A Midsummer Night's Dream - Audition Notice
Auditions slots for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are now available!
Auditions will be on June 30th, at the Mitchell Performing Arts center, located at 800 Tomlinson Rd, Bryn Athyn PA, 19009. Several audition slots will be available from 1 through 4, and again from 7 through 9.
Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 20th-22nd and 27th-28th.
INFORMATION FOR THE AUDITION:
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, you may be asked to move around.
Please be prepared to stay the entire audition if required.
Prepare 1 monologue from ANY Shakespeare show, or a monologue from any classical show (From Ancient Greek to the 1800s)
After monologues are seen privately, a short scene reading will be done with partners.
Please sign up for auditions here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0848a4a62cabf58-bact
For additional information, click here to download the audition packet.
Additional character information:
Theseus: The duke of Athens. Theseus is a hero from Greek mythology—he has recently returned from conquering the Amazons, a race of warrior women, and is about to marry the conquered Amazon queen, Hippolyta.
Hippolyta: The legendary queen of the Amazons, engaged to marry Theseus. Although Hippolyta is marrying Theseus because he defeated her in combat, she does not act at all like an unwilling bride. Theseus is very courtly in his manner toward Hippolyta, and she is deferential toward him.
Egeus: A respected nobleman in Theseus’s court. Egeus complains to Theseus that his daughter, Hermia, refuses to marry Demetrius, Egeus’s choice for her.
Hermia: Egeus’s daughter. Hermia is a beautiful young woman of Athens. Both Demetrius and Lysander are in love with her. Hermia defies her father’s wish that she marry Demetrius because she is in love with Lysander. She is unusually strong-willed and independent.
Lysander: A young nobleman of Athens in love with Hermia. Although Hermia’s father refuses to let her marry Lysander, Lysander believes that love must conquer all obstacles, so he persuades Hermia to run away from her home and family with him, into the forest.
Demetrius: A young nobleman of Athens. In the past, Demetrius acted as if he loved Helena, but after Helena fell in love with him, he changed his mind and pursued Hermia. Supported by Egeus’s approval, Demetrius is undeterred by the fact that Hermia does not want him.
Helena: A young woman of Athens. Helena has been rejected and abandoned by Demetrius, who had claimed to love her before he met her best friend, Hermia. Helena tends to speak in a self-pitying tone, and puts herself in dangerous and humiliating situations, running through the forest at night after Demetrius even though he wants nothing to do with her.
Robin Goodfellow (Puck): A mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals; he is sometimes referred to simply as Puck. Robin is Oberon’s jester, and his antics are responsible for many of the complications that propel the play.
Oberon: The king of the fairies. Oberon begins the play at odds with his wife, Titania, because she refuses to relinquish control of a young Indian prince whom she has kidnapped, but whom Oberon wants for a knight.
Titania: The beautiful queen of the fairies. Titania resists the attempts of her husband, Oberon, to make a knight of the young Indian prince whom she has taken. Until Oberon gives up his demand, Titania has sworn to avoid his company and his bed.
Nick Bottom: The overconfident weaver chosen to play Pyramus in a play that a group of craftsmen have decided to put on for Theseus’s wedding celebration. Bottom is full of advice and self-confidence but frequently makes silly mistakes and misuses language.
Peter Quince: A carpenter and the nominal leader of the craftsmen’s attempt to put on a play. Quince is often shoved aside by the abundantly confident Bottom. During the craftsmen’s play, Quince plays the Prologue.
Francis Flute: The bellows-mender chosen to play Thisbe in the craftsmen’s play. Forced to play a young girl in love, the bearded craftsman determines to speak his lines in a high, squeaky voice.
Robin Starveling: The tailor chosen to play Thisbe’s mother in the craftsmen’s play. Robin Starveling ends up playing the part of Moonshine.
Tom Snout: The tinker chosen to play Pyramus’s father in the craftsmen’s play. Tom Snout ends up playing the part of Wall, dividing the two lovers.
Snug: The joiner chosen to play the lion in the craftsmen’s play. Snug worries that his roaring will frighten the ladies in the audience.
Philostrate: Theseus’s Master of the Revels, responsible for organizing the entertainment for the duke’s marriage celebration.
Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed: The fairies whom Titania orders to wait on Bottom after she falls in love with him.