Early in 2017 the ASC Graduate Players will begin work on a new original project, based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which will incorporate music, dance and text, and then be performed in Melbourne for 4 performances, before heading to Czech Republic for 5 shows at Malostrankska Beseda, in the Kampa Theatre district of Prague.This program will give participants the opportunity to work with professional ASC staff, including directors, musical director, choreographer and musicians over a 12 week period as the show is rehearsed and actors are coached in Shakespeare techniques and acting methodologies.All actors will be offered the option of staying on in Europe after our Festival season, to tour at your leisure, as an open ended return ticket will be available. We will also offer arts touring following our performances, with a workshop with Prague Shakespeare Company, and attending a PSC performance, (subject to availability).
Entry to the program is by audition which will be held in Jan, (dates below) directors will be looking for musical ability, and experience and/or interest in Shakespeare.
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to perform in Europe, to network with international artists, and work on Shakespeare with one of Australia's leading theatre companies.
Auditions, (Melb) Jan 21 and 22.
Rehearsal intensive begins Feb 11.
Then Sundays 1-5pm and Mon 6-10pm each week.
Performances Melb; May 11-14
Performances Prague; May 26-30
Cost: $3990*. This cost includes the course fee, flight costs and accommodation.
*This cost is subject to change. Successful applicants will be sent full details of costing information
A Midsummer Night's Dream 2010
The Australian Shakespeare Company performs and tours in metropolitan and regional cities and remote and outback locations, from Melbourne and Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens to Kakadu National Park and Beswick Falls in the Northern Territory. Audiences include families, seniors, tourists, students and young professionals, all of whom experience the magic of outdoor performances with some of Australia's finest professional performers and creative artists.
The Brave Hearts program, which is also known as the ASC's 'Company B', has been running for 6 years as an education program based around performing a short season of a Shakespeare play, in Melbourne, Regional Victoria, and early 2016 in Prague. The program runs part time across 11 weeks and culminates in performances at our Melbourne studios, and then tours.
The young performers work with professional actors, directors, producers and musicians over a three month period and perform some of Shakespeare's bestloved works for friends, family, the general public and industry professionals.
Over the years many of our Bravehearts have gone on to work nationally and internationally as professional performers, with the Bravehearts program working as an industry stepping stone.
Following a successful tour of Much Ado the Musical to Divadlo Na Pradle in Prague in May this year, we have decided to return, as part of the Prague Fringe Festival, alongside many international companies. This will be an opportunity to mix with international artists and be seen in an international festival. The program also offers flexibility in returning to Melbourne, and as many actors did during the 2016 tour, make friends and travel on after the performances and spend as long as you like in Europe, to return home when you are ready.
For our Jan-May 2017 season, we are looking for actors with musical abilities, so if you have studied Music Theatre, or have an interest in it, can sing or play an instrument, or just have a love of Shakespeare, we want to see you at our auditions. This is a fee paying course and a unique opportunity which represents exceptional value.
Touring Prague cast of Much Ado 2016
Bravehearts 2015 & 2016
"Bravehearts to me is not just about getting up on stage and playing a role, it's about learning what it means to be actor. This was an incredible journey from the first script read through in an room in Williamstown to the final bow on stage in Prague, and we as a unit pushed through together. I loved just how involved we all got with every aspect and everyone had a say which made it our show. Thanks to the wisdom and keen eyes of our directors Kevin Hopkins and Phil Sumner we created something memorable and I can't thank Bravehearts enough from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity."
"Bravehearts is a rich and diverse project for young actors, which educates under the direction of professional theatre practitioners and offers invaluable first hand industry experience. The project is much more than a production as skills classes and theory based research offer a very real taste of what life would be like if these aspiring actors were to attend a university affiliated drama school. Much Ado - The Musical was my first project with Bravehearts. My position within the group was that of a professional actor with a 1st class B.A (Hons) in Acting Studies and over 15 years experience. I was to play the role of Don Pedro and lead by example, however, throughout the projects supervision and guidance of Glenn Elston, Kevin Hopkins, Sue-Ellen Shook, Paul Norton and Phil Sumner, I found the mature attitude, complete dedication and raw ability of all involved to be of the highest standard. Overall, I believe Bravehearts to be a positive and worthwhile step for any aspiring actor, which I would not hesitate to support again."
Can you see yourself here in Prague?! Why not travel to Prague and perform with the Australian Shakespeare COmapny's Graduate Players.
Applications are now open.