Performance Dates: August 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 Location of performance: State House Lawn of Historic St. Mary’s City
Synopsis: The King of Navarre decides to focus on his studies for three years, making himself and his three friends sign a pact to swear off women, food, and sleep. As the men enter their contract with each other, the Princess of France and her female companions enter the kingdom on a business-related visit. Romance ensues in this Shakespeare piece that, at times, feels like a sit-com, with a crazy Spaniard and his page named Moth, mix-ups involving love letters, and a pageant of the nine worthies. This production will be set in the present day, mixing pieces of the 17th century with a modern look.
Audition dates: April 24 and April 25 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm Inside the Visitor Center Auditorium on Historic St. Mary’s City grounds. Address is 18751 Hogaboom Lane. St. Mary’s City, MD 20686.
For more information, please call Sharol at 240-895-4980 or email email@example.com. All performances will be outdoors, weather permitting.
Please be prepared with a 2 minute comedic monologue (preferably Shakespeare) If actors do not have a Shakespearian monologue prepared, they may be asked to read a monologue from the script.
King of Navarre: Male, 20-30 A natural leader, torn between adulthood and the party life of youth.
Berowne (Supporting): Male, 20-30 Cynical, skeptical, the perfect “wing man” to the King of Navarre.
Longaville (Supporting): Male, 20-30 A nobleman who falls for Maria. He is a follower in a crowd of hip friends, but is still witty enough to keep up with them.
Dumaine (Supporting): Male, 20-30 Foil for Katherine, and one of the Kings friends.
Princess (Supporting): Female, 20-30 Intelligent, capable, and independent, skeptical of loving gestures, but can still let her hair down and have fun with her female companions.
Rosaline (Supporting): Female, 20-30 Clever, witty, and extremely intelligent, with a huge heart. She is the match for Berowne. Rosaline is tired of playing silly games and longs for something more substantial, a voice of honesty and reason with her friends. Is said to be a version of “Beatrice” from Much Ado About Nothing.
Maria (Supporting): Female, 20-30 A classmate and friend of Rosaline and the Princess, Maria is good-natured and incredibly earnest. Is always a few beats behind her friends, which makes her a perfect match for Longaville.
Katherine (Supporting): Female, 20-30 Is wary of love, but is the love interest of Dumain.
Boyet (Supporting): Male, 30-40 The ladies' stylish and smartly-dressed chaperone, "metrosexual," Think “Tim Gunn” from Project Runway. He always has an opinion and isn’t afraid to give it.
Dull (Supporting): Male or Female, 30-50 The village constable, and the name says it all.
Costard (Supporting): Male or Female, 30-40 His misunderstandings lead to much of the humor in his scenes. Costard is the clown in the play.
Don Armado (Supporting): Male, any age Full of himself, strives to be articulate but ends up using nonsense words. Being a Spaniard, a Spanish accent would be preferred.
Jaquenetta (Supporting): Female, 20-35 A lusty country wench, who is also a bit simple.
Holofernes (Supporting): Male, 40-70 A schoolteacher to the king and his cohorts.
Nathaniel (Supporting): Male, Any age. A village preacher. He is educated, can speak Latin, and is somewhat prudish.
Moth (Supporting): Male or Female, 20 – 35. Moth is the page to Don Armado. Pokes fun at everyone in the play whether they are royal or not. The name Moth fits his personality perfectly.
Marcade (Supporting) Male or Female, any age Appears in the final scene. Messenger.