Audition: TWELFTH NIGHT
Twelfth Night will audition Feb. 12 & 13, 6:30-10:30, with callbacks Feb. 14 & 15.
Auditions are open to EVERYONE who wants to participate in the telling of a magical tale.
Lovers find one another as mistaken identities abound, lost bonds are magically restored, boisterous passions are exhausted, and the swirling music plays on and on and on. Shakespeare’s comedy is full of whimsy and wordplay, humor both clever and crass, and larger-than-life characters who are complex, human, and intimate. We invite you to join us for the Elizabethan festival of epiphany, when the world is turned upside down in a long night of revelry that takes players and audience alike on a journey through the heights and depths of the human emotional experience.
Please prepare a 1 - 1 1/2 minute Shakespearean monologue (verse or prose), from any Shakespeare play, as well as a 1-minute excerpt from a song of any style, period, or genre. The song may be sung "a capella." The key point for both monologue and song is the opportunity for vivid expression, storytelling, and communication. (Please adhere to time limits for both monologue and song.) And...have FUN.
VIOLA: the shipwrecked twin sister of Sebastian, disguised as Cesario for most of play
SEBASTIAN: the shipwrecked twin brother of Viola
ORSINO: Duke of Ilyria, enamoured of Olivia
VALENTINE: attendant of Duke Orsino
OLIVIA: a Countess “in mourning,” wooed by Orsino
MARIA: Countess Olivia’s waiting-gentlewoman; a sly plotter
SIR TOBY BELCH: kinsman to Olivia, a raucous Epicurean
SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK: discombobulated companion to Sir Toby
FABIAN: a member of Olivia’s household, part of Sir Toby’s “gang”
MALVOLIO: Olivia’s steward, one who fancies himself separate and above
FESTE: a clown, Olivia’s jester
ANTONIO: a sea-captain who befriends Sebastian
CAPTAIN: of the wrecked ship, who befriends Viola
General Casting Policies
The Department of Theater is committed to racial, cultural and individual diversity.
Casting for all department-sponsored productions is open to any student, staff, or faculty member of the Five College Consortium, any member of the community, or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification.
Equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.
All Theater majors are welcomed and strongly encouraged to audition. The Department chooses plays each year with the intention of offering roles to as many majors as possible, but casting of any individual theater major student is not guaranteed.
Most casting will be determined by open auditions.
You are expected to sign up for a given audition appointment, and to arrive at the audition site well ahead of the scheduled time. Performers who arrive after their scheduled time may not be allowed to audition.
After open auditions have been completed, the director will post call back announcements. If you are called back, you are expected to initial next to your name to acknowledge the call back.
Auditioning for multiple shows
Our experience has shown that having cast members in shows with overlapping rehearsal and/or performance schedules is complicated and disruptive to both shows.
Cast members are still welcome to be in multiple shows whose rehearsal schedules do not overlap; please check with stage managers or production staff if you have questions about scheduling.
Please note: This does NOT mean that actors cannot audition for all the shows — just that they will have to consider their options and limitations wisely. Casting decisions will result in the production's exclusive service of the actor when rehearsal/performance periods overlap.
Thank you and break a leg!