The Shakespeare Play

Auditions

Auditions will be on December 3rd from 11am to 1:30pm with callbacks on the 10th.

You will read for one character in one of the audition scenes. I will choose your fellow actors unless you have a group ready to go, consisting of people who have not auditioned for other parts.

We will have paper copies at the auditions, but we encourage you to fill out the audition form ahead of time to check for tech week conflicts. You can also download the audition scenes to practice.

AUDITION FORM       AUDITION SCENES        UPDATED SCRIPT

When you audition, READ SLOWLY and with ANIMATION. Novice actors are almost always too fast and too flat in their delivery.

We would rather that the material is not memorized, but actors should be familiar with it.

We may have you read for other parts on that day. Some actors will be called back to audition the following week. Some actors with whom we are familiar may only need to attend the callback audition, but they may show up for the first audition to do some rubbernecking if they can keep quiet.

Students may indicate on their audition forms if they are not interested in playing a certain kind of role or are only available for one cast or the other. This would be the appropriate spot to indicate if you only want a Shakespearean role.

For the play summary, see Wikipedia.

What We Do

Every spring the Learning Center stages a family-friendly adaptation of a Shakespearean play. While lines have been abbreviated, the vast majority of the play’s action is retained, including subplots and the most memorable lines and moments. (However, the iambic pentameter has been almost entirely destroyed.) A group of narrators has been added to help explain and enliven the play.

Tuition and Rehearsals Times

The cost is $155 for tuition and a $40 class fee, which includes costumes, make-up, props, scenery, and theatre rental.

Homeschool students ages 13-19 are eligible to participate.

Rehearsals will be held at Southwest Church  on FRIDAYS beginning the first week of January. One cast will rehearse from 11-12:45, and the other will rehearse from 1:05 to 2:50pm. Actors should list their availability and we will cast them accordingly. Even with two casts, we usually cannot cast everyone who auditions.

Each cast will have two performances. All actors must be available from 11am to 4pm on March 24th and also be available from 11am to 9pm on EITHER March 25th OR March 26th. Students will be able to indicate preferences on their audition form.

Characters

LEADING ROLES

SARA (female) – a modern girl, outspoken, a bit sharp.

SARAH- (female) Sara’s sister, smart, a bit more polite.

LULU/LOUIE – (male or female) a daft but insightful dreamer, “friend” of the girls; a Luna Lovegood type

MISS MANHAMMER- (female) a self-assured, proper tutor who is trying to teach the girls to dislike boys.

LYSANDER – (male) A young man of Athens, in love with Hermia. Lysander becomes the victim of misapplied magic and wakes up in love with Helena.

DEMETRIUS – (male) A young man of Athens, initially in love with Hermia and then in love with Helena. Demetrius’ obstinate pursuit of Hermia pits him against Lysander, until the gremlins cause him to love Helena.

HELENA – (female) A young woman of Athens, in love with Demetrius, who was in love with her, before he ditched her for Hermia. Helena thinks that Demetrius and Lysander are mocking her when they fall in love with her.

HERMIA – (female) A young woman of Athens, in love with Lysander and a friend of Helena. Self-conscious about her short stature, Hermia suspects that Helena has wooed the men with her height when they fall in love with her.

FEATURED ROLES (Although these are not leading roles, they tend to have an impact on the audience, ranging from the very memorable to the often-present but less memorable.)

OBERON – (male) The king of the gremlins, at odds with his wife, Titania. Oberon seeks revenge on Titania.

PUCK – (male or female playing a boy) Oberon’s jester, a mischievous gremlin who delights in playing pranks.

TITANIA – (male) The queen of the fairies, who argues with her husband, Oberon. Titania has a brief, potion-induced love for Bottom, whose head Puck has transformed into that of an ass.

NICK BOTTOM – (male or female) A vain, dimwitted, loud craftsman, chosen to play Pyramus in the awful play-within-a-play. Later Puck transforms his head into a donkey’s, which Titania magically falls in love with. A very funny role.

THESEUS – (male) The duke of Athens, engaged to Hippolyta. He appears at the beginning and end of the play.

FRANCIS FLUTE – (male) A craftsman who plays Thisbe in the play-within-a-play. Forced to play a young girl, he speaks some lines in a falsetto.

GIZMO, GILLIGAN, GOOFUS – (male or female playing boys) followers of Oberon who act like boys on a playground

BLOSSOM, BUBBLES AND BUTTERCUP – (females) followers of Titania. They act like girls on a playground.

MINOR ROLES (traditional smaller roles with a few lines, who may only appear in a few scenes.)

PETER QUINCE – (male or female) Nominal leader of the craftsmen’s play-within-a-play for Theseus’s marriage celebration.

ROBIN STARVELING – (male or female) Another craftsman who plays the part of Moonshine in the play-within-a-play.

TOM SNOUT – (male or female) Another craftsman who plays the part of Wall dividing the two lovers.

SNUG – (male or female) Another craftsman who plays the part of the Lion.

SMALL ROLES (with one or two lines and may only appear in one or two scenes)

HIPPOLYTA – (female) The legendary queen of the Amazons, engaged to Theseus.

EGEUS – (male or female playing a male) Hermia’s father, who brings a complaint against his daughter to Theseus.

PHILOSTRATE – (male or female) Theseus’s Master of the Revels

* “male or female” means that the character will be changed to the gender of the actor. “Male or female playing boys” means just that. Students will be able to indicate on their audition form if they are willing to take such roles.