Orlando Shakespeare Theater
$746 weekly minimum (2019/20 rates. 2020/21 rates pending)
Jim Helsinger, Artistic Director and “Midsummer” Director
Steve MacKinnon, Director for “Little Shop” Josh Ceballos, Music Director for “Little Shop” Kim Ball, Choreographer for “Little Shop” Paige Gober, Company Manager
See breakdown for production dates.
At this time, Orlando Shakes has applied but has not been approved for an Equity contract for these two shows. Orlando Shakes will not hold callbacks for Equity actors until/if achieving an Equity contract agreement. If you have any questions regarding the Equity application and contracts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding how to submit to these auditions, please contact email@example.com.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Orlando Shakes is currently accepting Equity principal audition video submissions for its upcoming productions “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Little Shop of Horrors” (performed live at Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Amphitheater). Both shows will rehearse and perform outside. Please refer to the orlandoshakes.org website for a specific list of Orlando Shakes safety precautions.
Local actors are strongly encouraged to audition.
Gender diverse and color conscious casting: Orlando Shakes encourages gender diverse and color conscious casting. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds and all genders are encouraged to attend our auditions.
PREPARATION: Actors will be asked to record one video no longer than two minutes in total. Actors may choose any of the characters listed from any of the plays. Sides are available at https://www.orlandoshakes.org/about-us/auditions/. The preferred video format is an unlisted YouTube or Vimeo link; please do not submit a video that needs to be downloaded to view. At the beginning of the video, please state your name and what show/role(s) you are auditioning for (you may add additional characters that you did not record sides for). Please combine all recordings into a single video.
* For “Midsummer,” prepare the side for one character of your choosing from the Midsummer sides listed on our website or a Shakespearean monologue of your own choice less than 1 minute in length.
* For “Little Shop,” prepare one of the Little Shop acting sides listed on our website. Singers/actors should additionally prepare one of the music sides listed on the website. Dancing will only be required for LITTLE SHOP callbacks.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Director: Jim Helsinger
1st reh: 03/08/2021. Runs 04/02-04/17/2021. Lake Eola Amphitheater
PUCK: Any gender, any age 18+. Any ethnicity. Oberon's mischievous, quick-witted lieutenant; magical, fun-loving being.
HELENA: Female-identifying, 20s-30s. Any ethnicity. Beautiful, intelligent ,insecure ingénue, desperately in love with Demetrius.
HERMIA: Female-identifying, 20s-30s. Any ethnicity. Charming, spunky ingénue, in love with Lysander.
DEMETRIUS: Male-identifying, 20s-30s. Any ethnicity. Handsome courtier. Stubborn, passionate. LYSANDER: Male-identifying, 20s-30s. Any ethnicity. Handsome courtier in love w/Hermia. Impetuous, determined.
OBERON: Male-identifying, early 40s-50s. Any ethnicity. King of the Fairies. Physically powerful, confident, scheming. Seeking excellent verse speaker.
THESEUS: Male-identifying, 40s-50s. Any ethnicity. Ruler of Athens. Confident ruler with a good sense of humor. In love with Hippolyta.
TITANIA: Female-identifying, mid 30s-40s. Any ethnicity. Queen of the Fairies. Stunning, intelligent, fiery. Seeking excellent verse speaker
HIPPOLYTA:Female-identifying, mid 30s-40s. Any ethnicity. Queen of the Amazons. Intelligent, fiery. In love with Theseus.
EGEUS: Any gender, 50s-60s. Any ethnicity. Parent of Hermia. Traditionalist who is very upset that Hermia does not want to marry their choice.
PHILOSTRATE: Any gender. Adult of any age. Any ethnicity. Master of the Revels. Servant to Theseus. Seeking comedic actor.
PETER QUINCE: Any gender, older adult, Any ethnicity. A carpenter, the manager of the Mechanicals. Seeking comedic actor.
NICK BOTTOM: Male-identifying, older adult. Any ethnicity. Pompous braggart, has a good heart. Seeking comedic actor.
THE MECHANICALS (FRANCIS FLUTE, TOM SNOUT, SNUG THE JOINER, ROBIN
STARVELING): Multiple Roles. Any gender, any ethnicity. The eager company keen on producing “Pyramus and Thisbee” with whatever skills and heart they have available. Seeking comedic actors.
THE FAIRIES (PEACEBLOSSOM, COBWEB, MOTH, AND MUSTARDSEED): Multiple Roles. Any gender, any ethnicity. Fairy servants to Titania.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Books and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Director: Steve MacKinnon
Choreographer: Kim Ball
Music Director: Josh Ceballos
1st reh: 04/13/2021. Runs 05/07 - 05/23/2021. Lake Eola Amphitheater
SEYMOUR KRELBORN: Male-identifying, Any Ethnicity, Mid 20's-30’s. Vocals: Tenor, G4-A2. Introverted and insecure, he is naive and put-upon. In spite of his flaws, he’s a sweet, genuine and well-meaning man. A struggling introvert who comes from poverty, but has a hero’s heart; genuine, with a strong moral center, equally at home in comedy and pathos; bari-tenor; can sing musical theater but also cut loose into a rock sound.
AUDREY: Female-identifying, Any Ethnicity, Mid 20's-30’s. Vocals: Soprano with belt, D5-G#3. A sweet and vulnerable girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She is all heart beneath her peroxide blonde hair and pin-up girl outfits. Audrey works with Seymour at the flower shop and is the love of his life. Lacking in education and self-esteem, she has beautiful dreams for the future despite the hopelessness of her situation, including her abusive relationship. Billie-Dawn-like vulnerable demeanor. Soprano with strong rock mix/belt.
MR. MUSHNIK: Male-identifying, Any Ethnicity, Mid 50’s-60’s. Vocals: Baritone, F4-G2. The seasoned owner of the failing East Side flower shop and Seymour's nosy boss. He is a good man who is given the chance to turn into a greedy one, and (sadly) takes it; Often yells and complains in Yiddish.
ORIN SCRIVELLO: Male-identifying, Any Ethnicity, 30’s-40’s. Vocals: Baritone, G4-G2. An egotistical dentist with a passion for leather and sadistic tendencies; Audrey's abusive boyfriend. This character also plays other roles. Seeking a strong comic actor with great transformational skills.
VOICE of AUDREY II: Any Ethnicity, 20’s-50’s. Vocals: Baritone-Bass, G4-G2. A conniving, funky, anthropomorphic mystical plant that has an appetite for human flesh. Strong Rhythm and Blues voice, a cross between Otis Redding and Wolfman Jack. Must be comfortable as a fierce Drag performer, think Dr. Frankenfurter meets Barry White. Final designs pending: Actor may perform as an offstage voice or as an onstage, costumed embodiment.
CRYSTAL, RONNETTE, AND CHIFFON(3 Separate Roles): Female Identifying, African Americans, 20’s-30’s. Vocals: Alto/Mezzo/Sop, F5-Ab3. Street urchins and our musical guides through the story, sometimes acting as a Greek Chorus – the only ones with a grip on reality, they know what’s coming. Young, energetic and street smart with a sharp sense of humor. Seeking actors with strong Motown- style vocals and adept with tight harmonies and choreography.
ENSEMBLE: Seeking performers of all ethnicities and ages. Excellent dancers who act and sing, in all shapes and sizes.
SEE BREAKDOWN FOR PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS. Submissions are due by Sunday January 17th at 5:00 pm ET and will be reviewed in the order they are received. Actors may submit by visiting https://auditionsmanager.com/submission.php ?AU=qWH5v2451 (preferred method) or by emailing the link to the video and PDFs of their headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.