Auditions For King Lear This September!

Westwood Shakespeare Company Community Theatre coming soon

The Westwood Shakespeare Company is starting a community Theatre branch and will kick off with a production of King Lear August 26-30, 2014 at Westwood Auditorium, with auditions at Westwood High School Auditorium Sept. 14 and 15, 2013,naccording to artistic director B.G. Bradley.

“I started the company in 2001 with the intention of generating interest in Shakespeare among high school kids, ” said Bradley. “What we found over the years, which in retrospect shouldn’t have been surprising, was that our adult community was very interested also.

To suit that need, according to Bradley, he and fellow directors Denise Clark and Marty Martello decided to launch the Westwood Shakespeare Company Community Theatre. Clark will direct Lear with Martello serving as technical director.

Auditions are set for Saturday Sept. 14 from 9 a.m . to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with callbacks at 1 p.m. Sept. 15. Scripts will be made available in the near future, according to Bradley, and both practiced auditions and cold readings of the script are welcome as audition pieces.

Following the auditions, a series of free “open rehearsals” will be held at various locales throughout Marquette county. Tentative plans call for the first of these rehearsals to take place at 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 13 at Ishpeming’s JoyCenter (located at 1492 Southwood Drive), with others following monthly at other locations, including Nov. 10 and Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at Marquette’s Peter White Public Library.

“The open rehearsal idea is an experiment,” said Bradley. “In this age of reality TV, I thought it might be pretty cool for the public to be able to see the reality of producing a play, in particular a Shakespearean play, with all the give and take and literary discussions which that entails. And the best thing is, this won’t be reality TV, it will be reality!”

The rehearsals will be free to the public, and open to questions and comments form the public during the process.

Bradley said the monthly rehearsals over an extended period of time will allow the actors and technical crew to slowly immerse themselves in the story and characters. “So often as community theatre actors, we feel rushed into parts, but this extended period will allow time for introspection, that often isn’t possible.”

More intensive rehearsals leading up to the August 26, 2014 premiere of King Lear are tentatively slated to begin in late July or early August 2014.

For further information contact Bradley at or by calling (906) 485-1023 during school hours or at (906) 458-1824 after June 1.

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