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Auditions for Summer 2016 Inaugural Season


Hoosier Shakes will be auditioning and casting 12 actors who will be cast in both shows Twelfth Night and King Lear.  Rehearsals will be from May 16-June 8.  Actors are expected to have memorized their lines before rehearsals begin.  Performances will be June 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26.  Auditions will be held on March 23 at 7:00 pm in Elder 146 (IWU campus).  Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting Shakespearean one-minute monologues.  Actors will be provided with housing and a minimal stipend.

King Lear

King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all.

King Lear: King of Britain.  Aging father of three daughters. Proud and powerful. (Male, 40+, All Ethnicities)

Goneril: Lear’s eldest daughter. Ambitious, scheming, and aggressive. Initially willing to play the role of dutiful daughter, but only to gain control. Has no qualms about turning against anyone who is in the way of her ascent, including her father and her husband. (Female, 18+, All Ethnicities)

Regan: Lear’s second daughter. In contrast to Goneril, she appears to be more empathetic and available to her aging father despite an underlying self-interest, which she is more capable of hiding than her elder sister. She skates under the radar until the opportunity to seize power presents itself, and then she is more than able. (Female, 18+, All Ethnicities)

Cordelia: Lear’s youngest daughter. She has a great amount of strength, morality, and deep conviction. Although she loves her father, she values honesty and truth as well, and is willing to risk losing status and family to maintain her integrity. Steadfast in the face of treachery. (Female, 16+, All Ethnicities)

Edmund: Gloucester’s illegitimate son. Brash, cunning, and devious. Power-hungry and manipulative. He has managed to maintain a place in his father’s household and earn his trust. Keen to ruin his legitimate brother’s name and take his place as the family heir. (Male, 20+, All Ethnicities)

Various other roles some of which may be doubled:

•Duke of Albany – Goneril’s husband

•Duke of Cornwall – Regan’s husband

•Earl of Gloucester

•Earl of Kent – later disguised as Caius

•Edgar – Gloucester’s son

Edmund – Gloucester’s illegitimate son

•Oswald – Goneril’s steward

Fool – Lear’s fool

•King of France – suitor and later husband to Cordelia

•Duke of Burgundy – suitor to Cordelia

•Curan – courtier

•Old man – tenant of Gloucester

•Officer – employed by Edmund

•Gentleman – attends Cordelia

•Servants to Cornwall

•Knights of Lear’s Train

•Officers, Messengers, Soldiers, and Attendants.

Twelfth Night

T welfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

Viola: a young woman of aristocratic birth and the protagonist of the play; her ship gets wrecked in a storm and she is washed up on the shores of Illyria; disguises herself as a man; practical and resourceful. (Female, 16+, All Ethnicities)

Orsino: a powerful nobleman in the country of Illyria; he ends up falling in love with Lady Olivia, but begins to grow fond of Cesario. (Male, 16+, All Ethnicities)

Olivia: a beautiful and wealthy Illyrian lady, she is courted by Orsino as well as Sir Andrew Aguecheek; with both of them, she claims that she is mourning over the death of her brother, and that she is not seeking to marry someone for seven years. (Female, 16+, All Ethnicities)

Sebastian: the lost twin brother of Viola; he arrives in Ilyria whilst traveling with his close friend Antonio, and discovers that Lady Olivia wishes to marry him when the two have never met. (Male, 16+, All Ethnicities)

Malvolio: the head servant in the household of Lady Olivia; he is a very efficient, yet self-righteous, individual; his foul attitude causes him to form many enemies, who play an evil joke on him, making him believe that Olivia has fallen in love with him. (Male, 16+, All Ethnicities)

Toby Belch: an earthy, crude, and fat character who is the uncle of Olivia; he lives with her, but she does not approve of his rowdiness, heavy drinking, and late-night carousing. (Male, 16+, All Ethnicities)

Maria: Olivia’s gentlewoman; she is an unruly figure in the play, and helps to establish its festive and rebellious spirit. (Female, 16+, All Ethnicities)

Various other roles some of which may be doubled.

Sir Andrew Aguecheek – a rich man who Sir Toby brings to be Olivia’s wooer

Feste – the clown, or jester, of Olivia’s household

•Fabian – a servant and friend to Sir Toby

•Antonio – a captain and friend to Sebastian

•Valentine and Curio – gentlemen attending on the Duke

•A Servant of Olivia

•Captain of the Wrecked Ship – friend to Viola

Hoosier Shakes’ Bon Voyage



This Summer, in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s Legacy, Hoosier Shakes will launch its inaugural season in Marion, Indiana. Hoosier Shakes is the result of a convergence of paths and ideas over the past few years. The first path began twelve years ago when I was introduced to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, where they present Shakespeare’s plays in the most captivating and compelling way I’ve ever seen. Their influence on me as a theatre artist has been both broad and deep.

The second path was the trajectory I’ve been on since my career in Higher Education began in earnest 16 years ago. I’d been teaching theatre in Higher Education for more than a decade. As much as I enjoyed that work, I had a deep sense of frustration knowing that students from a university like Indiana Wesleyan University, where I currently teach, had little to no chance to break into show business without some sort of divine intervention.

My third path occurred while on sabbatical in NYC, I had the opportunity to direct and co-produce a production of Moliere’s Tartuffe for the Calvary Theatre Guild in midtown Manhattan. I met and worked with a group of professional actors that loved their craft and welcomed the idea of investing in students who reminded them of their former selves.

Melissa Harlow as Elmire, and David Shakopi as Orgon try to bait the impostor Tartuffe, portrayed byDoug Rossi.
Melissa Harlow as Elmire, and David Shakopi as Orgon try to bait the impostor Tartuffe, portrayed by Doug Rossi.


The convergence of these paths led me to intentionally constitute a theatre company designed to integrate professional and student actors for the purpose of not only entertaining, educating, and enlightening an audience, but for helping young would-be actors begin to make significant connections with older, more seasoned professionals, thus helping to generate some networking that would otherwise take years to achieve.

I hope you will support Hoosier Shakes with your patronage. We look forward to seeing you on our stage or in our audiences this summer during our repertory productions of “Twelfth Night” and “King Lear.”


Greg Fiebig, executive director & board president

Hoosier Shakes

Hoosier Shakes Executive Director Greg FIebig
Hoosier Shakes Executive Director Greg Fiebig