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Update: Due to outside/RL stuff going on with me (Helens), this project is being canceled -- sorry to those of you who sent in auditions! We've still got five fantastic projects in the works, and any of those directors would be lucky to have you. Please consider auditioning for one of the other projects! *\o/*

Greetings and salutations! My name is [personal profile] helens78 (Helens), and I'll be working with people on a two-scene, 2000-word, six-role XMFC script called "Superhuman Affairs."

Details about the script:

Superhuman Affairs is 2000 words long and takes place in two scenes. There are six roles, ranging from minor roles with as few as three lines that feature in only one scene, to two lead characters who feature in both scenes.

The premise of the script: Moira MacTaggart hosts a round-table political talk show. This week's guests include Henry Gyrich, Robert Kelly, Erik Lehnsherr, and Charles Xavier. (There's also a Director of the show who has only three lines.) During a break in the taping, we also discover that Charles and Erik have a history together.

Rehearsal schedule:

I'm open to a variety of times, but would like to have one weekly rehearsal lasting from approximately 11:00am to 1:00pm Pacific (use the World Clock to convert that to your local time! Pacific time is the same as Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles) on either Saturday or Sunday mornings. Please specify if one or both of those times will work for you!

List of characters:
(in order of appearance)

Moira MacTaggart: anchor for The MacTaggart-Cassidy News Hour (medium role, 12 lines, 1 scene)
Director: the director of TMCNH (small role, 3 lines, 1 scene)
Dr. Charles Xavier: a mutant geneticist (lead role, 2 scenes)
Senator Robert Kelly: an anti-mutant politician from Topeka, Kansas (medium role, 9 lines, 1 scene)
Erik Lehnsherr: leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants (lead role, 2 scenes)
Henry Gyrich: chair of the recently-formed Commission on Superhuman Affairs (medium role, 10 lines, 1 scene)

How to audition:

Audition Script for "Superhuman Affairs"! This document contains the audition lines for all characters. Please let me know if you can't access it!

The script is dialogue-focused; there are no monologues, and there is no narrator. Most audition pieces include dialogue between characters. If the audition piece for your character includes multiple characters, here are some suggestions:

* You can read multiple parts, letting me know which part(s) you're auditioning for.

* You can recruit a friend to read with, letting me know which part(s) you're auditioning for.

* You can request a test file from me in which I'm reading the other parts in your scene, letting me know which part(s) you're auditioning for. I will not be reading in the final product, but this will give you a voice to read against!

* You can improvise more dialogue for your character!... letting me know which part(s) you're auditioning for.

(You'll notice a theme here. :) I need to know which part or parts you're interested in auditioning for!)

Please, please, please, feel free to audition for as many roles as you like. There are six characters in a 15-minute script here, and I am nervous about getting enough people to fill all the parts. /o\!

You are welcome to record multiple takes/different readings of your audition piece! Please limit your audition to 5 minutes or less (per role), though.

When you've recorded your audition file, please send it, or a link to it, to helens78@gmail.com. I will email you once I've received it; if I don't email you back within 24 hours, please DM me on Dreamwidth to ask if I got your audition file! (I am easiest to reach by email first, then DW PM. If all else totally fails, try commenting to this post!)

Any other information:

I am very open to improvisation on this script, and the script may end up with rewrites as we go.

All accents are welcome! I don't care if your native accent matches the characters' accents. Please use your most comfortable reading voice, and don't worry about accents at all.

Rehearsals will take place on Skype (my Skype username is helensfic). I will record rehearsals with MP3 Skype Recorder and will have copies available for all performers after we've recorded, in case we brainstorm ideas or you'd like to play back the rehearsals to see what your interactions with other performers sounded like.

The script is only 15 minutes or so, so we'll be running through it multiple times per rehearsal session. I marked out two hours as an approximate rehearsal time, but that actually may not be necessary -- we'll play it by ear.

For final recording, I'd ideally like each person to record eir own part individually, but I will have a Skype backup as a last-case option.

Date: 2012-11-23 11:37 pm (UTC)
luzula: a Luzula pilosa, or hairy wood-rush (Default)
From: [personal profile] luzula
Totally going to audition! \o/ When do you need the auditions? I'm away over the weekend and I don't know if I'll have the time/opportunity to do it before I get home...

Date: 2012-11-24 12:41 am (UTC)
mific: (ear trumpet)
From: [personal profile] mific
OK, this looks like fun, and in the unlikely event that I get selected, the skype time's a Saturday afternoon for me. I'll record something for you tonight when the house goes quiet. I've not really been into XMFC fandom, so can I check - is Lehnsherr pronounced like Lens-sher or like Lens-herr? And is Gyrich pronounced Gy-rich, or smooshed together like Girrich? Xavier's pronounced Zavier, I think.

Date: 2012-11-24 01:07 am (UTC)
mific: (ear trumpet)
From: [personal profile] mific
Okay, so I got all the pronunciations a bit wrong, good thing I asked!

Yes, in NZ, and clearly in dire need of coffee as I totally failed to actually *calculate* the corrrect time, just read off the current local time. Duh.
So, having now done it properly, the Saturday option'd be better for me as that's 8-10am my Sunday morning, whereas the Sunday option is my Monday morning. I could do the Sunday=Monday time if necessary though, as I work part-time and a lot from home. Serious amounts of coffee needed for an 8am start though!

Date: 2012-11-30 01:38 am (UTC)
klb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klb
I know that this project has gotten postponed, but I wanted to say that the Sherlock podfic, here is very actively looking for auditions if you're interested! (Also, I listened to Abstain the other day and loved loved LOVED it and am very strongly tempted to start mainlining everything you've ever done. Which, of course, makes me a bit biased towards wanting you in theatripod... :D)

Date: 2012-11-30 01:44 am (UTC)
mific: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mific
Excellent timing. I was just printing off stuff to read for the Sherlock one and the DILF one, to record tonight and mail to the directors.
And thanks so much for the nice feedback! :)

Date: 2012-11-26 04:11 am (UTC)
pandarus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pandarus
Man, I'd love to have a crack at this, but I'll have to address the lack of wifi in my apartment to make it happen...

Date: 2012-11-30 12:03 am (UTC)
klb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klb
I know that this production is being postponed, but if you solve the wifi situation there's a really cool 2-voice Sherlock production casting right now... :)


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