A Midsummer Night's Dream
Directed by Kyle Smith
Production Kickoff: March 28, 2023
Audition: April 02, 2023
June 18 & 25, 2023 at 2:00PM
Unless specifically noted, all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity.
- Theseus – Duke of Athens who doesn't let his impending nuptials stop him from hearing petitions.
- Hippolyta – Queen of the Amazons, about to wed Theseus after her defeat in combat.
- Egeus – Father of Hermia, very upset that she wants to marry Lysander and not Demetrius.
- Hermia – Daughter of Egeus, betrothed to Demetrius, but in love with Lysander.
- Lysander – Hermia's lover. That about sums it up.
- Demetrius – Hermia's suitor, formerly Helena's lover. Not the nicest guy in the play.
- Helena – Hermia's friend, hopelessly in love with Demetrius.
- Philostrate – Master of the Revels, the government official in charge of all entertainment.
- Peter Quince – A carpenter and the leader of the mechanicals, in other words: the put-upon director.
- Nick Bottom – A weaver set to play Pyramus in the mechanicals' play whose aspirations of stardom might make an ass of him.
- Francis Flute – A bellows-mender who gets the role of Thisbe, much to his consternation.
- Tom Snout – The tinker who plays the Wall.
- Snug – A joiner who plays the Lion in the play-within-a-play, much to his relief since he doesn’t have to learn lines.
- Robin Starveling – The tailor, who plays Moonshine in Pyramus and Thisbe.
- Oberon – The King of the Fairies, whose marital disquiet with Titania is one of the driving forces of the play.
- Titania – The proud Queen of the Fairies whose quarreling with Oberon has dire consequences.
- Puck – Also called Robin Goodfellow, Oberon's servant who nudges the play along with his mischief.
- Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed – Fairies who attend Titania.
As the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta draws near, all is not well: Hermia and Lysander wish to wed, but Hermia's father wants her to marry Demetrius. Furthermore, Hermia's best friend Helena is in love with Demetrius, but he only has eyes for Hermia. The young lovers flee into the woods hoping to escape their problems, only to be followed by Helena and Demetrius, and all four of them find themselves in the crossfire of the discord between the king and queen of the fairies. Throw in a group of blue-collar workmen trying to mount a play for Theseus and Hippolyta, and you have Shakespeare's classic tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.
- Production Kickoff: Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 6:30 pm
Audition: Sunday, April 02, 2023
- 6:30pm - Registration [Audition Form]
- 7:00pm - Auditions begin
Script review, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021
Curtain Players offers an information session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.
Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions.
Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity.
Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.
Please be prepared to perform a memorized ten-to-fifteen line monologue of early modern verse in addition to the usual cold readings. We plan to play live music in this show, so any and all musical expertise is greatly welcomed. If you have any, you are encouraged to prepare a thirty-bar excerpt to be performed after your monologue. If you need help selecting a monologue or have questions about performing verse, please reach out to Kyle!
Requests for an early audition for A Midsummer Nights Dream must be made no later than March 19, 2023.
Questions related to the audition process may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearsals will be held (availability dependent) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 pm with a hard stop at 9:00. Early rehearsals will involve coaching in the performance of verse. Monday rehearsals will be devoted to rehearsing the live music performances.
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