Due to the current ban on mass gatherings until May 11th, we’ve had to take a hard look at our future plans for the season. We’ve decided to postpone our production of Pinocchio indefinitely. This was a tough decision to make, but necessary at this time. We thank you four support of the Palace and hope to see you at auditions in the future.
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Pinocchio Audition Information
The Georgetown Palace Education Department will hold auditions for our production of Pinocchio
Director: Aaron Johnson
Stage Manager: Sarah Anne Hoagland
Written by Damon Brown
The production will open on April 28th and close May 16th. Rehearsal will begin on April 13th.
An irreverent band of comic performers is stranded in an old theater. They devise a cunning plan to make some coin by enacting the classic Collodi tale of Pinocchio. The only problem? No one knows how the story goes! With the help of a reticent stage manager, they improvise a comic play assuming characters that bring to mind the iconic stock figures of traditional Commedia dell’arte. Filled with fast-paced dialogue, slapstick comedy, and heartfelt discovery, the actors manage to bring about the treasured story of a mischievous wooden marionette who wants to become a real live boy.
Auditions will be held on March 23rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Callbacks will be by invitation only and held Tuesday, March 24th, starting from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Callbacks will be emailed out.
Though it’s not necessary, actors are highly encouraged to come with a prepared comedic monologue. It needn’t be from a specific time period or from a different TYA play, but it should at least be appropriate for general audiences. Actors who play a musical instrument are additionally encouraged to bring their instrument with them and present a few bars. Again, this is not a necessary requirement. Regardless, anyone wishing to audition will be allowed to read selected sides from the play.
When signing up for auditions, actors should be prepared to stay for the entire hour they sign up for (i.e. from 10 am – 11 am, 11 am – 12 pm, or 12 pm – 1 pm) and should indicate whether they will be presenting a prepared monologue, a few bars (or both). Actors bringing prepared pieces will be seen in order of arrival during the first part of each one-hour audition block. Afterward, those who have elected to read sides from the play will be called.
Important: Actors will be informed of being called back in the evening by e-mail. Any actors that are called back should be available for the entire three hour period (from 10 am – 1 pm) the following morning. Callbacks will consist of ensemble activities and additional readings from the play.
Auditions are located in the Palace Theatre, on the Springer Stage 810 S. Austin Ave Georgetown TX 78626.
Auditions are scheduled online via the Palace website. You will fill out the audition form, sign up for a time, and fill out the conflict calendar, as well as upload a headshot and resume. Questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rehearsals will begin around April 13th. We will distribute scripts the week of auditions.
Rehearsals are typically held Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Performances are typically at 10:00 am and 11:30 am.
Background checks: Everyone involved with the production must submit to a background check at the Palace’s expense. If you are cast, you will receive a secure link where you can fill it out. There is no cost to you.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is 501c3 Non-profit organization. Actors will receive a non-union stipend.
We practice non-traditional casting, and all roles are open. All ages, abilities, gender, and ethnicities are encouraged to participate.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
THE STAGE MANAGER
Plays PINOCCHIO. Somewhat high-strung but no-nonsense. Doesn’t see themselves as a performer but is determined to make the best of any situation and will strive to “get it right” at all costs.
Plays TALKING CRICKET, THE CAT. A free spirit, generally amiable, but quick to get creative and argumentative if things don’t go their way.
Plays MANGIAFUOCO. The crafty deal-maker and financial anchor of the group. Always pays attention when money is being discussed.
Plays GEPPETTO. Often comes across as the leader simply by being the one who speaks the most. Often continues speaking when the words don’t even make sense.
Plays THE FAIRY WITH BLUE HAIR. The peacemaker and musician. Tries to navigate the fiery clash of personalities with cool wisdom and heartfelt melodies.
Plays THE FOX, LAMPWICK. The newest member of the group but sees themselves as the next Arlecchino. Suspicious of competition from other newcomers.
The FIVE PLAYERS (MAX, DOC, HARLEY, DOVE, and BREE) are loosely mapped to stock Commedia dell’arte characters as noted in the descriptions. Also, even though they play both male and female characters in PINOCCHIO (Geppetto, The Fairy, etc) they are designed to be gender-neutral so that they can be inhabited by anyone. Likewise, the STAGE MANAGER plays the character of Pinocchio but could be cast either male or female.
If there are references to “he” or “she” in the dialogue they may be adjusted accordingly.
The performers also work as an ensemble, meaning they may never actually “leave the stage” unless it’s necessary. When not portraying a specific character, they may be assisting others, holding props or set pieces, or generally hanging around and watching.