For LA Mission College’s first classical production, Associate Professor Robert Cucuzza has edited Shakespeare’s Macbeth into a high-octane 100-minute thriller that careens into a mineshaft of sheer madness. Employing an open stage, hand percussion instruments, vintage theatrical effects, and a large cast of shapeshifters, the company of students and professionals will turn Shakespeare’s darkest play into a modern vision of fractured psychosis. Three witches become five, ghosts multiply and teleport, murders-described become murders-enacted, and Macbeth splits into ten different versions of himself, dramatizing a merciless world where battles are being waged both within and without.
Macbeth is directed by Robert Cucuzza and Brian Tichnell. Scenic design will be done by student designer Amanda Loa, with lighting design by Bri Pattillo and costume design by Lena Sands. Our fight choreographer will be Max Lawrence and intimacy coordinator will be Mary Zastrow. LA Mission theatre alum Ana Medina will be assistant to the director.
We will be presenting a 100-minute, trimmed-down version of the play, which you can access here. You’ll see that the s script is broken into two columns. The column on the left is the Shakespeare text, as it will be performed. The column on the right is a modern translation to make it easier to understand.
AUDITIONS AND INTERVIEWS
Auditions and interviews for the LA Mission College Theatre Arts production of Macbeth will be held during the week of September 4.
Auditions will be held for all roles and interviews will be held for crew positions in stage management, scenic and props, lighting, costume, and general production assistance. No prior theatre experience is necessary to participate in this production. We welcome students from all artistic and academic disciplines.
Rehearsals and production begins the week of September 11. The show performs seven times, from November 11-20.
Please note: In some cases, students who are current theatre majors and in good academic standing will be taken into consideration more than others.
If you are auditioning and would still like to work on the production if you are not cast, we ask that you both audition and interview.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an ensemble show where all actors will be on stage for the entire show. Unless approved by the teachers, all actors must be present at all rehearsals. The rehearsal schedule is Tuesdays from 12:30-3:00 and Fridays from 9:00-1:00.
Macbeth auditions will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 5 in AMP120 in the AMP Building. There will be a sign-up sheet at the front desk in the lobby with 10-minute slots.
Callbacks will be held from 9:00-11:00am on Friday, September 8. You'll hear on Wednesday, September 6 whether you've received a callback or not. If you are called back, you’ll expected to memorize a scene from Macbeth and be prepared to be there for the full two hours.
To audition, prepare either the Macbeth or Lady Macbeth monologue, which you'll find under "Audition Sides" below.
The most important thing to focus on for the audition is preparation. Since this will be performed as Shakespeare wrote it, the language can be difficult. Focus on memorization first and foremost. Your performance will follow. We’re not looking for acting as much as we’re looking at dedication, discipline, and commitment.
Please bring a headshot and an acting resume with you. The headshot doesn't need to be professional; we just need a picture of you. Even if you have little or no experience, please prepare a resume.
Apart from Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, actors will play many different roles, as well as duplicate versions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
All genders will be considered for all roles.
FOR DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Interviews for all production and design positions will be held on Thursday, September 7 at 1:00 in AMP109 (Robert Cucuzza's office). No previous theatre experience is necessary.
We are very much in need of students interested in stage management. No prior experience is necessary.
If you have any prior artistic or production work that you'd like to share, please bring it to show us.
DESIGN AND PRODUCTION POSITIONS
We are seeking students to join the company in the following positions:
Scenic/props — assist with building, fabricating, and organization of scenic elements and props
Lighting —assist with hanging, cabling, focusing, and programming lights
Costumes — assist in the shopping for and construction and organization of costumes
Stage management — assist with the running of rehearsals and performances
Production assistance — general assistance in all areas
Before auditioning or interviewing, it's important to read all of the following information.
The show is produced in a class called "Rehearsals & Performances"
If you are accepted into the company, you will be given a permission code for one of two following courses, depending upon the time commitment necessary:
THEATER 291 Rehearsals & Performances 1 (1 units)
THEATER 293 Rehearsals & Performances 3 (3 units)
To participate, you must be enrolled as a student at LA Mission College and have no academic holds or over-enrollments. You can be a full- or part-time student, or even only be enrolled in this one class.
All Rehearsals & Performances courses are transferable to the California State University system.
Macbeth will be rehearsed and produced in the AMP Building on the LA Mission College campus. The show will presented in the AMP Theater.
REHEARSAL DAYS AND TIMES
The rehearsal schedule will most likely be:
Additional rehearsals may be added for scene work.
Group work calls for design and production students generally happen on Fridays. A shop hour schedule will be released after the company is formed.
TECH AND DRESS SCHEDULE
All company members must to be available for full technical rehearsals in the week leading up to opening. In the interest form, you will see the production schedule
Thursday, November 2 — 5:00 pm -10:00 pm
Friday, November 3 — 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday, November 4— 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sunday, May 7 — off
Monday, May 8 — off
Tuesday, November 7 — Tech run - call time 5:00
Wednesday, November 8 — Dress rehearsal #1 - call time 5:00
Thursday, November 9 — Dress rehearsal #2 - call time 5:00
Friday, November 10 — off, Veteran’s Day
Saturday, November 11 — 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 12 — 1:00 pm
Thursday, November 16 — 7:00 pm
Friday, November 17 — 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 18 — 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 19 — 1:00 pm