New Britain Youth Theater is casting extras (ages 10 to 20) to perform in its June production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Extras will appear in several scenes as citizens of Verona (ours is set in 1967 in the Summer of Love), partygoers, servants to the Capulets, and friends of the Montagues. Extras will have a few spoken group lines, and will also assist with scene changes.
Shakespeare’s most popularly read and performed tragedy tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, the age-old feud between their families, and the effect that their relationship has on friends and family alike. The NBYT production will be set in 1967 in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” and it will be inspired by the popular culture, counter-culture, and political and social turmoil of that time. Popular music that was recorded, released, or charted in 1967 will underscore the production.
Actors interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, although no audition is required. The participation fee for extras will be just $20 to help cover the cost of scripts and costumes. Extras will not be needed for rehearsals until after Memorial Day, but costume fittings may required earlier in May. Extras will also be invited to watch run-through rehearsals of acts beginning late in April. Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Performances are June 22, 23 and 25 outdoors at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and June 24 at the Berlin Congregational Church. All performances will be free to attend.