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Take Their Life: Romeo and
Where: Tuggeranong Arts
When: November 5-14
Cost: Adult $20, Concession $15
and Group $10 (10+ people)
Phone: 02 6104 9513
parents baying for his blood, Juliet is desperate
to escape with Romeo...the question is, will
their marriage be a happily ever after?
You can understand Trevar's cynical
point of view about the whirlwind
teenage romance, especially when he
points out that, while it might have been
one of the greatest love stories ever told, it
did only last two days.
And so, the first dab of paint had been
splashed on the production planning
palette. With the help of his production
manager, Samantha Barrett, Trevar began
the search for his creative team who would
assist him in workshopping his script.
Last year, while Trevar and Samantha
were auditioning hopefuls for another of
their productions, they also put the call
out for those who would be interested
in being involved in the scriptwriting
process for Take Their Life.
During auditions, in the improvisation
section, Trevar looked for people who had
that "spark of creativity to tell a story" as
he chose his creative team to help him
develop his script.
About three to four months before
show night is when the key artistic people
are sought, and about six weeks out from
opening night, discussions about set, era,
costumes, lighting and so forth take place.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the
pre-production process for Trevar is
finding his cast.
Auditions for the cast of 15 characters
were held over two days, with a third day
dedicated to callbacks.
"Every script and every director has a
different need for the audition process,"
However, auditionees for Trevar's
productions need not fear the often
nerve-wracking monologue delivery, with
the director claiming to have "a bit of a
reputation around Canberra for having
the most fun auditions."
In the audition sessions for this
production, Trevar asked hopefuls to be
familiar with Shakespeare's story and
be apt at expressing Middle English
dialogue. Other qualities taken into
consideration included directability,
performance instinct, physical
attributes, vocal qualities, availability,
training and experience.
Once the cast has been selected, it's
pretty much all systems go.
"In relation to other amateur theatre
companies, we have a really tight
turnaround from auditions to starting the
show," Trevar said.
"We've found that it works better.
We've auditioned a month out and then
that person is suddenly not available by
the time the show starts."
With a rehearsal pattern of about eight
hours a week from August 31, by opening
night on November 5, you can be sure that
all the hard work the cast and crew have
put into the production will culminate
with the delivery of an innovative story
and a spectacular show. Take Their Life:
Romeo and Juliet reimagined is sure to
delight audiences, especially the ones who
now know the intense pre-production
process that has gone on prior to the night
the curtain lifts.
By Bron Vickers
From the first spark of
an idea to the moment
before the curtain opens,
putting on a stage
production is a long and
CREATIVE VISION: Director, Trevar
Chilver and production manager,
Samantha Barrett, are part of the
team bringing a reimagined version
of Romeo and Juliet to the stage.
Photo by Holly Treadaway.
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