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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. For information about our theater, please visit us at exit7players.org .
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.
WAGNER IOVANNA STUDIO PRODUCTIONS IS OFFERING THE FIRST EVER SUMMER CONSERVATORY PROGRAM ON THE SHORELINE. WE ARE BRING BROADWAY TRAINING TO YOU!!!!
What is the summer intensive?
The intensive is ten weeks of rehearsals and workshops culminating in a full scale production of “We the People”. Participants will be working with top industry professionals to both strengthen and broaden their understanding of their craft.
Our goal is to offer a program like no other on the shoreline by bringing in Working Actors, Agents/Casting Directors and Managers from NYC, LA and Nashville to teach industry workshops. Not only will students develop their singing, acting and dancing skills, they will also learn how to present themselves at auditions and interviews along with the ins and outs of the business
Who is the program for?.
Grades 6 through 12. We are accepting 32 applicants.
When does the intensive begin?
Rehearsals will begin on June 12th. There will be no rehearsals during the July 4th week.
When will rehearsals be?
The rehearsal schedule will be handed out at the first rehearsal.
Rehearsals will be Monday through Wednesday, 5pm to 8pm, with some possible added Thursday rehearsals. The schedule will be handed out at the 1st rehearsal on June 12th.
July & August rehearsals will be located at the Legacy Dance Studio in North Haven, CT.
June rehearsals will either be in Madison or North Haven – TBA
When will performances be?
Saturday, August 26th there will be both a matinee and evening performance.
Sunday, August 27th there will be a matinee.
CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION TODAY 203-468-6899
LOG ONTO OUR WEBSITE, DOWNLOAD AND FILL OUT THE AUDITION PACKAGE. YOU MUST BRING IT WITH YOU TO YOUR AUDITION.
REQUIRED: Please write all conflicts down on the registration form so we may schedule accordingly. We will also help set car pools.
When are auditions?
Friday, June 2nd – 6:30 to 8:30pm
Saturday, June 3rd – 1 to 4pm
Callbacks are: Sunday, June 4th – 1 to 4pm
Where are auditions?
Legacy School of Dance
53B Quinnipiac Ave.
North Haven, CT
What to prepare for auditions?
-32 bars of a musical theatre song (performed acapella)
-You will be given a short reading
-wear comfortable clothes for dance placement. Bring dance shoes or socks.
Hearts tells the story of Donald Waldman, a “Forward Observer” in the U.S. army in World War II. Shuttling back and forth from 1944 to the mid-90’s, Donald tells of his tumultuous relationships with his best friends Babe, Herbie, and Ruby, and with his long-suffering wife Evelyn, during his 50-year struggle to come to terms with what he did and saw in the war. Finally, a meeting with another survivor brings Donald the peace that evaded him his whole life in this funny, sad, and moving drama.
Donald Waldman, from the age of 18 to his early 70’s. Donald is gruff, blunt, defiant, vulnerable, and brave.
Babe, Donald’s best friend, from the age of 18 to his early 70’s. Babe is straightforward, brave, a peacekeeper. The actor who plays Babe will play a dozen additional small roles.
Herbie, Donald’s close friend, from the age of 18 to his early 70’s. Herbie is blunt, impatient, confident. The actor who plays Herbie will also play three supporting roles (Sgt. Reineck; Mike, a soldier; and Donald’s Son) and four additional small roles.
Ruby, Donald’s close friend, from the age of 18 to his early 50’s. Ruby is brave, proud, hard, a joker. The actor who plays Ruby will also play two supporting roles (Cpt. Schwinky; Shmuel, a concentration camp survivor) and five additional small roles.
Evelyn, Donald’s wife, from her early 20’s to her mid 60’s. Evelyn is confident, sensitive, straightforward, proud. The actor who plays Evelyn will also play a supporting role (Donald’s Granddaughter) and four additional small roles.
Note: As the characters’ ages range from 18 to 20 to their early 70’s, there will be great potential for flexibility in the ages of the cast members. We are looking for actors who can demonstrate inventiveness in differentiating multiple characters and various ages.
Audition Process: At auditions, actors will read sides from the play, monologues which will be provided at auditions (no memorization or advance preparation needed), and will participate in improvisational games. Dress for movement please.
If actors auditioning on Sunday night can make themselves available for Monday night as well, that effort would be greatly appreciated; however, auditioners’ presence one night only will have no adverse effect on casting.
For more information, please contact Jeffrey Flood at email@example.com
October 25, 2014
Preparing a Successful College Audition
Goodspeed’s Audition Master Class is a one day workshop with Brent Wagner, the Chair of the acclaimed Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan. Professor Wagner will guide high school students in all aspects of song performance, including analyzing music and lyrics, acting the song, selecting and preparing the music, and understanding audition techniques. Each student will present two songs and will work individually with Professor Wagner. Participants will gain a valuable set of audition tools and techniques for their future in musical theatre. The program will also include an optional session, “Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs,” for parents and students.
With your application, please send a deposit of $75 in the form of a check payable to “The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation.” If you prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Kate Micari at 860.873.8664, x373. (If you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you are accepted, your deposit will be deducted from your total tuition. In all other cases, the tuition payment is non-refundable.)
Important dates and registration information:
• October 8, 2014: Application Deadline
• October 15, 2014: Applicants will be notified of status
• Upon acceptance, a final tuition payment of $175 will be due
TOTAL TUITION: $250
Send application to: Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute, Attn: Education Dept, PO Box A, East Haddam, CT 06423
If you have any questions, please contact Kate Micari by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860.873.8664, ext. 373.
2014 Program Description
• One-on-one song coaching
• Introduction to the college audition process
• Tips about essential audition techniques
• Exposure to all aspects of song performance
• Optional informational session and Q & A for parents and students
Participants should prepare two 16-bar audition songs with the accompaniment clearly marked (title, key signature and time signature prominent) with a 2 or 4-bar introduction. The songs may be from any period. Participants should dress as they would for a college audition. (Note: Applicants should be equally comfortable with both songs).
In addition, Prof. Wagner will present a talk for parents and students, “Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs,” from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, October 25. Prof. Wagner will share essential tools for understanding the college process, with a list of recommendations and guidelines. Master Class participants are not required to attend this session, though it is strongly recommended for high school juniors and seniors. This session will be completed by 6:00 pm.
Participants and their families can purchase tickets to attend the 8:00pm performance of Holiday Inn on Saturday at the Goodspeed Opera House. If you are interested in obtaining tickets, please call Goodspeed’s box office at 860.873.8668.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:30am – 4:30pm • Master Class – Students only
4:30pm – 6:00pm • Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs – Optional parent and student session
Larry McMillian Rehearsal Studio
21 Norwich Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
– See more at: http://www.goodspeed.org/pages/audition-master-class
Free Auditions Workshop
Saturday, January 25 from 1 – 5 pm
in Mapleton Hall
Limited to 20 Adult Participants … No Prior Experience Necessary!
Sign Up for our Basic Audition Technique Workshop!
- …do cold readings in an audition format*
- …participate in critiques of readings
- …learn techniques to approach the audition process
- …learn how to do a “Self Post-Mortem” to improve audition skills!
*Participants may bring in a monologue, OR choose from an available selection OR bring 16 bars of a song for a brief Musical Audition Critique, as time permits. (Must bring CD or MP3 of music, as no accompanist will be available.)
There is no fee for this workshop! Donations to the Suffield Players will be accepted.
Contact Robert Lunde at email@example.com
Please attach a resume if available, or a list of any prior theatrical experience.
Additional Workshop Scheduled: Being a Producer on March 8… More Details to Follow!
The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT is hiring actors 18 and older to perform for their 2013 Scare Season. Your application can be downloaded at www.facebook.com/thehauntedgraveyard
Auditions will be held on Aug 23, 24, 30, 31 and Sept. 1 and you must attend one of those dates. Auditions are just a way for us to talk with you, and put you in the best role within the production. We may ask you to read from a script or let out your best Banshee scream. Actors may be vampires, ghouls, banshees etc and we are also looking for someone who can walk comfortably on stilts.
We are looking to fill 200+ paid positions.
In addition to one audition, you will need to attend one callback (weekend dates in September times TBD) and our dress rehearsal (Oct 2 with Oct 3 as the raindate) There are 12 performances on Fri, Sat, & Sun from Oct 4 -27.
Applications are due by Aug 21st and can be dropped off or mailed to Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard, 186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, CT 06010. For questions, please call Rose our Talent Director at (203)800-1496.
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