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2015-2016 Auditions

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Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803
Produced in Partnership w/ UCF
Artistic Director: Jim Helsinger
Managing Director: PJ Albert


At this time, our auditions for PlayFest 2015 are complete. Thank you to all those who auditioned for our season! Please join our mailing list to receive email notifications on future auditions and upcoming productions.

The sides below will be listed throughout the 2015-2016 Season in case of emergency replacement casting.

PlayFest features staged readings of seven new plays from Thursday, November 5, 2015 through Sunday, November 8, 2015. Each play has thirteen hours of rehearsal with the director and playwright for a script-in-hand reading. Most rehearsals are planned for November 2, 3, and 4 from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Non-union and AEA Actors are welcome to audition. We are following AEA staged reading guidelines. A stipend will be provided to all actors.

Emma 1
Emma 2
Midge/Madge 1
Midge/Madge 2
Midge/Madge 3

By: Jacqueline Goldfinger
Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Synopsis: Comedy. Twin sisters Midge and Madge run a broken-down B&B that has a date with a wrecking ball. When a young woman appears, searching for clues about her missing mother, the memories she stirs up send them all down the dark and dusty road of a past better left hidden.

Midge: Female. Older than middle-aged. Twin sister of Madge
Madge: Female. Older than middle-aged. Twin sister of Midge
Emma: Female. 20s. A guest that stumbles into Midgeís and Madgeís life
Ronnie: Male. 30s. A befuddled building contractor

Connie 1
Connie 2
David 1
David 2

By: Israel Horovitz
Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Synopsis: Drama. As he escorts a group of honeymooners up Alaska's highest mountain, a climber reflects on his deceased son, his despondent daughter, his trying marriage, and his life as a whole.

David: Male. 65-ish. Educated American accent
Franny: Female. 65-ish. Davidís wife, English, speaks with a Yorkshire accent
Emily: Female. 40-ish. Davidís daughter, self-assured, accent is a blend of Yorkshire (British) and New York (American)
Joey: Male. Late 30s. Speaks with an American accent, Davidís dead son
Connie: Male. 65-ish. A player, expensive taste. Close friends with David
Mr Takayama: Male. 80s. An extremely affable Japanese man. Also plays Policeman


By: Eric Hissom
Saturday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Synopsis: Comedy. Chaos and hilarity ensue during a last-minute rehearsal before a performance for the King. Fast-paced and raucous, this comedy upends our preconceptions about William Shakespeare, his actors, and his genius.

Julian Crosse: Male. Sturdy, sweet-faced young man who desperately wants to be a player on the stage. Very passionate but naive
Rosemary Bassanio: Female. Worldly, longs to be a writer
Henry Goodwyn: Male. A well-seasoned actor who has a very close relationship with William Shakespeare. Used to play the female ingenues, but life has worn on his face, making him merely handsome.

Lord Philip Strayte/ William Shakespeare/Queen Elizabeth I will all be played by the same actor. Male.

*Lord Philip Strayte: Mousy bureaucrat and master of revels. Flamboyant. He is the man in charge, sure of himself. Lover of the arts.
*William Shakespeare: Master playwright and artist who wrote several plays still cherished today. We see the rough side of Will: drunk, downtrodden, and clumsy. Still maintaining his passion for the written word and vigor for the stage.
*Queen Elizabeth I: An apparition that encourages Juliana to prosper. All knowing.

Sides unavailable - Please bring a monologue from a Shakespearean play to be considered for Pericles.

A Modern Verse Translation of Shakespeareís Play by Ellen McLaughlin
Saturday, November 7 at 8:30 p.m.
Synopsis: Adventure, love, betrayal, murder, jousts, hurricanes, princes, prostitutes, and pirates all appear in the exciting adventures of Prince Pericles. A new modern verse translation of Shakespeareís exciting story.

Various Roles

This is a reading of the translation that will be produced in January-March 2016 as part of Orlando Shakespeare Theaterís Signature Series. Though the Signature Series production is cast, local actors are welcome to audition for the PlayFest reading.

Please bring a monologue from a Shakespearean play to be considered for Pericles.

Dukas 1
Dukas 2
Einstein/Lieserl 1
Einstein/Lieserl 2

By: Mark St. Germain
Sunday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Synopsis: Drama. A reporter interviews Albert Einstein, revealing shocking secrets about his family, his past, and the theory of relativity.

Albert Einstein: Male. 66 years old. Set in his ways
Margaret Harding/Lieserl: Female. 43 years old. Ms. Harding pretends to be a reporter in order to interview Einstein. It is revealed that she is in fact his daughter, Lieserl.
Helen Dukas: Female. 52 years old. Needs to speak German, does Voice Over of parrot

Rachel/Monique 1
Rachel/Monique 2
Reggie/Monique 1
Reggie/Monique 2
Sam/Monique (Poem)

By: Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Sunday, November 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Synopsis: Drama. Ten-year-old Sam and her drug-addicted mother arrive unexpectedly at her auntís Brooklyn doorstep. Decaying family bonds, playground rhymes, and shocking memories weave their way to a surprise ending.

Sam: Female. 10 years-old. African American. Smart, carries the weight of the world, daughter of Monique.
Monique: Female. Early- to mid-20s. African American. ďBorn into fearĒ but looks younger than her years, heroin addict, younger sister of Rachel and mother to Sam.
Reggie: Male. Early- to mid-20s. African American. Samís father, a protector whom we see at 15 and in adulthood throughout the course of the play.
Rachel: Female. Mid-30s. African American. Samís aunt and Moniqueís older sister, warm-hearted and incredibly maternal, college teacher.
Nadima: Female. Mid-30s. African American. Rachelís attractive girlfriend, a strong and career-minded woman who grew up in Brooklyn and has done very well for herself.


By: Meridith Friedman
Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Synopsis: Drama. What is our responsibility to our parents? Richard is forced to grapple with that question in the days following his motherís funeral. Meanwhile his father, Oscar, has growing suspicions over the circumstances of his wifeís death that lead him to make a startling accusation against his son. The Luckiest People explores the great dichotomy of the father-son bond: a relationship of profound awe and unparalleled fear.

Richard: Male. 50. A successful doctor
Oscar: Male. 79. Richardís father, residing in an assisted-living facility
David: Male. 36. Richardís partner
Laura: Female. 44. Richardís sister, back in the States for their motherís funeral

2015-2016 Signature Series Season Audition Information - CASTING COMPLETE

At this time, our auditions for the 2015-2016 Signature Series are complete. Thank you to all those who auditioned for our season! Please join our mailing list to receive email notifications on future auditions and upcoming productions.

The sides below will be listed throughout the 2015-2016 Season in case of emergency replacement casting.

Herbert 1
Herbert 2
Herbert Song 1
Herbert Song 2
Lady 1
Lady Song 1
Lady Song 2
Lady Song 3 (Callback)
Lady 3 (Packet)
Lancelot 1
Lancelot 2
Lancelot (Callback 1)
Lancelot (Callback 2)
Lancelot (Callback 3)
Patsy 1
Patsy Song 1

Weekly Salaries: AEA (Union) LOA: $638, Non-Union: $416

Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle, and Neil Innes.
Director: Jim Helsinger.
Music Director: Steve MacKinnon.
Rehearsal 8/18, Opens 9/11, Closes 10/11.

All ethnicities are encouraged to submit for/or attend these auditions.

King Arthur -  (Late 30s-60s): ROLE IS CAST

Sir Robin - (30s-40s): ROLE IS CAST

Sir Lancelot d/b/a Lance - (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his 'softer side.' This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER (an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman), the KNIGHT OF NI (an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights), and TIM THE ENCHANTER (a ghostly being with a Scottish accent). Tenor/Baritone (C3-High E4)

The Lady of the Lake  - (20s-30s): A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Especially seeking actresses of all races for this role. Alto (E3 - High B6)

Patsy  - (30s-40s): King Arthur's horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR (a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his hometown), and the drunken, useless GUARD 2. Baritone Bflat3-HighG5. Tap Dancer.

Sir Dennis Galahad - (30s): ROLE IS CAST

Sir Bedevere - (20s-40s): ROLE IS CAST

Prince Herbert - (20s-30s): Tenor singing required. Very good mover. The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Also plays HISTORIAN (a tweedy academic); NOT DEAD FRED (a sickly little fellow who, despite others' beliefs, claims he is "not yet dead”); FRENCH GUARD;  and ROBIN’S MINSTREL. Tenor. Good Dancer.

ENSEMBLE: 5 men and 5 women. Dancer/singers.

Lionel (Callback)

Weekly Salaries - AEA (Union) SPT 7: $476, Non-Union: $378

By Stephen Sachs.
Director: Matt Pfeiffer
1st Rehearsal 9/22, Opens 10/16, Closes 11/15.

All ethnicities are encouraged to submit for/or attend these auditions.

Maude Gutman - ROLE IS CAST

Lionel Percy - Male. 60s. A world-class art expert. Curt. Impatient. Important but bitter about being less important now than earlier in his life and career.

Alf 1
Alf 2
ALL Callback Music
Aster 1
Aster 2
Bill Slank 1
Black Stache 1
Black Stache 2
Black Stache Music
Bumbrake/teacher 1
Bumbrake/teacher 2
Grempkin/Prawn 1
Grempkin/Prawn 2
Molly 1
Molly 2
Prentiss 1
Prentiss 2
Smee 1
Smee 2
Smee Music
Ted 1
Ted 2

Weekly Salary - AEA (Union) SPT 10: $664, Non-Union: $378

By Rick Elice.
Director: Michael Carleton.
1st Rehearsal 11/9, Opens 12/4, Closes 1/3.

UPDATE: Actors interested in auditioning for roles in Peter and the Starcatcher should prepare 16 bars of their choice in the style of the show.

All ethnicities are encouraged to submit for/or attend these auditions.

Molly Callback Music: Please prepare 16 bars of music (your choice) that shows your best range and ability. 

Boy (Peter) - ROLE IS CAST

Prentiss - Teenage orphan, played by an adult male or female. Ambitious, hyperarticulate, logical. Longs to be a leader. Baritone/Tenor 2 E’s & F’s.

Ted - Teenage orphan, played by an adult male or female. Obsessed with food, a natural actor, an easy wit, perhaps a future poet. Strong singer (baritone / tenor 2).

Lord Aster - Male, Adult. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman. Devoted father of Molly. Baritone/Tenor 2 E’s & F’s.

Molly Aster - Played by an adult woman. Petite, plays 13 years old. A true leader. Curious, intelligent girl. Strong enough singer for featured solos, Mix/Belt to a C#.

Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher - Male or Female, Adult. Mrs. B is Molly’s nanny. Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship. Teacher was formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid. Strong enough singer for a cappella solo. Baritone.

Captain Scott - Male, Adult. Intrepid Captain of Britain’s fastest frigate. Baritone/Tenor 2, up to F#.

Grempkin/Mack/Sanchez/Fighting Prawn - Male, Adult. Grempkin is the mean and malodorous orphanage schoolmaster. Mack is a very bad sailor. Sanchez is a hard-working Spanish pirate with an identity crisis. Fighting Prawn is the King of the Mollusks. Bass/Baritone.

The Black Stache - Male, Adult. Strong singer, Baritone/Tenor up to G#. A famous pirate villain. Heartless and hirsute, suspiciously well-read, partial to the poetical and theatrical. Need skilled comedian.

Slank/Hawking Clam - Male, Adult. Slank is the vicious captain of The Neverland, without the skill or quality to lead anyone. Hawking Clam is the son of Fighting Prawn. Bass/Baritone.

Smee - Male, Adult. Comic side kick. First mate, single-mindedly devoted to The Black Stache. Strong singer, Tenor 2 up to F’s comfortably.

Alf - Male, Adult. An old seadog, enamored of Mrs. B. Tenor to a solid A. 

Ever 1
Ever (Callback)

Weekly Salary - AEA (Union) SPT 7: $476

By Mark St. Germain.
Director: TBA.
SPT 9. 1st Rehearsal 12/15, Opens 1/08, Closes 2/07.

All ethnicities are encouraged to submit for/or attend these auditions.

Senga Quinn - ROLE IS CAST.

Ever Montgomery - Male. Late 30s/40s. An awkward academic who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Ariel 1
Ariel 2
Prospero (Callback)

Weekly Salaries - AEA (Union) LOA in ref to LORT: $638, Non-Union: $400


by William Shakespeare.
Director: Anne Hering.
1st Rehearsal 1/05, Opens 2/12, Closes 3/27.

All ethnicities are encouraged to submit for/or attend these auditions.

Prospero - Male, 40 – 80. Any ethnicity. The rightful Duke of Milan, now rules the island on which the play takes place, noble carriage, one of Shakespeare’s great leading roles. Seeking older actor with many years experience with Shakespeare leading roles.

Antonio - Male, 30-70. Any ethnicity. Prospero’s Brother, the usurping Duke of Milan.

Ferdinand -  Male, 18-25. Any ethnicity. Son to the Alonzo, King of Naples. Love interest to Miranda.

Gonzalo - Older male, 50 – 80. Any ethnicity. An honest old councilor.

Caliban - Male, 30 - 40. Any ethnicity. Son of an evil witch, abandoned on the island.

Trinculo - Male, 20-50. Any ethnicity. A drunken jester. Comic role.

Stephano - Male, 20-50. Any ethnicity A drunken butler. Comic role.

Alonso - Male, 40-70. King of Naples. Any ethnicity.

Sebastian - Male 40-50.Alonso’s brother. Aristocratic. Any ethnicity.

Miranda - Female, 18-25. Any ethnicity. Daughter of Prospero, she has lived on this island since she was three.

Ariel - Male/Female, 18-30. Any ethnicity. A spirit of the island who is Prospero’s chief helper and slave. Must sing and move very well.

Nymphs and Mariners - Male and Female 20-30

Thaisa 1
Thaisa 2


by William Shakespeare.
Director: Jim Helsinger.
1st Rehearsal 1/05, Opens 2/26, Closes 3/26.

All ethnicities are encouraged to submit for/or attend these auditions.

PERICLES- 30s. Any ethnicity. Male. Prince of Tyre. Intelligent, capable, confident, and bold. Confident leading Shakespearean actor. Age: Pericles should look at least late 20s in the first half of the play; but in the second half needs to look and act 14 years older.

SIMONIDES/Ensemble - 40s-60s. Any ethnicity. Male. King of Pentapolis, father in law of Pericles. A respected and beloved leader.

ANTIOCHUS/Ensemble - 40s. Any ethnicity. Male. King of Antioch A king who is carrying on an incestuous relationship with his daughter. Proud, cunning, and quick on his feet.

CERIMON. 40s-50s. Male. Any ethnicity.  A lord of Ephesus and a healer. Ages 14 years between the first and second half of the play.

HELICANUS/Ensemble - 30s-40s. Any ethnicity. Male. A lord of Tyre and Pericles’ most trusted advisor. Intelligent, pragmatic, and wise. Ages 14 years between the first and second half of the play.

CLEON/Ensemble - 50s.  Any ethnicity. Male.  Governor of Tarsus. Worn down and doing his best to lead his people, but ultimately, passive, submissive, and disloyal. Ages 14 years between the first and second half of the play.

LYSIMACHUS/Ensemble - 30s-50s. Any ethnicity. Male. Governor of Mytilene. Rescues Marina from the brothel.

BOULT - 30s-50s. Any ethnicity. Male. Pimp in the brothel. Comic Role with a dark side.

GOWER/ENSEMBLE -  Male. English poet who appears as part of the Chorus. His story of Apollonius of Tyre in the eighth book of his Confessio Amantis served as an important source for this play.

THAISA - 30s. Any ethnicity. Female.  Daughter of Simonides, later wife to Pericles. Bright and warm, also determined and self-aware. Needs to be fairly young in the first half of the play (18-25) but needs to be aged 14 years for the second half.

MARINA - 20s. Any ethnicity. Female. Pericles and Thaisa’s daughter. Virtuous, graceful, well-bred. Young, innocent, and committed to her values.

LYCHORIDA/BAWD/Ensemble -  40-50s. Female. Lychordia - Nurse to Marina. Bawd-‘Madam’ of the brothel in which Marina inadvertently finds herself. Comic role.

DIONYZA/Ensemble - 30s-40s. Any ethnicity. Female. Cleon’s wife. Deceptive and selfish.

Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pirates, Fishermen, and Messengers - played by members of the ensemble
Cassandra 1
Cassandra 2 (CALLBACK)
Masha 1
Masha 2 (CALLBACK)
Nina 1
Nina 2
Spike 1
Spike 2
Vanya 1
Vanya 2

Weekly Salaries: AEA (Union)  SPT 7: $476,  Non-Union: $378

Written by Christopher Durang.
Director: Eleanor Holdridge.
1st Rehearsal 3/08, Opens 4/01, Closes 5/01.

All ethnicities are encouraged to submit for/or attend these auditions.

Vanya -  Male. 50s. Living in Bucks County. Resigned to his life, more or less, at least compared to Sonia.


Masha - Female. 50s. Vanya’s sister, a glamorous and successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world.

Spike - Male. Late 20s. An aspiring actor, sexy, self-absorbed, Masha’s new companion. Actor must have incredible physique.  

Nina - Female. Early 20s. Lovely, sincere would-be actress who is visiting her aunt and uncle next door. Starstruck and energetic.

Cassandra - Female. African American. Cleaning lady and soothsayer

Robin (Poem)

Local actors only, Non-Union, Weekly Salary - $400 ($10 per hour)

Written by Brandon Roberts.
Director: Patrick Braillard.
1st Rehearsal 6/2, Opens 6/20, Closes 7/26.

All ethnicities are encouraged to submit for/or attend these auditions.

Robin - Male. The Prince.  20s. Young, dashing and resourceful, even when turned into a frog.  Experience with puppetry a plus.

Calliope - Female. 20s. The Princess. Young, innocent and beautiful.

Tabitha - Female. 30-50s. The evil Step-Queen. Nasty and manipulative.

Henry - Male. Any age. The Queen’s Porter - servant to the queen and comic relief.

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For casting consideration throughout the year, please submit your cover letter, headshot and resume to:
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Attention: Casting
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803



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