Long Wharf Theatre to host Non-Equity auditions, ages 15-21, for Romeo and Juliet

NEW HAVEN – Long Wharf Theatre announces auditions for its upcoming Shake-it-Up Shakespeare Summer Youth production of Romeo and Juliet.

The play will be directed by Long Wharf Theatre’s Director of Education Annie DiMartino, with musical direction by Carol Taubl. Performances will take place on August 22-25 on Stage II. “Romeo and Juliet is a play that high school students are intimately familiar with on a number of levels. They study it in school, but they also acutely understand the feelings of first love of course, but also status and pressure. In rereading the play, I was struck by all the slander and the mudslinging these two families heave at each other.  That will be a reoccurring image we explore,” DiMartino said. 

The general auditions for Non-Equity performers age 15 to 21 will take place Saturday, June 1 from noon to 4pm at Long Wharf Theatre. Auditions for the Ensemble will be held at Long Wharf Theatre, located at 222 Sargent Drive.  Actors are asked to bring a headshot, resume, and prepare a memorized Shakespeare monologue no more than 90 seconds (No Romeo and Juliet) and 30 seconds of a contemporary rock song. Some suggested musical artists to explore are Christina Perry, Fun, Adele, or The Dave Matthews Band.  

Performers with musical theatre experience and some classical training are encouraged to audition. If performers are proficient in a musical instrument (guitar, bass, piano, violin, cello) they should bring the instrument to the audition.

Invited call backs will take place on consecutive Saturdays, June 8 and June 15 from 10am-1pm. from 10am to 1 pm, with actors performing physical work, learning music and cold reading scenes and monologues. Attendance at both days is required.

If cast, all ensemble members will be required to take a week long script analysis and acting Shakespeare class the week of July 22-26 from 9am-12:00pm. Rehearsals will take place from July 22 thru August 22, Monday thru Friday from 1-4pm.

“We are looking for open performers who are willing to take risks and humble themselves before the art and the ensemble. This is not a show about two stars,” DiMartino said. 

For more information, visit www.longwharf.org. For an appointment, contact Tina Johnson at 203-772-8262.