2018

Acting Shakespeare Summer Course

Production—A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Seeking: Two males, age 15-22

Roles: Theseus and Demetrius

Audition sides found in: Male Principal Roles, below.

Scholarships available!

Auditions by appointment
Call or text: 575-312-7623

Dates, Synopsis, General info

General Audition Information (Volunteers, Tuition, How to prepare)

Audition Workshop

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This is how you find out how to prepare for auditions (learn lines in advance, what to bring, how we run auditions, etc.)

2018 Production Dates

AUDITIONS:
Friday, 27 April, 6:30 PM
Saturday, 28 April, 2:30 PM 
Auditions at Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Main St., Las Cruces

CALLBACKS:
Monday, 30 April 6:00 PM
J. Paul Taylor Academy, behind Alma de Arte School

CASTING LIST POSTED:
Tuesday, 1 May

PARENT MEETING: 
Wednesday, 2 May, 7:00 PM
Goals: Accept roles, pay tuition, join committees, pickup handbills
J. Paul Taylor Academy, behind Alma de Arte School

REHEARSALS:  June 18-July 19

PERFORMANCES:  July 21, 21, 27, 28

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Synopsis

SETTING: Athens, during the Classical Age of Greece
(450–404 BC)

SYNOPSIS

A Love Quadrangle brews between Greek youth: Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena. Hermia’s father appeals to the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons, to step in to force his daughter’s hand.

Meanwhile, in Fairy Land, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the fairies) are locked in a dispute of their own.

As if that weren’t enough, a group of bumbling craftsmen are preparing a play for the Duke’s upcoming wedding.

Stir in a love potion, a spell for a donkey’s head, and a mischievous fairy servant who can’t tell one Athenian from another, and you’ve got all the ingredients for one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies!

Audition Forms

Role Information

AMND Roles available

We’re looking for:*

• 5-6 females aged 15-19 (Titania, Hermia, Helena, Hippolyta, Quince, Egeus)

• 6-7 males aged 15-19 (Oberon, Demetrius, Lysander, Theseus, Egeus, Quince, Bottom)

• 6 comedic males or females aged 12-19 (Puck, Flute, Starveling, Snout, Snug, Philostrate)

• 10 males or females aged 9-19, who dance/martial arts; singing preferred for females,  (Fairies: Lodestar, Nightshade, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Speedwell, Woodbine, Dewdrop, Sweetbriar, Cobweb, Brooklime, Peaseblossom, Moth, Mustardseed, Willowherb)

• 1 small boy, non-speaking role, lightweight enough to be carried by Titania (Changeling Boy)

* Note: any of these roles has the possibility of singing, if the conditions are right, and the actor would like to, but only the female fairies are required to sing.

2018 Character Descriptions—Female

Supporting Roles

FEMALE CHORUS of FAIRIES—
The Chorus of Fairies bring magical delight to the forest outside of Athens. Each member of the Female Fairy Chorus will have lines and will sing (sopranos and altos), bringing an “other world” feel to the show. All members of the female fairy chorus will have lines. Fairies should span a wide range of ages, from 9-19.
Solo/Duet Singing Roles: Lodestar, Dewdrop (see below)
Non-solo singing roles: Sweetbriar, Woodbine, Willowherb, Speedwell, Brooklime, Cobweb, Peaseblossom, Moth, Mustardseed
Requirements: Good singing intonation. Dancing and/or gymnastics ability helpful.

EGEUS—
Hermia’s father (mother), Egeus is a domineering person who insists that his (her) daughter marry Demetrius, rather than Lysander, whom she loves. Egeus may also be played by a female (as Hermia’s mother).

PHILOSTRATE—
Philostrate is Master of the Revels for Theseus. He (she) is a very astute person who is one of the wisest in the play. Philostrate should have good comic timing and may be played by a female.

LODESTAR—Lodestar acts as Sentinel for Titania (the Fairy Queen). She attends to her queen with all the love that a good fairy possesses. Lodestar is excellent at reciting poetry and has a beautiful soprano voice.

DEWDROP—Dewdrop acts as Sentinel for Titania (the Fairy Queen). She is an astute fairy who keeps track of the comings and goings in the fairy kingdom. Dewdrop recites poetry well and has a beautiful alto/second soprano voice.

MECHANICALSComedians
The Mechanicals are a group of bumbling craftsmen and craftswomen who prepare a play to perform on Theseus’ wedding day. Their play is a comedic disaster that provides entertainment and merriment to  the wedding party (and the audience). These roles may be either played by females or males.

QUINCE—See Principal Roles, below.
FLUTE (bellows-mender)—A rough-hewn person who must play a lady in Quince’s awkward play.
SNOUT (tinker)—a cautious person, plays the wall in Quince’s  awkward play.
STARVELING (tailor)—a rather impatient person who is not afraid to speak up and plays “moonshine” in Quince’s awkward play.
SNUG (joiner)— a tender-hearted person who plays the lion in Quince’s awkward play, so he will only have to roar, and not have to learn lines.

Requirements for all Mechanicals: Good comedic timing.
Song: Some of the mechanicals might sing, depending on the results of the audition, but casting is not dependent on singing ability.

Principal Roles

HIPPOLYTA—
Hippolyta is the Queen of the Amazons who, during the show, marries Theseus, the Duke of Athens. She agreed to marry Theseus after he defeated her in battle. Hippolyta is a strong woman who doesn’t fail to be blunt. Hippolyta should be played by an older actress (age 15-19)
Requirements: Excellent acting and ability to play romantic role, sword fighting skill preferred.

HERMIA—
Small in stature, Hermia on first glance shows a meek nature, but her friend (Helena) makes it clear that she has always been quick to fight. She is a proper young lady who doesn’t allow her lover (Lysander) to sleep near her, but flies into a rage at Helena when Lysander suddenly falls in love with Helena. Hermia should be played by an older actress (Age 15-19)
Requirements: Excellent acting and ability to play a romantic role.

Helena—
Taller than Hermia (hopefully), Helena is a desperate young lady who was spurned by Demetrius, but she frantically does anything she can to help him, including helping him find the run-away Hermia, whom he loves. Due to a love potion, Helena finds herself chased by both Demetrius and Lysander and, in her usual suspicious manner, she accuses them of playing a trick on her. Helena should be played by an older actress (Age 15-19)
Requirements: Excellent acting skills.

PUCK—
Puck is a Oberon’s jester.  Puck, through mischief or through confusion, creates a bit of chaos in the human world as his love potions go awry, and he changes Bottom’s head to that of a donkey. Puck is a master of magic and of voices and delights in the chaos that he creates. Puck delivers the famous closing remarks of the play. Puck must be an excellent actor with excellent comic timing. Puck may be played by either a male or female and should be significantly smaller than Oberon.

TITANIA—
Queen of the Fairies, Titania is regal and other-worldly in her manner. Titania is strong-willed and independent. She frequently battles with her husband, Oberon (the king of the fairies), and the current battle is over a changeling boy that both of them want. Titania will sing a solo during the Finale, and should be played by an older actress (Age 15-19) who is comfortable playing a romantic scene with a man who wears a donkey head.
Requirements: Excellent acting, excellent singing voice.

2018 Character Descriptions—Male

Supporting Roles

MALE FAIRIES—
The Male Fairy Chorus is a group of young men who are full of mischief who wander the forests outside of Athens. They serve as the guards for Oberon, the King of the Fairies. They assist Puck in his errands of mischief.
Nightshade—a member of Oberon’s army, he is full of mischief and attends Puck in his/her errands.
Hemlock—a member of Oberon’s army, he is full of mischief and attends Puck in his/her errands.
Woodbine—a member of Oberon’s army, he is full of mischief and attends Puck in his/her errands.
Wolfsbane:—Captain in Oberon’s army. He is wary and observant and sees to it that order is kept among Oberon’s troops.
Puck—See Principal Characters
Oberon—See Principal Characters
Requirements: Dancing, martial arts, or  gymnastic ability is a plus, but not necessary.
Songs: Male fairies may sing, if voices are still soprano/alto, but it is not required.

EGEUS—
Hermia’s father, Egeus is a domineering man who insists that his daughter marries Demetrius, rather than Lysander, whom she loves. Egeus may also be played by a female (as Hermia’s mother).

PHILOSTRATE—
Philostrate is Master of the Revels for Theseus. He is a very astute person who seems one of the wisest in the play. Philostrate should have good comic timing and may be played by a female.

MECHANICALSComedians
The Mechanicals are a group of bumbling craftsmen and craftswomen who endeavor to prepare a play to perform on Theseus’ wedding day. Their play is a comedic disaster that provides entertainment and merriment to  the wedding party. All but Bottome roles may be either played by females or males.

BOTTOM (weaver)—See Principal Roles
QUINCE (carpenter): Quince is the leader of the Mechanicals. He/She is bossy and impatient while trying to direct rehearsals and the final performance of the play.
FLUTE (bellows-mender)—A rough-hewn person who must play a lady in Quince’s awkward play.
SNOUT (tinker), a cautious person, plays the wall in Quince’s  awkward play.
STARVELING (tailor) is a rather impatient person who is not afraid to speak up and plays “moonshine” in Quince’s awkward play.
SNUG (joiner): is tender-hearted person who plays the lion in Quince’s awkward play, so he won’t have to learn lines, but only roar.
Requirements for all Mechanicals: Good comedic timing.
Song: The mechanicals might sing, depending on the results of the audition.

Principal Male Characters

THESEUS—
Duke of Athens, Theseus is betrothed to Hippolyta (queen of the Amazons) whom he defeated in battle, and is now going to marry her. Theseus must be a strong leader, able to engage in swordplay, and able to act in romantic scenes.  Theseus should be played by someone 15-19 years old.

BOTTOM—Bottom is one of the Mechanicals. He is a self-absorbed, confident man who demands center stage. His head is magically exchanged for a donkey head, as he is used to taunt Oberon’s wife, Titania. He temporarily becomes Titania’s lover, and he enjoys being doted on by her servant fairies. His role requires excellent comic timing. Bottom must have excellent comic timing and should be played by someone 15-19 years old.

DEMETRIUS—
Demetrius is an Athenian Nobleman who is an inconstant lover (after wooing Helena and winning her heart, he changes to Hermia). Though he is more proper than Lysander, his emotions are strong and played in full force. Demetrius should be an excellent actor who is able to engage in a sword fight and should be played by someone 15-19 years old.

LYSANDER—
Lysander is a romantic Athenian who is from a wealthy family. He is a bit more flippant than Demetrius, and certainly not the kind of young man that a mother would trust with her daughter. However, he is a constant lover who will risk death, by Athenian law, to marry Hermia, whom he loves. But when put under the spell of a love potion, he can be cruel in his mocking of Hermia, and overboard in his “love” for Helena. Lysander should be should be an excellent actor who is able to engage in a sword fight. He should be played by someone 15-19 years old.

PUCK—
Puck is a Oberon’s jester.  Puck, through mischief or through confusion, creates a bit of chaos in the human world as his love potions go awry, and he changes Bottom’s head to that of a donkey. Puck is a master of magic and of voices and delights in the chaos that he creates. Puck delivers the famous closing remarks of the play. Puck must be an excellent actor with excellent comic timing. He may be played by either a male or female and should be significantly smaller than Oberon.

OBERON—
Oberon is King of the Fairies and Titania’s husband. He is royal in demeanor and accustomed to being obeyed. He expects obedience from everyone—including his wife. Oberon attempts to force Titania into submission by humiliating her into falling in love with a donkey. But Oberon is also a tender-hearted fairy and tries to help a broken-hearted Helena through the magical powers of love potion. Oberon should be played by someone 15-19 year old.

Audition Sides

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