Auditions for “As You Like It”

CAMARILLO SKYWAY PLAYHOUSE
ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR
AS YOU LIKE IT
By William Shakespeare

Directed by Bill Walthall
Produced by Laura Comstock

In the mid-1980s, corporate takeovers become the weapon of choice for usurping brothers, and the New Wave Forest of Arden becomes a refuge for those seeking a haven from the Decade of Greed. In Arden, some find solace, some find themselves, others find love, and even villains find redemption. Grab your Ray-Bans, slip on a pair of leg-warmers, put fresh batteries in your Walkman, and get ready to experience Shakespeare… AS YOU LIKE IT.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Performance dates: February 8 – March 10, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM/Sundays at 2 PM
*Possible Thursday performance and school show

AUDITION INFO:

Auditions will take place at 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, CA. Please email Producer Laura Comstock for your audition appointment at Burkcom82@gmail.com – auditions are 7PM-10PM Sunday, October 21 and Monday, October 22. Callbacks are Wednesday, October 24 from 7PM-10PM. Sides will be posted on our website. This is a non-paying, non-equity production. All roles are open to be cast, and all roles are open to any ethnicity.

ROLES:

4 female actors, 5 male actors, 5 actors of **any gender**

7 single-character roles, 4 two-character roles, 2 three-character roles, 1 five-character role

BREAKDOWN:

Single-character roles:

ROSALIND (female): daughter to “DUKE” SENIOR, the banished and usurped duke; cousin to CELIA; takes on the male(ish) role of Ganymede in the Forest of Arden; in love with ORLANDO… only the biggest female role in all of Shakespeare (and possibly the best)

CELIA (female): daughter to DUKE FREDERICK, the usurping duke; cousin to ROSALIND; takes on the role of Aliena in the Forest of Arden; will later fall in love with OLIVER

ORLANDO (male): the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys; much put upon (hell, conspired against) by his eldest brother OLIVER; head-over-heels in love with ROSALIND; escapes with his aging servant ADAM to the Forest of Arden, where he meets “Ganymede” (unaware that “he” is ROSALIND) [stage combat-ready; off-key singing possibilities, guitar player a plus]

FOOL/TOUCHSTONE (any gender): a fool/jester from the court of DUKE FREDERICK, accompanies ROSALIND and CELIA in their escape to the Forest of Arden, falling in “love” with AUDREY and marrying her…a GREAT comic role

OLIVER (male): the eldest son of Sir Rowland de Boys; conspires against his youngest brother ORLANDO, but finds redemption in the Forest of Arden, where he escapes from “the Bigger Bad,” DUKE FREDERICK; will later fall in love with Aliena/CELIA [stage combat-ready]

PHOEBE (female): a shepherdess in the Forest of Arden; loved by SILVIUS, but falls in love with Ganymede (unaware that “he” is ROSALIND); will also appear as the “ring card girl” during the Act One wrestling match

SECOND BROTHER (any gender): the middle sibling of the de Boys boys; this role also is the SOUND OPERATOR for the show (which will be run from the “side” stage); must be willing to provide the pre-show speech and hype the crowd throughout the show [technologically adept]

Dual-character roles:

AMIENS / CHARLES (male): AMIENS is an attendant lord for “DUKE” SENIOR in the Forest of ARDEN [ability to sing a must, guitar player a plus] || CHARLES is the wrestler in DUKE FREDERICK’s court; think WWE or “luchador” [stage combat-ready, may go shirtless] || HYMEN is Amiens playing the god of marriage at the play’s final wedding [must be willing to dress in flamboyant drag]

JAQUES / LE BEAU (any gender): JAQUES is an attendant courtier in the court of exiled “DUKE” SENIOR; melancholy–ridiculously so; gets arguably one of the greatest speeches from Shakespeare (“All the world’s a stage…”) [singer a decided plus] || LE BEAU is a courtier in the court of DUKE FREDERICK; helpful to others

“DUKE” SENIOR / CORIN (any gender): “DUKE” SENIOR is the rightful but exiled duke; sibling to DUKE FREDERICK; parent to ROSALIND; leader of the extra-societal band of misfits || CORIN is a shepherd; mentor to SILVIUS; helpful to Ganymede (ROSALIND), Aliena (CELIA), and TOUCHSTONE

AUDREY / FIRST LORD [to DUKE F.] (female): AUDREY is a not-too-smart wench in the Forest of Arden; though courted by WILLIAM, she becomes the intended and wife of TOUCHSTONE || FIRST LORD [to DUKE F.] is an attendant lord–and thug-muscle–in the court of DUKE FREDERICK

Three-character roles:

ADAM / SIR OLIVER MARTEXT / 2ND PAGE [to “DUKE” S.] (any gender): ADAM is the aging servant to the de Boys; friend and ally to ORLANDO, accompanying him into the Forest of Arden || SIR OLIVER MARTEXT is the parish priest who is called upon to marry TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY || 2ND PAGE [to “DUKE” S.] is a page in the court of exiled “DUKE” SENIOR [singer a must (though could be off-key); musician a plus]

DUKE FREDERICK / SILVIUS / 2ND LORD [to “DUKE” S.] (male): DUKE FREDERICK is the usurping duke, brother to “DUKE” SENIOR; father to CELIA; the closest thing to a villain in the piece, he exiles ROSALIND, then attempts to hunt down ORLANDO || SILVIUS is a shepherd in the Forest of ARDEN, hopelessly in love with PHOEBE || 2ND LORD [to “DUKE” S.] is an attendant lord in the court of exiled “DUKE” SENIOR [singer a decided plus]

Five-character role:

DENNIS / WILLIAM / 1ST LORD [to “DUKE” S.] / SECOND LORD [to DUKE F.] / 1ST PAGE [to “DUKE” S.] (male): DENNIS is a courtier in the court of DUKE FREDERICK || WILLIAM is a country youth in love with AUDREY, taunted and ridiculed by TOUCHSTONE || 1ST LORD [to “DUKE” S.] is an attendant lord in the court of exiled “DUKE” SENIOR [singer a decided plus] || SECOND LORD [to DUKE F.] is an attendant lord in the court of DUKE FREDERICK || 1ST PAGE [to “DUKE” S.] is a page in the court of exiled “DUKE” SENIOR [singer (though could be off-key); musician a plus]

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