We are looking for a bluegrass band or small group of pickers to play for a production of Romeo and Juliet with the Powerhouse and New York Stage & Film apprentices at Vassar College! Below is a description of what is needed as well as other necessary details. Please email director of production Devin Kawaoka email@example.com should you be interested!
ROMEO & JULIET
by William Shakespeare (90 minute performance)
at Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve
July 12, 13 & 14 @ 7pm, dress rehearsal July 11
A little about us: Since 1985, we’ve been a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that start with us and continue across the country and around the world. Dozens of notable works trace their developmental roots to NYSAF, including the 2016 Tony Award winners for Best Musical (Hamilton) and Best Play (The Humans), as well as the Tony Award-winning plays Side Man and Doubt, and the Broadway musicals Hadestown.
Our Production: Romeo and Juliet is one of the performance opportunities for the apprentice company. It will be performed outside (weather permitting) and is a tremendous learning opportunity for our budding artists.
Our Audience: 10,000 people attend NYSAF over the summer and Romeo & Juliet is offered to them and the Poughkeepsie community for free, a la Shakespeare in the Park. Artistic and administrative staff of NYSAF and Powerhouse will be in attendance as well the community at large over the course of three nights. Should a band participate, they can of course invite people to listen to their set and take in some Shakespeare.
What we're looking for:
A Bluegrass Band or 1-4 individual musicians. Ideal instruments: Fiddle, Upright Bass, Banjo, or Guitar.
What you'd do in performance: 15-20 minutes prior to the show, the band would play a set of music of their choosing. During the production, they would also play two songs, one up tempo and one ballad for the party scene. Ideally, there would also be some instrumental during the fight scenes as well.
Time commitment: At the bare minimum, the band would need to be present for one put-in rehearsal with the company and all three evening performances from July 11-14. Ideally, we'd have someone who could come in earlier to collaborate with students on instrumental music and record a track of the songs performed in the show so we could rehearse without the band.
Pay: Unfortunately, there is no pay. I know. We're not charging anything for our production, so we have little to no budget. But the students will be forever grateful and the audiences very friendly. Our hope is that we make some friends and you all some fans.