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Robin Hood--A Christmas Musical Comedy

Join Beijing Playhouse for song and dance this Christmas.  A fairy tale for the children with a whole level of humor for the adults--a Christmas musical comedy for adults and children alike. Be prepared for a whole new zany twist and a classic story.

In true British comedy tradition, audience members are invited to cheer and boo and hiss as Robin, Maid Marion, and Friar Tuck rob from Santa and give to the poor.  No, wait, that's not it.  Uh, rob from the rich and give to Santa.  Or something like that.  Join the friends of Sherwood Forest as they help King John discover the magic of Christmas. 

Robin Hood has served up raucous family entertainment on the West End every Christmas for centuries.  A cast of 30, with crazy Christmas costumes and happy music, make this show perfect for families—especially children. 

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Performances

Performances are Monday—Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday matinees, December 5-21, 2014.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are five times per week in October and November 2014.  Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (or occassionally 10 pm) and Sunday afternoons, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Actors Wanted for Live Theatre

Beijing Playhouse, China's English Broadway Theatre, seeks 30 actors and singers for our English production of the Christmas musical comedy Robin Hood.

Professional acting experience is great—but not necessary. We love discovering new talent. Nationality is not important. Ability to sing and perform in English is required. 


All Roles Open

At Beijing Playhouse all roles are open. There are 30 roles in this production of Robin Hood. Experienced actors welcome.  As always, newcomers are encouraged to try out for a role. Be part of the fun of creating live Broadway theatre.

  • 6 boys, age 6-14
  • 12 men, age 15-60
  • 2 men, age 60-80
  • 6 girls, age 6-14
  • 12 women, age 15-60
  • 2 women, age 60-80

Acting in community theatre is a big responsibility and a lot of fun.  There's no pay.  Acting in English Broadway theatre is volunteer. Did we mention we have fun parties? Well, we do!

Audition Dates--September 21 and 22, 2014

Robin Hood auditions are Sunday, September 21 and Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm at British School of Beijing's Sanlitun campus. (Call backs are Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30 pm at Olympic theatre and possibly Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 pm back again at BSB in Sanlitun.)

Please arrive on time.  Punctuality is an actor's friend. Beijing traffic is always bad.  Please be respectful of your fellow actors and plan accordingly.  Actors who do not arrive on time are much less likely to be cast in theatre productions.


Audition Format

Monologues are optional and encouraged but not necessary. You'll do a live reading from the script and will perform scenes from the show with other actors.   You will sing a song of your choosing.  The choreographer will teach you a simple dance. 

We love non-native English speaking actors in our shows.  If you are non-native English speaker, we strongly suggest bringing a memorized English 60 second language monologue.

Location

Beijing Playhouse's auditions and rehearsals of Robin Hood take place at British School of Beijing in Sanlitun, just a 10 minute walk west of the Agricultural Exhibition Center subway station on line 10.

All of the December performances will be at National Olympic Sports Center theatre.

Charity Reader's Theatre--Our Town

Charity Reader's Theatre, presented by Beijing Playhouse Drama Club, performs Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning classic Our Town.

There is one performance only.  The rehearsal process will condensed from Beijing Playhouse's usual two months down to just one intense week.  Charity Reader's Theatre is all about acting, acting, acting.  There are no sets, no props, no costumes, no lighting design, no sound design, no subtitles.  Just acting.  And actors will not 100% memorize their lines--hence the reader's theatre concept.

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder and directed by Chris Verrill
Auditions:  Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10:30 am
Performance:  Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 pm

Tickets are 50 RMB.  Students and children are 1/2 price.  100% of all ticket sales is donated to Rural Women's Literacy Project.

"Probably the finest play ever written by an American.”  —Edward Albee

Pulitzer-Prize winning Our Town is an American stage treasure that presents a timeless commentary on the transience of human existence.  The play reveals the ordinary lives of the people in small town America at the turn of the 20th century.  We follow two families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die.

“Thornton Wilder's masterpiece...An immortal tale of small town morality [and]...a classic of soft spoken theater.” 
— The New York Times

Change comes slowly to the small fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, USA.  Thornton Wilder's most renowned and frequently performed play, Our Town tells the story of this average town's citizens as depicted through their everyday lives. People grow up and get on with their lives. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.

The three act play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props. Throughout Wilder uses metatheatrical devices, such as narration by a stage manager.
 

Cast Needed

  • 13 men; ages 16-80
  • 10 women; ages 16-80
  • 7 boys; ages 6-12
  • 7 girls; ages 6-12

To receive audition notices, send us an email at performance@beijingplayhouse.com.

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