SL Shakespeare Company Open Auditions: March 30/08

Received the following notecard in- world today from Ina Centaur, founder of the Company.

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The SL Shakespeare Company will be holding a round of open auditions for our upcoming Hamlet productions, the earliest of which opens on 4/23, with rehearsals beginning in early April. (In addition, we may also be performing a non-Hamlet scene in May. More details to come.)

Play: Hamlet

Time: Sunday, 3/30 at high noon SLT

Order:  on a “first come, first act” basis.

(Location: Globe Theatre: SLURL)

Directions: Please be prepared to read a passage of your choice of the character you wish to perform, a passage of our choice of the same character, and possibly, an unrelated scene of our choice. (In addition, you may also show us a passage from another Shakespearean play.)

Criteria: Quality, availability, and SL Voice/mic clarity (sorry!). Evidence that you’ve practiced your lines a bit and are familiar enough with your character to do well on our “pop quiz” may help ;-).

Technical Help: Please arrive an hour early (11 AM, SL Time) if you need help setting up, tweaking, or configuring your microphone for SL voice performances.

Also: Please email production@SLshakespeare.com with your availability for rehearsals beginning in early April. We will automatically add you to our repertory cast list, but that does not necessarily mean you get a role. (For those on the repertory cast, we will contact you prior to each production.)

We currently use a repertory cast system, where we will contact actors on a list prior to rehearsals for each production. Please note that the auditions are public, and we do hope to keep your voice on file (unless you specifically opt out) on a public “SL Theatre Open Audition Database”:

http://STOAD.SLshakespeare.com

—SLSC Casting Director

http://SLshakespeare.com

(Photo: Ina Centaur)

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There’s a second life for disgraced politicians

CNN iReportAnother interesting video surfaced during today’s meeting at the CNN Amphitheater in SL. We were encouraged last week to start filing video reports. Hugo did just that, while offering a possible new work avenue for Eliot Spitzer, the now ex-Governor of New York state.

See story & video: NY Governor Spitzer to retire in Second Life

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Shakespeare in SL: Also on YouTube

I caught the opening of the mini-production of Hamlet in SL on February 28th. The theatre was packedHamlet Poster - Shakespeare in SL, which was great for the actors, but not so great for lag. I reported on this experience on the CNN iReport in SL blog.

In today’s meeting at the CNN Amphitheater, Henry iReport pointed out that a video clip of the same scene was available on YouTube. Although it’s not a clip of the actual production, it is the same scene, in the same location. At least, the costumes are visible. Thanks to Inacentaur for posting it.

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Playing Live in SL: [insert up-and-coming musician name here]

The VibeThinking back to when I joined SL in October of 2005, the abundance of activities now present was negligible. Point-to-point teleporting (TP) was non-existant, and half the fun getting anywhere was flying from the teleport hub to the actual location, indicated by a red beam of light. There were clubs you could dance in, new lands to explore and people to meet. SL was definitely in building mode. However, even back then, live music was rapidly gaining a foothold. Today, you can find pretty much any genre of music played live, from folk to jazz, blues, rock and bluegrass, it’s there for the listenin’.

A couple of months ago I tumbled upon a musician who goes by the name of Hep Shepherd. Actually, I stumbled upon a free download offer of one of his Hep Shepherd/Jeff Krantzsongs through SL: Last Goodbye. Not one to pass up free music, I downloaded the song and liked what I heard: Acoustic guitar, for a nice blend of soft rock and folk. His MySpace profile highlight Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Pearl jam, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews as his influences.

I dug deeper and found out that Hep in RL is New York musician, Jeff Kranz. I signed up for his newsletter and his SL group. I was thrilled a couple of weeks ago when he announced he would be playing live in SL at The Vibe. I’ve caught two of his shows now and look forward to the next show. Jeff/Hep is currently working on his first album. I don’t know when the album will be released, but I’m looking forward to that. If you’re in Austin next week for SXSW, you can hear Jeff on March 14th at 7 pm.

More info on  Jeff can be found on MySpace and Facebook.

You can listen to a couple of his songs through his website at: jeffkrantzmusic.com.

Jeff Kranz onstage - The VibeAre you a musician interested in reaching a worldwide audience? Check out the Second Life Blog here on what you need to stream on SL. To perform at The Vibe, contact Bratt Lunasea or Dior Flanagan in-world or through The Vibe website.

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CSI:NY in SL: The mysteries keep comin’

One of the advantages of hanging out at Club Random, late at night, is you pick up some valuable info fromFrozen margarita project managers. Many of them hang out at the club as well. On one of those nights, I learnt there would be more mysteries appearing in late February, early March. Though this news was already on the CSI:NY News website, none were live yet. However, a week later they became active and I jumped right in for not one, but two new cases to solve.

The first one, Frozen Margarita read as follows:

The highly-publicized “Still Lifes” exhibit at the Museum of Art in SL just got an unexpected addition. Among the perfectly preserved corpses lies Margarita Vanderville, the sole patron of the show — preserved just like her beloved exhibition pieces.

Like the others, this one involved collecting the evidence, questioning the suspects (the young nephew of the victim, the owner of the museum, who was having an affair with Margarita, and the wife of the owner). I proceeded a little too quickly with this one and ended up guessing the wrong culprit. Still, I managed to upgrade my status one notch.

The second one, was a new multi-dimensional blog mystery by Zuiker, titled Wheel of Misfortune. Unlike the otWheel of Misfortuneher mysteries, this type presents all the evidence, visual & audio, and you have to determine what happened. There are no hints, no analysis of evidence. You’re on your own. Once you think you’ve figured it out, you can post your theory on the CSI:NY blog, where a winning entry is chosen every week. I call this multidimensional because some of the actions are not in SL. There are websites to go to, and in this case, a phone number to call. Though it was long distance (212, New York exchange, natch), I did call it and got a recorded message by Anthony Zuiker. The cool thing about this number is that it is referenced in an earlier episode of CSI:NY, notably part of the 333 storyline.

This mystery looks at the puzzling death of a couple who have fallen off a ferris wheel cabin at the newly opened Linden Park.  You get to use your flying Ferris wheel cabinskills once more as you examine the cabin from which the couple fell. Thankfully, for us, a platform is located right next to the cabin. That platform, though, might be where the marksman was. If there was a marksman. Looking through the blog submissions, recurrent themes occur, pretty much in line with what I thought happened, though I’m more in favour of an accident than a murder. The key words leading me this way: metal projectile. Doesn’t mean a bullet…

The next mystery is scheduled for Friday March 21. It hope this is an indication this project will continue. There is a healthy crowd at Club Random every Thursday night, when Nexeus Fatale DJ’s live, and you can find some people every other night as well, dancing and chatting the night away. There are weekly photo contests to keep everyone busy, and winning entries are posted on the CSI sim and on the CSI:NY News site. Check out the results on Flickr, here.

New episodes of CSI:NY are scheduled for the beginning of April. I hope we see a conclusion to the Venus case, though not a conclusion to CSI:NY in SL.

MaxieM

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