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Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children’s Theatre

Announces auditions for

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jakob Reha

Assistant Director and Stage Manager Anita Ross



 

AUDITION DATES  

Auditions will be conducted virtually as much possible. 

Auditions due by Wednesday April 8

 

PRODUCTION DATES (tentative!)

Wednesday June 24-28, 2020



 

VIRTUAL AUDITION INFORMATION

We are dedicated and determined to produce our Shakespeare show despite the current adjustments we’ve all made to stay safe and help others stay healthy. To that end, we are holding auditions via technology. Jakob and Anita can audition you remotely via Zoom or Google Hangouts. They will also accept video auditions. 

If you are unable to audition through either of these methods, we will find alternative methods. Please know that our desire to audition any and all who are interested is of our utmost concern.

If you are interested, please send your interest via email to anita.ross@wcpbht.org. She will send along two forms for you to complete. Feel free to attach your video submission to your email if you choose to audition through that format. If you choose to audition live remotely, she will send along scheduling information once she receives your audition forms. 

Please understand, this is new and uncharted territory for us. We ask for your patience as we work through whatever kinks may arise. 

 

AUDITION DETAILS

Please prepare a Shakespearean monologue of 1-2 minutes to perform for initial auditions. Please visit Shakespeare’s monologues at www.shakespeare-monologues.org or contact Anita at anita.ross@wcpbhct.org for suggestions.

 

CAST

  • The Athenian Court

Theseus Duke of Athens, who is marrying Hippolyta as the play begins. (M, 50+)

Hippolyta Queen of the Amazons, she is betrothed to Theseus. (F, 50+)

Philostrate Theseus' Master of Revels, he arranges the selection of performances for Theseus' wedding. (Any Gender, 30+)

Egeus Hermia's tyrannical father.  (M, 50+)

  • The Lovers

Lysander Hermia's beloved. Egeus does not approve of Lysander, though we don't know why. (M, 18-25)

Demetrius He is in love with Hermia, and her father's choice of a husband for her. (M, 18-25)

Hermia Although she loves Lysander, her father insists she marry Demetrius or be put to death fordisobedience of his wishes.  ( F,18-25)

Helena She is the cruelly abused lover of Demetrius. (F, 18-25)

  • The Court of Fairies

Oberon The King of the Fairies, Oberon is fighting with Titania when the play begins. (Any Gender, 18-25)

Titania Oberon's wife, she is Queen of the Fairies. (Any Gender, 18-25)

Puck, or Robin Goodfellow Oberon's jester. (Any Gender, 16-25)

Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed Titania's fairies. (Any Gender, School age - 16)

Fairies in Titania’s Retinue other fairies that follow Titania and do her bidding. (Any Gender, School age - 16)

  • The Players (Any Gender, any Age)

Nick Bottom A weaver, Bottom plays Pyramus. He is the most outgoing of the group of actors. 

Peter Quince A carpenter and the director of the group of actors who perform "Pyramus and Thisbe." 

Francis Flute A bellows-mender, Flute plays the role of Thisbe. 

Tom Snout Snout is a tinker and plays the role of Wall in "Pyramus and Thisbe."

Snug A joiner, he plays the lion in "Pyramus and Thisbe."

Robin Starveling A tailor, he represents Moonshine in "Pyramus and Thisbe."

SYNOPSIS

Shakespeare intertwines four different plots into a world of fantastical hijinks and overly dramatic lovers proving that what happens in the forest doesn’t always stay in the forest.


 

WCP/BHCT is committed to a policy of open auditions. Our success depends on the full participation of talented and committed people, regardless of their race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Please contact Anita at anita.ross@wcpbhct.org if you would like to read this play.

WATERLOO COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE
AUDITION DATES

TBA


 

 BLACK HAWK CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Audition Dates

TBA
 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  

IS BLACK HAWK CHILDREN’S THEATRE AUDITIONING ONLY KIDS?

No.  We try to cast actors age appropriate and there are often several roles for adults. 

The distinction has more to do with audience than with cast.

 

WHERE ARE AUDITIONS HELD?

Auditions will be held in the WCP/BHCT Walker Building at 224 Commercial Street in Waterloo, unless otherwise noted.

 

THERE ARE TWO DAYS LISTED FOR EACH SHOW - DO I NEED TO ATTEND BOTH?

No, please attend only one of the two optional dates.  For adults, it is preferable for you to attend the first of the two dates if you can, but you may choose either.  There will usually be a callback audition and that date and time will be discussed at the main auditions.

 

WHAT EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED?

 Neither experience nor membership is required to audition. WCP/BHCT is committed to a policy of open auditions. Our success depends on the full participation of talented people, regardless of their race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE AUDITION?

Be prepared to fill out an information sheet and conflict schedule before the auditions begin. The audition process usually includes cold readings from the script and, for a musical, vocals and dance. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for movement. For a musical you should  prepare at least 16 bars of a song and provide sheet music; an accompanist will be available.
 

IF I GET A PART WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

The rehearsal process may last 6 - 8 weeks. The number of days per week will depend on the role you are playing.  The first few weeks are lighter, then plan on seven days a week for the last two weeks of rehearsal.  Rehearsals are usually 3 hours in length.  We strive to accommodate your conflicts throughout but please note - if you are not available for all performances you should not audition.

 

CAN I GET A SCRIPT IN ADVANCE?

Scripts will be available for a week-long perusal with a $10 fully refundable deposit. ($25 for some musicals) Please stop by the WCP/BHCT Walker Building during normal business hours (Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm)

 

WHAT IF I AM OFFERED A PART I DON’T WANT?

You have the chance to note any preference in roles on your information sheet.  We ask that you be honest if only want a certain role. You may always decline the offer, but encourage you to consider it carefully.  The director wants to put you in the right part that suits not only your talents but the production as a whole.  They may see you differently than you see yourself.

 

 

 

If you have any other questions please give us a call at (319) 235-0367.

The audition is not a test - we want you to succeed and are happy to help you.

We are always interested in new participants!  For those under 16
please attend the next BHCT audition to sign up.  For those over 

16, click on the link below to sign up and we will contact you.

FRONT OF HOUSE 

Ushers and House Managers - Help seat patrons for performances
 

TECHNICAL / BACK STAGE

LOOKING FOR FOLKS TO HELP CREATE THE MAGIC OF LIVE THEATRE!

Costumes 
Construction: help with the measuring, patterning, alteration and/or construction of costumes under the supervision of the show Designer.

Costume Crew: Help actors with quick changes and providing care and repair to production costumes.
 
Light & Sound

Lighting Assistant: Hanging, gelling, focusing and plugging lighting instruments. Locating and preparation of appropriate sound effects under the supervision of the Designer.
Crew Member: Operate of the master light board, sound board, follow spots and/or special effects.
 
Makeup - Crew Member
Apply and assist in the application of makeup under the supervision of the Designer. Style hair for each performance. Set up and restock makeup.
 
Props

Find and transport properties (items handled by actors) to the Playhouse. 
Crew Member: Arrange, repair and replenish props for each performance.
 
Set Construction

Aid in the construction of scenery under the supervision of the Technical Director. Variable time commitment.
 
Set Painting

Aid in the painting of scenery under the supervision of the Technical Director. Variable time commitment.
 
Stage Manager

Run performances and call cues for a production. Must also attend most rehearsals to prompt actors.

Assistant Stage Manager

Assists in running the performances calling some cues. Must attend most rehearsals and all performances.
 
Shift Crew

Move scenery during some rehearsals and performances.


Call the Business Office at (319) 235-0367 for more details OR to get started right away.
OR Click Below to sign up and we will contact you!
SIGN ME UP! (This link is volunteers aged 16 and up)

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