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Rock with the Bard at Wheaton Drama "Romeo and Juliet" Auditions

Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111.

Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111.

 

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By Jo-Ann Ledger

Wheaton Drama announces auditions for the 2013 Summer Studio Show, "Romeo & Juliet". This exciting adaptation by director Jeni Dees is set in modern-day New Orleans and is a gritty, passionate, rock-and-roll fueled take on William Shakespeare's famous tragedy.

The director encourages all shapes, sizes and ethnicities to audition. Actors with tattoos, piercings, and interesting hair are welcome! Men and women from ages 13-60 are needed. All roles are available.

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Also needed are "street performer" types that would appear in the opening of the show and perhaps throughout. These can be jugglers, trumpet, sax or fiddle players, tap dancers, etc. When possible, these performers will be double cast as a character in the show.

Auditions are at 7pm on Sunday, April 28 and at 7pm on Monday, April 29, 2013. Auditions will take place in the basement of Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton, IL 60187.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Those auditioning are strongly encouraged to read the William Shakespeare play before auditioning as this adaptation features Shakespeare's language and characters.

These are non-Equity play auditions. There is no pay. Those cast will be required to pay a nominal fee for Wheaton Drama membership. Newcomers are welcomed and membership status does not affect casting.

Performances of "Romeo & Juliet" will be June 28 at 8pm, June 29 at 8pm, June 30 at 3pm, July 5 at 8pm, July 6 at 8pm, and July 7 at 3pm at Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale Street in downtown Wheaton. Tickets are $10 each. Seating is General Admission.

For character descriptions and more information, visit http://www.wheatondrama.org or contact the director at jdeestheatre@gmail.com.

Wheaton Drama closes the regular 2012-2013 season with "Into the Woods", performed May 17 through June 9. The 2013-2014 season includes "Lend Me a Tenor", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "And Then There Were None" ("Ten Little Indians"), "Steel Magnolias", and "The Music Man". Additional shows include a musical cabaret (2013 Summer Fundraiser) and "It's A Wonderful Life - Radio Show" (2013 Holiday Fundraiser).

For show tickets and information, please visit http://www.wheatondrama.org, or call 630-260-1820. Follow on Twitter at WDIpublicity.

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