Performing Arts: Comedians & Improv

Sterling Renaissance Festival

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Sterling Renaissance Festival
Gary Izzo, creative dir.

Production Description

Empire Attractions, LLC, is casting performers for The Sterling Renaissance Festival. The festival, a 35-acre wooded site containing Renaissance-style buildings and open-air wooden amphitheatres, is a whimsical re-creation of the Elizabethan town of Warwick circa 1585. The core company of interactive actors, The Bless the Mark Players (or BTM for short), brings the town to life by portraying the rogues, vagabonds, and townspeople of Shakespeare’s day. Town characters (as well as members of Queen Elizabeth’s court) roam the lanes and environments of the festival, including the audience in this unique form of theater. Other entertainers provide music and period acts. All of this, combined with food, crafts, and games, helps create an exciting, comic history of the old English trade fair.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsals begin June 7; runs July 6-Aug. 18 in Sterling, NY (approx. 40 miles NW of Syracuse).

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays $335-$365 per performance week, plus $450 rehearsal stipend provided; (approx. $150/Wk. for three weeks).


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Paid Positions, Salary and Benefits for the 2013 Season

VETERAN BLESS THE MARK: Returning BTM or performers with advanced improv and interactive theatre skills as well as Renaissance Festival performance credits are considered for this level. Casting 16-19 male and female roles, ages 20 to 50. Veteran BTM receive $3,000 for the 10-week season. (Paid $150 per week for three weeks of rehearsal, and $365 per week for the seven performance weeks.) Housing is provided.?
JOURNEYMEN BLESS THE MARK: Actors with professional performance experience in improvisation, Shakespeare, or audience inclusive styles of theatre are considered for this level. Casting 9-12 male and female roles, ages 20 to 50. Journeymen BTM receive a $2,800 for the 10-week season. (Paid $150 per week for three weeks of rehearsal, and $336 week for the seven performance weeks.) Housing is provided.??

Rehearsals & Commitment

The contract commitment for ALL BTM runs from Friday June 7th to Monday August 19th, applicants must be available for full-time work, and arrive on-site on June 7th. There are 4 weeks of intensive rehearsals and 7 performance weekends. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 AM to 7 PM, with additional rehearsals midweek. ??
Rehearsals will vary according to how you are cast - and may include rehearsals for scenarios, plays or other scheduled events during a performance day. Rehearsals will include workshops in improvisation, interactive character development, dialect, history, customs and manners of the period. This includes Master Class workshops in improv and interactive theatre from renowned director and author Gary Izzo. Rehearsal days are long and challenging, and usually run from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM, six days per week. Between performance weekends, actors will have three days off with the remaining weekdays used for brush-up rehearsals. Actors may be scheduled for promotional outings at any time. Transportation and expenses for promotional outings will be provided. Although the cast is obligated to two rehearsal days per week during the run, this often lessens as the season continues. Informal voluntary workshops in other disciplines as well as cast outings are sometimes arranged. Actors have no required technical duties, other than care of their housing facilities. ?

The Audition

We will begin with an open call, followed later the same day by a callback. For open call you must perform a one-minute comic monologue. Monologues may be either contemporary or period (i.e. modern or Shakespearean), and should show your comic flare and your ability with characterization. Monologues are heard in small groups, after your group, some will be asked to remain for a callback audition held after all monologues are heard. Callbacks will consist of an improv audition, held in small groups. Please keep the audition monitor informed of any scheduling conflicts. There are no follow-up audition dates. Since this is an improv ensemble, union actors may be eligible, check Equity guidelines.

Dates 2013