Actors for "Much Ado About Nothing"
Location: Camarillo, CA
Gender: Male and Female
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING" By William Shakespeare.
One of The Bard's most beloved comedies, "Much Ado About Nothing" takes place in the Regency era of England, as Benedick, Claudio, and others return from fighting to Messina where Hero falls in love with Claudio, Beatrice meets Benedick once more and they exchange words (and wit), Don John reveals himself to be a villain...yet it all somehow turns out well in the end!
Auditions are Sunday, October 16 and Monday October 17. A possible third day of auditions will be October 18 at 8 PM.
Callbacks will be Thursday October 20 from 8 PM - 10 PM by invitation.
Please allow time to fill out paperwork before your audition & bring your calendar or a list of all conflicts, as well as a headshot/resume. Auditions will consist of readings from the script, no monologues are necessary (unless you are auditioning for Dogberry; then a possible comedic Shakespearean monologue is an option in addition to the sides provided). First read-through will be Monday, October 24 at 7 PM. Performance dates are February 3 - March 5, 2017, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. All roles listed are open & all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Ages listed are only a guideline. This is a non-paying, non-equity production.
BEATRICE: (late 20's to late 30's) Leonato's niece and Hero's cousin. Beatrice is "a pleasant-spirited lady" with a very sharp tongue. She is generous and loving, but, like Benedick, continually mocks other people with elaborately tooled jokes and puns. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. At the outset of the play, she appears content never to marry.
HERO: (early to late 20's) cousin to Beatrice, daughter of Leonato, lovely, charming, gentle, kind, but has backbone, in love with Claudio, innocent of any wrongdoing, she is slandered by Claudio's enemies and is devastated by the attacks on her good name.
MARGARET: (mid 20's to mid 30's) Hero's gentlewoman, a woman, not a girl, but definitely not an old maid, is sensual, robust, and has a hard time keeping a cap on her sexuality, not cheap or tawdry, just possessing a sexuality that is present, if perhaps inconsistent with the morality of the court.
URSULA: (20-50) Hero's gentlewoman, a calming maternal influence in a household dominated by authoritative men, is somewhat old fashioned, perhaps even a little starchy, a woman of quiet faith.
BENEDICK: (late 20's to late 30's) An aristocratic soldier who has recently been fighting under Don Pedro, and a friend of Don Pedro and Claudio. Benedick is very witty, always making jokes and puns. He carries on a "merry war" of wits with Beatrice, but at the beginning of the play he swears he will never fall in love or marry.
LEONATO: (50's and up) Governor of Messina, father to Hero and uncle to Beatrice, well-respected and values his good name, commanding and powerful, but also possessing a playful side, generous toward his friends and brutal with his enemies, capable of great gentleness and humility and terrible rage.
DON PEDRO: (mid 30's to mid 40's) Prince of Aragon, a soldier, Benedick's contemporary and commander, they are old friends and comrades in arms, is wealthy, privileged, charming, courteous, and virile, possesses an innate sense of power and authority, which he wears with great ease, a man comfortable in his own skin.
CLAUDIO: (mid 20's to early 30's) a young Florentine soldier, in love with Hero, can move seamlessly between the macho world of the military and the world of the court, handsome, charming, masculine, a touch of grit, a true believer in honor and virtue, his strict moral code sometimes clouds his judgment and causes him to act rigidly and impetuously.
DOGBERRY: (30's and up) the master constable of Messina, dedicated, determined, but clumsy, proud, sincere, he takes his job extremely seriously, eager to impress the court, and will go to absurd lengths in order to do so, his attempts to speak formally and elaborately are riddled with misunderstandings and malapropisms, a role for an actor with great physical and verbal comedic skill.
DON JOHN: (mid 30's to mid 40's) Don Pedro's illegitimate half-brother, melancholy, brooding, wily, envious of his brother's status and authority, he schemes to get back at him by ruining the happiness of his brother's friends, an excellent mind for planning and calculating, and an eye for pinpointing the weaknesses of others.
ANTONIO: (50's and up) Leonato's older brother, although he is perhaps past his physical prime, he is still fierce and commanding, a patriarch who is a little out of step with the times, as his place in society is gradually being usurped by a new, younger guard, has a passionate temper that sometimes overwhelms him.
CONRADE & BORACHIO: (20's to 40's) cohorts of Don John, they are not in the court but more than happy to move in those circles, it gives them the reflected aura of respectability that they do not possess on their own, they are players, slick, tough and edgy, into women, power and money, not necessarily in that order.
VERGES: (age open) Dogberry's hapless sidekick, not the sharpest tool in the kit, together they make a classic double act, this is a role for a character actor who with excellent verbal and physical comedic skills.
FIRST WATCHMAN, SECOND WATCHMAN, and other ENSEMBLE roles.
Auditions are by appointment only; please email producer schedule your audition day and time. In your email, please note which character(s) you are interested in.