Auditions

Hail and well met!  The 4th Annual Mid-South Renaissance Faire is looking for charismatic, engaging and talented cast members with amazing improvisational skills to delight and entertain our patrons!  The cast positions will be on a volunteer basis and not paid positions.  The final 2018 auditions are on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 11am-4pm, at Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38111 in TRAINING ROOM L-56.  You can SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE.    Please read all of the info on this page before you sign up for auditions.

General Requirements for all roles:

  • Display a positive attitude with patrons, other workers, and the leadership team.
  • The ability to be flexible, roll with the punches and change focus or priorities based on the needs of the business
  • Ability to remain at your post or perform your duties in the outdoors in temperatures ranging from 35-95 degrees.
  • Ability to do a lot of walking
  • WORKING DATES/HOURS: Patron dates and hours are October 13, 14, 20, 21, 2018  from 10a-6pm.  Shifts, start/end times, break/lunch times may be different than faire patron hours.  
  • Must attend mandatory Cast Workshops & Meetings:  The workshops and meetings will consist of bio/story development and sharing, theater exercises, Elizabethan dance practice, costume work, craft circle, group break-off sessions (fae, guard, etc).  There will usually be 1 meeting per month and about 2 meetings in the month prior to faire.

JUNE 3, 2018- MSRF CAST AUDITIONS-  SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE
July Early- Cast Meeting
August Early- Cast Meeting
Sept Early- Cast Meeting
Sept Mid- Cast Meeting
Oct Early- Cast Meeting

Audition Requirements (examples online, if out of town, can email video or skype):

  1. Tell us which cast role you are applying for and have a character and backstory prepared.
  2. Costumes are not required at the audition, but you must provide your own costume for faire.  Please bring a photo or drawing of the costume you plan to wear.
  3. Choose any 2 talents that you would like to perform for us during your audition slot (you may double up on one type).  Each performance needs to only be 45-90 seconds each:
    -Theatrical monologue, poem or story
    -Comedy/joke set
    -Song (vocal)
    -Song (instrumental)
    -Dance
    -Physical talent/skill
    -Other
  4. Short chat with Queen Elizabeth I, in character, to show off improvisation skills and show your character’s personality
  5. Short Q&A session with the Cast Director
  6. Recent head shot or photo for us to keep

WHAT DOES A CAST AUDITION LOOK LIKE? Check out this link to a video on New Jersey Ren Faire’s audition process!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zh7n-89Isc

VOLUNTEER CAST NEEDED
(minimum age 13, minors must have parent’s verbal and written permission):

Volunteers receive free workshop, tshirt, food vouchers and admission for days not working.

QUEEN’S ATTENDANTS (need 2)
-Reports to Cast Director
Experience/Requirements:
-Knowledge of Elizabethan clothing

-Background in theater a plus
-Organized and detail-oriented
-Able to do a lot of walking
-Able to endure an outdoor environment and possible weather extremes for 10 hour stretches
Position Description:
PRE-FAIRE:

-Must provide or pay for own lower to middle class level costume, which must be approved by Creative Director
-Must attend at least one of the pre-faire workshops
-Must Audition
-Must Attend cast meetings prior to faire
-Must Attend at least 1 promo functions throughout the year such as St. Paddy’s Day Parade, readings, etc.
FAIRE DAYS:
-Responsible for getting the Queen dressed each faire day on time.
-Responsible for helping the Queen with hair, makeup and jewlelry.
-On faire days, be fully dressed by 9 am, be present at the daily cast meeting at 9:15am and be present at gate opening at 9:45am
-Responsible for making sure the Queen has what she needs throughout the day, whether it be drinks or fan or favors ,etc.
-Responsible for obtaining food and beverage for the Queen throughout the day.
SIGN UP FOR AUDITION HERE

QUEEN’S GUARD (need 6 total)
-Reports to Captain of the Guard
Experience/Requirements:
-Theater/Performing experience preferred

-Strong improvisation skills needed
-Able to do a lot of walking
-Able to endure an outdoor environment and possible weather extremes for 10 hour stretches
-Able to wear historically accurate clothing for 10 hour stretches
Position Description:

PRE-FAIRE:

-Must provide or pay for own costume, which must be approved by Creative Director
-Must attend at least one of the pre-faire workshops
-Must Audition
-Must Attend cast meetings prior to faire
-Must Attend at least 1 promo functions throughout the year such as St. Paddy’s Day Parade, readings, etc.
FAIRE DAYS:
-On faire days, be fully dressed by 9 am, be present at the daily cast meeting at 9:15am and be present at gate opening at 9:45am
-Talk to, interact and improvise with the public with an English accent
-Maintain a smile, positive attitude and patience with patrons and children at all times
-Guard the Queen when she is out among the patrons
-Perform tasks as assigned by the Captain of the Guard
-Be familiar with the joust script and be able to improvise with the joust team
SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE

NOBILITY (Renaissance lords & ladies- need 8 total)
-Reports to Cast Director
Experience/Requirements:
-Theater/Performing experience preferred

-Strong improvisation skills needed
-Able to do a lot of walking
-Able to endure an outdoor environment and possible weather extremes for 10 hour stretches
-Able to wear historically accurate clothing for 10 hour stretches
Position Description:

PRE-FAIRE:

-Must have a character with a backstory
-Must provide or pay for own nobility level costume, which must be approved by Creative Director
-Must attend at least one of the pre-faire workshops
-Must Audition
-Must Attend cast meetings prior to faire
-Must Attend at least 1 promo functions throughout the year such as St. Paddy’s Day Parade, readings, etc.
FAIRE DAYS:
-On faire days, be fully dressed by 9 am, be present at the daily cast meeting at 9:15am and be present at gate opening at 9:45am
-Talk to, interact and improvise with the public with an English accent
-Maintain a smile, positive attitude and patience with patrons and children at all times
-Perform with the Elizabethan Dancing groups
-Be familiar with the joust script and be able to improvise with the joust team
-Assist with the Knighting Ceremonies, Teas, Dog Ruff contests and Costume Contests
SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE

SHIREFOLK (villagers, merchants, peasants- need 10 total)
-Reports to Cast Director
Experience/Requirements:
-Theater/Performing experience preferred

-Strong improvisation skills needed
-Able to do a lot of walking
-Able to endure an outdoor environment and possible weather extremes for 10 hour stretches
Position Description:

PRE-FAIRE:

-Must have a character with a backstory
-Must provide or pay for own costume, which must be approved by Creative Director
-Must attend at least one of the pre-faire workshops
-Must Audition
-Must Attend cast meetings prior to faire
-Must Attend at least 1 promo functions throughout the year such as St. Paddy’s Day Parade, readings, etc.
FAIRE DAYS:
-On faire days, be fully dressed by 9 am, be present at the daily cast meeting at 9:15am and be present at gate opening at 9:45am
-Strolling the faire grounds, talk to, interact and improvise with the public with an English accent
-Maintain a smile, positive attitude and patience with patrons and children at all times
-If needed, assist with the Knighting Ceremonies, Teas, Dog Ruff contests and Costume Contests
SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE

FAERIES (need 6 total)
-Reports to Faerie Queene
Experience/Requirements:
-Theater/Performing experience preferred

-Strong improvisation skills needed
-Able to do a lot of walking
-Able to endure an outdoor environment and possible weather extremes for 10 hour stretches
Position Description:

PRE-FAIRE:

-Must provide or pay for own costume, which must be approved by Creative Director
-Must attend at least one of the pre-faire workshops
-Must Audition
-Must Attend cast meetings prior to faire
-Must Attend at least 1 promo functions throughout the year such as St. Paddy’s Day Parade, readings, etc.
FAIRE DAYS:
-On faire days, be fully dressed by 9 am, be present at the daily cast meeting at 9:15am and be present at gate opening at 9:45am
-Talk to, interact and improvise with the public with an English accent
-Maintain a smile, positive attitude and patience with patrons and children at all times
SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Kitchen at gwenlock@gmail.com.