This is an “original practices” production. That means we
cast the show,
distribute roles and scripts
memorize. memorize, memorize
have a staging rehearsal
We also meet once per week between casting the show and performing it to play games, build ensemble, study the play and do exercises meant to support our performance skills. Original Practices (OP) is a new approach to presenting Shakespeare, meant to imitate the original way Shakespeare’s actors prepared his plays, and to rediscover a spontaneity, joy, and immediacy in performance.
About this production
This is a non-union, unpaid co-production by Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company of Jenkintown, and White Pines Productions, Inc. of Elkins Park. It will be presented outdoors at the Abington Art Center in Jenkintown PA Monday-Thursday August 6-9, at 7 pm. Once the play is cast, “not-rehearsal” workshop information will be announced. These workshops will take place in the evenings from 7 – 9:30 pm for memorization support, games, Shakespeare exercises and ensemble-building. And we will need you for a MANDATORY staging rehearsal, Sunday August 5 beginning at 5 pm.
You ask, really? No rehearsals? Wellll . . . no rehearsals in any conventional sense. You will not rehearse your scenes with the director in front of the cast. But you will absolutely prepare your role for performance – just differently from what you may be used to. The Tuesday night meetings will be full of techniques and strategies for OP Shakespeare, plus some awesome instruction on vocal support, scansion and character development. And yes, there will be a prompter for all the shows and yes, some of you will call for a line during a performance. That’s a part of the fun. We’ve done this for 3 summers, everyone thought we were nuts, and it turned out to be a great experience all around!
1. Registration is now open! REGISTER HERE!.
2. Dress in loose comfortable clothing you can move around in.
3. Auditions will be held in a group from 1-3 pm on SATURDAY MARCH 17. This is an audition “workshop” in which everyone is in the room with each other all the time.
4. The audition workshop is capped at 20. If enough people are interested, we will add a second audition time.
Auditions will be at The White Pines Place 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park, 19027, 100 yards from the Elkins Park train station. Directions here