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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sunday Scoop post of 1/24/21 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1)Ballet Hispanico Winter Watch Party Series Continues with Si Senor! Es Mi Son 1/27
2)Black Theatre United & Williamtown Theater Early Career Bipoc Theatre-Makers Program
3) Bloomingdale School of Music Announces Virtual Spring #JustForFunEvents 
4) Broadway Workshop Upcoming Online Classes
5) DFA Isolation to Creation Series Conversation with Nic Petry & Julie Rooney 1/26
6) Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Releases Performances of God Bless America in Yiddish
7) Pasadena Playhouse Presents You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman Through 2/7
8) Roundabout Theater Announces Second Round of Theater Lab Feb 2021
9) The Seeing Place Theater Presents Dog Act on Zoom 1/30 & 2/5
10)TRU Submissions Open for Spring Development & Mentorship Program Early Deadline 1/31
11) Two River Theater Upcoming Events  Storytime with Susie Hicks 1/27  & Marisol 1/27 & 1/28
12) Two River Theater Virtual Shakespeare Education Program Auditions Excepted Through 3/1 
 

1) Ballet Hispánico's 
B Unidos Facebook Watch Party Series
Celebrates 50th
 Anniversary
Archival Performance Treasures Take Center Stage
 
Winter Watch Parties Continue with 
¡Si Señor! ¡Es Mi Son! on January 27 

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's renowned Latinx dance organization recognized this year as one of America's Cultural Treasures, kicks off 2021 with a glimpse into the company's past. The 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with a series of entertaining archival repertory pieces, inviting audiences to look back at vibrant performances from the 80s and 90s with the Ballet Hispánico Watch Party Series on Wednesday, January 27, available atballethispanico.org, and on YouTube and Facebook

Enjoy a Company performance from the comfort of your own home, followed by live Q&A sessions with Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro, choreographers and Company and alumni dancers. The piece features Mr. Vilaro himself, during his years as a dancer with the Company.

January 27 at 6:30pm
¡Si Señor! ¡Es Mi Son! by Alberto Alonso, followed by a conversation with former Company member Donald Roman Lopez and other special guests.

¡Si Señor! ¡Es Mi Son! (1994)
Choreographer Alberto Alonso brings the spirit of Cuba to life. Elaborately costumed dancers make their way across the stage in a carnival style procession eventually breaking off in pairs, their movement intertwined with the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Gloria Estefan's music from her album, Mi Tierra.
Choreography by Alberto Alonso; Assisted by Sonia Calero; Music by Gloria Estefan (from the album Mi Tierra); Costume Design by Randy Barcelo; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Dancers: Pedro Ruiz, Amir Levy, Natalia Zisa, Eduardo Vilaro, Lynne Morrissey, Alessandra Corona, Rebecca Jefferson, Veronica Ruiz, Donald Roman Lopez, Yael Levitin, Marc Calamia, Linda Caceres, Rita Blandino, Christina Figueroa, Eric Rivera
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2) BLACK THEATRE UNITED


AND


WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL


ANNOUNCE


THE EARLY CAREER BLACK, INDIGENOUS, AND

 

PEOPLE OF COLOR (BIPOC) 


THEATRE-MAKERS PROGRAM


 

OFFERING EARLY CAREER BIPOC THEATRE-MAKERS


WORK & LEARN EXPERIENCE AT THE FESTIVAL


LAUNCHING SUMMER 2021


Black Theatre United (BTU) and Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) announce the creation of the Early Career Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Theatre-Makers Program, in partnership and with a lead gift from the Tiger Baron Foundation. The Early Career BIPOC Theatre-Makers Program is a central, new component of the Festival’s training program, beginning in 2021.

The resounding demand for racial equity and inclusion in the American theatre has reaffirmed the Festival’s commitment to providing meaningful work experience and increased opportunities for early career theatre-makers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in its 66-year-old training program. WTF has refashioned its training program with an emphasis on structured learning that presents outstanding opportunities for early career theatre-makers. BTU was formed to protect and promote Black talent, Black people, and Black lives. BTU and WTF came together to build this new program in the shared dedication to creating new opportunity for emerging talent in all areas of theatre, in an environment focused on the core values of equity and inclusion. Launched with the support of a generous lead gift from the Tiger Baron Foundation, the Early Career BIPOC Theatre-Makers Program represents the first piece of a new structure that seeks to eliminate systems of racism at the Festival.

Participants in the Early Career BIPOC Theatre-Makers Program – who will be recruited and identified jointly by the organizations and named as BTU Rise Fellows - will spend the summer in residence at the Festival, engaging in a newly co-conceived and co-executed "work & learn" experience. Together, both BTU and WTF have built a program that provides each participant with room, board, and a stipend of $2,500. Each participant will be embedded in a specific WTF department, working alongside seasoned practitioners while also learning as a cohort in a classroom setting combining seminars, panels, and structured mentorship with founding members of BTU. This unique program puts early career BIPOC theatre-makers at the heart of Festival operations and in the company of BTU mentors, provides them with instruction and access to affinity groups, and prepares them for careers in the American theatre.

WTF will remain compliant with evolving federal, state, or local guidance in light of COVID-19.

For information on how to apply for the Early Career BIPOC Theatre-Makers Program, visit www.wtfestival.org/work-learn/. There, you will also find information about other training and employment opportunities at WTF.
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3) Bloomingdale School of Music announces 
Virtual Spring #JustForFun Events
January through June 2021 

Bloomingdale School of Music announces its monthly virtual #JustForFun events through June 2021. Join the BSM community for fun Thursday evenings on Zoom filled with music, crafts, and games. The events are free for Bloomingdale students and families, with a suggested donation for other guests. All are invited to join. To RSVP, visit https://www.bsmny.org/events/.

Vision Board Party
January 28, 2021 | 6:00 PM
Kick off 2021 by creating your very own vision board and bring positivity to your new year! Grab some magazines and construction paper, or anything you have around the house and join BSM staff for a fun night of crafting and mindful goal setting! To RSVP, visit https://www.bsmny.org/event/justforfun-vision-board-party/

Just For Fun: Happy Hour | Cocktail Making Soiree
February 25, 2021 | 7:00 PM
Shake, stir, and sip in this live interactive virtual mixology class where you'll master two music-themed cocktails good enough to make time and time again. Our mixologist host will guide this fun night in with easy-to-follow instructions, ideas for how to get creative with ingredients you have on hand, fun music facts, and so much more! This adult-focused, Happy Hour event is open to those 21 & up.

Jessie and Bo Peep's Carnival Quest: The Big Toy Rescue
March 25, 2021 | 6:00 PM
We're breaking out of the Toy Chest and sneaking into the Carnival! Bo Peep and Jessie are on a quest to release all the toys and help them find new families. They will need your help to win each of the carnival games, conquer musical challenges, and join in Disney sing-alongs on the way to victory. Are you up for the challenge?

Trivia Night: Music of the World
April 22, 2021 | 6:00 PM
Pack your bag, grab your passport, and prepare to embark on an international music-themed trivia event covering topics such as world music, pop culture, and more! Prizes will be awarded for the top three trivia buffs as well as a special Best Dressed prize for the best location-themed costume.

The Witches of Oz: One Short Day in New York City
May 27, 2021 | 6:00 PM
Grab your broomsticks and get ready to Defy Gravity! Glinda and Elphaba have arrived in New York City and they need your help to navigate through the city's most famous landmarks, perform musical spells, and join in some wicked fun singalongs. This ode to Musical Theater and the city that never sleeps will fill the Broadway-sized hole in your heart and make for a fun night for the whole family!

Virtual Paint Night
June 17, 2021 | 6:00 PM
Connect with your inner Bob Ross and join us for a virtual paint night for the whole family. Our creative host will walk participants step by step through how to recreate their painting of the evening while infusing laughs and music along the way. This class is beginner-friendly; so no experience necessary!
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4) Upcoming Online Workshops

MEGAN HILTY ONLINE WORKSHOP
Tony Award Nominee
(Smash, Wicked, 9 to 5, Noises Off)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
5:00pm - 6:30pm ET (Eastern Time)
Ages: 12-19
Zoom Online Workshop
Tuition: $100

Megan, along with Broadway Workshop’s staff, will work with each student one-on-one on audition technique and song interpretation in this special online master class. We will focus on giving students the opportunity to bring their audition and performance skills to the next level.

For more information or to register, visit \

BROADWAY DAY
with the stars of
MEAN GIRLS
KATE ROCKWELL, GREY HENSON,
KRYSTINA ALABADO & CHEECH MANOHAR

Saturday, February 6th, 2021
11:00am - 1:00pm ET (Eastern Time)
Ages: 9-19
Zoom Online Workshop
Tuition: $40

This special one-day virtual workshop experience will begin with a MEAN GIRLS Dance Workshop, led by Original Cast Member CHEECH MANOHAR (Kevin G) who will give students a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to rehearse for the hit musical.

Following the Mean Girls Dance Workshop, students will participate in a Q&A with the stars of the show, KATE ROCKWELL (Karen), GREY HENSON (Damian), KRYSTINA ALABADO (Gretchen) & CHEECH MANOHAR (Kevin G), where they will discuss leading the incredible company of Mean Girls on Broadway eight times a week, and students will get to ask the stars questions about the show and working in the theatre industry.

For more information or to register, visit 

LEA SALONGA ONLINE WORKSHOP
Tony Award Winner
(Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Allegiance, Once on this Island)

Sunday, February 7th, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm ET (Eastern Time)
Ages: 13-20
Zoom Online Workshop
Tuition: $150

Lea, along with Broadway Workshop’s staff, will work with each student one-on-one on audition technique and song interpretation in this special online master class. We will focus on giving students the opportunity to bring their audition and performance skills to the next level.

For more information or to register, visit 
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5) DFA Film Lab: Isolation to Creation docuseries
Conversation with Nic Petry and Julie Rooney, 
Dancing Camera
 and Duke Dang, Works & Process at the Guggenheim,
moderated by Liz Wolff, DFA Curator
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:30pm

Presented by Dance Films Association 
in partnership with Works & Process at the Guggenheim and Gibn

Join Dance Films Association for a conversation with filmmaker Nic Petry and editor Julie Rooney of Dancing Camera, and Duke Dang, General Manager of Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim. RSVP for this free pre-premiere talk at https://gibneydance.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F2S00001azfwnUAA. The talk is presented by Dance Films Association in partnership with the Guggenheim's Works & Process at the Guggenheim and Gibney.

This Dance Film Lab, led by DFA curator Liz Wolff, will explore this filmmaking endeavor capturing the Works & Process production of six pioneering bubble residencies that took place in summer and fall of 2020 in the Hudson Valley. The residencies culminated in live, in-process outdoor performances at Kaatsbaan Summer Festival and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This incredible journey will premiere as a four-part docudrama, ISOLATION TO CREATION streaming nationwide on January 27, and February 3, 10, and 17, at 8pm ET, for free on the ALL ARTS appallarts.org , and also air in the New York metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel (channel lineups available here). 

Episode 1: January 27 
Isolation to Creation: A Way Forward
After self-isolation and serial Covid testing, quarantine bubbles are formed for artists to gather, create, and perform safely again. Ephrat Asherie, Les Ballet Afrik, Joshua Bergasse, Sara Mearns, Missing Element, Music from the Sole, and Jamar Roberts

Episode 2: February 3
Isolation to Creation: Beatbox, Modern, Street, Tap Dance and Afro-Brazilian Rhythm
Artists from Missing Element melding beatbox and breaking, flexn, and Krumping; Music from the Sole fusing tap and Afro-Brazilian rhythms; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater resident choreographer Jamar Roberts and dancers go back into the studio for the first time.

Episode 3: February 10
Isolation to Creation: Afrik, Ballet, Ballroom, Broadway, Club, House, and Vogue
Ephrat Asherie Dance with club legends, Les Ballet Afrik and ballroom legend Omari Wiles, and Seven Deadly Sins artists Joshua Bergasse, Marc Happel and Sara Mearns go back into the studio for the first time.

Episode 3: February 10
Isolation to Creation: Afrik, Ballet, Ballroom, Broadway, Club, House, and Vogue
Ephrat Asherie Dance with club legends, Les Ballet Afrik and ballroom legend Omari Wiles, and Seven Deadly Sins artists Joshua Bergasse, Marc Happel and Sara Mearns go back into the studio for the first time.
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6) THE CAST OF


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” IN YIDDISH


RELEASES PERFORMANCE OF

GOD BLESS AMERICA

IN YIDDISH

 

ON THE EVE OF THE INAUGURATION

 

FEATURING


ACADEMY AND TONY AWARD WINNER JOEL GREY


AND STEVEN SKYBELL


The cast of the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway hit, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, released a rendition of “God Bless America” in Yiddish, featuring Academy and Tony Award winner Joel Grey and Steven Skybell.

To watch, please click HERE.

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7)PASADENA PLAYHOUSE


PRESENTS


YOU I LIKE: A 


MUSICALCELEBRATION 


OF JERRY HERMAN

 

A TRIBUTE TO THE BROADWAY LEGEND AND CREATOR OF


“HELLO, DOLLY!”; “MAME”; “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES”; AND MANY MORE

 

CONCEIVED AND MUSIC DIRECTED BY


ANDY EINHORN

 

NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 7, 2021


ON PLAYHOUSELIVE


Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California, presents You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman, a virtual musical revue honoring the genius responsible for the Broadway classics Hello, Dolly!MameLa Cage aux Folles and many more, now through February 7, 2021 on PlayhouseLive. 

To get more information about PlayhouseLive and its programming, including new announcements and pricing specials, sign up for the newsletter 
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8) ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

ANNOUNCES THE SECOND SESSION OF

ROUNDABOUT THEATRELAB

 

Connecting Audiences with Artists to Provide Support During Theater Shutdown

Begins February 2021

Roundabout Theatre Company's second session of Roundabout TheatreLab, a program of interactive workshops designed to connect audiences interested in exploring the crafts of theatrical writing and directing, directly with Roundabout artists.  The first, sold-out, session of TheatreLab was completed this fall.

The next Theatre Lab will begin in February offering five course options with five instructors:  Directors Steve H. Broadnax III and Miranda Haymon and Playwrights/Composers Nathan Alan DavisAdam Gwon and Daniel Zaitchik.  The length and structure of each interactive workshop is determined by the artists, to best suit their subject matter.  All courses will be strictly limited in attendance.

All enrollment fees will go directly to the artists. 

Steve H. Broadnax III (upcoming Thoughts of a Colored Man on Broadway) will teach “The Direction of Story,” concentrating on The Principles and procedures of play direction led by story analysis.  The course will explore the process of preparing a play for production, including the script's scoring as a foundation, creation of controlling ideas, developing a ground plan, casting, and staging projects in American realism.

Nathan Alan Davis (Nat Turner in Jerusalem) will teach “Four Beginnings,” a playwriting workshop, designed for students to engage in an in-depth analysis of four playscripts and write the beginnings of four new plays of their own.

Adam Gwon (Scotland, PA and Roundabout Board Member) will teach “Musical Theatre Songwriting: Collaboration Lab,” a musical theatre collaboration bootcamp.  The course will cover basics of the craft, then embark on a collaboration marathon: composers and lyricists will be paired up each week with a prompt to inspire a brand-new song. Through weekly feedback sessions, writers will hone their skills, broaden their toolkit, and step up their collaboration game. Open to new and returning students of all experience levels; composers should be comfortable presenting songs live or via recording.

Adam Gwon (Scotland, PA and Roundabout Board Member) will teach “Musical Theatre Songwriting: Collaboration Lab,” a musical theatre collaboration bootcamp.  The course will cover basics of the craft, then embark on a collaboration marathon: composers and lyricists will be paired up each week with a prompt to inspire a brand-new song. Through weekly feedback sessions, writers will hone their skills, broaden their toolkit, and step up their collaboration game. Open to new and returning students of all experience levels; composers should be comfortable presenting songs live or via recording.

Daniel Zaitchik (Darling Grenadine) will teach “One Voice: Writing Music & Lyrics Alone,” a lab specifically for solo songwriters, to celebrate the mysterious process of collaborating with ourselves.

For more information about the Roundabout TheatreLab or to enroll, visit Roundabout TheatreLab
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9) THE AWARD-WINNING SEEING PLACE THEATER
CELEBRATES IT’S 10++ SEASON
THE BODY POLITIC
CREATIVITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE ARE ALIVE ON ZOOM
UP NEXT IS LIZ DUFFY ADAMS’ DOG ACT

THE SEEING PLACE THEATER (TSP) is celebrating its 10++ Season despite being forced online due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, The Body Politic.  As their 10th Season continues through 2021, they will be presenting their productions written by distinguished playwrights virtually, with the hope of returning to the Paradise Factory (64 E 4th Street, NY NY 10003) as soon as they are able. Up next is a lively online production of DOG ACT by Liz Duffy Adams. DOG ACT, directed by Erin Cronican will air January 30 at 7:00 pm EST and February 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST (with streaming Tues-Sat after each live performance). Tickets and information are available at  www.TheSeeingPlace.com or by calling (866) 811-4111
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10) Theater Resources Unlimited
announces
Submissions Open for a new Spring Term of
Producer Development & Mentorship Program
Deadline for early acceptance: January 31, 2021

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces a second term of the Producer Development & Mentorship Program (PDMP). Previously a once-a-year opportunity for aspiring producers to hone their skills, TRU has compressed the 9-10 class course, reformatted it to be virtual during COVD, as is now open for submissions for a Spring session due to popular demand. The PDMP provides ongoing training for serious producers and self-producing artists taught by Broadway, Off-Broadway, and other industry professionals. Classes will be held virtually until the shutdown ends, and students from beyond the New York area may continue to attend virtually. For information on class schedules, curricula, and tuitions, please visit
truonline.org/pdmp/

PDMP consists of two levels: Foundations, which is open to everyone interested in producing, and Master Class, which is open for graduates of the Foundations course, with limited openings for people who have taken previous TRU workshops, the Commercial Theatre Institute 14-week course, or a combination of other CTI courses. To request an application for Master Class, or to inquire about the program, email TRUMentor@gmail.com

The Foundations Course
The Foundations course will be led by producer/consultant/former general manager R. Erin Craig of La Vie Productions (Himself and Nora, Stalking the Bogeyman, Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, Austen's Pride, Academy, Right Before I Go benefit in October 2017). The Foundations course will be held every other Tuesday night beginning March 2, 2021. The submission deadline is February 15, 2021. For more detailed information, visittruonline.org/pdmp/.

The Master Class
The Master Class, for PDMP Foundations graduates and other eligible candidates, will be led by Broadway producer Jane Dubin (The Prom, Tony-winning The Norman Conquests, Farinelli and the King, Bandstand, Peter and the Starcatcher and An American in Paris; plus Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, The 39 Steps, Ann; upcoming: Fingersmith) and Jennifer Isaacson, producer (Moulin Rouge!, An American in Paris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris, ANN, 
The Norman Conquests; off-Broadway The 39 Steps, Beebo Brinker Chronicles). Students must have a specific project they are moving towards production. Self-producing artists will be considered if they are working on a specific project. The Master Class will be held every other Monday night beginning February 22, 2021. The submission deadline is February 12, 2021. For more detailed information, visit truonline.org/pdmp/

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.
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11) Two River Theater Community Reading Series and More


STORY TIME WITH AUTHOR SUZIE HICKS: ZAYNAB THE GREAT AND THE GIANT PLASTIC MONSTER
WED, JAN 27 | 11:00 AM | FREE | FACEBOOK

Join author and Two River Theater enthusiast Suzie Hicks as she reads her very own story about plastic pollution, friendship, and community activism! Zaynab the Great is the queen of nature, so when a giant plastic monster in the ocean threatens her marine friends, she sets out on a journey to discover who exactly is behind all the garbage. Recommended for grades Pre-K to 5th.



TWO RIVER PLAYERS: MARISOL BY JOSÉ RIVERA

JAN 27, 28 | 7:00 PM | FREE | ZOOM


José Rivera’s Obie-award winning play has been described as “an apocalyptic urban fantasy, which urges society to ‘wake up’ and somehow find a way to recover the long-lost and much-needed compassion for our fellow man.” The play follows Marisol Perez, a young Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx, who finds herself in the middle of a cosmic struggle spilling out onto the streets of New York City.


For more information go to https://tworivertheater.org/whats-on/community-play-reading-marisol

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12) TWO RIVER THEATER ANNOUNCES

 

AN EXPERIMENTAL, VIRTUAL LITTLE


 SHAKESPEARE EDUCATION PROGRAM,


 TINY SHAKES: ROMEO AND JULIET


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT VIDEO AUDITIONS BY MARCH 1, 2021


Two River Theater’s most popular education program, A Little Shakespeare, breaks the mold to create something entirely new with Tiny Shakes: Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by Em Weinstein (A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night). 

Every season, Two River Theater introduces hundreds of young people—and adults—to the work of the Bard through its annual A Little Shakespeare program, now in its eighth season. More than 140 students from 28 different schools have participated in seven A Little Shakespeare productions: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and Twelfth NightThe program has welcomed over 7,000 audience members, including more than 2,800 students from 35 schools across the state of New Jersey.

This year, the program takes the limitations of 2021 as an opportunity for students to delve deeply into Shakespeare's star-crossed romantic tragedy, giving them the agency to tell the story of each scene in their own way and film it: traditional Zoom scene reading? Rap battle? Movement or dance piece? Animation? The sky’s the limit! 

 

Video submissions will be edited into a theatrical collage that can be accessed through Two River’s website this May. There, audiences and educators can take the journey of the play through the videos, and continue to use this site as a resource.


CALL FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS
DUE MARCH 1, 2021


WHO IS ELIGIBLE:       

·       High school students interested in acting, Shakespeare, filmmaking, design (costumes, props, lighting, sound), editing, stage management, directing, etc.

·       This program is entirely virtual, so if you are a high school student who can attend rehearsals in the Eastern Time Zone, you are encouraged to submit.


Record a video between 2-3 minutes inspired by a scene or moment from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. If you're interested in acting in the show, please make sure the video includes you speaking a monologue from the show. Be as creative as you wish! The video can include music, dance, humor, found footage, drawings, etc. The main purpose of this video is for us to get to know who you are, so the main task is to be your weird, wonderful self.


Additional audition details can be found here: https://tworivertheater.org/tiny-shakes/

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