We had a meeting with a rep from Centro Ybor, who approved everything we wanted to do and gave us permission to use city energy for our spotlight. Centro is drooling over the idea that someone will bring some "culture" to the area (something that, in our opinion, they should be doing themselves, but what the hell).
First auditions last Saturday, mostly females. We found an excellent Ophelia and Gertrude, and filled some smaller roles with females. Second round of auditions are this Sunday, for two more females and a large group of males. We're now missing four roles altogether: Horatio, Fortinbras, Laertes, and Polonius. We're hoping this Sunday will resolve those little problems.
First read-through is next Wednesday, then we'll begin planning rehearsals for February and March. Due to our Ophelia's having some conflicts in early March, we've decided to move the start date to Friday, April 18.
Hamlet will run April 18th (Act I), April 25th (Act II), May 2nd (Act III), May 9 (Act IV), and May 16th (Act V).
We've become a minor urban legend now in our department at university. We've heard all sorts of rumors popping up about this "new theatre company doing Hamlet", and have heard things like: "they have city funding!" (which we don't, but we wish we did). Not everyone knows that Will and I are behind it, which makes for funny times when someone asks him or me if we auditioned last week.
All in all, a good start. We're praying we can fill those roles this Sunday. So, we have two months and two weeks to get this thing off the ground.