Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 pm
The award-winning Company Theatre announces open call auditions for their upcoming production of the classic play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 pm at The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. If required, callbacks will be held on Wednesday, July 10. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed by Steve Dooner. All roles are open for casting.
The Company Theatre is seeking to create a diverse and multi-generational cast.
William Shakespeare’s enchanting comedy of love and errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, marked the birth of The Company Theatre. Directed by Company founders Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman in 1979, magic was achieved in a church basement with a group of eager young actors and sets made from painted refrigerator boxes. In celebration of our 40th year, Shakespeare’s most beloved work returns to the stage in a glorious and elaborate version that will capture the hearts of all who love fantasy and enjoy Shakespeare. A grand and eclectic cast, divine choreography, enchanting sets, gorgeous costumes, and the captivating Mendelssohn score will all come together in this special revival. The lovers, the actors, the fairies, the royals, and the mischievous satyr Puck collide in a world in which the human and divine are pitted against one another, resulting in a hilarious and chaotic frenzy. This abridged version will delight the entire family.
Audition candidates should come prepared to read sides from the play, monologues are welcome but not required. Attendees should bring a headshot or snapshot and a resume.
Rehearsal throughout the production season are held on weeknights, to be announced after casting. Rehearsals will start in August, TBD. Some equity guest artist contracts considered.
Performances of Midsummer are from October 4 through 20, with matinee and evening performances available from Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $30. Family & Friends Fridays allow the public to purchase four or more tickets for Friday evening performances at the discounted price of $25 per ticket, a limited quantity are available by visiting or calling the box office only at 781-871-2787. For a complete performance schedule or to order tickets, please visit www.companytheatre.com.
Theseus: The duke of Athens. A hero from Greek mythology, he has recently returned from conquering the Amazons, a race of warrior women, and is about to marry the 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 like an unwilling bride. Theseus is courtly 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 young woman of Athens, short in stature. 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 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 sidekick, and his antics are responsible for many of the complications that propel the play. (Age range smallish boy 10 -13 or possible adult)
Oberon: The king of the fairies. Oberon begins the play at odds with his wife, Titania, because she refuses to relinquish 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 does his best to be girlish.
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.
Additional Fairies : (Age range 7- 12) Number to be determined.
Changeling Prince : (ages 5 and up)
For more information about auditions, please call the box office at 781-871-2787 or email Director Steve Dooner at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about The Company Theatre, please visit www.companytheatre.com, or follow The Company Theatre Center for the Arts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.