Auditions-at-a-glance: Twelfth Night--August 10-12; Shifting Gears--August 29-30; Old Times--September 21-23; Snow Queen (JT)--September 28-30; Bonnie and Clyde--October 26-28
Twelfth Night is a veritable “feast of fools” in love. In Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, there are few lengths to which the characters will not go in order to pursue their passions. Cross-dressing, mistaken identity, and slight-of-hand propel the various lovers into far-flung situations that only the original master of comedy can set right.
Audition info: Twelfth Night has roles for 7-9 men and 4-6 women, ages 18-80. Those auditioning should attend one of the regular audition sessions and should be available for callbacks. Those auditioning must prepare a one-minute monologue from any Shakespeare play. No pre-registration is required. All who are cast must be able to attend an acting workshop on Saturday, August 23, from 1-6pm. Regular rehearsals begin September 7.
· Duke Orsino: A romantic nobleman of Illyria. He is in love with Olivia— although some may argue that he is in love with the idea of being in love. Olivia does not return the duke’s affections, and as a result he wallows in melancholy.
· Curio: Orsino’s servant. Although he tries to serve him as best he can, he is not as close to the duke as the newly arrived Cesario.
· Valentine: Orsino’s servant.
· Viola (Cesario): A young woman of aristocratic birth and the twin sister of Sebastian. She dresses as a young man named Cesario in order to act as page to Duke Orsino. She quickly becomes his close confidante and falls in love with him.
· Sebastian: The twin brother of Viola. He is mistaken for Cesario when he enters Illyria, and mayhem ensues.
· Antonio: A sea captain who rescues Sebastian after the shipwreck. He accompanies Sebastian in Illyria— because he cares for him and wishes to protect him— but this is dangerous for Antonio because he is a wanted man in Illyria.
· Sea Captain: The sea captain and Viola are shipwrecked together. He helps her in becoming Cesario and introduces her to the duke.
· Olivia: A wealthy countess romantically pursued by Orsino and Sir Andrew. Olivia is in mourning over the death of her brother, and she vows to hold to her mourning period for seven years. Olivia falls in love with Viola when she is disguised as Cesario.
· Sir Toby Belch: Olivia’s uncle. She does not approve of his chaotic, drunken behavior, but Sir Toby has an ally in the household as well—Maria.
· Maria: Olivia’s quick-witted maid. She runs the household and schemes with Sir Toby.
· Fabian: Servant to Olivia and joins in tomfoolery.
· Sir Andrew Aguecheek: A nobleman who is drawn into schemes with Sir Toby and Maria while trying to win Olivia’s heart. Although he believes himself to be witty and brave, he is an utter fool.
· Feste: A jester and musician who lends his services to Olivia, and to Orsino as well. He is a fool by profession, but he is very perceptive of peoples’ inner natures. Wise counsel is often concealed within his entertainment.
· Malvolio: Olivia’s ambitious—and vain—steward. He is quite impressed by his own virtue and harbors a secret love for Olivia. His disdain for fun, along with his haughtiness, earns him the enmity of Maria, Sir Toby and Sir Andrew.
· The Friar: The priest is called upon by Olivia so that she can be married to Cesario.
directed by Jacqueline Courteau
Shifting Gears is an original musical by local playwright Lori Reece. This poignant play explores the dynamics of a group of women with breast cancer as they support one another and learn to not only cope, but live life fully, with humor and determination. Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of a Broadway or pop song; there will also be cold readings from the script. There are roles for 5 women ages 30-60 and one man, age late 30’s-50.
Rehearsals will be Friday evenings (7:00 p.m.) in September and/or some Saturday or Sunday afternoons, depending on cast availability.Character Descriptions:
Gina: Bartender, middle-aged
Jan: Triathlete and yoga instructor, middle-aged
Sarah: Architect in her late 30s, divorced mother of three
Lauren: Professor at local university, middle-aged
Maria: Forty-year-old mother and unpublished writer of children’s books
Matt: Sarah’s ex-husband, late 30’s-40’s, professional
Doctor: Surgeon (may be played by same actor as Matt)
Old Times, by Harold Pinter, focuses on a man named Deely, his wife, Kate, and Anna, a friend of Kate’s whom they have not seen for twenty years. Beneath the surface of their taut, witty conversation lurk suggestions of darkness, until the present is overwhelmed with intimation of some frightening past. There are roles for one man and two women, ages early 40’s-50. Auditions consist of cold readings from the play.