Aaron Anthony Bonilla to Lead Kingsmen’s Summer Theatre Camp

Kingsmen summer camp
After serving as assistant director and helping to develop a new curriculum last summer, Aaron Anthony Bonilla will lead the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s 2014 Summer Theatre Camp. Bonilla also designed a new teacher development program for the apprentices who teach in the camp and previously served as lead teacher. A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, he has spent 13 years devoted to theater production, performance and education.

Co-presented by California Lutheran University, the camp provides opportunities for children to learn theater techniques and try them out on stage while developing self-awareness, confidence and discipline. Everyone is cast in a final presentation for family and friends. Students in the Shakespeare camps will perform shortened versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Comedy of Errors. Here are the summer classes available:  More


Audition Update: Specific Roles in Twelfth Night and Hamlet

Two Southern California theatre companies are still looking for actors for several roles in their summer Shakespeare seasons:

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is looking for a classically trained actor with significant Shakespeare experience to play Sebastian in Twelfth Night directed by Kevin Kern. Rehearsals begin June 3 and will take place weekday nights and weekend days in Thousand Oaks. The production runs Friday – Sunday nights, June 27 – August 3. Pay Rate is $375/week (for AEA members). Guaranteed $200 minimum stipend (for non-union performer). Character description: Male, Caucasian, 20s. Must be 5’1” to 5’5” Big-hearted, sincere, with a wide romantic streak, but when we meet him, he is grief-stricken and lost in a strange land. For more information and to submit electronically, go to www.actorsaccess.com.

Shakespeare by the Sea is still seeking 3 non-Equity actors (NEW SUBMISSIONS ONLY) for several roles in its summer production of Hamlet directed by Patrick Vest. Rehearsals begin April 26 at Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre Street San Pedro. Performances begin June 12 in San Pedro and will alternate between different parks throughout Southern California through August 16. Two shows in rep (Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) alternate rehearsals and performances on evenings and weekends. Interview date is April 12 and rehearsals begin April 27. The pay rate has been revised and is now a $100 rehearsal stipend and $15 per performance.

Roles they are seeking include Claudius: 40’s-60’s, calculating yet charismatic King of Denmark who gained his crown by murdering his brother; Gertrude: Female, 40’s-60’s Hamlet’s mother, married her dead husband’s brother. A queen in every way, but also a mother in every way. She doesn’t understand what has happened to her world; Polonius: Male, 40’s-50’s, the Lord Chamberlain, father of Hamlet’s love Ophelia, and right hand man to Claudius. Seen as a bumbling man by members of the court, he is a charming and a consummate politician. For more information and to submit electronically, go to www.actorsaccess.com.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Benefit Dinner

KSC benefit
Kingsmen Shakespeare Company invites you to a special outdoor benefit dinner on Sunday, June 8th at Kingsmen Park. The exclusive event will feature a sneak peek at the rehearsal process and a scene from the upcoming production of Twelfth Night, a stage combat experience, and much more. During the reception hour, you can bid on one of their many “Baskets for the Bard” in the silent auction, and view costume renderings and stage models. Then enjoy a sit-down dinner during the evening’s program.

KSC will also present the 2nd Annual Lord Strange Award to Susan Streeter at the event. Similar to Shakespeare’s first patron namesake, Lord Strange, Susan was one of the earliest patrons of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company. She has served as business manager, patron, volunteer, Honorary Board Member, and regular Festival attendee. She and her late husband and KSC Board President Jarvis, have hosted numerous Kingsmen events and have always led the charge when volunteers were needed.

Tickets are $75 per person and limited seating is available. Summer casual attire is suggested, along with a light jacket or wrap for after sundown. Sunday, June 8, 2014, 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Kingsmen Park – seating around the stage. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.kingsmenshakespeare.org/benefit.

Shakespeare Spotlight: What to See in 2014

SIt’s Shakespeare for the masses in 2014 as we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth! In Southern California you’ll find more productions and events than ever so mark your calendar now for a big year ahead.

L.A. Theatre Works kicks off its 2014 radio theatre series with The Comedy of Errors starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hamish Linklater, and Emily Bergl. Ferguson and Linklater delighted audiences last summer as Shakespeare’s Antipholus and Dromio twins in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production in New York. See the hilarity in person January 30 – February 2 when The Comedy of Errors is performed and recorded at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater for broadcast on public radio nationwide. http://latw.org

The Porters of Hellsgate begin their eighth season with Henry V, previewing on Valentine’s Day at The Whitmore in North Hollywood. Artistic director, Charles Pasternak, will direct and play the title role, one he received rave reviews for last summer at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Leon Russom also returns to The Porters following up his role as Gloucester in King Lear with one of Shakespeare’s most famous narrators of all. I can hear “O for a Muse of fire…” now. www.portersofhellsgate.com  More

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Closes Summer Season with Hamlet

Hamlet Kingsmen

Ty Mayberry as Hamlet and Ted Barton as Claudius

Twelve years after playing Hamlet on the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival stage, Brett Elliott is bringing the Bard’s famous tragedy back as director.

Hamlet will conclude the 17th annual season at California Lutheran University with performances at 8:00 pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays July 19 – August 4 in scenic Kingsmen Park. The festival grounds open at 5:30 pm for picnicking and pre-show entertainment begins at 6:15 p.m.

Hamlet is the story of a young Danish prince who seeks to avenge the death of his father in a court filled with manipulation and deceit. Set in 1601, the year it was written, the Kingsmen production highlights Hamlet’s internal, spiritual struggle as he confronts his terrifying destiny. Featuring Elliott’s characteristic fight choreography, the briskly paced but thoughtful traditional rendering is designed to offer plenty of fodder for sophisticated fans while remaining an accessible and engaging introduction for young people and newcomers.  More

Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival to Open with The Tempest

Jasmine Sim as Miranda and Harold Dixon as Prospero. Photo credit: Brian Stethem/CLU.

The 17th annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University will open with The Tempest on June 28 and will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 pm through July 14. Performances take place in scenic Kingsmen Park, with festival grounds opening at 5:30 pm for picnicking and entertainment.

Directed by Michael J. Arndt, The Tempest is a magical fantasy set on an island ruled by Prospero, an exiled duke who uses his magic to shipwreck his usurpers and bring them ashore. The play opens with a massive storm aboard a ship, which will be conveyed through staging without the aid of lighting effects since it will be still be daylight in the park. One of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest is often viewed as a personal reflection on his life in the theater and a poetic farewell. Comedy, revenge and romance mix with spirits and monsters in this play, which seems to be taken mostly from Shakespeare’s imagination.

“The play contains some of the richest characters, most beautiful poetry, largest abundance of music, and magical spectacle seen in any of his plays,” said Arndt, the artistic director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company. Kingsmen composer Chris Hoag has created an original score with new songs written specifically for the show.  More

Audition Update: Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival and Illyrian Players

Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
Kingsmen Theatre Company is seeking classically trained actors with significant experience in the performance of Shakespeare for their outdoor summer repertory season which will include The Tempest and Hamlet. Experience with stage combat, dance, and/or singing is a plus; actors will be cast in both shows. All roles are open in The Tempest (directed by Michael Arndt) except Prospero and all roles in Hamlet (directed by Brett Elliott) are open except Polonius. Actors of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, or one Shakespeare monologue, total time not to exceed 3 minutes. Rehearsals and performances will take place at California Lutheran University, 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA. First rehearsal is June 3 and performances run June 28 – August 4. Equity Principal auditions will be held 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on April 13 at the Academy for New Musical Theatre, 5628 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601. For more details, visit www.actorsequity.org or www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.

Illyrian Players Theatre Co.
The Illyrian Players are looking to cast 14 actors in Taming of the Shrew, an S&M love story, directed and adapted by artistic director Carly D. Weckstein. This will be a unique and stimulating production, a never before seen version of this classic battle of the sexes. Auditions will be held Saturday April 27 on the UCLA Campus 12:00 – 7:00 pm. Meet in the Sculpture Garden, North Campus near the McGowan Theatre Building. The closest parking structure is parking lot 3. Please send an email with your name and phone number to carlyw@illyrianplayers.com requesting the half hour time slot you would like to audition during. Time slots will be first come first serve. If you have a conflict with this date, please inform Carly via email for alternate arrangements.

The production will run three weekends in August, specific dates to be announced as decided. Rehearsals will begin May 12 or May 18. Rehearsals will mostly be weekends and evenings. How many rehearsals you are required to attend will depend on which role(s) you are cast in. There are no gender or racial requirements for actors being cast in this production. Anyone can audition for any role. Kate will mostly likely be played by a female and Petruchio by a male, but we are open to other magical options. All other characters could be played by any actor. For complete details about what to expect at auditions and what to prepare, go to www.illyrianplayers.com/now-auditioning.html.

Audition Update: Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles, Sacramento

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company in Thousand Oaks is holding AEA auditions on April 14, 2012 for classically trained actors with significant experience in the performance of Shakespeare for its outdoor summer repertory season. Actors will be cast in both shows. Experience with stage combat, dance, and singing is a plus. Prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, or one Shakespeare monologue, total time not to exceed 3 minutes. The season includes Much Ado About Nothing directed by Kevin P. Kern, to be set early 19th century, and Romeo and Juliet directed by Brett Elliott, to be set late 15th century Spain with Capulets as Christians, Montagues as Muslims. www.kingsmenshakespeare.org

Shakespeare By The Sea is accepting submissions for audition appointments for its summer season. Productions include Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Margaret Schugt and Romeo and Juliet directed by Stephanie Coltrin. Both shows will play in repertory through August 11th, 2012. There is some pay. Rehearsals are at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro. Submit digital shots and resumes by Wednesday April 4, 2012 to: shakespearecasting@gmail.com Due to the overwhelming response for their open auditions, they will contact those they’re interested in seeing to schedule an appointment. Auditions will take place on Saturday, April 7 and April 14. Please prepare a 1 minute Shakespeare monologue and bring two hard copies of your headshot and resume. Non-Equity. Further details available at www.shakespearebythesea.org.

The 2012 Sacramento Shakespeare Festival will hold auditions for it summer season that runs June 29 – July 29, 2012. Productions include The Comedy of Errors and King Arthur directed by Luthor Hanson, and Shakespeare Lite and their H.S Intern Program, directed by Lori Ann Delappe-Grondin. Auditions for those who have not been cast in the festival before are Monday, May 7 at 7pm. Please bring a one minute Shakespearean monologue. Returning festival cast member and call backs are Tuesday May 8 at 7pm. Auditions will consist of cold readings and may include movement. Please bring a headshot photo, resume and schedule of conflicts. Callbacks by invitation are Wednesday, May 9 at 7pm. High School Intern program – bring resume and application, and prepare for a short interview. For more information visit www.sacramentoshakespeare.net.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Announces 2012 Season

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company has announced its schedule of plays for Season 16 – Summer 2012. Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies filled with vibrant witty characters, misinformation, and romance will play June 29-July 1, July 6-8, and July 13-15, 2012. Kingsmen will also present its first outdoor revival of Romeo and Juliet since 2001. Dates are July 20-22, July 27-29, and Aug. 3-5, 2012. Performances take place on the campus of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Click Here for more information.

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