AUDITIONS - As You Like ItPosted on Jan 09, 2018 by William Shakespeare
AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare
Directed by Philip Leone-Ganado - July 2018 at San Anton Gardens
The play will be staged with live music. Performances will take place between July 13 and 22, 2018 at San Anton Gardens. Rehearsals will begin in late May 2018.
Auditions will be held on January 20th and 21st, 2018. To book an audition slot email email@example.com and indicate a preferred day as well as which character/s you are interested in reading for.
Please prepare a suitable monologue from the play. You may be asked to read additional scenes.
NB: All roles will be doubled with the exception of Rosalind, Celia, Orlando and Touchstone. The age ranges indicated refer to playing age and are flexible in most cases.
ROSALIND (Female, 18-25) Daughter of the banished Duke. Banished from court, she escapes to the Forest of Arden disguised herself as a young man, Ganymede. There, she finds herself tutoring her beloved Orlando in love and life. She is clever, kind-hearted and strong-willed, but still young and prone to immaturity, with as much to learn as to teach. Singing ability is an asset.
CELIA (Female, 18-25) Daughter of the new Duke, and Rosalind’s cousin and best friend, with whom she escapes to Arden. She is loyal, playful and grounded, but finds herself sidelined as Rosalind and Orlando’s romance progresses, until she finds love in Arden herself. Singing ability is an asset.
ORLANDO (Male, 18-30) Raised as little more than a servant by his older brother Oliver. He challenges and defeats the renowned wrestler Charles to prove his worth, but is forced to escape to Arden shortly after. He is noble-minded and a hopeless romantic, but naive and rough round the edges.
TOUCHSTONE (Male, Any) The court jester, he tags along with Rosalind and Celia on their journey to Arden. Impossibly clever and the play’s comic heart. His romance with the rough and rude Audrey is a foil to the more high-minded romances around him.
OLIVER (Male, 25-35) Orlando’s older brother. He engages the wrestler Charles to kill him and later chases after him into Arden. Disdainful to his inferiors and obsequious to his superiors, although this changes, after Orlando saves his life and he falls in love with Celia.
DUKE FREDERICK (Male, Late 40s – 50s) Celia’s father and Rosalind’s uncle. He has usurped his older brother’s dukedom and is a volatile, dictatorial figure in court. He banishes Rosalind and forcing Orlando to flee court on the slightest of whims.
CHARLES (Male, 20s – 40s) A renowned wrestler, challenged by Orlando to a wrestling match and engaged to kill him, but defeated.
ADAM (Male, 60s upwards) Orlando’s elderly retainer, he has served the family his whole life. He is kindly and devoted, giving Orlando the little money he has saved up and helping his escape to Arden.
LE BEAU (Male/Female, Any) A high-ranking courtier in Duke Frederick’s court. He appears an uncritical supporter of the new regime, but reveals a different side when he warns Orlando of the threat against his life.
DUKE SENIOR (Male, Late 40s – 50s) Rosalind’s father. After his brother usurped his position, he set up a court-in-exile in Arden. Serene and contented in his new life, kindhearted and good-spirited.
JACQUES (Male, 30s – 40s) One of the Duke’s lords-in-exile, renowned for his melancholic disposition and cynical outlook, a role he clearly enjoys performing. He serves the role of moody philosopher, commenting on the goings-on around him, while offering some of the play’s more striking and entertaining insights.
CORIN (Male, Late 40s upwards) A kindly shepherd, of simple pleasures, who helps the younger Silvius in his quest for love and welcomes Rosalind and Celia to Arden.
SILVIUS (Male, 18-30) A young shepherd, madly in love with Phebe, who does not return his feelings. He becomes increasingly desperate and love-sick as the play goes on.
PHEBE (Female, 18-30) A young shepherdess. She dismisses Silvius’s advances out of hand and without much regard for his feelings, before she herself falls for Rosalind-as-Ganymede.
AUDREY, a Country Wench (Female, 18-40) A straightforward, none-too-bright shepherdess. She falls in love with Touchstone, in an unlikely romance that seems doomed to everyone but them.
Others: Dennis (a servant), William (a country fellow), Sir Oliver Martext (a country vicar), Jaques De Boys (brother to Orlando and Oliver), lords at court, lords in Arden, servants and foresters. These roles will be played by members of the ensemble.