AUDITIONS

Shakespeare in Love

Directed by Elizabeth Helman

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s Fall 2019 production of Shakespeare in Love will be held September 30 and October 1 at 6:00 pm on the Withycombe Main Stage in Withycombe Hall (2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis OR).

Shakespeare in Love is a romantic comedy based on the 1999 film by Tom Stoppard. Set in 1592, a young William Shakespeare is a struggling playwright suffering from a severe case of writer’s block until he meets the charming Viola DeLesseps, the daughter of a wealthy merchant with dreams of becoming an actor. This witty play features music, dance, comedy, true love, and a bit with a dog and explores themes of creativity and art.

The audition will consist of cold readings from the script and some games and movement. Auditions are open to all. Scripts are available for 24 hour check out from the Theatre Arts Main office in Withycombe 145. Please bring your schedules with any possible conflicts to the audition.

There will be a cast read-through October 4 at 6:00 pm. Regular rehearsals will begin Sunday, October 6 and will be scheduled Sundays 12:00-6:00 and Monday through Thursday 6:00-10:00 pm. Tech rehearsal will be November 9 starting at noon with tech and dress rehearsals November 10-13. Performances are scheduled November 14-15 and 22-23 at 7:30 pm and November 17 and 24 at 2:00 pm. There will be a possible pick-up rehearsal on November 21. Everyone in the cast must be available for all rehearsals starting November 4, tech/dress rehearsals, performances, and strike.

For questions concerning the audition or rehearsal process please contact the director, Elizabeth Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu

Almost every actor in this production plays multiple roles, sometimes as the same character playing a character within a play within the play and sometimes as a different character entirely. I'm looking for actors with flexibility and comic timing.

Actor

Roles

Scenes

1

Will Shakespeare (Romeo)

1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27

2

Kit Marlowe

1, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 19, 24, 27

3

Henslowe

2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 13, 15, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26

4

Fennyman

2, 6, 13, 15, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26

5

Lambert, DeLesseps, Heavy 1, Abraham

2, 6, 9, 11, 20, 24, 25, 26

6

Feers, Wabash (Prologue), Heavy 2

2, 6, 7, 20, 23, 24, 26

7

Burbage

3, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26

8

Quickly, Molly, Lady in Waiting

3, 4, 11, 19, 21, 24, 26

9

Tilney

3, 4, 19, 23, 24, 26

10

Robin (Lady Capulet), Boatman

7, 13, 15, 17, 24, 26

11

Queen Elizabeth

4, 19, 26

12

Peter (Valentine, Gregory, Tybalt) Guard, Waiter/Barman

3, 4, 12, 13, 15, 20, 21, 24, 26

13

Viola (Thomas Kent, Juliet, Romeo)

4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26

14

Nurse

5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25

15

Ralph (Nurse, Petruchio), Catling

10, 13, 15, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26

16

Nol (Also listed as "Adam") (Proteus, Benvolio, Servingman), Guard

3, 4, 12, 13, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26

17

Webster

7, 13, 15, 20, 23, 26

18

Wessex

9, 11, 14, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26

19

Ned (Mercutio)

13, 15, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26

20

Sam (Juliet)

13, 15, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26

21

Kate, Lady in Waiting

4, 19, 21, 26