SPRING 2015 THEATER PROGRAM AUDITIONS!
AT BRYN MAWR:
Thursday, January 22
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Goodhart Common Room
Saturday, January 24
11:00am to 2:00pm
Interested in auditioning for the spring semester Theater Program show? This will be a “devised” piece—that means that the director and actors will work together to create the show, and the show will focus quite a bit on the experience of being at Bryn Mawr as a student. The working title of the show is currently “Crossing Bryn Mawr.”The director, Adrienne Mackey, will be a guest faculty member in the Theater Program this semester, and she is also the artistic director of Swim Pony Performing Arts, a Philadelphia theater company.
EVERYONE (really—EVERYONE) is welcome and invited to audition: Bryn Mawr students, Haverford students, people with tons of acting experience, people who have never even considered acting before! Come join us—we want to meet you.
For the audition:
Please sign up for an hour-long audition slot—you’ll
find a sign-up sheet outside the Teaching Theater in Goodhart. During
this time you will participate in a brief warm up, play a few games,
work with a text (see below) and learn a short song.
No previous experience is needed in acting or music. Below is a short bit of text from the play Phaedra (translated by Hughes). This will be something we play with during the hour workshop. You don’t have to memorize (though feel free to) but having read it through out loud a few times might help.
Yes, their love exists.
It exists and it will last.
I cannot bear to imagine it.
What if the journey of college were abstracted into a myth?
In “Crossing Bryn Mawr” the audience is invited to
imagine the experience of a single student from orientation to
graduation transformed into a fairy tale fable. Using the inspiration
of the hero’s journey in which a protagonist sets out on a fantastic
adventure to overcome a series of obstacles in order to bring back a
treasure to their homeland, this story follows the course of a young
woman as she sets out in search of knowledge she believes will unlock
the future and eventually returns four years as a richer, wiser, and
More details on the narrative to be created:
The world is a bright, colorful and fantastic one. There is a sense of this story like a myth – a timeless place that is both incredibly old but not in any literal moment from the past. There is a sense of myth and symbolism, of magic realism. The story will be told in four acts – each representing a year of Bryn Mawr – in which the main character travels to a different land (each with a unique color, sound and texture) and interacts with the unique challenges and inhabitants of its landscape. Freshman year might become a giant ocean in which our wanderer is first immersed and almost drowns until she finds a life raft that brings her to a hospitable island. Sophomore year could become a dense forest in which the same character has to navigate a series of paths (a stand in for deciding a major) each leading to a potentially different outcomes. Junior year could be a trial in a land of fire, in which all childish interests are burned away. The final year could be the sky itself in which the character must take only those things which are intangible into their heart and fly back with the knowledge gained.
The process will ask students to identify key buildings, experiences, people and traditions and then find exciting and theatrical ways to heighten these ideas into fable elements. A book may become a trusted friend, finals transformed into a gorgon that re-appears at the trial in each of the four locations, fear and a sense of overwhelming workload may become a sand pit that the young woman has find her way out of. Unique elements to the Bryn Mawr experience will be gleaned from rehearsals and abstracted. Lanterns from the lantern ceremony might become a swarm of fireflies, flowing around the space as our heroine enters this new place. Songs and chants will definitely be a huge theme – something that is repeated and complexified around her. As she continues, she (and the audience) will hear these mysterious tunes again and again. The style of delivery may be sung, incantation, heightened language in a poetic style.
One last element that I’d like to include is a sense of a line of such protagonists having made this journey/trial and that this woman we see begins as a freshman and ends the story by becoming one of the chorus, herself continuing the chain of passing on of knowledge to the next one student beginning fresh as a newly inducted explorer.
Directed by Adrienne Mackey
Friday-Sunday, Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, 16-18, 7:30 PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall
Caryl Churchill's Love and Information
Directed by Catharine Slusar
The Serpent Woman
Directed by Aaron Cromie
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall
A Play of Hours
The Nina Variations
Workshop with Performance Artist Tim Miller
Spring 2010 Student Theater Festival
Offending the Audience
Faith, Hope, and Charity
Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
Bryn Mawr at the Fringe Festival
Midsummer Night's Dream