Welcome to the Company!
Our company is made up of over 500 actively engaged members in the roles of actor, designer, carpenter, electrician, prop artisan, cutter draper, stitcher, dresser, board technician, usher, stage manager, concessions worker, house manager, and every other role in between. For over twenty years Live Arts has referred to these individuals as “volunteers.” A volunteer, by definition, is a person donating their time, skill, and energy to serving the needs of others.
The business of Live Arts is theater making and community building. There is no support role for a volunteer to help others make theater and build community at Live Arts- it’s exactly what the people involved are doing. By using “volunteer” in this setting we feel we are incorrectly defining the work of our core constituency. Beginning with the opening of the newly renovated lobby spaces and the launch of the 2014-2015 season, Live Arts dropped the term “volunteer” from the organizational vocabulary and replaced it with “company member.”
WHAT’S A COMPANY MEMBER?
Everyone making theater, learning about theater, engaging in a group, or supporting theater making at Live Arts is a member of the company, a “company member.” These company members are representative of the community in which we live and serve in ethnicity, gender, economic background, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, education level, and species.
Jump right in! Pick up our new Company Member Guide or download it HERE and get in touch with our Company & Production Manager, Tracie Skipper at email@example.com or call 434.977.4177×107 to learn more or fill out a Company Member Application and she will contact you!
Want to work at Live Arts? Fill out an application HERE.
We encourage EVERYONE to audition, even if you do not consider yourself an experienced (or trained) actor, singer, or dancer. We forge theater and community here – that’s our mission.
Don’t let all this (valuable) but sometimes overwhelming advice scare you away from auditioning. We’ve gathered ideas from some great mentors who are serious theater makers, so their recommendations raise the bar high.
People of varying degrees of experience and ability are cast in Live Arts shows ALL THE TIME. Often, there are as many “newbies” cast as returning actors.
Even if you can’t do all this wonderful prep work, we’d love to have you audition at Live Arts. Questions are always welcome. Take the plunge – GET IN HERE.
GET IN HERE! 2016-2017 Season Casting Opportunities
In an effort to let folks know of the landscape of the roles for this season, here’s an overview of the casting by show. These are NOT descriptions created by the directors, but snapshots. WATCH FOR FULL INFORMATION coming soon in the Company Newsletters and on the website at www.livearts.org/companymember/ Live Arts encourages actors of all ethnicities to audition, unless otherwise indicated. It is most interesting and truthful when our stage reflects the community in which we live.
AGE RANGES ARE FLEXIBLE! Often, we need to widen our range here at Live Arts, so watch for the updated casting notice written by the directors for specifics. These are usually available a month before auditions.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about auditions and/or to sign up for your slot.
THE REALISTIC JONESES
- By Will Eno Directed by Fran Smith
- Performance Dates: April 21st-May 13th
- Audition Dates: January 15th & January 16th. Callbacks: January 19th
- Rehearsals Start: Week of February 19th
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PLAY
In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
I’m excited to direct this play by Will Eno. His sense of humor catches you after the beat. The script challenges actors specifically to understand what isn’t said. Eno’s play gives us a wonderful bit of absurdity to work with and I like the fact that it’s a small cast. This play is in REALtime. I look forward to see what you can bring to auditions.
THE REALISTIC JONESES CAST BREAKDOWN
Two males, two females
- BOB JONES: 40s-50s, Jennifer’s husband
- JENNIFER JONES: 40s, Bob’s wife
- JOHN JONES: 30s-40s, husband to Pony
- PONY JONES: 30s, wife to John
PERFORMANCES . April 21st, 2017- May 13th, 2017 Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Thursdays at 7:30; and Sundays at 2pm.
LOCATION. Performances take place in the Live Arts Founders Theater (Upstage) at 123 East Water Street; the corner of 2nd SE and Water off the Downtown Mall.
REHEARSALS. This show will rehearse 5 days a week, Mondays through Thursdays(add Sundays 3 weeks out), most often in the evenings (6:30 or 7pm-10pm) from February-April. You will not always be called. We do our best to schedule around your availability if you give us your conflicts. Rehearsals intensify closer to tech week.
- AUDITION DATE: Sunday and Monday January 15th & January 16th. Please email Tracie at email@example.com to schedule an audition.
- Call-backs will be scheduled for Thursday, January 19, from 7-10pm.
- WHAT WILL YOU DO AT THE AUDITION?
- Cold Readings from the script
- SCRIPTS & SIDES
- You should contact Tracie at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an electronic copy of the script for your perusal.
- You may or may not read a short monologue from the script depending on time. If you are called back, you will be given short scenes from the script (“sides”) with a partner.
- CONFLICTS? At auditions, you will be asked to write down your schedule and any known conflicts for the rehearsal and performance period. Please consult with your parents, if appropriate, and bring your calendars!
- TO RESERVE YOUR AUDITION TIME email the Company and Production Manager, Tracie Steger Skipper, at email@example.com & include for which character(s) you are coming to audition
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
- By Oscar Wilde Directed by Megan Hillary
- Performance Dates: May 19th-June 10th
- Audition Dates: February 12th & 13th. Callbacks: February 16th
- Rehearsals Start: Week of March 19th
By the ever-witty Oscar Wilde, this saucy classic explores expectations of both women and men in the Victorian Era, which still echo today. The upper classes have gathered for a weekend house party at Lady Hunstanton’s country estate. The wildly attractive Lord Illingworth is free to show off his seduction skills. The ladies, including the young American, Hester Worsley, must hide their lust for him. When it’s announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed as Illingworth’s secretary, his mother’s scandalous secret threatens to ruin her son’s success.
Be ready to dig into some “high comedy” high-jinx, though serious themes are explored
- LORD ILLINGWORTH: A witty, clever, and flirtatious… well, flirt, as well as outrager of conformists
- SIR JOHN PONTEFRACT: A quiet man with a dominating wife
- LADY HUNSTANTON (JANE): An oblivious but well-meaning hostess
- LORD ALFRED RUFFORD: A indolent aristocrat with incredible debt
- LADY CAROLINE PONTEFRACT: A highly critical traditionalist
- LADY STUTFIELD: A gullible woman with unfortunate vocabulary and ulterior motives
- MR. KELVIL: A stuffily and thoroughly un-modern progressive moralist
- MRS. ALLONBY: A flirtatious woman with a reputation for controversy
- MISS HESTER WORSLEY: An orphan and American heiress who falls in love
- GERALD ARBUTHNOT: A naïve and honorable illegitimate son, our hero
- MRS. ARBUTHNOT: An (apparently) respectable widow and churchgoer. Darned clever herself
- THE VEN. ARCHDEACON DAUBENY: A priest who seems out-of-place in upper class society
- THE STAFF: FARQUHAR: A butler, FRANCIS: A footman, and ALICE: A maid
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about auditions and/or to sign up for your slot.
BEHIND THE SCENES
So you want to work on a show? Great! There are a multitude of jobs that could use your expertise and enthusiasm. We encourage you to grow and learn and promise to help you help us- by providing the training and support you need to do your job.
WARDROBE AND COSTUME SHOP
Over 100 characters a year come to life on the Live Arts stage with the help of the Costume Guild, our dedicated volunteer team of sewers, cutter drapers, designers, stitchers, organizers, pullers, and fabulously dedicated disciples of the theatrical textile arts!
Did you know Live Arts has a sweet little costume shop?
Did you know that we have a costume stock stored in nooks and crannies all over the building and now over at our Rehearsal Z space?
Did you know that we have an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers led by Tricia Emlet who has taken on the responsibility of maintaining our costume stock and supporting the design and build of every production at Live Arts?
Want to take your involvement to the next level? Intern with us!
Live Arts is built on the love and labor of our amazing volunteers. Now, we’re looking for a few dedicated, passionate interns. These positions are great for college students, high school students, or those looking for a transitional position. Interns will ideally work anywhere from 5-15 hours per week, with negotiable scheduling.
All positions are unpaid, but interns do receive complimentary tickets to Live Arts shows and events, as well as one free educational class per semester.
Want to work in a fun, collaborative environment or learn more about community engagement? All the while receiving valuable job training skills and resume building projects and duties? Contact Tracie for more information.
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