Auditions for upcoming shows
- Merry Wives of Windsor (Taste of Shakespeare) – May 11, 2019
TOS – Merry Wives of Windsor
The Longmont Theatre Company, and Theater Company of Lafayette, announces open auditions for Taste of Shakespeare’s production of “Merry Wives of Windsor”, directed by Donna Manis.
|Where||The Longmont Public Library, 409 4 th Avenue, Longmont, CO, Conference Rooms A, B, and C. [MAP]|
|When||Saturday, May 11, 2019, starting at 9:15 am, by appointment only. Last appointment is at 11:40 am.
Complete the form (above), and the producer will contact you with your appointment.
Callback on Monday, May 13, 2019, 6:00: pm at the Longmont Public Library, Conference Rooms A and B. You only come to callbacks if you are, in fact, called back. Come dressed in comfortable clothing to do some movement.
|What||Since this is Shakespeare’s only play written primarily in prose, please prepare a memorized 1 minute comedic monologue of your choice. If you want to be considered for the part of Nurse Quickly or Pastor Evans, also prepare a short song, to be sung a Capella.
Bring a headshot and resume to the audition, and a list of all conflicts between auditions and the last day of the show/Strike. Show dates are : 7/20 – 2pm; 7/21 – 2pm; 7/25 (Load in evening); 7/26
Actors are expected to participate in set construction on select weekends during the rehearsal period, and with Strike after the show closes.
No pay, no equity.
|Roles||Smaller roles may be doubled up.
Sir John Falstaff: Male. A faded member of the aristocracy, he is a fat, bearded, pompous rogue with no sense of morality and no money, whose chief end in life is to enjoy himself. Thinking himself attractive to women and needing to make money quickly, he makes plans to woo two wives at the same time – which humorously backfires on him!
Mrs. Alice Ford: Female. A wealthy middle-aged, middle-class matron of Windsor, she receives one of Falstaff’s love letters and joins her friend, Mrs. Page (who also received a letter!) in teaching Falstaff a lesson he won’t soon forget. She also hopes to teach her husband a lesson about his jealousy.
Mrs. Margaret “Meg” Page: Female. A wealthy middle-aged, middle-class matron of Windsor, she has received one of Falstaff’s two love letters. In addition to scheming with Mrs. Ford to foil Falstaff’s plot, she has marriage plans for her daughter, Anne – but her husband and Anne have their own ideas as to suitable suitors.
Mr. Frank Ford: Male. A wealthy middle-aged, middle-class gentleman of Windsor afflicted with an almost pathological case of jealousy. In an effort to unmask Falstaff and Mrs. Ford together, he disguises himself to Falstaff in order to discover their plans, and in the process, humiliates himself.
Mr. George Page: Male. A wealthy middle-aged, middle-class gentleman of Windsor with an easy-going, reasonable manner who finds his friend, Mr. Ford’s, jealousy over-the-top. He rejects his daughter Anne’s choice of suitor, determined instead to marry her to one of his choosing.
Miss Anne Page: Female. Daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Page, she is a wealthy young woman of marriageable age. Although in love with Mr. Fenton, her father and mother prefer other suitors. However, she proves to be her mother’s daughter by foiling both their plans!
Mr. Fenton: Male. The first suitor to Anne Page he is a formerly wealthy gentleman, first attracted to Anne Page by her vast wealth. He has since fallen genuinely in love with her and desires to marry her, even if it means scheming behind her parents’ backs.
Abraham Slender: Male. The second suitor to Anne Page he is a rich, yet foolish man and is Justice Shallow’s nephew. Slender’s name describes his wit.
Nurse Quickly: Female. Employed by Dr. Caius, she is a foolish, but well-meaning middle-aged woman. She acts as a go-between to both Anne and her three suitors, as well as to the Merry Wives and Falstaff. Please prepare a short song.
Dr. Caius: Male. The third suitor to Anne Page, he is a short-tempered French doctor and is Pastor Evans’ chief antagonist. Like Parson Evans, he also mangles the English language. French accent needed.
Justice Robert Shallow: The chief official of Windsor, he hopes to marry his nephew, Slender, to Anne Page. He is antagonistic towards Falstaff and is also a bit of a fool.
Pastor Evans: A parson of Windsor who tries to be a peacemaker, but an attempt to help Slender in wooing Anne only results in a duel with Dr. Caius. Often mangles the English language. Scottish accent needed. Please prepare a short song.
Host of the Garter Inn: The Host’s chief motivation seems to be to enjoy life… and to make fun of Dr. Caius and Evans, going so far as to arrange a mock duel between them. Is in the thick of it with the plans of Falstaff, Ford, and Fenton.
Robin: Falstaff’s page who acts as a go-between himself and Mrs. Page and Mrs. Ford.
Pistol: One of Falstaff’s thieving followers, who decides to turn over a new leaf when asked to participate in Falstaff’s plan to woo the two wives.
Nym: Another of Falstaff’s thieving followers, who decides to turn over a new leaf when asked to participate in Falstaff’s plan to woo the two wives.
Simple: Employee to Abraham Slender who puts up with a lot from his foolish employer.
Rugby: Employee to Dr. Caius, who also puts up with a lot from his foolish employer.
John: Servant to the Fords.
Robert: Servant to the Fords.
|Huh?||For questions please contact the director, Donna Manis.|