Announcing the formation of The Burkett Company.
The Paw Paw Village Players is excited to announce the formation of a theater company named after our founders, Charley and Mary Burkett. So what is a “theater company”? What’s the difference between that and what we have been doing for almost 50 years? Why now? All these questions will be answered in the following paragraphs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we starting a company?
- The Paw Paw Village Players are dedicated to providing the community with quality theatre available to everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to act and it’s hard to find cast members. Creating a company of actors ensures we can continue bringing you the classic productions you love.
Are we still holding open auditions for productions?
- Yes! For most of the productions in our upcoming season, we will still hold open auditions for roles not filled by company members. We are not closing off the chance for anyone in the community to have an opportunity on stage, we’re just making sure we have enough actors to continue producing theatre.
If I’m in the company, do I have to act in every production?
- No! You’ll be expected to donate some of your time to every production in the season, but your availability and production preference will be checked before casting for each production.
I’m not an actor, could I still be in the company?
- Yes! If you’d like to be a permanent part of the Players, but prefer working backstage, we’d love to have you! Instead of auditioning, you’ll be asked to meet with members of the auditioning board to talk about how you’d like to help, whether it’s through stage management, scenic or costume design/build, lights and sound, house managing, or publicity. You’ll also be asked if you have any experience or training in those areas, but there are no requirements for experience.
- Seeking 20-25 actors of all ages and genders
- All potential company members are required to attend a general audition for a place in the company.
- If cast in the company, members will be contracted for the full season, from February – December.
- All Company members will be required to donate time to each production in the season.
- If actors are not cast in a production, they will be expected to donate time by designing a production element (scenery, costuming, props, lights, and sound), managing (stage, house, or publicity), assisting in building scenery or elements, or ushering.
- Non-acting production requirements (as stated above) may range from one day to the full length of rehearsal and run, depending on the choice made.
- All actors will have guaranteed priority casting for every production that also holds auditions for the general public.
- Some smaller productions will be cast exclusively within the company.
- Actors’ availability and production/role preferences will be taken into account during casting for each production.
- All actors will have a guaranteed number of productions they will be cast in, depending on age/gender group, as explained in-depth in the next section.
All members of the company will be given priority casting in any production that also holds auditions for the general public. Additionally, members will be guaranteed a certain number of roles for the entirety of the season based on age/gender group, as follows:
- Those who present as teen men and women are guaranteed 2 roles
- Those who present as young adult men and women are guaranteed 4 roles
- Those who present as mid-adult men and women are guaranteed 3 roles
- Those who present as older adult men and women are guaranteed 3 roles
The number of productions guaranteed is not necessarily the number each individual of each group will be cast in – every company member could potentially be cast in more productions.
- Company auditions for the 2019 season will be held January 6th and 7th, 2019.
- Interviews for those interested in tech will be held the same days.
- All those auditioning will be expected to perform two contrasting monologues (one dramatic, one comedic).
- Monologues should not individually exceed 90 seconds, and both together should not exceed 3 minutes.
- Auditioners wishing to sing may prepare a 90-second music cut in addition to their 3 minutes of monologues. Acapella is accepted, and an accompanist will be provided for those with sheet music.
- Those wishing to be later considered for a featured role in Fiddler on the Roof or Little Women must sing at their company audition.
- Auditions will be held in 2 one-hour time slots both nights.
- Auditioners must sign up online through the links below at least 24 hours before the date of their audition.
- Auditioners will be seen in order of arrival.
- Those wishing to interview for tech should contact Hannah Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (269) 532-6716
- Auditioners should arrive at least 15 minutes before their time slot in order to fill out an audition form and warm-up.
- Potential monologues and audition resources can be found in the next section.
- Monologue Resources:
- StageAgent Monologue Database: https://stageagent.com/monologues
- Backstage Monologue Database: https://www.backstage.com/monologues/
- You can find monologues for any actor/occasion at the above link. Remember: non-Shakespeare monologues are preferred, as there will be no Shakespearean plays in the upcoming season.
- Audition Resources:
- What to wear to an audition: https://www.setc.org/publications-resources/southern-theatre/what-to-wear-10-dos-for-your-next-audition/
- What are contrasting monologues?: https://actingcoachscotland.co.uk/blog/contrasting-monologues-auditions/
- Choosing monologues: https://stpaulstheater.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/quick-tips-for-choosing-a-monologue.pdf
- How to stay calm before an audition: https://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/4-solutions-easing-audition-nerves/