A Midsummer Night's Dream


Love, magic, and theatre collide in the most popular of Shakespeare's comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oakwood’s inaugural Mainstage Production. When the fairies meddle in the lives of four mortal lovers and an amateur theatre troupe, the world gets turned on its head. Get ready for supernatural shenanigans, zany physical comedy, beautiful music, and Shakespeare's delightful language.



*AUDITIONS*


Seeking Actors, Singers & Dancers in grades 8-12, and select performers in 6th and 7th grade* (Not all 6th & 7th graders who audition will be cast)

FOR

Oakwood's Inaugural Mainstage Production
William Shakespeare's

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

US Chorus Room
Monday, September 16th
Tuesday, September 17th
Wednesday, September 18th

3:30- 4:30
&
*BY APPOINTMENT ONLY*
Wednesday, September 18th @ Lunch (noon-12:35)
(for students with after school activities such as sports who cannot attend one of the other times)

STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO AUDITION WITHOUT TURNING IN COMPLETED AND SIGNED AUDITION PACKET FORMS

There is also an ONLINE AUDITION FORM here

PLEASE PREPARE: short Shakespeare monologue or one of the scenes provided

If you cannot attend any day of auditions, contact Ms. Kepner

Paper audition forms, audition scenes, and workshop signup are all available on the Monk Hall Callboard and in Ms. Kepner's classroom




Audition Workshop

This optional workshop will help you learn and brush up on skills that will help you work toward a successful Midsummer audition, including tools to help decode Shakespeare's language and begin to embody the text onstage. We will go over choosing and rehearsing audition monologues and audition sides as well as review some basic audition etiquette.

Though this workshop is intended for students who wish to be cast in Midsummer, it is open to any student in 6-12 grade.

ADVANCE SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED!


The workshop will only be held if there are adequate sign ups

Sunday, September 15th, 1-3 PM (sign up by Friday, 9/13)
Thursday, September 12th, 3:30-5:30 PM (sign up by Monday 9/9)
US Chorus Room

Sign up by emailing Ms. Kepner with your preferred date

Production Information

About the play
Love, magic, and theatre collide in the most popular of Shakespeare's comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oakwood’s inaugural Mainstage Production. When the fairies meddle in the lives of four mortal lovers and an amateur theatre troupe, the world gets turned on its head. Get ready for supernatural shenanigans, zany physical comedy, beautiful music, and Shakespeare's delightful language.

About the production:
This production will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Roaring ‘20s, by dropping Shakespeare’s magical play into that era. Jazz, the Art Deco movement, and the wild party of post-war prosperity infuse this production, along with gorgeous costumes and evocative sets. An Oakwood first, this production will feature Shakespeare’s lyrics set to original music written by a local composer. Get ready to be transported into a magical, musical, lush world.

About casting
I am looking to cast 15-35 actors in a versatile ensemble, with opportunities for movement, singing, dancing, and comedy. Depending on the size of the final cast and the abilities of the performers, some actors may play more than one role.

About role genders
The roles in Shakespeare are overwhelmingly male.To give more opportunities to actors of all genders, characters indicated with * may be played as any gender with the pronouns (and name if necessary) changed to match the actor. Other roles may be cross-gender cast and played as their original gender.

- Elana Kepner, Midsummer Director

Character Descriptions

THE COURTIERS
HERMIA- a young Athenian, in love with Lysander, best friends with Helena. She is sheltered, strong-willed and used to getting her way. Should be shorter than Helena. Actor should be comfortable with physicality and stage combat.

LYSANDER- a young Athenian, in love with Hermia. He is a romantic, maybe a bit of a poet, with a strong belief in the power of true love. Actor should be comfortable with physicality and stage combat.

HELENA- a young Athenian, in love with Demetrius, best friends with Hermia, but bitter that Demetrius dumped her for Hermia She is angst-ridden, a bit melodramatic and used to nothing going her way. Should be taller than Hermia. Actor should be comfortable with physicality and stage combat.

DEMETRIUS- a young Athenian, in love with Hermia, Egeus’ choice to marry his daughter. He is practical and initially values social status over emotional connection. Actor should be comfortable with physicality and stage combat.

THESEUS-the Duke of Athens. He is a strong leader, a warrior and a philosopher. Despite the fact that theirs is a political marriage, Theseus wants to take the time to get to know his bride and prove himself to her. Actor should be comfortable with poetic text.

HIPPOLYTA- Queen of the Amazons, conquered by Theseus and now betrothed to him. She is a fierce warrior and a strong leader. Initially, she rejects Theseus’ advances but eventually warms to him.

*EGEUS- father to Hermia. He is a strict, over-protective parent, who values social status over his daughter’s feelings.

*PHILOSTRATE- master of the revels to Theseus. The court’s party-planner in charge of the royal wedding. Always flustered, a bit of a snob.

THE MECHANICALS
NICK BOTTOM, an Athenian weaver and amateur actor in Quince’s troupe. Plays Pyramus in “Pyramus & Thisbe”. He is very confident in his abilities as a performer and thinks he should be in charge. Actor should be comfortable with lots of overacting, lots of text and lots of physical comedy.

*PETER QUINCE- An Athenian carpenter and director of the amateur acting troupe. Directs and speaks the prologue for “Pyramus & Thisbe”. Dislikes competing with Bottom for creative control of the play.

FRANCIS FLUTE, An Athenian bellows-mender and an amateur actor in Quince’s troupe. Plays Thisbe in “Pyramus & Thisbe”. A confident actor, who resents being cast in a woman’s role. Actor should be comfortable playing comedic text very seriously.

*TOM SNOUT, an Athenian tinker and amateur actor in Quince’s troupe. Plays Wall in “Pyramus & Thisbe”. Admires Bottom and looks to him for acting tips. Actor should be comfortable playing comedic text very seriously.

*SNUG, an Athenian joiner and an amateur actor in Quince’s troupe. Plays the Lion in “Pyramus & Thisbe”. Not a confident or experienced performer, and is “slow of study,” but very enthusiastic. Actor should be comfortable playing comedic text very seriously.

*ROBIN STARVELING, an Athenian tailor and an amateur actor in Quince’s troupe. Plays Moonshine in “Pyramus & Thisbe”. Not the most enthusiastic or positive performer, but takes himself seriously and is easily offended. Actor should be comfortable playing comedic text very seriously.

THE FAIRIES
OBERON- King of the Fairies. A powerful, ancient magical being. He is strong-willed, stubborn and knows how to hold a grudge. Actor should be comfortable with movement/ dance, possibly singing, and prepared to learn a large amount of text.

TITANIA- Queen of the Fairies. A powerful, ancient magical being. She is strong-willed and hates to let Oberon have the last word. Actor should be comfortable with movement/ dance, possibly singing and have a grasp on Shakespeare’s poetic text.

*PUCK (or Robin Goodfellow)- a hobgoblin/ sprite in Oberon’s service. A mischevious, ancient, magical being. Thinks very highly of himself and his ability to get things done and make mischief simultaneously. Actor should be very comfortable with physicality, movement, and dance and be prepared to learn a large amount of text.

*PEASEBLOSSOM- chief fairy attendant to Titania. She is a bit self-important and likes to be in charge. Actor should be comfortable with singing (possibly solo) and dance.

*COBWEB- fairy attendant to Titania. She is a bit angsty. Actor should be comfortable with singing (possibly solo) and dance.

*MOTH- a fairy attendant to Titania. She is shy but loves being a part of the group. Actor should be comfortable with singing (possibly solo) and dance.

*MUSTARDSEED- a fairy attendant to Titania. She is a bit spicy (pun intended) with a sassy sense of humor. Actor should be comfortable with singing (possibly solo) and dance.

Other fairies and elves attending upon Titania and Oberon: Nightingale, Dragonfly, Newt, Snail, Poppy, Marigold, Zinnia, Hawthorn, Nettle, Hedgehog, Worm, Snake, Spider