Auditions: Teens on Stage 2019
On February 18-19, Raleigh Little Theatre will be holding auditions for Don Taylor’s version of Sophocles’ Antigone. The production is the culmination of the Teens On Stage Summer Conservatory for students ages 14-18. Students attend conservatory classes in addition to rehearsals.
Important Program Dates
Auditions: Monday February 18 or Tuesday February 19 at 7:00-9:00pm in the Sutton Theatre, with registration in the Sutton Theatre Lobby 6:30-7:00pm. You only need to attend one evening of audition. Sign up for an audition night on our SignupGenius page.
Call Backs: Wednesday, February 20, 7:00-9:00pm in the Sutton Theatre.
Costume Measurements: 6:30pm, Tuesday, May 21 in lobby of the Gaddy Goodwin Teaching Theatre
Parent/Student Information Meeting: Tuesday, May 21, 7:00pm in Gaddy Goodwin Teaching Theatre following measurements.
- Teens on Stage/Teens Backstage Kick Off Day: Saturday, June 15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Evening Rehearsals: June 17-21, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
- Conservatory Dates: Mon–Fri, June 24–July 18 (no July 4), 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Tech Saturday: July 13, 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Preview performance: July 18, 7:30pm (actors are at theatre from 9:00am until after preview)
- Opening night: July 19, 7:30pm (actors are at theatre starting at 1:00pm until after opening)
- Performance Dates: July 19 – 28 (see conflict calendar)
About the Auditions
Please prepare a (memorized) one-minute monologue in verse. This monologue can be from a Greek play (including Antigone) or any other classical work (including Shakespeare, Moliere, etc.) as long as the text is in verse.
Callbacks will consist of collaborative theatre-making exercises using text and movement. If called back, please wear clothing and shoes that allow for freedom of movement.
Perusal copies of the script are available for a 48 hour check out from the RLT office which is located in the rear of the building and opened from 10:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri. Please call the business office to check on availability (919) 821-4579.
Interested in auditioning? Please fill out the following two forms and bring them with you to auditions.
- TOS Audition Form — please fill out
- TOS Conflict Calendar — please note any days when you are unable to attend
About the Show
Desperate to gain control over the city of Thebes ravaged by civil war, the new king Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone’s rebellious brother who has recently been killed. Outraged, she defies his edict. Creon condemns Antigone to be buried alive. Antigone is engaged to Haemon, Creon’s son, who tries to get his father to reconsider her punishment. The citizens of Thebes wrestle with Creon’s decision, but don’t dare object. Guards take Antigone away to her death. The blind prophet Teiresias arrives and warns Creon that this tyranny will anger the gods: the rotting corpse is polluting the city, and Creon should bury the body. Teiresias tells Creon that as punishment for Antigone’s death, the gods will soon take his son’s life. Creon hesitates, but does eventually relent and rush off to free Antigone from the tomb. But his hesitation sealed his fate and a messenger arrives with news that Creon’s son, Haemon has killed himself. Creon is left a broken man.
Sophocles’ great tragic play dramatises the clash between the family and the state and, with high poetry and deep tragedy, presents an irreconcilable but equally-balanced conflict. Sophoclean heroine Antigone has become a cultural archetype, the symbol of personal integrity and an icon of political freedom, whilst her co-protagonist Creon can be interpreted as either a civic saviour or a ruthless tyrant. This play speaks loudly to the ongoing conflict between the freedom of the individual and the power of the state.
This edition of Don Taylor’s adaptation, performed by the National Theatre in London, presents one of the most accessible and relevant versions of this ancient play.
About the Roles
The Chorus: 8-10 individuals who represent the community, the citizens of Thebes. These active and engaged storytellers must also wrestle with the tension between family and the state as Antigone defies Creon’s laws. Individuals of all genders will be considered for the chorus.
Antigone: a young woman grieving the recent loss of both of her brothers. Stubborn, passionate and unwavering in her understanding of justice.
Ismene: Antigone’s sister, also grieving her brothers’ deaths but keenly aware of Creon’s power and her place in society.
Creon: the new King of Thebes who recently witnessed the fate of his brother, Oedipus and is now tasked with putting a broken city back together. He is determined to be an effective leader. Believes strongly in law and order and has a strong sense of duty to the city.
Haemon: Creon’s son and engaged to Antigone.
Teiresias: a prophet who is also blind.
A soldier: providing one of the only moments of comic relief, this individual has the unpleasant task of delivering the news to Creon that someone in Thebes has disobeyed his orders not to bury Antigone’s brother who was a traitor to the state.
A messenger: brings the news to Eurydice at the end of the play of Haemon’s death, and then news of Eurydice’s death to Creon.
Eurydice: wife of Creon, mother of Haemon. This role may be doubled with that of a member of the chorus.
Teens on Stage Program Team
Director: Meredyth Pederson Cooper
Movement instructor/choreographer: Jess Barbour
Voice and text instructor/coach: TBA
Admission to Teens On Stage is by audition only. The total cost for the Teens On Stage Program is $665.00. Once you have been accepted into the program, we will provide you information on how to register online. Participants will register with non-refundable 20% deposit by April 30. The balance is due by June 1.
Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Contact Kathleen Rudolph at (919) 821-4579 ext 225.