How does HSOF work?

Participants will be selected from live auditions be held in Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Montreal, St John’s and Halifax or from recorded auditions for those too far away to audition in person. There are no age limits for this programme. Each role will be double cast, if possible and each participant will have at least two public performances of his or her role. All participants will be expected to arrive with their parts securely memorized, as if for a professional engagement.

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The workshop will begin with a few days of music rehearsals and coachings, followed by a an intense week and a half of blocking and running the show. A typical day will include an acting warmup, then six hours of rehearsals at the Dalhousie University campus scheduled for the afternoons and evenings. As a break from staging, we’ll offer a series of masterclasses on dramatic or musical interpretation and auditioning techniques: each participant will have at least one slot in these masterclasses with guest artists and coaches.

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Then we move into the theatres (the extremely well-equipped 235 seat Sir James Dunn Theatre on the University campus for Giulio Cesare and the marvellous Neptune Studio Theatre downtown for the operas accompanied by piano) for tech and dress rehearsals and the twelve performances (four of each show). Performances will be performed in the original language, with English surtitles for the added enjoyment of our audiences.

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