Auditions for "Something Rotten"

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts

About the project and the company

Red Curtain announces auditions for the first show of our 15th season, “Something Rotten,” book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, music and lyrics by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick, and directed by Diane Jamieson.

This heartfelt, hilarious story follows two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are struggling playwrights in Elizabethan London. But how can they get a foot in the door when they’re competing against William Shakespeare, the biggest celebrity in England? Desperate to keep their acting company afloat, and out-bard the Bard, Nick consults with a self-proclaimed soothsayer, who informs him that singing, dancing and acting are the future of theater. Thus, the Bottom brothers write the world’s very first “musical” leading to a hysterical, joyous romp through musicals past and present!

Performances will be September 8-24, 2023, with Friday/Saturday shows at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Location of Audition

Auditions and performances will be held at the Red Curtain Arts Center, located at 9315 State Ave #J in Marysville. We're in the same shopping center as Goodwill, with our entrance around back, behind the beauty school.

Other details

Be sure to register for both a regular audition slot and a dance call.

Audition requirements

Please prepare a 2-minute monologue (dramatic or comedic) that shows off your ability to embody a character and tell their story, and 32 bars (approx 1 minute cut) of a song of your choice that is in the style of the show (contemporary musical theater). There will also be a dance call held each day of auditions, each hour, on the hour. Actors must register for a regular audition slot AND a dance slot when signing up. Red Curtain makes non-traditional casting a priority to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in our shows. Gender-blind and color-conscious casting is used when permitted by the publishing companies.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Nick Bottom
Male lead. 20’s -to 30’s . Vocal Part: Tenor, Baritone. Nick is the older of the Bottom brothers who has always taken care of his younger brother, and his family, but who is swayed by the lure of success.
Nigel Bottom
Male lead 20’s to early 30’s Vocal Part: Tenor. Nigel is the younger, more idealistic, innocent brother who writes his plays from the heart!
Bea Bottom
Female Lead - 20’s to 30’s Vocal Part:Mezzo-Soprano. Bea is faithful Nick’s wife who is willing to do anything to save her family- a strong, assertive woman who does indeed “save the day”
Female Lead 20’s Vocal Part: Soprano. Portia is a bright, idealistic, positive, , supportive young woman who falls in love with Nigel and eventually defies her father.
Will Shakespeare
Male 30’s – early 40’s Vocal Part: Tenor. Shakespeare is like a rock star to his adoring followers, narcissistic, and bold, who is currently milking his celebrity status and willing to do anything to keep it.
Brother Jeremiah
Male Lead 40’s to 50’s Vocal Part: Tenor. Brother Jeremiah is the aggressive leader of the Puritans, and Portia’s father, who finds music, dance and the arts to be against his principles and so must be stopped!
Thomas Nostradamus
Male lead 40’s to 70 Vocal Part: Tenor, Baritone. Nostradamus is a rather inaccurate fortune teller who “helps” Nick find the “next big thing” in theater.
Male Supporting 40’s to 70’s Vocal Part: Baritone. Shylock is the money lender who lusts after theater and also “helps” Nick put on the first musical.
Lord Clapham
any gender Vocal: Tenor. A larger-than-life theatre producer
Featured /ensemble any age/gender Vocal Part: Tenor. The Minstrel is a narrator of sorts for the show with the main purpose of introducing the cast and welcoming the audience to the Renaissance era of the show. This performer opens the first and the second act.
Male Ensemble
20’s to 50’s Vocal Part: Tenor, Baritone. Dancing experience preferred. Male ensemble will play Bottom’s Troupe (with lines), and Shakespeare’s Manservants, Townspeople, Workers, crowd, etc.
Female Ensemble
20’s to 50’s Vocal Part : Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano. Dancing experience preferred. Female ensemble will play friends of Bea’s (with lines), chefs, groupies of Shakespeare, townspeople, party goers, etc.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

July 3 and 5, 2023

Pay type


Audition location

Marysville WA

Pay type

There is no pay There is no pay

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

July 6, 2023 from 6-10pm

Submission instructions

Register online at:

Union Requirements


Equity Contract