Paradise Lost: casting call; only 5 weeks left for Romeo + Juliet

Paradise LostI’ve been covering preparations for the upcoming production of Paradise Lost: The story of Adam and Eve’s original sin, which will be staged by the Basilique Performing Arts Company starting in spring 2014.

A re-telling of the original sin based on John Milton’s Paradise Lost, choreographed and set to the fourteen movements of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor, the production is both ambitious and one of the most highly anticipated theatre events of Second Life, following on the heels of the Company’s lauded and acclaimed Romeo + Juliet.

And now YOU have the opportunity to be a part of the show.

Canary Beck and Harvey Crabsticks, the creative pair behind the production have issued a casting call. On offer are six parts within the production, two of which are to be played by the same actor. The six are:

  • Beelzebub Satan’s right hand man, counsel-at-war, mastermind of the infiltration into Eden and more, and who appears in three scenes of the performance. The person behind this avatar will also be asked to play Moses  – part of a dream sequence, Moses does what Moses does best, much to the annoyance of Pharaohs
  • Moloch – Satan’s War Captain and all-round war monger. Also seen in three scenes. The person behind this avatar will also be asked to play Noah – he of the flood and very large floating menagerie fame. Also seen in a dream sequence
  • Belial – another of Satan’s Fallen, a cunning beguiler working against those who would have war and manipulating things for her / his own advantage; appears in three scenes
  • Mammon – a Prince of Hell eager to see it industrialised and its resources exploited (no doubt lining her / his own pockets with gold and precious gems along the way). Again appears in three scenes.

Adam and Eve by Caitlin Tobias, January 2014
Adam and Eve by Caitlin Tobias on Flickr – click to enlarge

Requirements in Brief

  • No prior experience of acting is required, nor are there any special technical requirements or skills requested. Applicants will not be expected to use voice
  • Preferred applicants are those with reliable Internet connections who are prepared to commit to 2 hours a week at weekends (13:00 Saturdays or 12:00 noon Sundays) for a 12-week season (March through June 2014)
  • Fully costumed and kitted avatars will be supplied to the successful applicants for the duration of the production.

Successful applicants will also receive 50% of all tips donated to them during performances, the remaining 50% going towards funding the Basilique Performing Arts Company’s adoption of Ihoho, an infant mountain gorilla living in Rwanda. you can read more about why the Company has decided to adopt a baby mountain gorilla on Canary’s blog.

For full details on the roles and the requirements, please refer to Canary’s blog post.

How to Apply

Supply a note card in-world to either Canary Beck or Harvey Crabsticks (crabsticks Resident), giving your name and any information you feel relevant by no later than Friday January 31st, 2014.

Romeo + Juliet in Second Life

Sunday January 19th marks the 31st performance of the Basilique Performing Arts Company’s Romeo + Juliet in Second Life. This means that, including the Sunday presentation, there are only five performances of this acclaimed production left in the winter season. These are (all times SLT):

  • Sunday, January 19th, 12:00 noon
  • Saturday, January 25th, 13:00
  • Saturday, February 1st, 13:00
  • Saturday, February 8th, 13:00
  • Friday, February 14th, 13:00

All performances are at The Basilique Playhouse, and the show comes very highly recommended – it really should not be missed.  See also my notes on the production’s winter season and on attending a performance.

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3 thoughts on “Paradise Lost: casting call; only 5 weeks left for Romeo + Juliet

  1. We’re really hoping that we get a good response to the call for performers, so it’s good of you to help spread the word, Inara. Thank you very much!

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