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The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
"...Something wicket this way comes."
Blood, magic, and the tragic combination of greed and ambition coalesce in one of Shakespeare's most powerful and well-known plays.
Production Team Positions:
Applications will be made available the first day of school. The production team will be selected, and the first production meeting will be held prior to auditions.
Please prepare a 1-2 minute Shakespearean monologue.
Casting will be gender-blind, as long as gender is not pertinent to the plot.
Callbacks will consist of cold readings of sides from the script and a brief stage combat workshop.
Tips for selecting an audition monologue:
A good audition monologue has a clear beginning, middle, and end as well as a comprehensible emotional arc.
Choose a monologue by a character with similar attributes to the role you are seeking.
For your Shakespearean monologue, pay attention to punctuation—a novice mistake would be paying closer attention to where the verse line ends, creating a sing-song effect. Understand where the sentence ends, and let the verse give you a clue to how the thought develops.
Know what your character is saying, and why they are saying it—it is imperative to understand the PLOT.
Find the operative word. This can be tricky, but to simplify—it is the word or words that get the most stress in order to guide the listener to what is important. Modern playwrights tend to use italics to indicate the operative word. Believe it or not, Shakespeare gives you a bit more freedom.
Ian McKellen's advice to Patrick Stewart when he played Macbeth was, "In 'Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow', the operative is AND." This creates a whole new sound: the sound of the never ending days piling up relentlessly, before you are ready for them, tomorrow AND tomorrow AND tomorrow...
But it’s more fun to hear him tell the story himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YGf_goOoDk
We are pleased to welcome our new High School drama teacher, Miss Thrift!
Robinson Drama 2014-2015
*A Season of Magic*
Fall Mainstage: William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth
Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.
Spring Mainstage: Neverwhere by Robert Kauzlaric,
based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
When Richard Mayhew stops to care for an injured girl on the street, he is drawn into a nightmare shadow world beneath the city of London. To return to his normal life, Richard must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast. Journey to London Below with a rogues’ gallery of liars, outcasts and assassins, on a treacherous voyage to awaken the hero within.
"Stage Door" Drama Camp Full--Still Room in "Intro to Musical Theatre" and "Audition Boot Camp" Aug 11-15
HAIRSPRAY - winner of 5 CAPPIES including Best Musical
Check out the Robinsondrama YouTube page HERE. NBC4-TV clip on "Ken Ludwig's MIDSUMMER/JERSEY" HERE.
Alum Josh Israel ('12) taps his way into big Nintento sales HERE.