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The Exit 7 Players Theater of Ludlow, MA is proud to announce auditions for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Ryan Bird

PERFORMANCE DATES: February 9-11 and 16-18, 2018

AUDITIONS: Closed auditions Sunday & Monday September 24 and 25, 6:30-9pm by appointment.

To schedule an appointment, go to:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0548aca828aaf49-audition

Actors who arrive without an appointment will be see on an “as available” basis.

Please note that appointments will be in 15 minute blocks and times are first come/first served.

Call backs, as needed, by invitation on Wednesday, September 27

Please note that auditions are being held at the United Church of Christ in Ludlow, MA (a few blocks from Exit 7 theater) located at 51 Center St. Ludlow, MA. Please email bird_rmb@hotmail.com if you have any questions. For information about our theater, please visit us at exit7players.org .

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
All actors must be 18 years of age or older by audition date.
All races, genders, shapes and sizes are encouraged to audition.
All roles are open.

All ages listed in role description are approximate only.

Actors should bring a theater resume and headshot if they have one.

Actors who wish to be considered for the roles of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio, Hero and Dogberry should prepare an approximately one minute comedic Shakespearean monologue.

Actors who are open to any role should familiarize themselves with the script and be prepared to read from the script.

REHEARSALS: Tentatively scheduled for Sunday-Wednesday beginning on or shortly after October 29th. With a break over the Thanksgiving and Winter holidays. Please be prepared to list conflicts with rehearsal dates at time of audition.

ROLES: 4-12 women and 7-12 men. Approximal half of the roles are gender neutral and very flexible on age

BEATRICE: (Female, 30-45) Leonato’s niece and Hero’s cousin. Beatrice is “a pleasant-spirited lady” with a very sharp tongue. She is generous and loving, but, like Benedick, continually mocks other people with elaborately tooled jokes and puns. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. At the outset of the play, she appears content never to marry.

HERO: (Female, 19-30) cousin to Beatrice, daughter of Leonato, lovely, charming, gentle, kind, but has backbone, in love with Claudio, innocent of any wrongdoing, she is slandered by Claudio’s enemies and is devastated by the attacks on her good name.

MARGARET: (Female, 20-50) Hero’s gentlewoman, a woman, not a girl, but definitely not an old maid, is sensual, robust, and has a hard time keeping a cap on her sexuality, not cheap or tawdry, just possessing a sexuality that is present, if perhaps inconsistent with the morality of the court.

URSULA: (Female, 30-50) Hero’s gentlewoman, a calming maternal influence in a household dominated by authoritative men, is somewhat old fashioned, perhaps even a little starchy, a woman of quiet faith.

BENEDICK: (Male, 30-45) An aristocratic soldier who has recently been fighting under Don Pedro, and a friend of Don Pedro and Claudio. Benedick is very witty, always making jokes and puns. He carries on a “merry war” of wits with Beatrice, but at the beginning of the play he swears he will never fall in love or marry.

LEONATO: (Male, 50+) Governor of Messina, father to Hero and uncle to Beatrice, well-respected and values his good name, commanding and powerful, but also possessing a playful side, generous toward his friends and brutal with his enemies, capable of great gentleness and humility and terrible rage.

DON PEDRO: (Male, 30-50) Prince of Aragon, a soldier, Benedick’s contemporary and commander, they are old friends and comrades in arms, is wealthy, privileged, charming, courteous, and virile, possesses an innate sense of power and authority, which he wears with great ease, a man comfortable in his own skin.

CLAUDIO: (Male, 19-30) a young Florentine soldier, in love with Hero, cut from a rougher cloth than his comrades, but can still move seamlessly between the macho world of the military and the world of the court, handsome, charming, masculine, a touch of grit, a true believer in honor and virtue, his strict moral code sometimes clouds his judgment and causes him to act rigidly and impetuously. Must be able to sing.

DOGBERRY: (gender neutral) the master constable of Messina, dedicated, determined, but clumsy, proud, sincere, he takes his job extremely seriously, eager to impress the court, and will go to absurd lengths to do so, his attempts to speak formally and elaborately are riddled with misunderstandings and malapropisms, a role for an actor with great physical and verbal comedic skill.

DON JOHN: (Male, 30-50) Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother, melancholy, brooding, wily, envious of his brother’s status and authority, he schemes to get back at him by ruining the happiness of his brother’s friends, an excellent mind for planning and calculating, and an eye for pinpointing the weaknesses of others.

ANTONIO: (Male, 60-70) Leonato’s older brother, although he is perhaps past his physical prime, he is still fierce and commanding, a patriarch who is a little out of step with the times, as his place in society is gradually being usurped by a new, younger guard, has a passionate temper that sometimes overwhelms him.

CONRAD & BORACHIO: cohorts of Don John, they are not in the court but more than happy to move in those circles, it gives them the reflected aura of respectability that they do not possess on their own, they are players, slick, tough and edgy, into drinking, sex, power and money; not necessarily in that order.

VERGES: Dogberry’s hapless sidekick, not the sharpest tool in the kit, together they make a classic double act, this is a role for a character actor who with excellent verbal and physical comedic skills.

FRIAR FRANCIS: (Male, 30-60) compassionate, level-headed, wise, a strong believer in the redemptive power of love, he sets in motion a plot to reunite Hero and Claudio, is a man of true faith and considerable imagination.

BALTHAZAR: Balthazar is the play’s musician. He lends music to the prince’s company and gives a serene atmosphere to Messina. The ability to play a stringed instrument would be a plus

SEXTON: The sexton helps in examining Borachio and Conrade in jail. He shows Dogberry how to take care of the criminals and brings word of the occurrences at the infamous wedding ceremony. He looks down upon Dogberry and eventually captures Don John.

MESSENGERS: Throughout the play, several messengers come onstage and off to report important events to the characters, from the arrival of Don Pedro and his men, to the capture of Don John.

WATCHMEN, OATCAKE, SEACOLE: Dogberry employs a few night watchmen to keep an eye on the happenings of Messina during this very joyous wedding time. They capture Borachio and Conrade on word of Borachio’s affair with Margaret and the framing of Hero.

PlayContestExit 7 Players will audition for The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest on Monday, December 15 and Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. at the Exit 7 Theater (37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow MA).

More than 40 roles are available in these 8 comedies and 8 dramas. Roles range from a 12-year-old girl to a man in his 70’s. Actors will read selected sides from the scripts, which were chosen from a submission pool of 685 plays from all over the United States and from several other countries.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to perform in original plays, many of which will be Massachusetts premieres, and several world premieres, written by new, emerging, and established voices in contemporary playwriting.

For audition information and an opportunity to read the scripts, please go to http://www.exit7players.org/auditions/newshortplaycontes/

The Exit 7 Players of Ludlow, MA are announcing auditions for A CHORUS LINE on Sunday, January 4 and Monday, January 5, 2015.

Show Dates: April 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8, & 9 @ 8pm and April 26 and May 3 @ 2pm

Directed by Janine Flood
Musically Directed by Daniel Monte
Choreographed by Amy Bouchard
Produced by Christina Climo and Chris McKenzie Willenbrock

A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. A CHORUS LINE is a stunning musical-verite about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration.

Memorable musical numbers include I Can Do That, At the Ballet, Dance: Ten; Looks: Three, The Music and the Mirror, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation) and I Hope I Get It. It is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama.

While obviously being a show for dancers, we would like to encourage actor/singers who feel they have the ability to learn and perform choreography and convincingly portray a Broadway dancer. What is important to us is that you are comfortable up on stage and that you can perform with the talent, confidence, energy, and stamina required for the show.

Auditions:
Sunday January 4: 6pm
Monday January 5: 7pm

Please arrive with a headshot or recent photo and please be dressed to dance, preferably not in baggy clothing. This show features jazz, ballet, and tap dancing, so please bring any of the necessary dance shoes you may already have, otherwise, please wear shoes comfortable to dance in. Please remember to bring a water bottle.

Please prepare 32 bars in the style of the show. You are neither encouraged nor discouraged from singing a song from the show. We’d like to hear whatever showcases you best. If you are singing a song from a different show, please have sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Please, NO backing tracks or a cappella auditions.

Immediately following your song, you will be asked to read a monologue from the show (See links below) Men will read the role of Adam and women will read the role of Eve. You do NOT need to memorize this in advance, in fact we discourage you from doing so. All we ask is that you take time in advance to familiarize yourself with what you are reading and make a strong character choice. These monologues were specifically chosen because they can be played any way you want.

Adam’s monologue – http://www.monologuearchive.com/t/twain_006.html

Eve’s monologue – http://www.monologuearchive.com/t/twain_005.html

Following vocal auditions, there will be a dance call.

Callbacks will be held on Wednesday January 7 at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:30. Please allow yourself enough time to warm up. Callbacks will begin with a second dance audition.

Women who are called back will be asked to sing “At The Ballet”. Men will be asked to sing “I Can Do That”.

If you are auditioning for the role of Cassie, please become acquainted with “The Music And The Mirror”.

If you would like to audition for Val, please become acquainted with “Dance Ten, Looks Three”.

All actors called back should also be acquainted with the song “What I Did For Love”.

For updates and a full character breakdown please visit our website at http://www.exit7players.org/auditions/achoruslineauditio/

LabWorks Coming SoonThe Valley Repertory Company of Enfield, CT is proud to announce Auditions for its 4th LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest!

Sunday, December 2nd at 7pm at 100 High Street, Enfield, CT. Actors will read from sides; no monologues or other audition pieces required. Performances are February 21, 22 & 23, 2013.

We will present 12 short plays (6 dramas, 6 comedies); many are world premieres. Audiences vote plays to a finals night and select a winning play in each category; the winning playwrights are awarded cash prizes of $150 each. This year’s 400+ submissions were received from 40 U.S. states and 9 countries and represent beginning, emerging, and established writers alike. Plays presented in our LabWorks contest have since received publication and further production success. The contest enjoys sold-out and highly enthusiastic audiences. Continue reading

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