Monday, December 6, 2010

Call for Musicians: "Antigone" at Macalester

Call for musicians-- audition
To accompany production of "Antigone"
Directed by Randy Reyes
Auditions open to all Macalester students
Project will earn each student one theater practicum credit
Saturday, December 11th
Black Box theater space, downstairs in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester College
Between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm (Please let us know your preferred time, and we'll do our best to accommodate you)
Contact:
Mike Hallenbeck: hallenbeckmike@gmail.com
Beth Cleary: cleary@macalester.edu
(Please cc both email addresses to let us know you're coming)

Show dates/ times: February 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 @ 7:30 pm and February 20 @ 2:00 pm
Bring whatever instrument(s) you'd like to demonstrate with; prepare a piece of no longer than 3 minutes (or improvise!) to play with each instrument

Macalester's upcoming production of "Antigone", directed by acclaimed Twin Cities theater artist Randy Reyes, seeks musicians to develop a score with composer Mike Hallenbeck. Any and all (and we mean any and all!) instruments played at any skill level are welcome.

We'll be developing a score in a workshop format. We'll create through improvisational strategies, then compile the successful elements as a live soundscape. As composer, I view my role in this process as a mediator/ facilitator/ arbitrator of what will work as part of a live theater show, and as a dynamic in opposition to the entire thing turning into chaos.

As far as what we're looking for in terms of skill set and instrumentation, we're pretty open. We'd also like to try "found" objects as instrumentation part of the time, but the process will be about seeing what instrumentation we wind up with and taking it from there.

Virtuosity is great, but it's not necessary-- as long as you've got the willingness to explore and use your imagination, that's really what we're looking for. And you don't have to be a music major or even involved with the music department to be part of the show.

We're looking for an ensemble of folks who are open to improvisation, to a process that thrives on listening to and leaving space for others. It'll be about developing group performance dynamics, and about coming out the other side with improved skills and with a broader vocabulary of what it can mean to play music-- specifically, what it means to play music that accompanies a theatrical production.

Thanks for your time!

Best,
Mike

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