This is an adaptation of a classic Commedia Dell’Arte sketch for a virtual online performance. A troupe of actors attempt to perform a condensed version of “the false magnate”, a (fictional) classic play. It’s the age-old story of two lovers and a miserly father (Pantalone) who refuses to let them get married since he wants his child to be married to a true magnate, a rich person, very relatable. In order to keep it interesting, they decide to shorten a 2-hour epic into 12 minutes. The show becomes an over-the-top soap opera full of crazy antics and goofball zaniness performed in mask. Screwball zaniness ensues at a fast pace crashing into a very happy ending. This show will have lots of room for improv (no experience needed).
You MUST prepare a contemporary comedic monologue that is approximately 60 seconds long. This monologue should best portray the actor’s strengths. The monologue must be memorized and will be performed online via Zoom. It is requested that auditioners email a full-sized photo-headshot and resume of acting experience if available prior to the audition, but this is not required.
Call back auditions will be entirely online via Zoom. They will be held Wed Feb 3, 2021 by invitation only. Your callback time could be anytime between 6:30pm-9:30pm. For Call backs students will be coached in some physical comedy improv.
Performances are April 30-May 8, 2021. Performance calendar will include Friday and Saturday evenings. Subject to change. These dates are not optional. Attendance is required. School excusals are available for conflicts with classes.
Actors who are cast in the online production will need a relatively new computer with Google Chrome browser installed, access to reliable high speed internet, and reliable access to a secure private location to work remotely that is at least 12 feet square. Other gear and equipment for the online performance will be provided by Falcon’s Eye.