New York, NY 10033
James Cougar Canfield
ROMEO & JULIET
By William Shakespeare
The Tragic Tale of Two Animal Cross-ed Lovers
Directed by Tier5 co-founder, James Cougar Canfield
Casting voices actors for an upcoming animated film version of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, with Shakespeare’s text, but completely animated in the video game, Animal Crossing.
Critically acclaimed and award winning theatre company, Tier5, continues to push boundaries with creating art during the times of social distancing. After launching a successful virtual concert series with Tier5 Sings!, the company plans to continue expanding their virtual content by producing a completely animated version of Romeo & Juliet, set in the world of Animal Crossing.
Tier5 co-founder and director, Canfield, recently directed a successful virtual production of As You Like It for Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival that combined MMORPG gaming with the classic comedy, as well as a series of viral TikTok videos featuring mash-ups of musical theatre numbers and Animal Crossing, with over a million views.
Performers of all races, ethnicities, abilities, ages, and gender identities are encouraged to submit. Tier5 strives to create inclusive, safe, and anti-racist environments in every aspect of our operation, on stage and off, for our performers, creatives, and audiences.
Casting will focus on voice quality, talent, and resume, so don’t worry about abiding by any sort of gender construct originally written into the play. Age also doesn’t matter. Submit for whatever character you want. Yolo.
All roles are available unless noted.
Juliet Capulet- one of the ill-fated star-crossed lovers. This role has been cast.
Romeo Montague- the other ill-fated star-crossed lover.
Prince Escalus- ruling prince of Verona.
Count Paris- a kinsmen of Escalus, wishes to marry Juliet.
Mercutio- a kinsmen of Escalus, a friend of Romeo.
Capulet- patriarch of the House of Capulet.
Lady Capulet- matriarch of the House of Capulet.
Tybalt- Juliet’s cousin.
The Nurse- Juliet’s personal attendant.
Peter, Sampson, and Gregory- servants of the Capulet household.
Montague- patriarch of the House of Montague.
Lady Montague- matriarch of the House of Montague.
Benvolio- Romeo’s cousin and bestie.
Abram and Balthasar- servants of the Montague household.
Friar Laurence- Romeo’s confidant.
Friar John- sent to deliver Friar Laurence’s letter to Romeo.
Apothecary- reluctantly sells Romeo poison.
Chorus- introduces the first two acts.
Servants, Pages, and Musicians - roles to be doubled with other actors.
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
Shakespeare’s classic love story, but told through Animal Crossing! Tone-wise, we’re aiming for something along the lines of Muppet Treasure Island or The Muppet Christmas Carol, where the original story is honored, but we’re going to play up the ridiculousness that it’s being acted out by a bunch of 3D animals.
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations:
Rehearsals will be via zoom, and based around actors availability. We will rehearse each Act at least 2 times before recording it for the film. Actors may be asked to re-record additional content, individually or a group, as the animation process continues.
Depending on the role, actors may also be expected to have a one-on-one text analysis session with the director and/or text associate for the project.
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October 19, 2020 -