Auditions

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare
June 4 – June 28, 2015
Directed by Foster Solomon
Rehearsals begin on May 4, 2014
Performance location: Agecroft Hall

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While young lovers Claudio and Hero have their upcoming wedding sabotaged by the schemes of a resentful soldier, sharp-tongued rivals Beatrice and Benedick are each tricked into thinking the other is in love with them. Despite vicious volleys of cynical wit, they somehow manage to find true love in this, one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies.

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Character Breakdown
BEATRICE (F, 25-35)—a noblewoman with a sharp wit, outspoken and funny, she is the life of the party, but lonely. Hates Benedick.
BENEDICK (M, 30-45)—an army officer, quick-witted, cynical, sarcastic. Hates Beatrice.
CLAUDIO (M, 20-29)—handsome young army officer, in love with Hero.
HERO (F, 20-29)—the daughter of wealthy Leonato, in love with Claudio.
DON PEDRO (M, 35-60)—Prince of Aragon and commander of the troops; charming, intelligent, and occasionally a trickster.
DON JOHN (M, 30-50)—Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother, a dark soul who plots revenge for his loss in war.
LEONATO (M, 50-70)—Hero’s father and Beatrice’s uncle, well-liked, wealthy and respected, a pillar of society.
CONRADE and BORACHIO (M or F, any age)—Don John’s followers, they do his bidding and revel in wreaking havoc.
DOGBERRY (M or F, any age)—the constable of the watch, considers him/herself to be an extremely important person—a 16th century version of a mall cop.
VERGES (M or F, any age)—Dogberry’s assistant: hapless, clueless, and eager to please.
MARGARET (F, any age)—Hero’s lady-in-waiting: flirtatious, bawdy, and witty.
URSULA (F, any age)—Hero’s lady-in-waiting: precise, organized, and logical.
There are additional characters in the show, M/F, a variety of ages and types. The show will be historically set.

Audition Information
Dates: Sunday, December 14th from 7pm to 10pm or Monday, December 15th from 6pm to 10pm.
Callbacks: Wednesday, December 17th at 6pm.
Location: Battery Park Christian Church – 4201 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
Requirements:

  • Please prepare a memorized one-minute Shakespearean monologue.
  • If you have worked with Henley Street or Richmond Shakespeare in the last three years, you may read a one-minute monologue from the play (instead of doing a memorized speech). Please indicate this in your email to us and we will send you a selection of monologues to choose from.
  • Bring one headshot and resume.
  • All acting positions are paid.
  • No Equity contracts are available. You must have your own local housing and transportation.
  • No rehearsal conflicts will be accepted in the two weeks prior to opening.

To schedule an audition, email Brittany Keegan at: Bkeegan@HenleyStreetTheatre.org.  No phone calls, please.
1) Indicate your preferred date. You will be given a reserved audition slot.
2) If you also wish to audition for Much Ado, request a second slot during those auditions.
3) Let us know if you have worked with us within the last three years and prefer to read a monologue from the play.

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Hamlet

by William Shakespeare
July 9 – August 2, 2015
Directed by Dr, Jan Powell
Rehearsals begin: June 8, 2015
Performance Location: Agecroft Hall

Often named as the greatest play ever written, Hamlet will take the stage this summer at Agecroft, and pose the ultimate question: “to be or not to be”. Passionate, sardonic, outraged, suicidal, the famous Prince of Denmark seeks revenge for his father’s “foul and most unnatural murder” against his uncle who committed the crime, seized the throne and married Hamlet’s mother, the Queen. By turns impelled to act and mired in doubt, Hamlet wrestles with philosophical rights and wrongs, political machinations of the Danish court, quick violence, sudden humor, and the fatal pull of heaven and hell.

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Character Breakdown
Please note: this production has a contemporary setting; we will read men and women for any role.
HAMLET (25-38)—the Prince of Denmark: brilliant, charismatic, impassioned, deeply thoughtful yet impulsive, principled, tortured. Must move well.
OPHELIA (20-30)—daughter of Polonius, she is smart, resourceful, a touch rebellious but has strong ties to her father and brother. In love with Hamlet.
POLONIUS (50-80)—Lord Chamberlain of Claudius’s court; self-important, verbose, political, perhaps foolish, but warm and loving to his/her children.
LAERTES (20-30)—Brother to Ophelia, Polonius’s son (or daughter); Laertes is passionate, an impressive fighter, sometimes rash and quick to anger.
GERTRUDE (45-65)—Hamlet’s mother, the Queen of Denmark: devoted to Hamlet, but focused on her lusty second marriage to Claudius.
CLAUDIUS (45-65)—Hamlet’s uncle and now step-father: a villainous conniver who murdered his brother to take the throne and his queen, he struggles with deep guilt.
HORATIO (20-30)—Hamlet’s closest friend and confidante; fellow Wittenberg student, loyal and supportive to the end.
GHOST (50-75)—an apparition that haunts Hamlet; it is either the ghost of his father, or Satan in disguise.
ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN (20-28)—Hamlet’s friends from Wittenberg University, they have been brought by Claudius to spy on him.
OSRIC (any age)—a fussy, foolish court assistant.
GRAVEDIGGERS (any age)—coarse, funny, uneducated laborers.
There are additional characters in the show, M/F, a variety of ages and types.

Audition Information
Dates: Sunday, December 7th from 7pm to 10pm or Monday, December 8th from 6pm to 10pm.
Callbacks: Wednesday, December 10 at 6pm.
Location: Battery Park Christian Church – 4201 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
Requirements:

  • Please prepare a memorized, one-minute Shakespearean monologue.
  • If you have worked with Henley Street or Richmond Shakespeare in the last three years, you may read a one-minute monologue from the play (instead of doing a memorized speech). Please indicate this in your email to us and we will send you a selection of monologues to choose from.
  • Bring one headshot and resume.
  • All acting positions are paid.
  • No Equity contracts are available. You must have your own local housing and transportation.
  • No rehearsal conflicts will be accepted in the two weeks prior to opening.

To schedule an audition, email Brittany Keegan at: Bkeegan@HenleyStreetTheatre.org.  No phone calls, please.
1) Indicate your preferred date. You will be given a reserved audition slot.
2) If you also wish to audition for Much Ado, request a second slot during those auditions.
3) Let us know if you have worked with us within the last three years and prefer to read a monologue from the play.