Audition: The Seagull
THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov
in a version by Martin Crimp
Audition Dates: Monday 5 June 7.45pm, Tuesday 6 June 7.45pm
Recalls: Monday 12 June 7.45pm
Please find below the details of the auditions and backstage help required for The Seagull. Please do get in touch with the Director, Ben Clare, with any questions you may have by emailing email@example.com
Performance Space: 150 seat Theatre
Performance Dates: Tues 26 – Sat 30 September, including Sat matinee
Rehearsals will take place from mid-June at 7.30pm for 1 or 2 evenings on Monday to Thursday, as well as 3-4 hours rehearsal on a Sunday. Sometimes there may be a need to rehearse on Saturdays and to rehearse on different days and times. Most actors will only be called for 2 or 3 rehearsals a week until the final few weeks, when actors should be prepared to rehearse on up to 4 days a week. Appreciating people will have holidays booked over the summer, but you should be available for virtually all of September.
This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of Putney Theatre Company to audition, but actors and crew will need to become a member of Putney Theatre Company to take part in the show for £20 a year, and a £20 show fee will be due.
There is nothing to prepare in advance, but it useful to have read the play beforehand in you can. Please also make sure you arrive on time.
The Seagull was Chekhov's first major success. It's a brilliant play about love, longing and theatre itself. Set on a country estate, a young adopting playwright Konstantin is having his play performed by aspiring actress Nina who he's desperately in love with. She likes him too but becomes more interested in successful novelist Trigorin. He is the new younger boyfriend of Arkadina - mother of Konstantin - who has been a star actress but worries about her career. Sorin, Arkadina's cantankerous but affectionate brother looks on.
Medvedenko longs for Masha, but she loves Konstantin. No one really listens to her except for Dorn, a doctor, who still has feelings for her mother Paulina, who is married to Shamrayev, the estate manager. Never far away are servants Yakov and Natasha.
This very immediate version written for the National Theatre by great contemporary playwright Martin Crimp (Attempts on Her Life, The Country, The City) makes this incredible classic feel as fresh as a new play without sacrificing Chekhov's brilliantly witty study of humanity. The production will have an essence of modern dress and use the whole stage in a very theatrical way while concentrating on detailed, nuanced performances.
Characters 5 Female, 6 Male
Konstantin (20s) - quite serious, believes in real art, an aspiring playwright who writes rather earnest plays. Is often embarrassed by his mother, feels like she doesn't listen to him. Is desperately in love with Nina.
Arkadina (40s/50s) - has been quite a successful actress, is prone to being over the top, flamboyant. Hasn't necessarily always been emotionally available to her son. Jealous of Nina, trying to hold on to new younger boyfriend Trigorin. Doesn't like to be reminded of her age.
Nina (20s) wants to be an actress. There's nothing else she could imagine being. She is a free spirit, but her mother has died and her father and step mother are strict, forbidding her to spend too much time away. She doesn't feel the same about Konstantin and becomes besotted by Trigorin.
Sorin (50s/60s) - Arkadina's older brother. Wise and witty. In slightly poor health. Cares very much for Konstantin. Dreams of being back in the city and his past life.
Trigorin (30s/early 40s) - a successful novelist who is self-involved and a very keen observer of life to use for his writing. In a relatively new relationship with Arkadina but goes after the younger Nina who seems to inspire him.
Masha (20s) - melancholy, sharp, irritable, funny. In love with Konstantin but she knows he doesn't feel the same. Daughter of Paulina. Implied she's the daughter of Dorn rather than her father Shamraev.
Polina (40s/50s) - wife of Shamraev, mother of Masha. She is world weary and longs to escape. She had a long affair with Dorn.
Shamrayev (40s/50s) - bloody-minded but flatters Arkadina. He manages the estate. Married to Paulina but a sense of a loveless marriage as he undermines her.
Medvedenko (30s) - contemplative and well meaning, he is a poor school master. He has to support his mother and two sisters. Has long been friends with Masha but she rejects their relationship developing further.
Dorn (40s/50s/60s) - charming, witty, clever. Had a long affair with Paulina and has a wandering eye. Tries to offer solace to Masha, who it is emerges is actually his daughter. Tries to reassure Konstantin when he's in crisis.
Yakov (20s – 40s) - servant who also acts as a stage manager to Konstantin's show. Begrudgingly hard-working. Smaller part that is involved throughout.
Natasha (20s – 40s) - maid for the household. Quiet but observant of the events surrounding her. Smaller part involved throughout.
Backstage opportunities available include:
Lighting operator, Set construction, Stage management, Sound operator, Costume
Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting involved.