2015-2016 Signature Series Season Audition Information
Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803
Produced in Partnership w/ UCF
Artistic Director: Jim Helsinger
Managing Director: PJ Albert
LOA/ LORT: $638 (approval pending)
SPT 7: $476
SPT 10: $664
Non-Union: $320-$418 per week
Equity principal auditions by appointment only in Orlando.
Prepare 1 monologue only, not to exceed 2 minutes total. To audition for Spamalot, singer/actors should additionally prepare 16 bars of an uptempo or comedic song in the style of the show. It is acceptable to sing a selection from Spamalot. Dancing will only be required for Spamalot callbacks. Sides and sheet music available after March 27th. Please bring TWO copies of your stapled headshot/resume. All roles available unless otherwise specified.
Callbacks: Spamalot callbacks will be held on Monday, April 20 (Men: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Women: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.) by callback appointment only. Callbacks for all non-musicals will be held Wednesday, April 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. by callback appointment only. Reader provided.
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle, and Neil Innes.
King Arthur - (Late 30s-60s): ROLE IS CAST
Sir Robin - (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called 'Sir Robin the Brave', though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD a long-winded monk. Tenor/Baritone (d3-G4)
Sir Lancelot d/b/a Lance - (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his 'softer side.' This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER (an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman), the KNIGHT OF NI (an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights), and TIM THE ENCHANTER (a ghostly being with a Scottish accent). Tenor/Baritone (C3-High E4)
The Lady of the Lake - (20s-30s): A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Especially seeking actresses of all races for this role. Alto (E3 - High B6)
Patsy - (30s-40s): King Arthur's horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR (a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his hometown), and the drunken, useless GUARD 2. Baritone Bflat3-HighG5. Tap Dancer.
Sir Dennis Galahad - (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as DENNIS, a lower class 'mud gatherer' who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Tenor bFlt3-Bflat5. Strong Bari-Tenor.
Sir Bedevere - (20s-40s): ROLE IS CAST
Prince Herbert - (20s-30s): Tenor singing required. Very good mover. The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Also plays HISTORIAN (a tweedy academic); NOT DEAD FRED (a sickly little fellow who, despite others' beliefs, claims he is "not yet dead”); FRENCH GUARD; and ROBIN’S MINSTREL. Tenor. Good Dancer.
Maude Gutman - ROLE IS CAST
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Boy (Peter) - Teenage orphan, played by an adult. Nameless, homeless and friendless at the beginning; a hero by the end.
Prentiss - Teenage orphan, played by an adult. Ambitious, hyperarticulate, logical. Longs to be a leader.
Ted - Teenage orphan, played by an adult. Obsessed with food, a natural actor, an easy wit, perhaps a future poet.
Lord Aster - Male, Adult. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman. Devoted father of Molly.
Molly Aster - Played by an adult woman. Petite, plays 13 years old. A true leader. Curious, intelligent girl.
Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher - Male or Female, Adult. Mrs. B is Molly’s nanny. Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship. Teacher was formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid.
Captain Scott - Male, Adult. Intrepid Captain of Britain’s fastest frigate.
Grempkin/Mack/Sanchez/Fighting Prawn - Male, Adult. Grempkin is the mean and malodorous orphanage schoolmaster. Mack is a very bad sailor. Sanchez is a hard-working Spanish pirate with an identity crisis. Fighting Prawn is the King of the Mollusks.
The Black Stache - Male, Adult. A famous pirate villain. Heartless and hirsute, suspiciously well-read, partial to the poetical and theatrical. Need skilled comedian.
Slank/Hawking Clam - Male, Adult. Slank is the vicious captain of The Neverland, without the skill or quality to lead anyone. Hawking Clam is the son of Fighting Prawn.
Smee - Male, Adult. Comic side kick. First mate, single-mindedly devoted to The Black Stache.
Senga Quinn - ROLE IS CAST.
THE TEMPEST/PERICLES - IN REPERTORY
by William Shakespeare.
Prospero - Male, 40 – 80. Any ethnicity. The rightful Duke of Milan, now rules the island on which the play takes place, noble carriage, one of Shakespeare’s great leading roles. Seeking older actor with many years experience with Shakespeare leading roles.
Antonio - Male, 30-70. Any ethnicity. Prospero’s Brother, the usurping Duke of Milan.
Ferdinand - Male, 18-25. Any ethnicity. Son to the Alonzo, King of Naples. Love interest to Miranda.
Gonzalo - Older male, 50 – 80. Any ethnicity. An honest old councilor.
Caliban - Male, 30 - 40. Any ethnicity. Son of an evil witch, abandoned on the island.
Trinculo - Male, 20-50. Any ethnicity. A drunken jester. Comic role.
Stephano - Male, 20-50. Any ethnicity A drunken butler. Comic role.
Alonso - Male, 40-70. King of Naples. Any ethnicity.
Sebastian - Male 40-50.Alonso’s brother. Aristocratic. Any ethnicity.
Miranda - Female, 18-25. Any ethnicity. Daughter of Prospero, she has lived on this island since she was three.
Ariel - Male/Female, 18-30. Any ethnicity. A spirit of the island who is Prospero’s chief helper and slave. Must sing and move very well.
Nymphs and Mariners - Male and Female 20-30
by William Shakespeare.
PERICLES- 30s. Any ethnicity. Male. Prince of Tyre. Intelligent, capable, confident, and bold. Confident leading Shakespearean actor. Age: Pericles should look at least late 20s in the first half of the play; but in the second half needs to look and act 14 years older.
SIMONIDES/Ensemble - 40s-60s. Any ethnicity. Male. King of Pentapolis, father in law of Pericles. A respected and beloved leader.
ANTIOCHUS/Ensemble - 40s. Any ethnicity. Male. King of Antioch A king who is carrying on an incestuous relationship with his daughter. Proud, cunning, and quick on his feet.
CERIMON. 40s-50s. Male. Any ethnicity. A lord of Ephesus and a healer. Ages 14 years between the first and second half of the play.
HELICANUS/Ensemble - 30s-40s. Any ethnicity. Male. A lord of Tyre and Pericles’ most trusted advisor. Intelligent, pragmatic, and wise. Ages 14 years between the first and second half of the play.
CLEON/Ensemble - 50s. Any ethnicity. Male. Governor of Tarsus. Worn down and doing his best to lead his people, but ultimately, passive, submissive, and disloyal. Ages 14 years between the first and second half of the play.
LYSIMACHUS/Ensemble - 30s-50s. Any ethnicity. Male. Governor of Mytilene. Rescues Marina from the brothel.
BOULT - 30s-50s. Any ethnicity. Male. Pimp in the brothel. Comic Role with a dark side.
GOWER/ENSEMBLE - Male. English poet who appears as part of the Chorus. His story of Apollonius of Tyre in the eighth book of his Confessio Amantis served as an important source for this play.
THAISA - 30s. Any ethnicity. Female. Daughter of Simonides, later wife to Pericles. Bright and warm, also determined and self-aware. Needs to be fairly young in the first half of the play (18-25) but needs to be aged 14 years for the second half.
MARINA - 20s. Any ethnicity. Female. Pericles and Thaisa’s daughter. Virtuous, graceful, well-bred. Young, innocent, and committed to her values.
LYCHORIDA/BAWD/Ensemble - 40-50s. Female. Lychordia - Nurse to Marina. Bawd-‘Madam’ of the brothel in which Marina inadvertently finds herself. Comic role.
DIONYZA/Ensemble - 30s-40s. Any ethnicity. Female. Cleon’s wife. Deceptive and selfish.Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pirates, Fishermen, and Messengers - played by members of the ensemble
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Vanya - Male. 50s. Living in Bucks County. Resigned to his life, more or less, at least compared to Sonia.
Sonia - ROLE IS CAST
Masha - Female. 50s. Vanya’s sister, a glamorous and successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world.
Spike - Male. Late 20s. An aspiring actor, sexy, self-absorbed, Masha’s new companion. Actor must have incredible physique.
Nina - Female. Early 20s. Lovely, sincere would-be actress who is visiting her aunt and uncle next door. Starstruck and energetic.
SUMMER CHILDREN'S SERIES SHOW - "THE FROG AND THE PRINCESS"
Robin - Male. The Prince. 20s. Young, dashing and resourceful, even when turned into a frog. Experience with puppetry a plus.
Calliope - Female. 20s. The Princess. Young, innocent and beautiful.
Tabitha - Female. 30-50s. The evil Step-Queen. Nasty and manipulative.
Henry - Male. Any age. The Queen’s Porter - servant to the queen and comic relief.
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For casting consideration throughout the year, please submit your cover letter, headshot and resume to:
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803