By 2014 Summer Tour cast member Dallin Halls:
One of the most exciting things about working with the Grassroots Shakespeare Company is the fact that we follow the original Shakespearean practice of group collaborative directing, rather than having one director, we all work together to create our shows from the ground up. This process starts from auditions, and goes all the way through to our performances.
The Grassroots audition process was one of the most fun that I have ever had the privilege to participate in. Everyone invited for a callback gets together, performs a short Shakespeare monologue, then takes suggestions from the group on how to improve the piece, then performs the same monologue again, implementing some or all of the groups suggestions. After everyone has performed, we had the chance to vote for who we would like to work with, and the actors with the most votes are those who get cast in the shows.
Then we went through a very similar process for casting the characters of the shows. Everyone votes on who we feel is best suited for certain characters. I was surprised at how easily it was to reach a solid group consensus on specific character casting, and now that we have been in rehearsal it is amazing at how perfectly cast the shows are!
Something I love about acting is being able to develop specific characters and relationships with other characters. The Grassroots process makes this so much more fun and rewarding because we are able to work so closely with the other cast members at building and defining those relationships, not just for ourselves, but helping others do so as well. I have greatly benefited from the incredible suggestions from other cast members in this regard.
My words don’t do the Grassroots process enough justice. The long and short of it is that I love being able to work so closely and learn so much from so many super talented actors. I can honestly say that I have never had as much fun working on a show as I have had working with this cast for the Summer Tour this year. I hope that everyone who is able to see our shows has as much fun watching them as we have as a cast putting them together!
About Dallin Halls:
Dallin is an acting major at BYU and is very excited to be working with Grassroots Shakespeare! He loves crime dramas, political action thrillers, and Celine Dion. His favorite activities include eating ice cream, laughing at stupid jokes, and taking long walks in the dark. His dream roles include John Proctor in The Crucible and anything in American Horror Story.
***Check out this video featuring Dallin Halls then come and see our shows! Details at www.grassrootsshakespeare.com and our Facebook Event. ***