Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Producer/Theatre Company: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Artistic Director: Davis McCallum
Director: Kholoud Sawaf
Associate Artistic Director: Sean McNall
Writer: Shakespeare, William
Casting Director: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Audition Date(s): Video Submission Deadline: 12/6/23
Callback Date(s): 12/12/23, 12/13/23 (Via Zoom)
Rehearsal Date(s): 02/19/2024 - 03/15/2024
Opening Date(s): 03/18/2024
Closing Date(s): 04/26/2024
Possible Extension: 5/01/2024
Shoot Location: Touring daily from NYC to Mid-Hudson
Venue: Departing daily from New York City to schools in the tri-state area.
Additional Project Info:
Much Ado About Nothing will tour as part of our HVSF On the Road initiative. We will tour approximately 20 middle and high schools in New York’s Hudson Valley, western Connecticut, and northern New Jersey, including 11 underserved schools. In total, we expect the production to reach 15,000 students and educators, illuminating Shakespeare’s language in ways that are both exciting and relatable for students.Actively seeking diversity of every kind in every role.
Auditions will be conducted virtually. Please submit via link (YOUTUBE, VIMEO, or similar) two short contrasting pieces, at least one from Much Ado About Nothing, no more than one minute each. If you play an instrument or sing, please submit a separate video demonstrating ability with a selection no longer than approximately one minute.
STORYLINE: Scandal abounds in Shakespeare’s hilarious, biting comedy about lies, courtship, and the chaos created in pursuit of true love. The famous bantering lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, trade barbs while matching wits (and hearts) in this celebrated romantic romp. Perfect for the whole family, this 90-minute production is built to tour, and geared towards audiences of all ages.
25 to 30, male identifying, all ethnicities. Witty, charming, and skeptical young man who initially mocks love and marriage, only to fall deeply in love with Beatrice by the play's end.
20 to 30, female identifying, all ethnicities. A quick-witted, outspoken, and independent woman, well known for her intelligence, humor, and passion.
[DON PEDRO/DON JOHN]
20 to 30s, male identifying, all ethnicities. Don Pedro possesses an innate sense of power and authority, which he wears with great ease, a man comfortable in his own skin. Don John is Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother. He schemes to create misery, notably by deceiving others and undermining their happiness, particularly the marriage of Hero and Claudio
20s - 30s, female identifying, all ethnicities. Hero is a playful, kind and devoted young woman, falsely accused of infidelity. Dogberry is comically bumbling constable. Requires an actor with a strong emotional range, and a great sense of play.
25 to 30, male identifying, all ethnicities. Father to Hero and a figure of authority and warmth. He is grounded but playful, and dexterous with language.
20s-30, male identifying, all ethnicities. Claudio is a young, impulsive soldier, easily swayed and quick to judge. Borachio is a deceitful and cunning follower of Don John, instrumental in the plot to disgrace Hero and deceive Claudio.
$600.00 – $600.00 per week
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