Audition Update: PCPA Theatrefest, Redlands Shakespeare Festival

PCPA Audition Tour 2012-2013
PCPA’s season will include a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, February 21 – March 17 in the Severson Theatre, Santa Maria. To schedule an appointment please call (805) 928-7731 x 4168 or email They do accept video auditions. Please email links to For audition requirements and a complete look at the season go to Local audition dates:

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at CSU Fullerton
10am to 3pm
Clayes Performing Arts Center Rm. 149
Go to for campus maps
800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA, 92831-3547

Sunday, January 20, 2013 at UC Irvine
10am – 5pm
Studio 4 (on Mesa Dr.) in the Theater complex
Go to for campus maps

Monday, January 21, 2013 in Los Angeles – Madilyn Clark Studios
12pm – 4pm
10852 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Redlands Shakespeare Festival
Auditions for the 2013 Season will be held 1:00 – 5:00 pm Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, at Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant St., Redlands, CA 92373. Call-backs will be held at 5pm Sunday, February 17. Auditions consist of cold readings of scenes from the three plays to be presented during the season. No prepared monologues are required. The season includes The Taming of the Shrew (All male cast), Julius Caesar (All female cast), and Love’s Labours Lost (Mixed gender cast).

Redlands Shakespeare Festival is seeking 45 actors of any ethnicity, ages 16 and older, for the 2013 season. All roles are open. Performances will be held in repertory at the 6,000 seat Redlands Bowl outdoor amphitheater. Some pay occasionally available for certain roles – Contract terms are negotiable and include several school site visits. In addition, headshots and resumés are accepted throughout the year. Please send to:

Steven Sabel, Artistic Director
Redlands Shakespeare Festival
PO Box 546
Redlands, CA 92373
or call (909) 335-7377


Cirque du Soleil’s AMALUNA, an Homage to The Tempest

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. Amaluna is currently playing in Toronto and is scheduled to tour Vancouver, Seattle, and Edmonton. Click Here for tickets and information.

The Tempest Storms the Southern California Shakespeare Festival

Dani Ramos as Ariel and Michael Kachingwe as Prospero in The Tempest. Photo credit: Tom Zasadzinski

Southern California Shakespeare Festival, a professional company in its 8th season operating under an Equity guest artist contract at Cal Poly Pomona, is continuing performances of The Tempest through September 30. The Festival is known for its non-traditional casting and this year, African American actor Michael Kachingwe is playing the sorcerer, Prospero, a role that usually goes to an older white man. Last year, Kachingwe played Queen Margaret opposite Lisa Wolpe as the King in Richard IIIMore

Downtown Repertory Theater to Kick Off Season with The Tempest

The Downtown Repertory Theater Company will begin its fourth season (and third at the historic Pico House at Olvera Street in downtown L.A.) with The Tempest (June 3 – 17), followed by Chekhov’s Three Sisters (June 29 – July 15) and Hamlet (July 27 – August 12). The company originally started on the vacant 6th floor of a parking garage at 4th and Main before moving to the Pico House, which was built in the 1870s. With its three-story courtyard, natural thrust stage and balconies at every level, it is reminiscent of the Globe in London. Past productions have included Romeo and Juliet, Waiting for Lefty, 12th Night and Julius CaesarMore

The Global Theatre Project’s Stratford/Shakespeare Connection

Bari Hochwald and the Global Theatre Project are getting ready for their next project: the Stratford/Shakespeare Connection. This year the group will be producing a rap ‘happening’ to Prospero’s speech from The Tempest, created by community members (with a focus on youth) and GTP’s artistic team. The event will be video taped and shared at the first Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford.

The point of the Stratford/Shakespeare Connection is to celebrate and share the diversity of the Los Angeles community both with each other and with the global community. GTP does this by using Shakespeare’s work as a point of inspiration and connection and by incorporating multiple languages into the event. This year’s final video will include footage of community members and artists from Mumbai, India who will be joining in. The event will be open for participation but first they are forming the team of artists that will help shape it. They are looking for rap artists and members of the theatrical community. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Bari at

And if you’d like to get a better idea of what it’s all about, check out the video of last year’s event below.

Elizabethan Madrigals with David O. and a screening of The Tempest

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has two upcoming events in December you won’t want to miss. On Sunday, December 4, join them for a secular sing-along, celebration and community building event. Special guest artist David O. will teach a selection of Elizabethan madrigals from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Wine will be provided by Gallo Wines. Click Here for reservations.

Then on Friday, December 16 from 8:00 – 10:30 pm, come on down for a screening of Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece featuring Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren leading a star-studded cast that includes Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper and David Straitharn. Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera (Mirren) conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. It’s a supernatural dramedy filled with Shakespearean villains, lovers and fools that will leave you spellbound. * Please note – this film is rated PG 13 – for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images. Click Here for reservations.

Both events will be held in The Studio at The Shakespeare Center, 1238 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, 90026 and admission is free with a reservation; $10.00 suggested donation at the door.

The Old Globe raises The Tempest

Ben Diskant as Ariel in The Tempest. Photo by Henry DiRocco

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.” [Prospero – The Tempest, Act 4, sc. 1]

Get thee to San Diego to see The Old Globe’s The Tempest, for it is dramatic, funny, magical, and full of haunting and lovely original music by Shaun Davey. Directed by Adrian Noble with music direction by Charlie Reuter, the tale takes place on a deserted island, where Shakespeare’s final and most beloved masterpiece places the desire for revenge against the demands of love and captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes.

Marooned on a distant island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic. When he learns that a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing near the island, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a torrential storm, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. An enchanted tale filled with humor, romance and adventure, The Tempest is ultimately a story of redemption and forgiveness.

Here is what the critics are saying:

A “dreamy, elegant production” Los Angeles Times
“…imaginative and well-conceived…” North County Times

“Its climactic sea change arrives and subsides like a gently cresting wave, sounding a satisfying melody for the senses.”
Sign On San Diego

The Tempest runs through September 25. The Old Globe is also hosting two more informal question-and-answer sessions with cast members on Wed, August 24 and Tues, Sept. 6, and a series of Shakespeare in the Garden informal presentations of ideas and insights on Thurs, August 18 and Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Click Here for tickets and information about The Tempest and all of the shows on The Old Globe’s 2011 Summer Shakespeare Festival.

Will Power To Youth gets ready for The Tempest

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ developmental youth program Will Power To Youth is about to present its original adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest for three performances August 11 – 13, 2011.
WPY is an exciting and unique summer employment opportunity for youth aged 15-19. The program participants, many of whom attend overcrowded urban schools and come from families living at or below the poverty line, are employed 30 hours a week for seven weeks, and work closely with professional artists and human relations facilitators. Together, they create a unique adaptation of a Shakespeare play that is relevant to, and inspired by, their personal experiences. Inspiring, to be sure.  

Performances will take place on August 11 at 10:00 am and August 12 – 13 at 7:30 pm. Click Here for tickets and more information.

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