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ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2018-19 SEASON - Alabama Shakespeare Festival Auditions

Posted: August 3, 2018

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival 18-19 - Montgomery AL EPA
Alabama Shakespeare Festival

AUDITION DATE

Sat, Aug 11, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Lunch 12 to 1

APPOINTMENTS

To request an appointment, email to: auditions@asf.net. AEA members without appointments will be seen as time permits.

CONTRACT

LORT Non-Rep

SEEKING

Equity actors for various roles in the season. See breakdown.

PREPARATION

Preparation: 2 contrasting monologues (2 minutes or less) and 16 bars of music (if interested in the musicals)

LOCATION

Alabama Shakespeare Festival
1 Festival Dr
Montgomery, AL 36117-4605

PERSONNEL

Personnel expected to be in attendance:

Rick Dildine, ASF Artistic Director, Stage Director/Sound of Music
Greta Lambert, ASF Associate Artistic Director
Michael Rice, Musical Director/Sound of Music
Guy Mannick, Choreographer/Sound of Music

OTHER

An Equity monitor will be provided.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

BREAKDOWN

The Sound of Music
music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed by: Rick Dildine
First Rehearsal: October 23rd, 2018
Opening: November 16th, 2018
Closing: December 30th, 2018

All roles available except Freidrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, and Gretl.

Maria Rainer – 30s/40s. Female. Any ethnicity. Curious, confident.

Georg von Trapp – 40s. Male. Caucasian. Sensitive; hardenend from losing his wife. Patriot.

Liesl – teenager. Female. Any ethnicity. Curious, mischievous, coming of age teenager.

Rolf/Nazi/Partygoer – teenager. Male. Caucasian. Impressionable.

Mother Abbess/Partygoer – 50s+. Female. Any ethnicity. Wise, honest, leader.

Sister Berthe/Partygoer –- Any age. Female. Any ethnicity.

Sister Margaretta/Partygoer – Any age. Female. Any ethnicity.
Sister Sophia/Partygoer – Any age. Female. Any ethnicity.

Franz/Nazi – Any age. Male. Caucasian. Franz is the butler for the von Trapp family.

Elsa Schraeder/Nun 6 – 40s. Female. Caucasian. Rich, gentle, decisive.

Max Detweiler – 40s/50s. Male. Caucasian. Ruling class, humorous, shape-shifter.

Herr Zeller/Partygoer/Nazi 1 – 40s/50s/60s. Male. Caucasian.

Admiral von Schreiber/Partygoer/Nazi 2 – 50s+. Male. Caucasian.

Frau Schmidt/Nun 5 – Any age. Female. Any ethnicity. Frau Schmidt is the housekeeper of the von Trapp family.

Ursula/Nun 3 – Any age. Female. Any ethnicity.

Baron Elberfeld/Partygoer/Nazi 3 – 50s+. Male. Caucasian.

Baroness Elberfeld/Nun 2 – 50s+. Female. Caucasian.

A New Postulant/Partygoer/Nun 1 – 20s. Female. Any ethnicity.

Nun 4/Partygoer – Any age. Female. Any ethnicity.

Nazi 4/Partygoer – Any age. Male. Caucasian.

Nazi 5/Partygoer– Any age. Male. Caucasian.

Nazi 6/Partygoer – Any age. Male. Caucasian.
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Nina Simone: Four Women
by Christina Ham
Directed by: Lydia Fort
First Rehearsal: January 9th, 2019
Opening: February 1st, 2019
Closing: February 17th, 2019

All roles available.

NINA SIMONE (30) African American: A woman of dark skin and temperament. A symbol of resistance and rebellion. Complexity is her complexion and resistance and rebellion her anthem. An excellent singer and piano player. She lives hard and loves the same. She should possess the attributes of a modern-day prophet.

SARAH (40s) African American: A dark skin woman who bears the signs of a rough life of working her whole life for volatile white folks. She doesn’t sing the blues, but has lived it.

SEPHRONIA (30s-40s) African American: A soft, vulnerable woman with yellow skin, who has suffered a violent childhood. She’s joined the Civil Rights Movement hoping this will make her black enough to be accepted.

SWEET THING (Late 20s) African American: An enticing woman, whose skin is tan. She’s lived on the streets for quite some time and been in and out of trouble most of her life.

SAM WAYMON (20s) Nina’s younger brother. Plays piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, and tambourine. Stays out of her way.
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Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Directed by: Rick Dildine
First Rehearsal: January 18th, 2019
Opening: March 1st, 2019
Closing: April 28th, 2019

All roles available.

Romeo – 20s/early 30s. (actor can be older but must read young) Male. Any ethnicity. Son of Montague and Lady Montague. Middle-class family. Handsome, intelligent, sensitive. Impulsive and immature, but his idealism and passion make him extremely likable character. Affectionate, devoted. Must be superb with text and thought. Stage combat experience; certified in knife fighting is preferred.

Prince – Any age. Any gender. Any ethnicity. Prince of Verona. A relative of Mercutio and Paris. Holds the seat of power in Verona and is concerned with maintaining public peace at all costs.

Montague – 50s. Male. Any ethnicity. Patriarch of the Montague family. Romeo’s father. Bitter rival to Capulet.

Capulet – 50s/60s. Male. Any ethnicity. Patriarch of Capulet family, father of Juliet, husband to Lady Capulet, and enemy for unexplained reason to Montague. Deeply loves his daughter but doesn’t understand her as a person. Prudent, commands respect and propriety; flies into rage easily when disrespected.

Mercutio – 20s/early 30s. Male. Any ethnicity. Friend to Romeo. Imaginative, full of wit. Brooding satirist. Sexual being. Quickly becomes hotheaded. Hates pretension. Must be superb with text and thought. Stage combat experience; certified in knife fighting is preferred.

Benvolio – 20s. Male. Any ethnicity. Montague’s nephew and Romeo’s cousin and thoughtful friend. Genuine. Makes every effort to diffuse tension and help Romeo. Stage combat experience; certified in knife fighting is preferred.

Tybalt – 20s/30s. Male. Any ethnicity. Juliet’s cousin on her mother’s side. Vain, pretentious. Aggressive, violent, quick to anger. Prideful. Must be superb with text and thought. Excellent fighter. Stage combat experience; certified in knife fighting is preferred.

Friar Lawrence – 50s/60s. Male. Any ethnicity. A Franciscan friar, friend to both Romeo and Juliet. Kind, civic-minded, a proponent of moderation. Always has a plan. Believes his secret decision to marry Romeo and Juliet will heal the familial division and bring peace to the community.

Old Man/Friar John – 60s/70s. Male. Any ethnicity. An older friar.

Gregory – 20s. Male. Any ethnicity. Servants of the Capulet family. Hate the Montagues. Stage combat experience; certified in knife fighting is preferred.

Sampson – 20s. Male. Any ethnicity. Servants of the Capulet family. Hate the Montagues. Stage combat experience; certified in knife fighting is preferred.

Balthasar – 20s. Male. Any ethnicity. Romeo’s dedicated servant.

Abraham – 20s. Male. Any ethnicity. Servant to the Montague family. Stage combat experience; certified in knife fighting is preferred.

Peter – Any age. Male. Any ethnicity. Servant to the Capulet family. Illiterate.

Apothecary – Any age. Any gender. Any ethnicity. Values money over morals.

Paris – 20s. Male. Any ethnicity. A relative to the Prince. Suitor to Juliet. Presumptuous in his actions. Stage combat experience; certified in knife fighting is preferred.

Juliet – 20s. (actor can be older but must read younger). Female. Any ethnicity. Daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. Upper-class family. Naïve child who has thought little about love but grows up quickly when she falls in love with Romeo. A girl with little freedom but much courage. Views love as idealistic and intense. Must be superb with heightened text and thought.

Lady Capulet – 40s. Female. Any ethnicity. Juliet’s mother; wife to Capulet. She married young and became a mother young. Ineffectual mother. Lacks the ability to provide moral support to her daughter.

Lady Montague – 40s/50s. Female. Any ethnicity. Romeo’s mother. Montague’s wife. Carries great guilt after Romeo is exciled. Dies of grief.

Nurse – 40s. Female. Any ethnicity. Juliet’s nurse who breast-fed her when she was a baby. A bit vulgar, long-winded, and sentimental. Faithful confidante to Juliet. Views love as earthy and sexual.
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Our Town
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by: Bruce Longworth
First Rehearsal: January 22nd, 2019
Opening: February 22nd, 2019
Closing: April 27th, 2019

All roles available.

George Gibbs – Starts play at 16 yo; ends play at 30s. Male. Any ethnicity. Proud; a lover.

Simon Stimson – 30s-50s. Male. Any ethnicity. Choir teacher. Drinker. Our hearts break when we think of him.

Dr. Gibbs – 40s. Male. Any ethnicity. George’s father. Practical.

Stage Manager – 40s+. Male. Any ethnicity. Ageless.

Constable Warren – 60s. Male. Any ethnicity. Elderly policeman.

Si Crowell – 20s. Male. Any ethnicity. Ambitious, incredulous.

Mr. Webb – 50s. Male. Any ethnicity. Practical; matter-of-fact. Leader in the community.

Joe Crowell – 11 yo. Male. Any ethnicity.

Howie Newsome – Any age. Male. Any ethnicity. Milkman. Cordial.

Professor Willard – 50s/60s. Male. Any ethnicity. Rural savant.

Man in the Auditorium – 30s+. Male. Any ethnicity.

Wally Webb – 11 yo. Male. Any ethnicity.

Joe Stoddard – 30s-50s. Male. Any ethnicity. Undertaker.

Sam Craig – 30s. Male. Any ethnicity. Adventurous. Left home for the west.

Baseball Players – Boys. Period.

Emily Webb – starts play at 16 yo. Ends play at 30s yo. Female. Any ethnicity. Smart, curious.

Mrs. Webb – Mid-30s/40s. Female. Any ethnicity. Serious, crisp.

Mrs. Gibbs – Mid-30s/40s. Female. Any ethnicity. Pleasant, warm.

Rebecca Gibbs – 11 yo. Female. Any ethnicity. Dreamer, curious. The classic little sister.

Mrs. Soames – 40s/50s. Female. Any ethnicity. Gossip.

Lady in the Box – 30s+. Female. Any ethnicity.

Woman in the Balcony – 30s+. Female. Any ethnicity.

Romeo & Juliet and Our Town will perform in repertory. We are looking for an ensemble based cast.
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Steel Magnolias
by Robert Harling
Directed by: Rick Dildine
First Rehearsal: February 18th, 2019
Opening: March 22nd, 2019
Closing: May 5th, 2019

All roles available except Ouiser Boudreaux, Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, and Annelle Dupuy-Desoto.

Truvy Jones – 40ish, Owner of the beauty shop

Clairee Belcher – 50-60s Widow of former mayor. Grande dame.

M’Lynn Eatenton – 50ish. Shelby’s mother. Socially prominent career woman
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Into the Breeches
by George Brant
Directed by: Shana Gozansky
First Rehearsal: February 26th, 2019
Opening: April 5th, 2019
Closing: May 4th, 2019

All roles available except Maggie, June, Grace, and Stuart.

Celeste Fielding – white female in her 50’s, the diva, plays Henry Fifth and Fourth

Ellsworth Snow – white male in his 60’s, the Board President of the Oberon Play House

Winifred Snow – white female in her 50’s, untalented but enthusiastic socialite, plays Falstaff

Ida Green – African-American female in her 30’s, the imaginative costume designer, plays Hotspur
Steel Magnolias and Into the Breeches will perform in repertory. Currently we have matched the following roles:
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie & June
M’Lynn Eatenton & Celeste
Ouiser Boudreaux & Maggie
Clairee Belcher & Ida
Truvy Jones & Winifred
Annelle Dupuy-Desoto & Grace
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Stage Management: Alabama Shakespeare Festival retains a resident, season-long stage management staff and no openings are anticipated at this time.
Non-Traditional Casting: Alabama Shakespeare Festival does not believe in discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability. All performers, including those of color, seniors, women, and performers with disabilities, are encouraged to audition and will be given full consideration
Mailing Address: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1 Festival Drive, Montgomery AL 36117


Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

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