2019-2020 Season Audition Information

Sweet Tea Shakespeare will hold auditions for its 2019-20 season on Saturday, August 24, from 11:00am-4:00 pm at the Capitol Encore Academy at 126 Hay Street in Fayetteville, NC. Auditions are by appointment only. Enter TCEA off of Old Street at the back of the building.

To register for auditions, complete the audition form at http://www.sweetteashakespeare.com/auditions. There, you may upload a resume and headshot and may be scheduled based on an initial review. Actors outside traveling distance may submit a video audition.

Auditioners should prepare a memorized Shakespeare monologue of no more than 12-16 lines. If you sing, please prepare a song in a style that shows your strengths. You may be asked to sing acapella or with a guitar or piano. If you play an instrument, please bring it. You may also be asked to present selected cold readings from the plays, to participate in dance or movement work, and to answer brief interview questions.

As part of the STS experience, actors are expected to take part in activities such as musical entertainment prior to the show, during the show, and/or at intermission; other entertainments, such as juggling, dancing, etc; audience interaction, including selling merchandise, handing out programs, etc. before the show and at intermission; assisting with set up and strike of costumes, props, scenery, lighting, and sound equipment for each performance as part of a team; and assisting with marketing efforts.

STS artists positions for most shows are paid with very modest stipends and travel allowances as low as $100 up to Equity minimums. Behold is historically an all-volunteer effort, but some concessions may be made for the right people.

Please do not bring extra headshots or resumes. Please direct questions about auditions to artistic@sweetteashakespeare.com or 910-420-4383, ext 700.

We seek actors who can share a strong sense of humanity, who are free or willing to learn to be free in their own bodies, and who work to get along well with others.

We seek musicians who can play almost any instrument, with special emphasis on guitar, bass (upright or electric), piano, mandolin, banjo, accordion, harmonium, trumpet, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello.

We seek to cast shows in unconventional and just ways, and are especially delighted to consider artists of color, those uniquely abled, and others who are cast at the margins. Our main qualifications for casting are adept use of language and adept use of body, however those present themselves.

Opportunities include:

HamLIT

September 27- November 9th, 2019

REHEARSALS: Late August through September 26

Imagine that the writer and director and actors of Hamlet know the story they want to tell, but get lost at a frat party on their way to the show. Full of Shakespeare, drinking games, improv, lively music, and heart, our Lit series returns to visit HamLIT, a smash(ed) hit from our 2016 season. Adults only. A bold and irreverent brew with notes of tragedy balanced by uproarious hilarity.

ALL ROLES AVAILABLE.

Behold

December 4-14

REHEARSALS: Mid-November through December 3

Our annual Christmas concert returns, this time with a splash of Honey. Featuring the familiar gospel music that’s always at the heart of our Behold, our 2019 offering includes a special focus on the Mary story and the women of Sweet Tea Shakespeare (but dudes are around, too). Behold’s reputation as a reflective, stirring, and heartfelt Christmastime celebration always holds true. A warm and comforting seasonal blend.

** Seeking singers and musicians.

Macbeth

 by William Shakespeare

January 2-26, 2020

REHEARSALS: November 1-January 1, including split time between Raleigh (William Peace University area) and Fayetteville.

Shakespeare’s ultimate story of ambition, legacy, and evil, Macbeth tells the story of the would-be king of Scotland and his wife, who encounter witches, plot murders, and brew trouble on their way to the throne. Directed by actor, director, lyricist, and stage veteran KP Powell, this production marries the best of the hit Outlander series with Hamilton’s contemporary edge. School performances available for private, public, college, and home school audiences, complete with available workshops, study guides, and lesson plans for teachers. A bitter and powerful flavor redolent of ambition and betrayal. 

Rehearsals will take place in both Fayetteville area and Raleigh. Macbeth will include touring matinee weekday performances for schools, as well as, evening performances.

ALL ROLES AVAILABLE.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 by William Shakespeare

April 23- May 10, 2020 AND June 11-21 in Rep with Knight’s Tale

REHEARSALS: Early March-April 22

Shakespeare’s legendary comedy features lovers in trouble, mischievous fairies, and a troupe of well-meaning, but possibly incompetent actors. A huge hit with audiences, Sweet Tea’s production revisits the Victorian age, with production design inspired by Millais and a newly commissioned adaptation of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer suite — famous for wedding marches the world over — by Army musician and composer Owen Eddy. Part of the 2020 Shakespeare Comic Universe with Knight’s Tale. A light, summery spritz of love and mischief.

ALL ROLES AVAILABLE.

Knight’s Tale: Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen

 by William Shakespeare

June 4- 21, 2020

REHEARSALS: April 24-June 3

Inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, this story follows the tale of two knights captured by Theseus, Duke of Athens, and their love for an inspiring woman of the court, Emilia. Trouble stirs when the daughter of their jailer falls in love with one of them and sets in motion a series of events that rocks the life of everyone involved. Both celebratory and serious, Knight’s Tale is a beautiful, visually inspiring, and sensory play. Part of the 2020 Shakespeare Comic Universe with Midsummer, characters from both plays will be performed by the same actors, and the June run will include special double features with both plays, a picnic, and our famous Sweet Tea party in between. A spicy blend of love and war, with a complex finish. 

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jennifer Pommerenke at gm@sweetteashakespeare.com or by calling (910) 420-4383.

Back for Another Party with Green Tea

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Presents Timon of Athens 

Green Tea, Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s youth company, is excited to present Timon of Athens, a tragicomedy of friendship and greed. 

One of Shakespeare’s lesser-performed plays, Timon, is a breathtaking and heartbreaking story of foolishness, friendship, and loyalty. Timon, a lord of Athens, spends money wastefully on friends who quickly abandon him once financial ruin hits. Only the most loyal of his friends and confidants stick around, even as Timon descends into destitution and a life as a hermit. An exceptional exploration of love, grace, and persistence, Timon features Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Green Tea youth company. Starts bright and carefree, with notes of friendship; finishes dark, with greed and its aftermath. 

Directed by Jen Pommerenke & Traycie Kuhn-Zapata, Timon of Athens will be performed August 21 at Carleen’s of Hope Mills at the Moulder-Warner Home and August 22-24 at the 1897 Poe House. 

The performances will begin at 7:30pm with our famous What You Will Preshow 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets are Pay What you Will, $10-$50.

Performances will be presented in the garden of the 1897 Poe House (801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville)  and Carleen’s of Hope Mills at the Moulder – Warner Home (5703 Rockfish Rd, Hope Mills, NC). Poe House performances will have food available for purchase, as well as tea, craft beer, and wine. Outside food and drink are not permitted.

For outdoor performances, audience members should bring their own seating or choose from rental chair and quilt seating options. Indoors, seating will be provided, along with an optional rental seat cushion. All rental options are subject to availability.

Parking is available at all venues. The 1897 Poe House offers limited street parking, with additional parking available across the MLK Freeway, at Arsenal Park.

Changes due to inclement weather will be announced on Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s website and Facebook page.

Purchase tickets at sweetteashakespeare.com/tickets. 

For more information, call 910-420-4384 or email info@sweetteashakespeare.com.

Our 2019-2020 Season

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is excited to announce our 2019-2020 season, A Season of Spirits, in which we will present a tragicomedy of friendship and greed, a rollicking return to our LIT roots, a seasonal tradition with a new vision, a sprightly story of fairies, fickleness, and fancy, and a robust tale of love and war. Dates and locations are subject to change, including added dates.

Timon of Athens

(a Green Tea youth company production)

William Shakespeare

August 22-24, 2019

1897 Poe House

One of Shakespeare’s lesser-performed plays, Timon is a breathtaking and heartbreaking story of foolishness, friendship, and loyalty. Timon, a lord of Athens, spends money wastefully on friends who quickly abandon him once financial ruin hits. Only the most loyal of his friends and confidants stick around, even as Timon descends into destitution and a life as a hermit. An exceptional exploration of love, grace, and persistence, Timon features Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Green Tea youth company. Starts bright and carefree, with notes of friendship; finishes dark, with greed and its aftermath.

 

HamLIT

Friday, Oct. 4 & Friday, November 1

Arts Council

Thursday, October 10

Dirtbag Ales

Friday & Saturday October 18-19 |   Friday & Saturday November 8-9

HuggerMugger

Friday, October 11  | Thursday, October 24th & Saturday, October 26th

Paddy’s

Sunday, October 13

Fainting Goat @ 6pm FV

Sunday, October 27th

Fainting Goat @ 6pm Benson

Imagine that the writer and director and actors of Hamlet know the story they want to tell, but get lost at a frat party on their way to the show. Full of Shakespeare, drinking games, improv, lively music, and heart, our Lit series returns to visit HamLIT, a smash(ed) hit from our 2016 season. Adults only. A bold and irreverent brew with notes of tragedy balanced by uproarious hilarity.

 

Behold

December 5-7, 12- 14

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Methodist University

Our annual Christmas concert returns, this time with a splash of Honey. Featuring the familiar gospel music that’s always at the heart of our Behold, our 2019 offering includes a special focus on the Mary story and the women of Sweet Tea Shakespeare (but dudes are around, too). Behold’s reputation as a reflective, stirring, and heartfelt Christmastime celebration always holds true. A warm and comforting seasonal blend.

 

Macbeth

William Shakespeare

Directed by KP Powell

January 2-26, 2020

January 2-5, January 9-12 &  January 16-19

Vizcaya Villa | Fayetteville, Nc

January 14 & 15

Methodist University | Fayetteville, NC

January 23- January 26

William Peace University | Raleigh, NC

Shakespeare’s ultimate story of ambition, legacy, and evil, Macbeth tells the story of the would-be king of Scotland and his wife, who encounter witches, plot murders, and brew trouble on their way to the throne. Directed by actor, director, lyricist, and stage veteran KP Powell, this production marries the best of the hit Outlander series with Hamilton’s contemporary edge. School performances available for private, public, college, and home school audiences, complete with available workshops, study guides, and lesson plans for teachers. A bitter and powerful flavor redolent of ambition and betrayal.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare

April 23-26, 2020

Fayetteville State University

April 30- May 3 and May 7-10

1897 Poe House at The Museum of the Cape Fear

Shakespeare’s legendary comedy features lovers in trouble, mischievous fairies, and a troupe of well-meaning, but possibly incompetent actors. A huge hit with audiences, Sweet Tea’s production revisits the Victorian age, with production design inspired by Millais and a newly commissioned adaptation of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer suite — famous for wedding marches the world over — by Army musician and composer Owen Eddy. Part of the 2020 Shakespeare Comic Universe with Knight’s Tale. A light, summery spritz of love and mischief.

 

Knight’s Tale

William Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s The Two Noble Kinsmen

June 4-21, 2020

1897 Poe House

Inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, this story follows the tale of two knights captured by Theseus, Duke of Athens, and their love for an inspiring woman of the court, Emilia. Trouble stirs when the daughter of their jailer falls in love with one of them and sets in motion a series of events that rocks the life of everyone involved. Both celebratory and serious, Knight’s Tale is a beautiful, visually inspiring, and sensory play. Part of the 2020 Shakespeare Comic Universe with Midsummer, characters from both plays will be performed by the same actors, and the June run will include special double features with both plays, a picnic, and our famous Sweet Tea party in between. A spicy blend of love and war, with a complex finish.

Bringing It Back

By Jessica Schiermeister, Co-director of Pericles

For our SeaWorld rep in June 2018, Sweet Tea Shakespeare is remounting two productions: The Tempest (produced by STS in 2015) and Pericles (produced by Hoosier Shakes in 2016). I and another guest artist, Duana Burby, were both involved in the previous production of Pericles.

Ana and I were brought aboard (pun totally intended) to help remount that production, and it has been an adventure! Since STS’s artistic director Jeremy Fiebig is directing both shows (and directed both original productions), I’ve been working to reconstruct Pericles as best I can. However, we’ve made some changes and some updates that make the show even more thrilling than it was two years ago.

The Tempest has reassembled most of the original cast, but Pericles features an all new cast (Ana is playing Gower this time around; previously she played Lychorida and Boult, and I played Dionyza and the Daughter of Antiochus). Austin Hendricks, another current guest artist and Hoosier Shakes artist, was a student at Community School of the Arts in Marion, Indiana (the home of Hoosier Shakes), when I taught a Shakespeare master class during my time there. We’re thrilled to have a mini Hoosier Shakes reunion down here in Fayetteville!

2016 Pericles featured a cast of 12; 2018 Pericles features a cast of 35. More than doubling the cast size has had its triumphs and challenges, but it’s magical to watch such a large group of people come together to put on a play. Co-directing this show has been a beast, but I’m proud of the work the cast put in. Join us for The Tempest and Pericles!

Tickets available at http://sweetteashakespeare.com/tickets.

 

A Homecoming

By Kate McCosh

I recently returned home to Fayetteville from Western Carolina University, where I just finished my first year in the BFA Acting program. Upon my arrival, I was super excited to see both my family and everyone at Sweet Tea Shakespeare. I started my journey with Sweet Tea Shakespeare as a sophomore in high school, when I was cast in the Honey Series production Sweet Words. A year later, I had the opportunity to work on STS’s Twelfth Night and As You Like It, which ran in repertory, very much like Pericles and The Tempest this summer. I then took a short break from STS while I auditioned for college.Read More