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2014-2015 Auditions

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2014 PlayFest Auditions

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will hold open call auditions for PlayFest on Sunday, September 21st and Monday, September 22nd from 6-10 p.m. at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Walk ups only, no appointments will be scheduled for these auditions.

In its 12th Season, PlayFest features seven readings of seven new plays from Saturday, November 1 through Monday, November 3, 2014. Each play has twelve hours of rehearsal with the director and playwright for a script-in-hand reading. A stipend of $60 will be provided to all actors.

Please prepare one contemporary monologue or one side for the audition and bring one copy of your headshot and resume. Please contact auditions@orlandoshakes.org with questions

2014 Orlando Shakes’ PlayFest. All Roles available unless otherwise specified.
Performance times and dates may be subject to change within the Nov.1-3 window.
All rehearsals are scheduled for evenings between 6-11 p.m.

Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803
Produced in Partnership w/ UCF
Artistic Director: Jim Helsinger
Managing Director: PJ Albert
Director of New Play Development: Mark Routhier

2014-2015 Signature Series Season Audition Information

Our general local auditions in Orlando, FL and in New York have both ended. Please check back throughout the year for any future auditions that may be schedule for replacement roles.  The audition sides below will be used in case we need to replace any roles in our season.

Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803
Produced in Partnership w/ UCF
Artistic Director: Jim Helsinger
Managing Director: PJ Albert

Weekly Salaries
AEA (Union):
SPT 7: $462; SPT 9: $586;
LOA/LORT: $618 (approval pending)
Non-Union: $320-$418 per week
Children’s roles: $500 total stipend per production

SIDES (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD)
Atticus
Bob Ewell
Calpurnia
Dill
Heck
Jem
Judge Taylor
Mayella
Miss Maudie
Mr. Gilmer
Mrs. Dubose
Rev. Sykes
Scout
Scout
(CALLBACK ONLY)
Scout/Atticus (CALLBACK ONLY)
Stephanie
Tom
SIDES (THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR)
Anne
Bardolph
Caius
Falstaff
Fenton
Ford
Host
Hugh Evans
Mistress Ford
Mistress Page
Nym
Page
Pistol
Quickly
Robin
Rugby
Shallow
Simple
Slender

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR / TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
(performed on alternating nights, actors will be in both shows (except children’s roles)
Weekly Salaries: AEA (Union) LOA: $618, Non-Union: $416 (Children $500 total stipend)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

By Christopher Sergel, from the novel by Harper Lee. Director: TBA
1st Rehearsal 12/09, Opens 1/23, Closes 3/08.

The play takes place in Maycomb County, Alabama in 1935, at the height of the Depression. Please prepare appropriately for the era, the movement, language and  southern accents for the play.

  • Heck Tate: White Male, 50s. Town sheriff. A complex man whose true feelings should be an undercurrent to his earlier actions.
  • Atticus Finch: White Male, 50. Father to Scout and Jem. A country lawyer. Reserved, quietly courageous, looking to do what he considers "just."
  • Mr. Gilmer: White Male, 40. The public prosecutor. Though seeming cruel and hurtful in manner, he has doubts as to Tom's guilt. Nevertheless, he goes after a conviction and it is a hard thing.
  • Maudie Atkinson: White Female, 40's. Narrator of the play. A bit younger than Atticus. A lovely sensitive woman.
  • Bob Ewell: White Male, 50. Bantom-cock of a man with a large family, no money and no respect in town. He thinks this trial will make him important. He is full of rage and frustration.
  • Reverend Sykes: Black Male. 50's-60’s. A king minister with a strong "minister's" voice.
  • Mrs. Dubose: White Female 60's-70’s. An old woman. Thin, drawn and very bitter. Battling an illness.
  • Stephanie Crawford: White Female, 40's. The town gossip who loves to stir things up.
  • Walter Cunningham: White Male, 40's Hard up farmer, leads the riot but also backs off and shows some dignity when forced.
  • Judge Taylor: White Male, 40. The public prosecutor. Though seeming cruel and hurtful in manner, he has doubts as to Tom's guilt. Nevertheless, he goes after a conviction and it is a hard thing.
  • Mayella: White Female. 19. Oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she is desperately lonely and overworked. Her need for companionship has overwhelmed every other emotion so when this effort to connect explodes in her face, she fights desperately for what she thinks is survival.
  • Calpurnia: Black Female, 50. The cook in the Finch household. Black, proud and capable. Self educated with high standards and uncompromising discipline.
  • Tom Robinson: Black Male, 25-40. Handsome and honest. He has a crippled left hand which he holds against his chest. He faces up to a false charge with dignity, and has an undercurrent of kindness, sensitivity and consideration.
  • Boo Radley: White. Male. 30's. Large and strong. Still has the mind of a child, a pale recluse who is uncertain of how to deal with people.
  • Dill : White Boy, able to play 10-12. Small, blond and wise beyond his years with an undercurrent of sophistication. Based on Truman Capote.
  • Jem: White Boy, able to play 10-12. Scout’s older brother. Most desires to communicate with his father.
  • Scout: (Jean Louise Finch) White girl, able to play 9 or 10. Self assured, inquisitive. Can be older but reads younger.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

By William Shakespeare. Director: TBA.
1st Rehearsal 12/09, Opens 2/06, Closes 3/07.

  • Mistress Ford: Female 40-50. Married to Ford and a friend of Mistress Page. When she and Mistress Page receive a seductive letter from Falstaff, they decide to lead him on and ruin him. Wise and witty.
  • Mistress Page: Female 40-50. Married to Page and a friend of Mistress Ford. When she and Mistress Ford receive a seductive letter from Falstaff, they decide to lead him on and ruin him. Wise and Witty.
  • Falstaff: Male 50-60 – An old fat knight. Very funny. Big booming voice.
  • Master Ford: Male 40-50 – A jealous husband. Acerbic wit. Very funny.
  • Master Page: Male 40-60. Husband of Mistress Page. His easygoing attitude makes him look like a wonderful husband, but he has other problems. He and his wife disagree about who should marry their daughter Anne.
  • Dr. Caius: Male 30-40 – French doctor. Outlandish accent. Always wants to fight. Comic.
  • Sir Hugh Evans: Male 40-60. Welsh comic. Local clergyman. He's Welsh, so he speaks in an accent that the other English citizens find very amusing. They make fun of him constantly for it.
  • Host: Male Older character. Host of the Garter Inn, the Host makes fun of Evans and Caius's broken and accented English, so they decide to get back at him by tricking him.
  • Justice Shallow: Male 60-70’s comic character. Bumbling old man.
  • Mistress Quickly: Female 40-70’s Comic character. Mistress Quickly chronically misunderstands or mishears other people, hearing sexually charged conversations where there are none.
  • Anne Page: Female 20’s. Daughter of Page and Mistress Page, Anne is sought for marriage by an array of idiots, including Caius and Slender
  • Fenton: Male 20’s A handsome suitor for Anne Page's hand.
  • Slender: Male 20-35 clown. The comic suitor for Anne Page's hand. He is unable to speak anything but nonsense to Anne.
  • Bardolph: Any age. Gruff low-born comic. One of Falstaff's men. A drunk.
  • Nym : Any age. Gruff low-born comic. One of Falstaff's men. A conniver.
  • Pistol: Any age. Gruff low-born comic. One of Falstaff's men. A braggart.
  • Simple: Male 20’s. Stupid servant.
  • Rugby: Male 20’s. Loyal. Stupid servant.
  • Robin: Male. very young. Able to play 8-14. Falstaff’s page. Cute and funny. Tries to be like Falstaff, but learns to be a better person, from Mistress Page.


SIDES

Canterbury/Williams/
Bardolph

Exeter/Jamy
Fluellan/Constable
King of France/ Hostess Quickly
Henry V/Dauphin
Katherine/Montjoy/ Boy
Nym/Bourbin
Pistol/Ely/Orleans

HENRY V

Weekly Salaries - AEA (Union) SPT 9: $586, Non-Union: $378
By William Shakespeare. Director: Jim Helsinger.
1st Rehearsal 1/27, Opens 2/20, Closes 3/22.

7 actors perform Shakespeare’s Henry V, playing multiple roles.  Please prepare British characters with lower or upper class British accents as appropriate, and French characters with slight French accents.

  • Actor 1: Henry/Dauphin/Ensemble: Male, 25-35, athletic leading man. Henry – An earnest young man who learns the sacrifices that come with being King. Dauphin – an arrogant foolish Prince.
  • Actor 2: Canterbury/Bardolph/Ensemble: Male 50s-60s, older character man. Canterbury – a manipulative clever priest. Bardolph – a drunken but lovable thief, lower class cockney.
  • Actor 3: Pistol/Orleans/Ensemble: Male 40s-50s, tall character man. Pistol – a braggart and liar with a big mouth, lower class cockney. Orleans – a loyal French Lord.
  • Actor 4: Exeter/Williams/Ensemble: Male 30-40, strong, solid build. Exeter – A strong loyal lord and soldier for Henry. Williams – a lower class soldier in Henry’s army.
  • Actor 5: Bedford/Nym/Ensemble: Male 45-60s, short character man. Bedford – Loyal uncle to Henry. Nym – a knife wielding but lovable thief, lower class Cockney.
  • Actor 6: Fluellen/Constable of France/Ensemble Male 30-50. Fluellen – a loyal and proud Welsh soldier, Welsh accent. Constable of France – a pragmatic but proud leader.
  • Actor 7: Katherine/Montjoy/Ensemble: Female 25-35, young ingénue. Katherine – young innocent princess, speaks only French. Montjoy – A French herald, who has a growing respect for Henry and the English.
  • Actor 8: Quickly/French King/Ensemble: Female 50s-60s. older character woman. Quickly – an old tavern and brothel owner, lower class cockney. French King – a wise King who yearns to be free of England but has been defeated by them many times before.
SIDES
Abby
Becky & Linda
Kaufman
Louis & Becky
Louis
Molly & Abby
Molly & Linda
Molly
Sandra
Walter & Louis
Walter

BAD DOG

Weekly Salaries: AEA (Union) SPT 7: $462, Non-Union: $320
Written by Jennifer Hoppe-House . Director: TBA
1st Rehearsal 3/17, Opens 4/10, Closes 5/3.

  • Molly Drexler: 40 years old. Bright but tough, she has only grown up by force. Humor shields her from shame. She is the kind of woman who constantly has lipstick on her teeth and coffee on her shirt, but is comfortable with that.
  • Walter Drexler : Molly’s father, 72 years old. Trim, neat and elegant. A New York native and a self-made man who only sees the world in terms of how it affects him.
  • Lois Drexler: Molly’s mother, 70 years old. An anxious but fiercely independent woman who doesn’t hear her volume most of the time. She yells “Good morning” and worries assertively to show love.
  • Becky Davis: Molly’s oldest sister, 50 years old, twenty pounds overweight. Kind at heart but restless by nature. Would love to have more but doesn’t know how to get it.
  • Linda Drexler: Molly’s middle sister, 47 years old. Successful but insecure. She uses humor to judge.
  • Sondra Drexler: Walter’s second wife, 65 years old. Slightly Latino. Uneducated but defiant in all her opinions, she sorely lacks a warm bone in her body, even when she attempts to nurture. Works hard to look the part of a country club wife (while denying her Latin roots).
  • Abby Cory: Molly’s wife, 37 years old. A grownup. Strong, warm, self-assured and very perceptive. She is a rock, capable of taking care of herself, sensitive to what others need, but because she's a therapist, she knows a bit too much for her own good.
  • Larry/Cop/Contractor: (One male actor who plays 3 roles) Cop: 40s, just a guy doing his job; Larry Kaufman: a lawyer, 40s, Contractor - Carlos Fuentes: Latino, 30s
SIDES
Prince's Apprentice
Rapunzel & Witch
Witch & Plumber

SUMMER CHILDREN'S SERIES - RAPUNZEL

Local actors only, Non-Union, Weekly Salary - $320
Written by Brandon Roberts. Director: Brad Deplanche.
1st Rehearsal 6/3, Opens 6/21, Closes 7/27.

  • Plumber: (character actor to play a man in his 30s-50s) The somewhat meek and bedraggled husband, father and proprietor of "Prince's Plumbing." Loves his family, and will do anything to secure their happiness, even if it means making a pact with the witch next door.
  • Rapunzel: (actor to play young girl ages 12-19) Daughter to the Plumber and his wife. A "tomboy" who loves her family, but sees beyond the expectations that all girls must wear pink and play with dolls. She is clever, sharp and able to out-smart even the Old Hag.
  • Old Hag: (character actor to play an ageless witch) The witch who lives next door. With an appetite for eating children and a thirst for vengeful curses, she cannot help but rhyme. As wickedly-funny as she is wicked.
  • Prince's Apprentice: (actor to play a young man 15-25) The newly hired assistant to the Plumber, may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he is highly resourceful and loyal to the end.

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For casting consideration throughout the year, please submit your cover letter, headshot and resume to:
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Attention: Casting
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803

 

 

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