All-Female “Hamlet”

Coming in 2020

OPEN AUDITIONS for speaking and non-speaking roles will be held in August and September 2019. So, you can enjoy your summer vacation and know that you won’t miss an opportunity to be a part of this production. If
necessary we will hold auditions for non-speaking roles not already cast in the Spring of 2020 when we will also seek stage hands and other crew positions.

Actors who may feel uncomfortable playing Shakespeare need not fear! Shakespeare really can be made accessible to any modern English speaker. The Orcas Island Shakespeare Society will help you build your confidence so that you will not be too shy to audition or join in our ongoing reading group. If you are shy or not, please contact us about a free class (no cost) about Hamlet which we will offer in July of 2019 (exact place/date/time TBD soon). We’ll talk a little about Shakespeare’s history, the Elizabethan stage, and the history of the Hamlet itself including Shakespeare’s sources, as well as some character analysis. Afterwards, those in attendance can read the play with us, sharing roles as much as possible to get a feel for the drama. The class will be limited to 20 attendees. Therefore, priority will be given to women who pre-register. (If there is interest, we’ll do this again in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 for both men and women interested in the play.) More details on the class will follow and should be well-advertised.

Our production will be relatively unabridged with some cuts out of necessity for a run-time of 3:30-4:00. Although often abridged and staged with modern settings, this is Shakespeare’s longest play and full-length productions are a rarity. And with our all-female cast, we will have a gem of a production — I swear by my sword!

Our Hamlet will be in three parts with two intermissions.

Part I (Act 1 Scene 1 through Act 2 Scene 2)
Part II (Act 3 Scene 1 through Act 4 Scene 4)
Part III (Act 4 Scene 5 through Act 5 Scene 2)

You’ll have plenty of time to memorize lines and several months to ease into a rehearsal routine. No one should feel overwhelmed. We’ll have table readings in January and February once or twice a week. Scenes will be rehearsed more likely three times each week from March through May, varying and accommodating with everyone’s schedule. June will be the crunch month to run the Parts and the whole show as we approach the production run in July for probably 6 performances. Alas, this is the initial plan to which we must not give too much thought, else our currents will turn awry and lose the name of action.

Stay in touch for more details.

Your humble Director, Michael.