Shakespeare auditions slated |

Shakespeare auditions slated

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The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is calling all local talent.

The festival is having auditions for non-equity company performers for its summer productions of “Richard III,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and a third production yet to be announced.

The auditions, set for Saturday, Nov. 10 in Incline Village, Nev., are conducted in conjunction with the festival’s new production company and under its new artistic director, Jan Powell. Powell, with more than 25 years of experience directing and acting in Shakespearian works, was named artistic director by the festival in October and will oversee managing, casting and directing each of the festival’s three seasonal plays.

“Planning for next season begins with our non-equity auditions scheduled for early November followed by national auditions scheduled around the country,” Powell said. “We want to start locally and provide an opportunity for our local talent to become involved in the festival, something that we haven’t had the opportunity to do previously. Our region is filled with phenomenal talent and we hope that those that have an interest in Shakespeare will find the experience rewarding.”

Actors interested in auditioning must contact the festival offices no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 by e-mail at, by phone at (775) 298-0146 or by mail to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Nev., 89451 and include a one-page resume and current headshot.

Actors will be contacted to confirm audition time which will be scheduled by appointment only. Equity Actors in the region should contact the Festival directly at the same address to arrange a separate audition time.

Auditioning actors must be prepared to perform the following:

— Two contrasting memorized monologues, no longer than 2 minutes per monologue, with one from Shakespeare in verse not prose and one from a contemporary play.

— One a cappella song of any musical genre, 16 bars only.

Auditions will be at the festival offices in Incline Village in the D.W. Reynolds Non-Profit Community Center at 948 Incline Way, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Actors cast for any of the productions need to be available for rehearsals and performances from June through August 2008. All positions will be paid, except for student internships.

For more information about the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor, call (800) 747-4697) or visit

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe and Reno.

The annual Festival advocates the finest cultural events in the area while educating future generations on the importance of the arts, theater and music.

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