Young Acting Company
Each season the Young Acting Company presents a much-beloved tale adapted into a full-length play and performed by students, ages 6 through 18. The production features singing, dancing, staged combat, and the irreverent humor that the Popcorn Hat Players are known for, as well as giving the cast of students a chance to learn the ins and outs of a professional theatrical production as they display their own incredible talent.
Gamut Theatre’s Young Acting Company will be holding open auditions
December 12 and 18 for its upcoming production of
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It
Performance Dates: April 12 - 14
Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. Her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy she leaves with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone, to seek out her father in the Forest of Arden. Here she meets Orlando again and, under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love and wooing.
This is the tenth annual production of the Young Acting Company, which is a collaboration between Gamut’s Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, Harrisburg Shakespeare Company, and the Gamut Theatre Academy (GTA). Adapted and directed by Melissa Nicholson, the cast of As You Like It will be comprised of both former and current students of the GTA program, as well as students who have no experience with Gamut Theatre. The performance will feature singing, dancing, staged combat, live music, and the irreverent humor that the Popcorn Hat Players are known for, and gives the cast of students a chance to learn the ins and outs of a professional theatrical production as they display their own incredible talent.
Any student aged 6-18 is welcome to audition.
No experience is necessary, but you must schedule an audition appointment.
To be considered for a major speaking role, students must be ages 10-18 and prepare a Shakespearean monologue at least 10 lines in length, no more than a minute when performed, and audition on December 12 (must be available for callback auditions on December 19.)
To audition for the cast ensemble, no preparation is needed and general auditions are held on December 18.
All actors who wish to audition MUST schedule an audition appointment with Tara by sending an email to Tara@GamutTheatre.org at least 48 hours prior to audition time. We do not allow any walk-ins.
1) BEFORE your student signs up for an audition, please download and read the AUDITION INFO letter.
2) Send an email to Tara@GamutTheatre.org with the date you want to audition. Students ages 6 - 9: Dec. 18, 5:00-6:30 pm; Students ages 10-18 may choose to either do the Monologue Audition on Dec. 12, 6:00-9:00 pm, or the General Audition on Dec. 18, 7:00-9:00 pm.
In your email include:
Name, age, gender of the student
Audition Date preference (for ages 10-18)
Will the student be available for a potential callback on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 6:00-9:00 pm?
You will receive a confirmation email from Tara.
3) Download and print the AUDITION FORM and be sure to fill out BOTH SIDES of the form
4) AUDITION DAY
GENERAL AUDITIONS on December 18: Students do not need to prepare anything for the but should be ready to speak loudly and clearly on the stage independently and be ready to learn a simple song and dance in a group setting. MONOLOGUE AUDITIONS on December 12: Students should prepare a memorized Shakespearean monologue at least 10 lines in length, but no more than a minute when performed.
Bring a head and shoulders photo (school photo is fine)
Bring the completed AUDITION FORM
Arrive at least 15 minutes before audition time to allow time for check-in. Auditions begin promptly on time
GENERAL AUDITIONS: Wear clothes for movement and comfort (no dresses, skirts, heels)
5) After the Audition, please follow the directions on your AUDITION INFO letter to find out if you are cast in the show