WTO: The Opera

Now that I think about it, duh: Why hasn't this occurred to anyone else yet? Drama, spectacle, emotion, crowd scenes and colorful characters, the clash of the individual and society have been the ingredients of opera for 400 years. And sex, of course. But I assume the provocateurs of Seattle School wil be able to write that in somehow. Mike Min has just announced plans for The Anarchist's Songbook, which "takes us back to November 1999 as we follow a makeshift gang of WTO protesters, teenage runaways, and hardened street punks who take over an abandoned former candy factory in the Denny Triangle." The run will be sometime around the 10th anniversary of the riots, this November, with a first public reading March 24; info on this weekend's auditions after the jump.

Seattle School Call for Artists

for

The Anarchist Songbook

WHEN: Friday February 27th @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm

WHERE: Phinney Neighborhood Center - Room 31,

6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103

SEATTLE SCHOOL is holding a casting call for singers, musicians, actors and performers for The Anarchist Songbook , a contemporary opera around the WTO demonstrations in Seattle. An initial reading has been set for the end of March in partnership with ACT Theater.

The Anarchist Songbook takes us back to November 1999 as we follow a makeshift gang of WTO protesters, teenage runaways and hardened street punks who take over an abandoned former candy factory in the Denny Triangle. Through The Anarchist Songbook we experience their travails through a uniquely Seattle perspective, visited by the ghosts of local uprisings in the past, revealing almost a 'culture of protest' in the Northwest.

WHO ARE WE SEEKING? Seeking a variety of individuals for lead roles, minor characters, chorus, pit band and orchestra:

* Singers representing a variety of vocal backgrounds, experiences, interests and styles

* Musicians representing a variety of music backgrounds, experiences, interests and styles, particularly percussion, brass, woodwinds or electric guitar (*bring your own instrument)

* Actors / Performers representing a variety of ages, backgrounds, experiences and styles

CASTING CALL Date: Friday, February 27, 2009 at 6:30pm (please arrive 15 minutes early)

Venue: Phinney Neighborhood Center - Room 31, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103

http://www.phinneycenter.org/directions.shtml

Process: This will be a group audition including some combination of the following:

Singers - A cappella song of your choice, script cold reading, improvisation, and movement

Musicians - Song of your choice, cold reading from the script, and improvisation.

Actors / Performers - cold reading from the script, improvisation, and some movement.

For more information email rachellissman@ gmail. com.

COMMITMENT PHASE I- February 28th thru the end of March- Two to three rehearsals a week- Formal presentation / reading on March 24, 2008

PHASE II- April thru September- Workshops on "as needed" basis- Possible second formal presentation / reading

PHASE III- October thru November- Five to six week rehearsal period- Public Performances / 10th Anniversary of the WTO in Seattle

 
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