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AUDITIONS for AS YOU LIKE IT

SUNDAY 4th FEB 2018

directed by Rob Jorritsma

Performance dates May 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 June 1, 2 and 3 at The Phee Broadway Theatre

for an appointment call Gus (Production Manager) on 5474 2563 or 0409 490 009

Castlemaine Theatre Company is auditioning for its next production As You Like It by William Shakespeare. We are very excited to be taking on one of the Bard’s works for the very first time in the history of the Castlemaine Theatre Company. As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, which means that it’s whimsical, and at the end, everyone ends up married, rather than dead. Which is good.

Director Rob Jorritsma (who directed The Peach Season for the CTC in 2015) is an expert in Shakespeare, having worked for many years creating Shakespeare plays with young people at Castlemaine Steiner School.

Plot

Central to the play is the love story between Rosalind and Orlando. They fall in love at first sight, but things are not that easy. The backdrop for their journey is drawn by two feuding brothers. The friendly Duke Senior has been banished and usurped by Duke Frederick and now lives in the Forest of Arden, a lovely place of transformation – a tree-change indeed. Rosalind is Duke Senior’s daughter. Forced by circumstances, Rosalind and Celia (Duke Frederick’s daughter) leave the court, accompanied by the clown Touchstone. They go in search of Duke Senior in the Forest of Arden with Rosalind dressed as a boy and Celia as a country girl. Orlando also leaves for the forest, fleeing from his brother Oliver who plans to kill him. In the forest we meet other characters as well. There is the melancholy Jaques (he’s got the famous ‘All the world’s a stage’ speech), then there’s the singer Amiens and some shepherds and country folk. A lot happens before the comedy comes to a joyful ending with multiple marriages. Rosalind has the honour of delivering the epilogue and thanking the audience. Our production will have a contemporary setting, showing the difference between life at the court and in the forest. As Duke Senior puts it:

‘And this our life exempt from public haunt,

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,

Sermons in stones, and good in everything.’

The show will include lots of music – think folk music – so any cast members who play an instrument will be part of this.

 

Characters

As You Like It has a big cast. Our production will have nineteen characters. It is likely that there will be some doubling up. Some roles are fairly big, but even the smaller ones will have their challenges. A basic level of health and physical fitness is required as quite a few scenes ask for physical activity.

Below, you’ll find a list of the characters. It will give a brief description of the character including gender and age range. However, for a number of characters both female and male actors will be considered and age is a relative concept. A quick internet search will prove that As You Like It characters have been played by actors of diverse age, gender and racial background. So, if you want to be part of a Shakespeare show, come to our audition. These are the characters:

 

Duke Senior  –  banished duke living in the Forest of Arden. Male, 30+: friendly and compassionate

Duke Frederick  – his brother, usurping the dukedom. Male, 30+: aggressive

Rosalind  – daughter to the banished duke. Female, 25 -35: intelligent, talkative, dressed up as a boy for most of the play

Celia – Daughter to Duke Frederick. Female, 25 -35: feisty, argumentative, but good-natured

Orlando  – Son of Sir Rowland de Boys (friend to Duke Senior). Male, 25 – 35: a born romantic

Oliver  – Son of Sir Rowland de Boys. Male, 25 – 35: loveless and begrudging

Jaques  – Lord attending to Duke Senior. Male, 30+: melancholy, hard to please, always on the periphery

Amiens  – Lord to Duke Senior. Male, 25+: loves to sing

Le Beau – A Courtier. Male, 25+: knows everything that’s going on and talks about it

Touchstone  – A Clown. Male, 25+: quick-witted, wordsmith, likes to make fun of people

Corin  – A Shepherd. Male, 40+: gentle, wise

Silvius  – A Shepherd. Male, 20+: young, passionate and foolish

Phoebe  – A Shepherdess. Female, 20+: full of disdain

Audrey – A Country Girl. Female, 25+: simple-minded

Charles  – A Wrestler. Male, 25+: strong and savvy

William  – A Country Fellow. Male, 25+: simple-minded

Sir Oliver Martext  – A Country Vicar. Male, 30+

Hymen  – An Other-Worldly apparition. Undefined

 

Audition Prep

There is no need to prepare a certain piece. Previous experience with Shakespearean texts is not required. Have a think about what character you would be interested in. We will do some reading from the script, both dialogue and monologue. If you’d like to see an example from the script, and familiarise yourself with the language, here are some of the scenes we will be looking at in the audition (no need to learn).

Audition Pieces from As You Like It-1

 


Maurice Barrymore as Orlando


A National Theatre Company production (UK)


Celia and Rosalind in a 2009 production


Touchstone