Summer 2019 Shakespeare in the Park
Auditions will be at All Generations Adult Day Care (460 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH) on April 16th and 17th at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm so you can get your paperwork started. We will be available until 9:00pm on both nights, so come when you can! This year’s showdates are July 27th, July 28th, August 3rd, and August 4th. Saturday’s will be evening performances, while Sundays will be our usual matinees at 2pm. The cast will also be performing in a private event on July 24th in Amherst. Please feel free to contact us for further details. Auditions will be cold reads from the script.
BEATRICE: “a pleasant-spirited lady” with a very sharp tongue. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. She appears content never to marry.
BENEDICK: An aristocratic soldier who served Don Pedro in recent battles. He is a friend of Don Pedro’s and Claudio, and swears he will never fall in love or marry.
CLAUDIO: A young soldier who recently won great acclaim fighting under Don Pedro. He falls in love with Hero upon his return, but has an unfortunately suspicious and naive nature, making him quick to believe rumors.
HERO: the daughter of Leonato and cousin of Beatrice. Hero is lovely, gentle, kind, and falls in love with Claudio when he falls for her. She suffers terribly when her name is unjustly slandered.
DON PEDRO: an important nobleman from Aragon and a longtime friend of Leonato’s. He is close with his fellow soldiers, generous, courteous, intelligent, and loving to all of his friends, but sometimes also falls into the trap of believing slanders too quickly.
LEONATO: A respected member of Messina’s nobility, the father of Hero and the Uncle of Beatrice. He is second in social power only to Don Pedro.
DON JOHN: the illegitimate brother of Don Pedro, sometimes called “the Bastard.” He is melancholy and sullen by nature, is envious of his brother, and creates a dark scheme to ruin the happiness of Hero and Claudio.
MARGARET: Hero’s serving woman who unwittingly helps Borachio and Don John with their plot.
BORACHIO: an associate of Don John and the lover of Margaret. He conspires with Don John to ruin Claudio and Hero’s happiness.
CONRAD: one of Don John’s more intimate associates, entirely devoted to him.
DOGBERRY: the constable in charge of the Watch of Messina. He is very sincere and takes his job seriously, but has a habit of using the wrong wrong words to convey his meaning.
Other characters, which may be double-cast: Verges, Sexton, Antonio, Balthasar, Ursula, Friar Francis, and various Watchmen, Messengers, Lords, etc.
Directed by Vicky Sandin, based on Austen’s novel. Showdates are October 11th, 12th, and 13th. Auditions will be held on April 16th and 17th at All Generations Adult Day Care, 460 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH, alongside the Shakespeare in the Park auditions above. Please feel free to audition for both!
***Please prepare a monologue for your audition, and also be prepared to read some sides from the script. Call backs will be on Wednesday, April 24th.
Contact Vicky Sandin for further details: email@example.com
English accent preferred. Some roles may be doubled; doubling included in description.
ELINOR DASHWOOD – the eldest Dashwood sister; sensible (female, 20s-30s)
MARIANNE DASHWOOD – the middle Dashwood sister; sensitive (female, 20s – 30s)
MARGARET DASHWOOD – the youngest Dashwood sister; 12-13 years old (female, 20s). May also play MRS. FERRARS (Fanny, Edward and Robert Ferrar’s elderly mother), a non-speaking role.
MRS. DASHWOOD – mother to the Dashwood sisters (female, late 30s-50s). May also play ANNE STEELE and LADY MIDDLETON.
JOHN DASHWOOD – half-brother to the Dashwood sisters (from their father’s side; no blood relation to Mrs. Dashwood) – (male, late 30s-40s). May also play JOHN WILLOUGHBY.
EDWARD FERRARS – a gentleman; a bachelor (male, 30s). Actor will also play ROBERT FERRARS, Edward’s younger brother.
FANNY (FERRARS) DASHWOOD – wife to John Dashwood and sister to Edward; nasty (female, late 30s). May also play LUCY STEELE and LADY MIDDLETON.
COLONEL BRANDON – an older bachelor; over 45 years old (male, late 30s – 40s). May also play THOMAS and LADY MIDDLETON.
JOHN WILLOUGHBY – an unusually handsome young man (male, 30s). May also play JOHN DASHWOOD.
SIR JOHN MIDDLETON – a country gentleman; distant relation to Mrs. Dashwood (male, 30s – 40s). Will also play DOCTOR and SERVANT.
MRS. JENNINGS – a good-natured, boisterous woman; mother-in-law to Sir John and a terror to the countryside (preferably male, but will consider female, 40s – 70s)
LADY MIDDLETON – Sir John’s wife, an overbred lady (female, 30s-40s). May also be played by actors playing MRS. DASHWOOD, EDWARD/ROBERT FERRARS, FANNY DASHWOOD, and COLONEL BRANDON.
LUCY STEELE – a young girl with no fortune (female, 20s – 30s). May be played by actor playing FANNY DASHWOOD.
ANNE STEELE – Lucy’s sister, indiscreet (female, 20s-30s). May be played by actor playing MRS. DASHWOOD.
ROBERT FERRARS – a callow young man, Edward Ferrars’ younger brother. Same actor will play both EDWARD and ROBERT FERRARS.
Also, to be doubled up with the cast:
GOSSIPS 1-5 – a chorus of high-society creatures, played by Ensemble
SERVANTS – including THOMAS, played by Ensemble
DOCTOR – played by actor playing SIR JOHN MIDDLETON
2020 and Beyond
We would like to hear your pitch! What show do you have a passion for? What have you always wanted to see on stage? We also have a selection of shows that we would love to do but need a director to take on.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
You will receive an interview form and we will ask for your availability in the evening.
You will need to be able to email us a copy of the script for the board to review prior to the interview.