Open Auditions - Shakespeare in Love - the play
Valley Center Stage
About the project and the company
Valley Center Stage is holding OPEN AUDITIONS for
Shakespeare in Love
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunnen
Originally produced on West End by Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormand.
Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block, until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Viola quickly becomes the playwright’s muse, while she disguises herself as a man to become a player. Both are despondent when they learn that Viol’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?
Open Auditions: Nov 11, 12, 18, 19th – from 2:30-5pm
Held at Valley Center Stage – 1060 Stilson Ave SE, North Bend, WA 98045 – aka Sallal Grange
Kick off – Dec 16th – scripts and read through.
Weekday rehearsals held from 7-9ish Weekend rehearsals from 11-2pm
TBC with cast and crew.
Tech week mandatory.
Performance Dates: Feb 16- Mar 3rd.
All performances mandatory.
Week 1: Friday – Sun: Feb 16, 17, 18th(m)
Week 2: Thurs – Sun: Feb 22, 23, 24, 25th(m)
Week 3: Thurs- Sun: Feb 29, Mar 1, 2, 3rd (m)
Show times at 7:30 pm, and matinees (m) at 2pm.
Characters will remain as gendered, but casting is open. All skill levels welcome.
Double, Triple casting TBD
List of Characters:
William Shakespeare – (Lead) poet and playwright
Kit Marlow – colleague, friend and inspiration
Viola de Lesseps – (Lead) disguises herself as actor Thomas Kent
Fennyman – the theater money
Henslowe – owner and manager of the Rose Theatre
Richard Burbage – lead actor of the Chamberlain’s Men
Ned Alleyn – lead actor of the Admiral’s Men, Mercutio
Peter – actor, Tybalt, Abraham
Ralph – actor, Nurse, Petruchio
Robin – novice actor, Lady Capulet, Proteus
Wabash – novice actor, stammering
Sam – actor, Juliet
Nol – actor, Benevolio, Samson
Adam – actor, Gregory, Benevolio, Servingman, Valentine
John Webster – street urchin, aspires to be an actor
Edmond Tilney – the Lord Chamberlain
Nurse – to Lady Viola
Lord Wessex – betrothed to Viola
Sir Robert de Lesseps – Viola’s father
Queen Elizabeth I
Location of Audition
Valley Center Stage 1060 Stilson Ave SE North Bend, WA 98045 aka: Sallal Grange - corner of North Bend Way and Mt Si Road
You can either read from script or present a monologue All skill levels are welcome Please bring your bio and headshot Plan to fill out an availability form
Preferred method of submission
Sat, Nov 18, and Sun, Nov 19th - from 2:30 to 5:00pm
1060 Stilson Ave SE North Bend WA
Callbacks or second audition/interview?
TBD as needed
Please include headshot and bio. Auditions are open format. Monologue or reading from script.
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