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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Suffield Players Announce their Annual Holiday Benefit Challenge Production: Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play
Based on the original 1947 Lux Radio Presentation Directed by Chris Rohmann
December 5 and 6 at 8 pm; December 7 at 2 pm.
1305 Mapleton Avenue
Suffield CT 06078
In 1947, the movie Miracle on 34th Street was released and became an instant classic. That same year, Lux Radio Theatre aired an adaptation of the beloved Christmastime story over the NBC radio network. This year, the Suffield Players recreate that live broadcast, complete with period costumes and live sound effects. All two dozen characters, from 7-year-old Susan to ??-year-old Kris Kringle, will be played by a versatile, multi-voiced ensemble, and the sound effects will be created live-on-stage at an old-fashioned foley table.
This production features the talents of a real life mother/daughter team: Becky and Leila Schoenfeld, playing Doris and her daughter Susan. Konrad Rogowski will portray Kris Kringle, supported by Zach Gray as Fred. The Foley Sound Effects Gal is played by multi-talented Kelly Seip. Barbara Gallow, Kate Hebert, Ken Hebert, Rayah Martin, Dana Ring, and Robert Britton complete the Holiday show ensemble.
Miracle on 34th Street will be presented as a staged reading, performed with scripts in hand, a minimum of rehearsals, and a maximum of creativity! It is also a benefit production for the group, with all donations going toward the maintenance and upkeep of the Players’ historic theatre home, Mapleton Hall. The performance will be accompanied by a Holiday Teacup Raffle, in which audience members bid on lovely baskets chock full of donated goods and gift certificates at intermission, as well as before and after the show.
General seating only; no reservations are required. Tickets will be available at the door, with a $10 donation suggested.
For more information, call 860-668-0837, or 800-289-6148, or visit our website at www.suffieldplayers.org
Producing a Play Workshop
Instructor: Robert Lunde
Saturday, March 8 from 2 – 4 pm
Sign Up for our Producing a Play Workshop!
A great opportunity to see theatre in a new light…
and learn production skills that make the magic happen!
No Experience Necessary!
- … learn what it takes to produce a show
- … tour the Mapleton Hall Theatre space
- … discover different roles involved in play production
- … learn specifics about becoming a Producer or Production Coordinator
(We are looking for people to fill these roles at The Suffield Players for our 2014 – 2015 Season… we will train interested folks, and partner them with veterans from our theatre!)
There is no fee for this workshop! Donations to the Suffield Players will be accepted.
RSVP Robert Lunde by March 1 at email@example.com
Workshop space limited to 30 Participants… you must RSVP to attend!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!