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Orbit Initiative

Arts at the Center of Your World

The Orbit Initiative is a new educational endeavor by the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust that strives to reach beyond downtown to work with community partners citywide to provide theatrical education to anyone interested, ages 4-84, free of charge, and located within their community. The goal is to convene at the TPAC for a large-scale performance on the Chapman Music Hall stage. Strong community partnerships are the bedrock of Orbit. Reaching out to those community members who feel the theater is out of their reach or is an elitist organization is the primary objective. Our approach is founded on a 360-degree transformational experience of theater of, by and for the people of Tulsa. The disciplines included in this project are acting, dance/movement, singing/vocal technique, visual art, and stage tech, with master class opportunities in vocal auditions, playwriting/poetry and puppetry.

Getting the word out to every school, classroom, and student will take some effort from not just the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, but also local schools, recreation centers and community partners. These community partners provide the space for classes and workshops to take place. We invite members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances, and, most importantly, join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theatre and help bridge communities together accentuating our similarities and diversity as motivation and strength as our city takes center stage. The Orbit Initiative is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. In essence, it is inviting the whole city to celebrate itself.


For more information, please contact:
Jeremy Stevens
Education & Development Coordinator
918.596.7119
jstevens@tulsapac.com

AUDITIONS: TWELFTH NIGHT

JANUARY 28, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Greenwood Cultural Center
(Callbacks February 2, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., if needed)

Announcing Auditions for the Principal and Featured roles in The Orbit Initiative's production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. This is a 90-minute musical adaptation, originally conceived by Lear deBessonet of Public Works NYC, will feature a large ensemble of community members from the Tulsa area. Principal roles are open to all experienced actors and singers. Actors cast in these roles will be paid. We are looking for highly experienced, trained performers for these roles.

Rehearsals begin in May and will generally be held on weeknights and some Saturdays. A tentative schedule will be available at auditions.

Performances will be June 27 at 7:00 p.m. and June 28 at 2:00 p.m.

For this audition, please prepare 24-32 bars of two contrasting folk, pop, rock or music theatre songs, AND a 1 minute or less monologue, from Shakespeare or another published play. An accompanist will be provided. Please come with sheet music with cuts clearly marked. There will not be a dance audition.

LEAD ROLES BEING CAST AT THIS AUDITION:

VIOLA - mezzo-soprano
OLIVIA - mezzo-soprano
ORSINO - bari-tenor
MALVOLIO - tenor
TOBY - baritone/bass
SEBASTIAN - tenor
FESTE - mezzo-soprano
ANDREW - bari-tenor
ANTONIO - bari-tenor

MARIA – non-singing role in script – must be flexible as that will change

FABION – non-singing role in script – must be flexible as that will change

Additional roles for community members and others being cast at this audition:

FEATURED

(These roles will be cast from the community. Can be any gender, may be double/triple cast from within the ensemble. All actors playing these roles should also be in the ensemble.)

ILLYRIAN OFFICIANT

ILLYRIAN MAIL-PERSON

ILLYRIAN ATTENDANT

FIRST OFFICER

SECOND OFFICER

HOW IT WORKS

The Orbit Initiative invites a stunning diversity of people to participate in workshops and classes, to attend performances, and to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theatre.

CLASSES

In conjunction with 918 Day and Resilient Tulsa, communities participate in acting classes ranging from improv to spoken word, poetry to playwriting, and musical theatre to Shakespeare, as well as dance/movement classes, visual art classes and stage tech classes.

CONVERSATION

Together, we attend plays, discussions and social events to deepen our connections.

COLLABORATION

In June, we all come together to create a large-scale production that puts our city center stage at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The following Community Partners will host classes for Orbit. You may contact them directly or fill out the enrollment form to the right.

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-743-4297

Greenwood Cultural Center
322 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-596-1020

Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences
1202 W Easton Street
Tulsa, OK 74127
918-828-7727

Ellen Ochoa Elementary
12000 E 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146
918-357-4330

Hicks Park Community Center
3443 S Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74146
918-669-6355

LIFE Senior Services
East Side Senior Center
1427 S Indianapolis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74112
918-744-6760

The Stone Church/Tulsa Artery
4225 W. 5th Street
Tulsa, OK 74127
918-947-9032

Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center
2021 E 71st St.
Tulsa, OK 74136
918-495-1111

The Artisan
12654 E. 86th Place N.
Owasso, OK 74055
918-512-1479

MORE INFO

Fill out the form below to get more information about the Orbit Initiative. Whether you're wanting to be a volunteer, sponsor or participant, we are excited to hear from you!

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