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Announcing Auditions for Mystic Seaport Museum’s Nautical Nightmares and Lantern Light Tours

Mystic, CT (July 25, 2018) – Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking actors for two seasonal productions: Nautical Nightmares: Madness on the Mystic River, inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft, and the 39th annual Lantern Light Tours: Finding Our Place. Roles are available for adult and teen performers with experience in improvisation, Shakespeare, stage combat, music, non-traditional physicality, and/or acrobatics. Applicants should be enthusiastic performers who enjoy a non-traditional performance.

Auditions will be held August 24, 25, 27, and 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. Each audition will last approximately 15 minutes. Performers should prepare two contrasting one-minute monologues and provide a theater resume and head shot. Auditions may also include guided improvisation and scripted sides. Please email or call to schedule an audition. Actors may choose to audition for one or both productions.

Additionally, Mystic Seaport Museum is offering an audition workshop at Writers Block Ink in New London, CT, on August 8 and 15. Workshop sessions will be led by the museum’s theatrical co-directors, Emma Palzere-Rae and Denise Kegler. This 2-part workshop will focus on best practices for a variety of audition situations and alternative performance venues (such as museums) and will provide hands-on skill-building opportunities for participants, including cold reading technique and practical application, audition materials suggestions, and personalized monologue work. Below is an outline for both sessions:

August 8:

  • Overview of types of auditions and the audition itself
  • Auditioning for alternative performance venues (museum, interactive, site-specific, etc.)
  • Cold reading practice
  • Discussion of monologues (assignment for next week: bring in a monologue to work on)
  • Q&A

August 15:

  • Discussion on finding a monologue
  • Audition monologue work (on feet – not memorized)
  • Audition tools: pictures and resumes
  • Wrap up and Q&A

This workshop is free but space is limited. Please register only if serious about attending, to help us customize the workshop. All are encouraged to attend both sessions. Actors of all experience levels are invited to register; sessions will be adapted based on the needs of the participants.

We are presenting this workshop to help actors best prepare for any upcoming auditions and also to reach a wider pool of talent to help build the cast for our seasonal shows. Following the workshop, Mystic Seaport Museum invites all participants to audition for our 2018 productions. We are hoping to broaden and diversify our company of actors. (Attending this workshop does not imply employment, nor does it provide priority in our casting and hiring process.)

Click here to register for the workshop

Nautical Nightmares: Madness on the Mystic River is a 60-minute progressive or travelling play, inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. We are seeking performers for scripted material, tour guiding, and improvisational haunters.
Performances will be held on October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and 28.

Lantern Light Tours: Finding Our Place is a 70-minute progressive or travelling play set on Christmas Eve in the year 1876. We are seeking performers for scripted material, tour guiding, and improvisational performances.
Performances will be held on November 23, 24, and 30; December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 23

Paid positions are available. Performers must be at least 13 years old.

Please email or call to schedule an audition:
860.572-0711 x5075