2017 Audition Information

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Hoosier Shakes will be auditioning and casting 12 actors for our upcoming Summer season! Auditions will be held March 18 at 7:00pm in Elder 146 (IWU Campus). These 12 actors will be cast in both shows, Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, to be rehearsed and performed in repertoire style. Rehearsals will be June 25 – July 18. Performances will be July 19-23, 26-30, and Aug 2-6. Housing and a minimal stipend will be provided. Actors are expected to have their lines memorized before rehearsals begin. Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting Shakespearean one-minute monologues for auditions, and are encouraged to prepare up to 16 bars of a song, accapella; bring an instrument if you play! Accompaniment will not be provided.

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare somewhere between 1591 and 1595, and is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and performed plays. The infamous story follows two star crossed lovers as they battle against the upbringing of their feuding families for the sake of true love.

Romeo: the son of Montague and the male protagonist. Brooding and thoughtful, falls in love with Juliet. (Male, 20s)

Juliet: the daughter of Capulet and the female protagonist. Young, sweet, falls in love with Romeo. (Female, 18-20s)

Tybalt: Juliet’s cousin, primarily concerned with the safety of the family. An excellent swordsman. (20-30s)

Mercutio: Romeo’s best friend. Mischievous and saucy, Mercutio provides some much needed levity to Romeo’s band of friends.

Benvolio: Romeo’s cousin and best friend.
Friar Laurence: a friar, a holy man, and Romeo’s confidante. Attempts to help the star crossed

lovers in their plight.

Various other roles, some of which may be doubled: Prince Escalus: ruling Prince of Verona
Count Paris: related to Escalus, wishes to marry Juliet. Capulet: Juliet’s father and head of the house of Capulet. Lady Capulet: Juliet’s mother.

The Nurse: attendant and confidante to Juliet.
Rosaline: Capulet’s niece. Romeo’s first love.
Peter, Sampson, and Gregory: servants of the Capulet household. Montague: Romeo’s father and head of the house of Montague. Lady Montague: Romeo’s mother.
Abram and Balthasar: servants of the Montague household
Friar John: works with Friar Laurence.
Apothecary: a seller of poison
The Chorus: presenters of the prologues

 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado is a comedy written by William Shakespeare around 1599. A story centered around rumors, gossip, and eavesdropping, two rivals are tricked into a marriage, and the bonds of true love are tested in the face of lies, plots, disgraced honor, and mistaken identities. A touching romcom with far-reaching themes.

Benedick: a soldier from Padua, companion of Don Pedro. Sarcastic and arrogant, a self-confirmed bachelor and life of the party. (Male)

Beatrice: Leonato’s niece. Smart, sassy, and brash, with no love for the thought of marriage or romance. (Female)

Don Pedro: Prince of Aragon, commander of forces. Likes having his buddies around to meddle in their lovelives.

Don John: Don Pedro’s brother, “the Bastard Prince”.
Claudio: a sweet, sincere man. Benedick’s closest friend and companion to Don Pedro. Leonato: governor of Messina, Italy; Hero’s father.

Various other roles, some of which may be doubled: Antonio: Leonato’s brother.
Balthasar: attendant to Don Pedro
Borachio, Conrade: followers of Don John

Hero: daughter of Leonato, Beatrice’s dearest cousin Margaret, Ursula: attendants to Hero
Dogberry: constable on the night watch.

 

Verges: Dogberry’s partner
The Watch: watchmen of Messina, under service of Dogberry. Friar Francis: a priest.
The Sexton: a judge.
Serving boys, attendants, and messengers.

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