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Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts
2222 Hewlett Ave, Merrick, New York 11566
We will be holding auditions for our coming production of «A Midsummer Night's Dream»!
Monday August 14 at 7:30pm at the theatre.
Directed by: Mark DeCaterina
Show opens October 14th and plays thru November 12th 2017.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.
Must be available for ALL PERFORMANCES.
Please prepare a 1 to 2 minute monologue/soliloquy/sonnet from one of Shakespeare's Plays & Sonnets
In one of the most famous of literary love quadrangles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander, and Helena; four misguided lovers whose journey into the woods exposes them to the magical world of the fairy kingdom.
Character Breakdown (17-20 Actors):
The Royalty Athens/Fairy Kingdom
Male. 40s. Any ethnicity. An actor with equal parts suave sophistication and bad-boy danger to play both THESEUS, Duke of Athens, authoritative, smart, sexy and a little undone by his love for Hippolyta. His usual buttoned-down and controlled demeanor is starting to unravel, and OBERON, King of the Fairies, demanding and powerful. He wants what he wants when he wants it.
Female. 40s. Any ethnicity. An actress with enormous charm, power, and wit. To play HIPPOLYTA, Theseus’ bride. She is complex, sexy, intuitive, and powerful. And TITANIA, the Queen of the Fairies. She is intense and moody and very much in control of her own desires and needs. Fiercely protective of her own.
The Royal Court of Athens
Female. 20s. Any ethnicity. Daughter of Egeus. Fun, sexy, energetic. Attractive, but in an offbeat way. Quick-witted and physically bold. She has a toughness under a sweet veneer. An impetuous young woman who is desperate to get out from under her father’s rule and start living her own life.
Female. 20s. Any ethnicity. Hermia’s best friend and devoted to her. Fiery and sexy but a little odd too. A great comic role for a physically bold risk-taking actor. She is a slightly anxious young woman, who disguises her insecurities behind a razor-sharp wit.
Male. 20s. Any ethnicity. In love with Hermia. Sexy, funny, a little self-absorbed but full of willful impulses, quick to act, stubborn, sweet. Must be funny, a physical comedian as well as great with language. A little rough-around-the-edges. A bad boy.
Male. 20s. Any ethnicity. Also in love with Hermia. A bit smoother than Lysander, but also has a sexy cruel streak. Aggressive, witty, exciting. He’s used to getting his own way, a bit privileged. Also a physical comedian, dynamic. A spoiled but fabulous kid.
Male. 30s-50s. Any ethnicity. Hermia’s father. Old-fashioned, furious, tense, powerful. Loves his daughter but hasn’t realized that she’s not a little girl anymore.
Male. 30s+. Any ethnicity. A Duke of Theseus' and «Master of Revels» who decides upon the entertained for the court.
The Fairy Kingdom
Male or female. Any age. Any ethnicity. Master of the Revels and primary troublemaker. An enchanting, mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals. Must be very dynamic, great with language, dangerous, wicked, energized.
Peasbottom, Cobweb, Mustardseed, Moth & Dustbunny
Male or female. Teens-20s. Any ethnicity. The Royal Courtiers of Queen Titania who attend Bottom. Must be able to dance, sing and be adorable. Acrobats and/or instrument proficiency desired.
Male. 40s-50s. Any ethnicity. The overconfident weaver chosen to play Pyramus in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’ marriage celebration. Enthusiastic. Wants to play all the roles. Likes to overact. A role for a character actor who is equal parts masterfully comedic and with classical chops.
Male. 40s-50s. Any ethnicity. A carpenter and nominal leader of the craftsmen’s attempt to put on a play for Theseus’ marriage celebration. Playwright for the amateurs, he often gets shoved aside by his abundantly confidant actor, Bottom.
FRANCIS FLUTE the Bellows Mender
Male 30's-40's. Any ethnicity. Chosen to play Thisbe, a young girl in love. He points out that he is just getting his facial hair. He thinks this will make playing Thisbe a problem, but this is actually why he was chosen. Slow to the punch.
ROBIN STARVELING the Tailor
Male or Female. 30s-50s. Any ethnicity. Chosen to play Thisbe’s mother, ends up playing the part of The Moon. Has a bit of a hard time remembering their lines.
SNUG the Joiner
Male or Female. 20s-50s. Any ethnicity. “I am slow of study”. Forget about remembering, they’ve got a hard time learning his lines so plays The Lion who need only roar. Snug worries that this roaring will frighten the ladies in the audience.
TOM SNOUT the Tinker
Male or Female. 30s -50s. Any ethnicity. Originally chosen to play Pyramus’ father in the craftsmen’s play. Literal minded — a bit concrete.