Saturday, April 27 to Monday, April 29, 2013; 11:44 a.m. to 9:44 p.m.
Location: Pleasant Street Pilates Studio, 18 Pleasant Street, Bar Harbor, Maine
Contact: Alicia Hynes; (207) 939 - 6929
Bar Harbor, ME—The Harborside Shakespeare Company (HSC) of downeast Maine returns to Hancock County this summer to perform another re-invented edition of a classical play. And they’re looking for you! This season, the HSC will take on Shakespeare’s magical masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Auditions will be held April 27th, 28th and 29th at the Pleasant Street Pilates Studio in Bar Harbor. As a community-driven theater company, auditions are open to all.
Founded in 2012 by experienced directors and College of the Atlantic alumni Alicia Hynes and Dan Mahler, the HSC is a nonprofit theatre company offering classic plays in surprising, reimagined settings. Having created surprising versions of Shakespearean tragedies and comedies as well as the Greek drama The Bacchae as students, Hynes and Mahler kicked off the first season of HSC’s programming last summer with a production of Romeo and Juliet.
“I appreciate Shakespeare even more now,” says Gabrielle Keene, MDIHS graduate who played Juliet in last year’s production. “It’s not like in a classroom setting. It’s so much more real and relatable.”
This season, the company is taking a more light-hearted approach. “We figured it was time for a comedy…something uplifting and romantic,” says Hynes. “There will be music, dance, and lots of laughter,” adds Mahler.
Performances of Midsummer will begin on July 18th, and will also run on August 2nd and 3rd, 10th and 11th, and 22nd. Rehearsals will be geared to work and school schedules. “We want to make sure all community members can participate,” says Hynes. “We make sure to schedule rehearsals around the actors’ commitments.“ Those seeking to audition will be asked to select one of the audition monologues to perform in front of the directors.
In line with their mission statement, HSC’s auditions are open to all. Hynes and Mahler aim to keep Shakespeare accessible by encouraging community members to be involved regardless of theatre experience or knowledge. Last year they had 13 cast members, all of whom had varied levels of past experience.
“It’s so much fun!” says Keene. “If people are willing to take a challenge like Shakespeare, while having a blast doing it, than they should definitely audition.”
For more infomation about HSC’s auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 27th, 28th and 29th at the Pleasant Street Pilates Studio in Bar Harbor, visit www.harborsideshakespeare.org/auditions.html, or contact Alicia and Dan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.