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Theatre Arts School of San Diego is proud to present George Orwell's timeless classic, as adapted for the stage by Ian Wooldridge. George Orwell’s 1945 satire has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere—and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: “Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others.”

"Dare I say it – as good as the book" - The Guardian

"Ian Wooldridge's adaptation makes the text as engagingly relevant as ever" - London Evening Standard

"...Adeptly brought to the stage by Ian Wooldridge- The Oxford Times

Wendy Maples will direct a small-medium sized cast of actors ages 11-17 in this bold production. Courtney Corey will produce and design. Actors will learn how to perform this play "in-the-round" and will develop theatrical storytelling skills such as scene work, vocalization, and movement.

ANIMAL FARM is produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY, of Woodstock, Illinois.


AUDITIONS - at TAS+SD STUDIOS in Liberty Station
Friday, September 28, 2018 from 4:45pm-6:45pm
Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 12:15-3:15pm (Callbacks)

IN-STUDIO REHEARSALS - at TAS+SD STUDIOS in Liberty Station
Week One - actors will be called 3-5 days, based on availability this week
Monday, October 1 - 4:45-6:45
Tuesday, October 2 - 4:45-6:45
Wednesday, October 3 - 4:45-6:45
Thursday, October 4 - 4:45-6:45
Friday, October 5 - 4:45-6:45
Week Two - actors will be called 3 days this week
Monday, October 8 - 4:45-6:45
Friday, October 12 - 4:45-6:45
Saturday, October 13 - 12:15-3:15
Week Three - actors will be called only if they would like to help with costumes, sets, and props
Day and time TBA
Week Four - actors will be called 3 days this week
Monday, October 22 - 4:45-6:45
Friday, October 26 - 4:45-6:45
Saturday, October 27 - 12:15-3:15
Week Five - actors will be called 6 days this week for tech and performances
TECH REHEARSALS - onsite in the Arts District@Liberty Station
Monday, October 29 - 4:45-8:00
Tuesday, October 30 - 4:45-8:00
Wednesday, October 31 - 4:00-6:00 (released early for Halloween - if we are in good shape, we will cancel this day)
PERFORMANCES - onsite in the Arts District@Liberty Station
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30pm (call time 4:00)
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:30pm (call time 5:00)
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30pm (call time 5:00)
*running time is approx. 90 minutes


SYNOPSIS

Manor Farm is run by Mr Jones, a cruel and drunken farmer. One day, the animals gather at a meeting to listen to Old Major, a wise old pig. Old Major makes a speech, calling for animals to rise up against their farmers. The animals are very keen about the idea. Old Major dies a few days later. The pigs, who are the most intelligent animals, begin planning a rebellion. They are led by Snowball and Napoleon.

About three months later, the animals revolt against Mr Jones and take over the farm. They change its name to "Animal Farm". They decide the farm will now be ruled only by animals, calling the system "animalism". They write seven commandments, with the most important being "All animals are equal". “Four legs good, two legs bad” becomes a popular chant for the sheep. Mr Jones and his friends attack the farm to try to take it back, but in the "Battle of the Cowshed" the animals drive them away. Mr Jones flees and never returns.

Snowball and Napoleon fall out with each other, as they have different ideas for how Animal Farm should be led. Snowball announces plans to build a windmill, but Napoleon disagrees. Napoleon trains nine puppies, who grow into vicious dogs who will serve him. When the dogs are fully grown, he uses them to chase Snowball off the farm. He takes control and rules the farm by himself (as a dictator). Napoleon uses the dogs to kill any animal that does not agree with him, while a pig called Squealer keeps telling the animals that everything is fine and they should support Napoleon.

Napoleon changes his mind and decides to build a windmill, pretending that it was his idea all along. The first windmill they build collapses. Napoleon blames this (and other problems) on Snowball. He claims that Snowball is sneaking around Animal Farm ruining everything. Many animals are killed for "being in contact with Snowball". Napoleon starts working with human beings outside, even though this used to be forbidden. One of them is their neighbor, a farmer called Mr Frederick. He brings in a group of men who invade the farm and destroy the second windmill. The animals fight them off in the "Battle of the Windmill", at great cost.

As the animals build a third windmill, Boxer, their strongest horse, loses his strength because of old age and collapses. Napoleon sends him to be slaughtered, even though Boxer was his friend. The pigs continue to work with humans and start to behave like them, such as living in the farmhouse and walking on two legs. They teach the sheep a new chant: “Four legs good, two legs better”. The commandments are replaced by the words "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." In the end, other animals watch the pigs talking with a group of humans and decide they cannot tell which is which.


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

The Pigs 

  • Major - The prize-winning boar whose vision of a socialist utopia serves as the inspiration for the Rebellion. Three days after describing the vision and teaching the animals the song “Beasts of England,” Major dies, leaving Snowball and Napoleon to struggle for control of his legacy.
  • Napoleon - The pig who emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after the Rebellion. Based on Joseph Stalin, Napoleon uses military force to intimidate the other animals and consolidate his power.
  • Squealer - The pig who spreads Napoleon’s propaganda among the other animals. Squealer justifies the pigs’ monopolization of resources and spreads false statistics pointing to the farm’s success. Orwell uses Squealer to explore the ways in which those in power often use rhetoric and language to twist the truth and gain and maintain social and political control.
  • Snowball - The pig who challenges Napoleon for control of Animal Farm after the Rebellion. Based on Leon Trotsky, Snowball is intelligent, passionate, eloquent, and less subtle and devious than his counterpart, Napoleon. Snowball seems to win the loyalty of the other animals and cement his power.
  • Minimum - The poet pig who writes verse about Napoleon and pens the banal patriotic song “Animal Farm, Animal Farm” to replace the earlier idealistic hymn “Beasts of England,” which Old Major passes on to the others.

The Horses

  • Boxer - The cart-horse whose incredible strength, dedication, and loyalty play a key role in the early prosperity of Animal Farm and the later completion of the windmill. Quick to help but rather slow-witted, Boxer shows much devotion to Animal Farm’s ideals but little ability to think about them independently. He naïvely trusts the pigs to make all his decisions for him. His two mottoes are “I will work harder” and “Napoleon is always right.”
  • Clover, - A good-hearted female cart-horse and Boxer’s close friend. Clover often suspects the pigs of violating one or another of the Seven Commandments, but she repeatedly blames herself for misremembering the commandments.
  • Mollie - The vain, flighty mare who pulls Mr. Jones’s carriage. Mollie craves the attention of human beings and loves being groomed and pampered. She has a difficult time with her new life on Animal Farm, as she misses wearing ribbons in her mane and eating sugar cubes.

More Animals

  • Benjamin The Donkey - The long-lived donkey who refuses to feel inspired by the Rebellion. Benjamin firmly believes that life will remain unpleasant no matter who is in charge. Of all of the animals on the farm, he alone comprehends the changes that take place, but he seems either unwilling or unable to oppose the pigs.
  • Moses The Raven - The tame raven who spreads stories of Sugarcandy Mountain, the paradise to which animals supposedly go when they die. (Note: Moses will be played by three joined actors as one bird)
  • Muriel - The white goat who reads the Seven Commandments to Clover whenever Clover suspects the pigs of violating their prohibitions.
  • Young Animals, Various Ensemble roles.  Will help to tell the story of Animal Farm, engage the audience, assist in the building the windmill, etc.  

Human Farmers, The unseen enemies of the Animal Farm.  They appear at the close of the play. Actors playing these roles will appear as animals in earlier scenes in the play.


DETAILS ON THIS PRODUCTION

  • All actors must attend the audition on Friday, September 28 (4:45-6:45). We may call some actors for callbacks on Saturday, September 29 (12:15-3:15). If you are called back, this simply means we need to spend a little more time with you to determine which role will suit you best in this production. Because it is our belief at TAS+SD that all actors should be provided with an opportunity to perform, all actors who register and audition will be cast. 
  • It is our duty at TAS+SD to provide a positive theatre experience to all. All who audition will be in the production. Please note there are no refunds for this production. Meaning, if you do not get the part you initially wanted, that is not an excuse to drop out of the production. Each actor has something special they can bring to a role, and we look forward to the opportunity to develop these characters with our actors.
  • All actors must adhere to the TAS+SD Code of Conduct. Please read this document thoroughly. It will be emailed with your audition materials and also discussed at the first rehearsal.
  • We will call actors to rehearsals only when needed. We value your time. Rehearsal calls for the following week come out each Sunday.
    The production fee for ANIMAL FARM is $385. This fee includes all instruction, materials and costumes for the theatre artists. We do not require our actors to sell tickets, but do highly encourage everyone to help promote the production. Actors may be asked to provide their own shoes. Production tee-shirts can be purchased separately for $20.

HOW TO REGISTER AND AUDITION FOR THIS PRODUCTION

1) Fill out the TAS+SD Production Form. (Even if you have filled out this form for other shows, you will need to fill out a new one for Animal Farm.

2)  If you are new to TAS+SD, please also fill out the online TAS+SD Registration and Release form.

2) Complete the payment for the Production Fee by clicking the REGISTER button below. 

3) Please review the audition sides HERE. Choose one side to concentrate on for the audition, but also be prepared to read other sides at the audition if asked. You do not need to prepare a monologue for the audition. 

4) See you at auditions on Friday, September 28 at 4:45 pm at the TAS+SD Studios in Liberty Station!