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Auditions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Audition Info: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2017
DATES: Sunday, Sept. 17 & Tuesday, Sept. 19
All ages! Everyone welcome! No need to fear Shakespeare– this will be fun!!! There are over twenty speaking roles, several non-speaking, and lots of dancers. Below are descriptions of specific roles which are for any age/gender unless noted. Feel free to access this widely available play online. Any questions: [email protected]
Royals/Athenians: Any age
Theseus – (male) Duke of Athens. Authority figure. Anxious to marry Hippolyta. Has love and celebration on his mind.
Hippolyta – (male) Former Queen of Amazons (think Wonder Woman!). Regal! She and Theseus met in battle, which he won. She is not as anxious to marry as he is.
Egeus – (male) Hermia’s mean father. Insists on Hermia marrying Demetrius, whom he chose for her, or die. He rejects Lysander’s marriage suit, thinking him socially unworthy.
Philostrate – Head steward to Theseus; arranges entertainment for the royal wedding.
Athenians – Group of citizens similar to the Greek chorus; respond to the action on stage.
Athenian Soldiers –
Young Lovers: Very physically demanding roles and line memorization
Hermia – (female) In love with Lysander and rejects Demetrius. She feels sorry for Helena with whom she has been friends since childhood. Is being forced to choose between marriage to one she does not love or death (yes, fathers had that control over their daughters). Hot tempered!
Lysander – (male) In love with Hermia. When her father refuses to allow him to marry her, he asks her to come with him to his aunt’s house (outside Athens) where they will be able to marry as they choose. Telling Helena they will meet in the woods leads to the confusing midsummer night that follows.
Demetrius – (male) In love with Hermia. He is more acceptable to her father because of his social stature, despite the fact that he has thrown over Helena for Hermia, which true noblemen did not do.
Helena – (female) She is so in love with Demetrius that she pursues him through the woods, even when he threatens her with harm. (The fact that she pursues him was shocking behavior for the time, but acceptable for comedy).
The Laborers: The Comic characters (think clowns!) Looking for over-the-top actors; lots of physical humor.
Bottom – A pompous but lovable weaver. Loud and bossy leader of the group. Plays “Pyramus” in Pyramus & Thisby, the play within the play (P&T). While rehearsing, Puck gives him the appearance of a donkey, in which form he becomes the object of Titania’s affection.
Flute – A bellows mender. Gets stuck playing “Thisby,” the girl’s part in P&T, probably because he is the youngest of the group. Must be able to create a high voice (part of the audition) and wear a dress (not part of the audition).
Snout – A tinker (fix-it man). Represents “Wall” that separates the lovers Pyramus & Thisby during the play within a play.
Starveling – Deaf, old, painfully shy tailor. Stumbles through the role of Moonshine in P&T.
Quince – Carpenter who is author and director of P&T the play that the tradesmen want to present at the royal wedding. Gives prologue to play within a play.
Snug – A surly and perhaps stupid joiner (steamfitter) who plays the lion in P&T.
Fairy World: Must create other worldliness, the forest, and magic through movement and sound.
Oberon – (male) Powerful Fairy King In a dispute with Titania over a boy she refuses to give him so he plays dirty putting her under a spell. Puts Demetrius under the same spell out of pity for Helena.
Titania – (female) Fairy Queen who is Oberon’s equal. She and her fairies avoid Oberon because she refuses to give up the orphaned son of one of her ladies-in-waiting.
Puck – An imp. Very athletic role, a jokester, enjoys causing trouble. Oberon’s right hand man. Might be double or triple cast to create the impression that he can disappear/reappear.
Fairies- PeaseBlossom, Cobweb, Moth, MustardSeed, First Fairy, & Others not named. Followers of Titania. They must move and dance throughout the forest, representing nature (flowers, birds, plant life).
Woodland Spirits – Followers of Oberon they move and dance throughout the forest, representing nature (wolf pack/lost boys).