To be or not to be an actor

THE Bell Shakespeare company is putting out a call for budding actors to try out for their regional performance scholarship.

The highly acclaimed company, which will be travelling to the Northern Rivers as part of its performance of The School for Wives, will hold a free theatre workshop for high school groups, and auditions for the scholarship.

Bell Shakespeare actor and Arts Educator Paul Reichstein said the scholarship gives students living in regional areas the chance to travel to its headquarters in Sydney where they will be given the chance to learn and perform with some of Australia's best-known Shakespearean actors.

"Few young actors get an opportunity to get in and work for a theatre company," Mr Reichstein said. "This gives them the opportunity to hang out with Bell Shakespeare actors and directors."

Winners would participate in master classes, backstage tours, see live performances and experi- ence a week of Bell Shakespeare rehearsals.

The scholarship includes accommodation for the recipient and a guardian.

"It's a smorgasbord for a young actor," Mr Reichstein said.

Mr Reichstein said he would be looking for actors who could show an understanding of the character they were portraying.

"You need to know your lines and know your character," Mr Reichstein said. "Unfortunately many good actors miss their opportunity because they aren't well-prepared."

Auditioning students must be full-time high school students from 16 years and up. Students are asked to perform a 1-2 minute monologue from any Shakespeare play.



WILL be held at NORPA Lismore City Hall on August 3. For more information and suggested monologues, visit bellshakespeare.

Bookings for auditions are essential through NORPA, phone 1300 066 772 or

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