Texas Renaissance Festival Announces Open Audition Casting Call

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The 39th Texas Renaissance Festival will include brand new characters including King Henry VIII, Mother Earth and King Midas. Auditions for 400 cast members take place May 4 and May 11.

Have you ever dreamed of being a Fairy Princess? Or King Midas, where everything you touch turns into gold? Well, dream no more. These are just two of the new characters that the Texas Renaissance Festival will cast during open auditions May 4 and May 11 at the festival grounds in Todd Mission.

The Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance themed event, will add six new lead characters to their cast of over 400. Performers who entertain festival-goers during the eight themed weekends will breathe life into new characters including King Henry VIII, Queen Ann Boleyn, The Fairy Princess, Queen of the Masquerade Ball, Mother Earth and King Midas.

The Texas Renaissance Festival invites all types of performers, individuals and specialty acts to audition for the 39th annual festival. Auditions take place during morning and afternoon sessions through improvisational and prepared performances. All performance positions are paid.

“We are looking forward to this year’s auditions and can’t wait to see how the performers will get into character, especially for the Fairy Princess and King Midas roles. Much like the festival, auditions are improvisational. The characters can be interpreted broadly and be cast in a multitude of ways,” says Jeffery L. Baldwin, Entertainment Director at the Texas Renaissance Festival. “We prefer an outgoing personality and a talented and passionate performer over an extensive theatrical resume.”

Audition Dates: Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11, 2013

Audition Location: Texas Renaissance Festival grounds at 21778 FM 1774 Todd Mission, Texas 77363

Audition Times: Two sessions; 8:30 – noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Audition Tips: Performers are judged on looks, speaking ability, how they stand/walk and how they show emotion.

Audition Requirements: Performers must schedule an appointment in order to audition. Call 1-800-458-3435 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Specialty acts of groups or individuals who perform music, magic, juggling, storytelling, dance, etc. will have a maximum of 10 minutes to showcase their talent. The content is up to the performers and creativity, costumes and props are encouraged.

Character actors will audition in a workshop format featuring improvisational exercises. Photo, resume and prepared auditions are appreciated, but not required. Monologues should be of the Renaissance period and no longer than two minutes. Songs must be performed a cappella. Movement oriented clothing is recommended and costumes are not necessary for auditions.

The 39th Texas Renaissance Festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends, Oct. 12 – Dec. 1, 2013 and Thanksgiving Friday. The interactive theme park embraces different eras, including the 16th century and beyond. The 55-acre theater is filled with live entertainment, food, fun and professional actors who stay true to character for the entire eight weekends. For more information on the TRF, please visit http://www.texrenfest.com.

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