Audition Notice: Romeo and Juliet

AUDITION NOTICE
Romeo and Juliet
Director: Anita Rochon

Deadline to submit: January 21, 2022
In-person callbacks: January 28, 29, 30, 2022
Location: BMO Theatre Centre, Vancouver, BC

Romeo and Juliet will be presented in Bard on the Beach’s 2022 Season on the Howard Family Stage in Vancouver’s Vanier Park/Sen̓ákw.

This R & J will be an ensemble-based adaptation of the classical story, mostly through the lens of Juliet. Taking place in a stylized antiquity, this production will also feature some live music.

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: July 5 – Aug. 8, 2022
Run: Aug. 9 – Sept. 24, 2022
Possible extension until: October 1, 2022


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

We are seeking to fill the following roles.  The character breakdown is supplied by the director. Please see casting statement below. Actors of all ethnicities, gender-identities, abilities and disabilities, and body types will be considered for all roles.

ROMEO: Male identifying character, to play late teens. He is the son of Lord and Lady Montague, and his family has long been feuding with the Capulets. Romeo is intelligent and impulsive. He is a close and devoted friend of his cousin Benvolio, Mercutio and Friar Laurence. He quickly falls in love with Juliet and marries her the next day.

JULIET: Female identifying character, to play mid-late teens. She is the daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet and her family has long been feuding with the Montagues. She is close to the Nurse, her caretaker and sometimes confidant. Juliet is intelligent, brave, witty and expresses her complex emotions and thoughts while she’s feeling/thinking them.


TO SUBMIT

Interested artists please submit a headshot, resume (PDF format only) and video taped audition to auditions@bardonthebeach.org with the subject line: R&J audition – [FULL NAME]. Click here for the audition materials. Providing a link to view your video is preferred, but we can also accept video files for download. All video submissions will be reviewed for consideration.

In your resume, please list any musical abilities (vocal or instrumental). Please also indicate your status with Canadian Actor’s Equity Association.

Please note: we are only accepting submissions from Vancouver-based actors for this production at this time and all contracted artists for our 2022 season must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Submission deadline: 5pm PST on January 21, 2022

Call back auditions will take place in-person January 28, 29, & 30 following all necessary health & safety guidelines, including needing to show proof of vaccination before entering the audition venue.

VIEW AUDITION MATIERALS

ETHNOCULTURAL MANDATE OR CASTING STATEMENT

Bard is committed to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion.  It is our deeply-held belief that all three must be embedded in everything we do.  We are a Shakespeare Festival whose performance venue is located on Vanier Park/Sen̓áḵw, the site of a vibrant Coast Salish village which was the home of Indigenous nations for thousands of years. We take our responsibility as occupants of this space seriously.

At Bard we welcome people of all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities and disabilities. In our office and work spaces, gathering places, stage, rehearsal halls and backstages, we are working towards addressing and combatting racism (including but not limited to anti-Indigeneity, anti-Blackness, and anti-Asianess), religious discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, sexism and misogyny, and ableism. The responsibility to create and maintain this inclusive, accessible and anti-oppressive environment is shared by all Bard company members, regardless of seniority, job title or relationship to the company.

If there are any potential barriers preventing you from applying to audition, please let us know and we will work with you to overcome them.

AUDITION NOTICE PDF


ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH

Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival.  Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park/Sen̓ákw, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents form June through September.

See the Bard on the Beach website for more information: www.bardonthebeach.org

Bard on the Beach Theatre Society operates on the ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.