Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Auditions for Antigone, Vortex Summer Youth Theatre, May 18 - 29 by appointment

Vortex Repertory Austin TXVORTEX Repertory Company announces AUDITIONS for Summer Youth Theatre 2013, Antigone by Jean Anouilh. Directed by Talena Martinez, May 18-29, 2013 by application and appointment.

To receive an application by mail or to set up audition/interview time, please contact Bonnie Cullum at vortex@vortexrep.org or 512-478-5282.

VORTEX Repertory Company is seeking students ages 13-17 to participate in Summer Youth Theatre 2013 (SYT). Now in its 22nd year, the award-winning SYT program rehearses in the evenings with a few weekend day commitments in June and July and is tuition-free. SYT encourages diversity. Students of any ethnicity or heritage, students with disabilities or economic challenges, and students of all experience levels are welcome. SYT provides students with experiences in all aspects of theatre including acting, technical theatre, and publicity. The rehearsals culminate in a full production of a play presented to the public over two weekends. 

Prior to the audition/interview, students must fill out a short application and prepare a memorized, one-minute piece of dramatic text from a play. A parent or guardian is also required to attend the interview.


Antigone Jean Anouilh 
Jean Anouilh's tragedy Antigone is inspired by Greek mythology and Sophocles’ Antigone (5th c. BC). The play was first performed in Paris in 1944 during the Nazi occupation. Its English debut in London in 1949 with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Originally produced under Nazi censorship, Antigone is purposefully ambiguous with regard to the rejection of authority (Antigone) and the acceptance of it (Creon). The futility and complexity of war, victors, and fallen heroes provides a strong commentary on current conflicts.

Antigone is directed by Talena Martinez. Ms. Martinez has directed productions of original musicals including Just As You Are and Shades of Grey, as well as Godspell, Alice and Wonderland, Narnia, Peter Pan, Fame, and Grease. She founded Austin Children’s Theater in 2008 and Austin Conservatory of Theater in 2011. She has designed costumes for Summer Youth Theatre and VORTEX since 2007. She has also designed costumes and makeup for diverse companies including ethos, Different Stages, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera, Westlake High School, Theatre at the J, St. Stephen’s High School, LASA/LBJ High, McCallum High School, and kidsActing. Ms. Martinez teaches acting, production, design, and technical theatre all around Austin.

Summer Youth Theatre funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

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