Auditions

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed By: Lee Smith

Show Dates: July 9-10, 11-18, 23-24, 2021

Audition date: May 8, 10:00-2:00

 

Synopsis: Athens prepares for the wedding of Duke Theseus to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Egeus, an elder of the court, wants his daughter, Hermia, to marry his friend, Demetrius, but she is in love with Lysander. The law gives fathers the right to arrange marriages. Theseus gives her three choices: obey her father, be executed or become a nun. Instead Lysander and Hermia decide to elope and flee the city at night. They tell their friend Helena, who loves Demetrius. Helena tells Demetrius of their plan and they follow the couple into the woods. Also in the woods, a group local craftsmen rehearse a play they hope to perform for Theseus’ wedding. All the mortals are unaware that at night the woods are the domain of magical fairies, ruled by Oberon and his queen, Titania. However, the course of true love never did run smooth. Oberon and Titania are quarrelling. As the young Athenians chase through the woods, Oberon takes pity on Helena and orders his mischievous servant, Puck, to use magic to help her win Demetrius. Through a series of mistakes, the lovers change affections and quarrel. Puck also makes Bottom, one of the rehearsing craftsmen, appear with the head of an ass. Oberon uses magic so Titania becomes infatuated with Bottom.  As the dawn comes, all is corrected. Demetrius loves Helena, Lysander loves Hermia, Titania loves Oberon, and Bottom is restored to his former self  just in time to perform at the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. The lovers join the royal couple to watch Bottom and the craftsmen’s unique staging of their play. Afterwards the mortals retire to their bedchambers as Oberon, Titania, Puck and the fairies bless the palace.

 

Audition Dates: Auditions will be held at the Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St, Bastrop, TX 

Saturday, May 9, 10:00- 2:00 p.m.


 

Upon arrival you will fill out an Audition Form and Conflict Sheet.

Headshots and bios are encouraged. We can also take a photo.

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, you may be asked to move around.

Please be prepared to stay the entire audition if required.

 

Prepare 1 monologue (1 minute) from ANY Shakespeare play or Sonnet. 

If unable to prepare a memorized monologue you may read one of the monologues provided.

You may be asked to sing a short song a capella- any song- only 10-15 seconds worth.

After monologues are seen privately, a short scene reading will be done with partners.

 

Characters:

THE COURT

THESEUS- (m)  Age: 20-50. Duke of Athens. Regal, heroic and intellectual but smitten with Hippolyta.

HIPPOLYTA- (f) Age: 20-40. Queen of the Amazons, engaged to Theseus. Powerful, confident and compassionate.

EGEUS- (m)  Age 35-100. A nobleman, Hermia’s very strict father.

PHILOSTRATE- (m or f) Age 20-100. Theseus’s Master of the Revels.

 

THE LOVERS

HERMIA- (f) Age 16-30. Egeus’ daughter who is in love with Lysander. Sweet and kind but also strong-willed and impetuous.  Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills.

 

LYSANDER- (m)  Age 16-30. A young nobleman, in love with Hermia. Likeable and loyal but also impulsive and independent. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills. 

 

DEMETRIUS - (m)  Age 16-30. A young nobleman, in love with Hermia (recently dumped Helena). A bit of a cad. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills.

 

HELENA – (f) Age 16-30. In love with Demetrius. Hermia’s devoted and jealous best friend. A romantic with a sharp wit but also a little insecure. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills.

 

THE MECHANICALS

QUINCE, SNUG, FLUTE, SNOUT, STRAVELING- (m or f)  Age 20-60.  Shakespeare called them Clowns. Working class citizens that rehearse and perform an inadvertently slapstick show to celebrate Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding.

 

Bottom (m) Age 20-50. Friend and fellow thespian of Quince, Snug, etc. A bit vain but everybody’s buddy. Object of Titania’s brief infatuation. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills.

 

THE FAIRIES

OBERON- (m) Age 20-100. King of the Fairies. Jealous and vengeful but also empathetic.

 

PUCK (f or m) Age 15-100. – Oberon’s mischievous henchman. Bold, energetic and a little wicked! Dance or gymnastic experience a big plus for this role.

 

TITANIA ( f ) Age 20-100. Queen of the Fairies. Proud and vivacious but also maternal and nurturing.

 

PEASEBLOSSOM, COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARDSEED- (f or m) Age 15-100. Titania’s troupe of Fairies that dance and sing. Song and dance experience a plus for these roles.

 

Fairies – there is a possibility of adding more fairies for Oberon and Titania.

 

The following roles will be doubled:

Theseus/ Oberon

Hippolyta / Titania

Puck/ Philostrate

Bottom/ Fairy

Quince/ Egeus

Flute/ Moth

Starveling/ Peaseblossom

Snout/ Mustardseed

Snug/  Cobweb