegler.  Scott studied acting and directing at Eastern Connecticut State University and Wakayama University in Japan. Selected performers will have the opportunity to play imagined or historical characters from the Renaissance period.

AUDITIONS will be held on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Faire’s office, 46 Mill Street, 2nd floor, in Southbridge, Massachusetts.

SIGN UP for an appointment online here: https://calendly.com/ctfaire/audition/07-14-2018

QUESTIONS?  Email us at auditions@ctffaire.com and we’ll get back to you promptly.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR AUDITION

One 1-minute comedic monologue and/or a contrasting 1-minute dramatic monologue. Selections from classical works are always appreciated. Your ability to sing and skill with stage combat will also be auditioned.

Actors with professional résumés and headshots are asked to submit both at the time of their audition.

The Faire is looking for all types, ages, and ethnicities with big personalities and big voices. Wear casual, comfortable clothing that allows for movement. The Faire will train the right candidates in stage combat, singing, improvisation, interaction with the public, and more as required by their role.

AVAILABLE ROLES

The Crown Players are a regional theatre organization based out of Southbridge, Massachusetts, that draws performers from around the New England area who share a passion for creativity and the performing arts. Together we create a community theatre that enchants thousands of patrons annually in both Connecticut and Massachusetts providing theatre opportunities for all skill levels ranging from new to very experienced. Members are trained in various arts including stage combat, voice, period dialect, interaction with the public, improvisation, and more as required by the role they are playing.

Performances for the Crown Players take place at The Connecticut Renaissance Faire over its entire run both on-and-off stage. On stage, performances are like any outdoor theatre production (Shakespeare in the Park, for example) with a seated audience watching, laughing, and clapping to the show. Offstage, performances are more intimate one-on-one experiences with festival guests using learned improvisation and public interaction techniques that create highly-memorable experiences.

Our group is made up of more than actors alone. We transcend traditional theatre with a creative combination of singers, dancers, street performers, magicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, musicians, jugglers, musical comedy performers, and more.

STAGE ROLES

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, has accepted a visitation from King Henry III and members of the Catholic Church. The meeting to be the first of a possible courtship between the two monarchs. However, the day’s events are complicated by the Queen’s malady, with mad medicine, meddling clergy, and plenty of comical errors.

  • Queen Elizabeth I, our ruling monarch.
  • Dr. John Dee, a well-intentioned, though quite mad, scientist.
  • Chief Gentlewoman Blanche, a funny and forward lady of the court.
  • Countess of Shrewsbury, Bess of Hardwick, a stern counsel to the Queen.
  • Baron William Cecil, a silly and nervous advisor.
  • King Henry III, a troubled visiting monarch.
  • Bishop Charles de Bourbon, a church leader with nefarious intentions.
  • Brother Jacques, ally to the Bishop.
  • General Gaspard de Saulx, a short-tempered, but a good man.
  • Lady Renee, a companion to the king’s court.

PEOPLE OF THE SHIRE
We play a variety of characters that breathe life into the kingdom for guests. We could be anything ranging from a visiting king or queen to the butcher, baker, or candlestick maker. Whatever the role, we have a blast bringing history to life in a fun, creative way. This is where varying talents come into play with wandering minstrels playing guitar, jugglers, stilt walkers, puppeteers, and more. If you’ve got a talent that would make the village more exciting, we’d like to hear from you.