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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.