Orlando Shakes 2019-2020

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2019-2020 SEASON AUDITIONS: Our local auditions for our 2019-2020 season are now complete. We are currently processing our NYC auditions. If you have not had the chance to audition, please see our video submission instructions below. Video submissions are due no later than Friday, May 17, 2019.

Sides for our 2019-2020 season will remain on this page in case of emergency cast replacements. For consideration throughout the season, please email your headshot and resume to auditions@orlandoshakes.org or mail copies to:

Orlando Shakes
Attention: Casting
812 E Rollins St.
Orlando, FL 32803

If you are traveling to Orlando at any time of year, you may contact auditions@orlandoshakes.org or 407-447-1700 ext. 210 to try to arrange an in person general audition. We are not always available, but we will try to see you if possible.

PLAYFEST AUDITIONS: Our next local auditions will be in September for PlayFest 2019, our annual festival of new play readings.

2020-2021 SEASON AUDITIONS: Our next season auditions will be announced in March 2020 for the 2020-2021 season.

Cross-gender and color conscious casting: Orlando Shakes encourages cross-gender and color conscious casting. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds are STRONGLY encouraged to attend our auditions.

Character Breakdowns and Available Sides:

Evita

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics and Book by Tim Rice
Director: Nick DeGruccio, Choreographer: Kim Ball, Music Director: Michael Raabe
Salaries: AEA LOA $725 (18/19 rates. 19/20 rates pending)
1st reh: 8/13/19. Runs 9/4-10/6/19. Margeson Theater

EVITA (Female, 20s-30s. Argentinian) Must be able to play ages 18 to 33 while projecting both a toughness and charisma. Beautiful, ambitious and power-seeking, she rises to become the spiritual leader of Argentina. The actor playing this role must have strong vocal stamina and excellent control. Legit Mezzo with a clear, strong mix that can belt to a high G and sing to a low E (below middle C). Passionate and strong lead actor who can move well.

CHE (Male, 18-35. Argentinian) Radical, dashing, and impulsive. Political activist and narrator of the show. An actor/singer that must move very well with a high, rock tenor voice that can sing a low A to high B, falsetto to high F.

PERON (Male, 30-50. Argentinian) An officer in the Argentinean army who rises to become the Argentine President. Dignified, charming, and authoritative. A strong actor and singer who can play character/leading man. Vocal bass/baritone to high F.

MISTRESS (Female, Teens/20s. Argentinian). Fragile, vulnerable, innocent young girl, Juan Peron’s teenage Mistress. She is “dismissed” out of Peron’s life by his future wife, Eva. The Mistress ponders the rejection during her song, “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.” Also appears in the ensemble. Must be able to move well and sing a low A to a high E.

MAGALDI (Male, 30 – 40. Argentinian) A tango singer with whom Eva has her first love affair. A charming loser. Sings “On This Night of a Thousand Stars” and establishes a Latin flavor to the piece. Also appears in the ensemble. A Latin American “personality” type and feel that needs to be bigger than life, but real at the same time. Sings to tenor High G.

ENSEMBLE: Seeking a broad range of males and females of all ethnicities and ages. Excellent singing voices in all ranges. All shapes and sizes to play everything from Generals to Peasants. Also looking for women and men who are strong dancers to play soldiers, tango dancers, and the dance chorus.

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
Director: Irwin Appel
Salaries: AEA LOA $725 (18/19 rates. 19/20 rates pending)
1st reh: 9/17/19. Runs 10/9-11/24/19. Goldman Theater

ALL actors must be physically expressive and able to transform into different characters on stage. Actors create the scenery and environment. The only major props or weapons are 6-7” rattan quarterstaves. All actors must be athletic, flexible, physically powerful, and imaginative.

Actor 1: MACBETH/Ensemble (Male, Any Age/Ethnicity). A brave soldier, married to Lady Macbeth, his ambition begins to run wild after hearing a prophecy by three witches that he will be made King. Impetuous, passionate, susceptible to dreams of power and glory, he puts aside all morals in order to fulfill his ambitions. Deeply in love and connected to his wife, with whom he plots the murders of all who stand between himself and the crown.

Actor 2: LADY MACBETH/Ensemble (Female, Any Age/Ethnicity) Leading female. Macbeth’s wife, poised, well bred, fiercely intelligent, ultimately a deeply ambitious woman who wants position and power, but later falls victim to guilt and madness over her complicity in plotting the murders of Duncan, Banquo and others. Deeply in love and passionately connected to her husband.

Actor 3: MACDUFF/Ensemble (Male character, can be played by actor of Any Age/Gender/Ethnicity) Powerful, vital soldier, who mistrusts Macbeth and his rise to the throne, even before Macbeth arranges the murder of Macduff’s wife and child. A formidable and worthy opponent, he leads the movement to remove Macbeth from the throne, in order to avenge the death of his family and to put the rightful heir on the throne. Athletic and fierce. In every way the ultimate protagonist.

Actor 4: DUNCAN/Ensemble (Male character, 40s-50s, can be played by actor of Any Gender/Ethnicity) The good King of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. Duncan is the model of a virtuous, benevolent, and farsighted ruler. Also may play the drunken Porter, comic relief in the play.

Actor 5: MALCOLM/WITCH 1/Ensemble (Male character, 20s-30s, can be played by actor of Any Gender/Ethnicity) The eldest son of Duncan and heir to the throne. An attractive and somewhat inexperienced young man with a reserved air of mystery about him. A sensitive, young leading man of great potential and star quality. Also plays one of the three “weird sisters;” very powerful, otherworldly and androgynous creatures. They are not completely human, but may often may take on the specific characteristics of humans.

Actor 6: BANQUO/Ensemble (Male character, can be played by actor of Any Age/Gender/Ethnicity) The brave, noble general whose children, according to the witches’ prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. Like Macbeth, Banquo thinks ambitious thoughts, but he does not translate those thoughts into action, and is eventually murdered by Macbeth. Straightforward, clear, uncomplicated, upstanding.

Actor 7: ROSS/WITCH 2/Ensemble (Male character, can be played by actor of Any Age/Gender/Ethnicity) A nobleman, serves Duncan and later Macbeth, because he must, but comes to understand Macbeth’s moral corruption. In the meantime, serves as a kind of consigliere, often bearing difficult news. Subsequently joins with Macduff and Malcolm to remove Macbeth from the throne. Also plays one of the three “weird sisters;” very powerful, otherworldly and androgynous creatures. They are not completely human, but may often may take on the specific characteristics of humans.

Actor 8: LADY MACDUFF/WITCH 3/FLEANCE/Ensemble (Female, Any Age/Ethnicity) Macduff’s wife and mother of their young son. Warm, poised, lovely, loves her son, with whom she has a great rapport. Also plays Fleance, Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him and one of the three “weird sisters.” They are very powerful, otherworldly and androgynous creatures. They are not completely human, but may often may take on the specific characteristics of humans.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Director: TBA
Salaries: AEA LOA $725 (18/19 rates. 19/20 rates pending)
1st reh: 11/12/19. Runs: 12/4-12/29/19. Margeson Theater

A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, Miss Bennet continues the story, this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as the unlikely heroine. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.

NOTE: Please prepare appropriate British accents for each role.

MARY BENNET (Female, 18-30. Any ethnicity.) Finally coming in to her own, she is no longer the plain, boring girl she once was. She has a fire in her now. Intelligent, curious, and lively.. She does not suffer fools. She wants to live life to the fullest. Must be witty and know how to land a joke. Must be prepared to do an upper-class English Accent (RP).

ARTHUR DE BOURGH (Male, 18-30. Any ethnicity.) A studious, unsociable, only child who has never been around women or large families. A loner who prefers books to people. Recently inherited a large estate and has no idea what to do next. Must be witty and know how to land a joke. Must be prepared to do an upper-class English Accent (RP).

ELIZABETH DARCY (Female, 18-30. Any ethnicity.) Married to Mr. Darcy. Confident, charming, and witty. Makes a fun and surprising lady of the house. Best friends with her sister, Jane. Must be witty and know how to land a joke. Must be prepared to do an upper-class English Accent (RP).

FITZWILLIAM DARCY (Male, 25-35. Any ethnicity.) A loving, generous, and smart (if slightly stiff) husband. Quiet and vigilant and thus sees what others often miss. Knows what being lovelorn is like. Must be witty and know how to land a joke. Must be prepared to do an upper-class English Accent (RP).

JANE BINGLEY (Female, 18-30. Any ethnicity.) Married to Mr. Bingley. 7 months pregnant with her first child and sweet and optimistic as ever. The kindest heart in the house. Must be witty and know how to land a joke. Must be prepared to do an upper-class English Accent (RP).

CHARLES BINGLEY (Male, 25-35. Any ethnicity.) Gracious, happy, and ever-focused on the love of his life, Jane. A good friend and always ready with a smile. Somewhat nervous about impending fatherhood. Must be witty and know how to land a joke. Must be prepared to do an upper-class English Accent (RP).

LYDIA WICKHAM (Female, 20s. Any ethnicity.) To play 17, flirtatious, braggadocios and selfish. Her marriage to Mr. Wickham is a sham but she will not admit this. She also won’t admit that she desperately needs the love of her family. Must be witty and know how to land a joke. Must be prepared to do an upper-class English Accent (RP).

ANNE DE BOURGH (Female, 20s. Any ethnicity.) Only daughter of the Late Catherine de Bourgh. Lived in her mother’s very large shadow, never having to ask for anything or speak for herself her entire life. Judgemental and impatient, just like her mother. Must be witty and know how to land a joke. Must be prepared to do an upper-class English Accent (RP).

Becoming Dr. Ruth

By Mark St. Germain
Director: TBA
Salaries: AEA SPT 7 $530 (18/19 rates. 19/20 rates pending)
1st reh: 12/17/19. Runs 1/8-2/9/20. Goldman Theater

DR. RUTH K. WESTHEIMER (Female, Age 69, Jewish) Dr. Ruth has led many different lives, but approaches each aspect with a grounded honesty and charming sense of humor. She explores her early life in a Swiss orphanage, fleeing from the Nazis, serving as a sniper in Jerusalem, and her early life in New York City in this moving one-person show based on the true story.

Audition Sides
Spring 2020 Repertory:
The Three Musketeers

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas by Catherine Bush
Director: Jim Helsinger
Salaries: AEA LOA $725 (18/19 rates. 19/20 rates pending)
1st reh: 12/31/19. Runs 2/5-3/29/20. Margeson Theater.

  • The Three Musketeers and Henry IV, Part 1 are performed in repertory on alternating nights 2/7 through 3/22. Henry IV, Part 2 will perform as a special event 3/26-3/29. Most actors will play the same roles in both Henry IV plays.

D’ARTAGNAN (Male, 20s. ANY ETHNICITY.) The hero. Raised in French province of Gascony, leaves home to go to Paris. Brave, excellent swordsman, and enthusiastic to become a musketeer but also impulsive, hotheaded, and inexperienced. Falls in love with Constance Bonacieux. Excellent stage combatant.

ATHOS (Male, 30s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Leader of the three musketeers. Full of shadows, intelligent, courageous; precise in his his sword fighting. Excellent stage combatant.

ARAMIS (Male or Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) One of the three musketeers. Romantic, attractive, hot tempered, studying to be a priest; melodramatic in his sword fighting. Excellent stage combatant.

PORTHOS (Male or Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) One of the three musketeers. Humorous, vain, slave to fashion, good-hearted; comical and jaunty in his sword fighting. Excellent stage combatant.

CARDINAL RICHELIEU (Male or Female, 40s-50s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Second most powerful man in France. Enemy of the musketeers and (though not openly) to the king and queen.

MILADY (Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) The Countess de Winter, most dangerous woman in all of France. Beautiful, cunning, strong, and ruthless. Richelieu’s spy and Rochefort’s lover. Excellent stage combatant.

ROCHEFORT (Male, 30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) The cardinal’s henchman and captain of the Cardinal’s Guard. (Richelieu’s spy). Excellent stage combatant.

KING LOUIS (Male, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) King of France. Simple-minded, always being played by Cardinal Richelieu.

ANNE OF AUSTRIA (Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Louis’ wife, Queen of France. Called Anne of Austria but originally comes from Spain; having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham.

CONSTANCE (Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) The queen’s lady in waiting, falls in love with d’Artagnan. Devoted and kind. Good stage combatant.

MONSIEUR BONACIEUX (Male, 40s-50s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Father of Constance and D’Artagnan’s landlord. Cowardly, stingy, selfish.

MONSIEUR DE TREVILLE (Male or Female, 30s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Captain of the King’s Musketeers. Respected and loyal. Excellent stage combatant.

JUSSAC (Male, 20s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Leader of Richelieu’s guards. Ruthless. Excellent stage combatant.

LORD BUCKINGHAM (Male, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) The English Prime Minister, head over heels in love with Queen Anne.

FELTON (Male, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Buckingham’s assassin. Did it for love of Milady. Excellent stage combatant.

ABBESS (Female, 20s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Head of the Carmelite Convent at Bethune. Strong and devout.

PLANCHET (Male, 20s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Treville’s servant. Loyal and brave. Small of stature, but a secret martial arts expert, who defeats four spies single handed.

BRADDOCK (Male, 20s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Buckingham’s butler.

KITTY (Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Milady’s servant and Planchet’s lover. Hates her mistress.

Spring 2020 Repertory:
Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2

by William Shakespeare
Director: Carolyn Howarth
Salaries: AEA LOA $725 (18/19 rates. 19/20 rates pending)
1st reh: 12/31/19. Runs 2/5-3/29/20. Margeson Theater.

  • The Three Musketeers and Henry IV, Part 1 are performed in repertory on alternating nights 2/7 through 3/22. Henry IV, Part 2 will perform as a special event 3/26-3/29. Most actors will play the same roles in both Henry IV plays.

HENRY IV (Male or Female, 40s-50s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Just and pragmatic. Moves with an authority that he has earned. Quick to judge. Anxious to shore up support for his throne, but confident in his right.

PRINCE HAL (Male, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Young and rebellious, but whip-smart and well-spoken. Still figuring out what he thinks of the world and his place in it. Avoiding responsibility.

HOTSPUR (Male, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Brash, deservedly confident, but exceptionally cocky. Ambitious. Hungry for glory and the respect it brings.

FALSTAFF (Male, 40s-60s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Sage among fools and fool among sages. Falstaff is a brilliant sophist, able to turn the world on its ear to serve his own sense of morality in a few turns of phrase. Excellent comic character of huge size.

NED POINS (Male or Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Clever, tricky and roguish, with a deep fondness for Hal.

MISTRESS QUICKLY (Female, 20s-50s. ANY ETHNICITY.) A bawdy tavern hostess with a quick tongue.

LADY PERCY (Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Fierce wife of Hotspur- his match in pride and verbal prowess, and his superior in intelligence.

JOHN OF LANCASTER (Male or Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) A loyal and capable soldier. Younger brother to Prince Hal.

RALPH NEVILLE, EARL OF WESTMORLAND (Male or Female, 20s-50s. ANY ETHNICITY.) A trusted advisor to the king.

SIR WALTER BLUNT (Male or Female, 20s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) The gruff soldier, loyal to a fault with a strong sense of duty, ready to mix it up.

HENRY PERCY, EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND (Male or Female, 40s-50s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Father of Hotspur, part of the rebellion against King Henry IV.

THOMAS PERCY, EARL OF WORCESTER (Male or Female, 30s-50s. ANY ETHNICITY.) A born politician, ambitious and cold, interested first and foremost in the fortunes of their family.

EDMUND MORTIMER (Male or Female, 20s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) An English nobleman and pushover, captured by the Welsh. Loves his Welsh wife but can’t speak the language.

OWEN GLENDOWER (Male or Female, 40s-60s. ANY ETHNICITY.) A Welsh warlord and father, father in law of Edmund Mortimer. Superstitious and claims to be able to command magic.

EARL OF DOUGLAS (Male or Female, 20s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Fearsome Scottish warrior.

SIR RICHARD VERNON (Male or Female, 20s-40s. ANY ETHNICITY.) A canny strategist. Associate of Worcester and advisor of Hotspur.

LADY MORTIMER (Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) A strong Welsh woman, someone you’d want on your side of a brawl. Speaks and sings in Welsh. Actor should prepare a short song for the audition.

BARDOLPH (Male or Female, 30s-60s. ANY ETHNICITY.) The perennial sidekick, happy for someone to look up to and obey, even if he enjoys getting a few digs in himself.

PETO (Male or Female, 20s-30s. ANY ETHNICITY.) Young person on the wrong side of the tracks and in over their head.

FRANCIS ( Male or Female, teens – 20’s. ANY ETHNICITY.) A tapster in the tavern. Naive and the butt of many jokes.

My Lord, What a Night

by Deborah Brevoort
Director: TBA
Salaries: AEA SPT 7 $530 (18/19 rates. 19/20 rates pending)
1st reh: 2/25/20. Runs 3/18-4/26/20 Goldman Theater.

Inspired by true events, this story chronicles the friendship between Albert Einstein, and famed African-American singer Marian Anderson. My Lord, What a Night explores the racial, religious and gender-based struggles plaguing two of the most iconic entities of the 20th century.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (Jewish, Age 58) German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity. He fled Nazi Germany and settled in Princeton, New Jersey where he was offered a position with the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University. He barks like a seal when he laughs.

MARIAN ANDERSON (African American, Age 41) One of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century. She performed on concert stages around the world, but suffered discrimination at home in the United States. Singing Required. Vocal type: Contralto. Voice needs to fill the room. Please prepare 8-16 bars of ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ or ‘My Lord What A Morning’ acapella.

ABRAHAM FLEXNER (Jewish, Age 71) Head of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton University, he recruited Einstein to be a fellow at the Institute. He is pedantic and concerned with public opinion.

MARY CHURCH TERRELL (African American, Age 75, but with the energy of a 30 year old.) A civil rights activist and suffragist who worked tirelessly to put an end to racial prejudice. One of the early foot soldiers of the civil rights movement, she helped plan Marian Anderson’s historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.

Audition Sides
Summer Children’s Series:
Snow White – Casting Complete

Local actors only, Non-Union, Weekly Salary – $400
Written by Brandon Roberts. Director: Patrick Braillard.
1st Rehearsal 5/28/19, Opens 6/13/19, Closes 7/28/19.

ACTOR 1: SNOW WHITE (Female Adult, 20s, Any Ethnicity) The fairest in the land and a friend to all.

ACTOR 2: STEPMOTHER (Female Adult, Any Ethnicity) The most vain woman in the kingdom, only cares about her own beauty.

ACTOR 3: KEEPER OF THE TALES/PRINCE (Male Adult, 20s, Any Ethnicity) The narrator of our story who wants to get it right. Also the noble prince who saves the day.

ACTOR 4: DWARF MACK/HUNTSMAN/MIRROR/KING/PAGE/BEAR/BIRDS/SNAKE (Any gender Adult, 20s-50s, Any Ethnicity) Dwarf Mack is the leader of the seven dwarfs (the other dwarves are volunteer audience members Mack picks). Also plays the noble King and the sassy Mirror. Needs a skilled physical, comic actor. Actor 4 quickly shifts between characters with only the minimum props/hats to show they are a different character.

Sides will become available at a later date.

Video Submission Instructions

Please send video submissions to auditions@orlandoshakes.org and include “YOUR NAME – Video Submission 2019-2020” in the subject line. Please attach:

  1. Your headshot and resume as two separate files in PDF format no larger than 1MB each
  2. Enclose a link to an unlisted YouTube video audition. A link to your YouTube video MUST be included in the email. We will only view YouTube video submissions. For video submissions, we prefer to see the callback sides in lieu of a monologue/16 bars of your choice. Please select 1 side from the selection above (sides available after March 29, 2019). Actors auditioning for the repertory shows need to submit 1 side from both shows to be considered. Actors auditioning for the musical should select 1 acting side and 1 music side and a dance reel (if available). Please slate in each video. It is acceptable to send a video for each side or to combine your videos into one YouTube video.

Video submissions will be viewed throughout April-May auditions.

You will be contacted via phone or email if a callback is required. Follow up calls and emails are not necessary.

The deadline for video submissions is Friday, May 17, 2019.

Internship Opportunities

Are you creative, driven, passionate about the arts, and looking for a bridge between university and the world of professional theater? Orlando Shakes offers training programs geared toward future theater professionals including Acting/Education Internships, Summer Education Internships, Production Apprentice Internships, and Administrative Internships.

Interns and apprentices gain real-world experience, professional theater credits, contacts, and career guidance from our resident staff, guest designers, and directors. If you are willing to work hard and play harder, we invite you to join our theater family!

Internship Opportunities