UVM School of the Arts
Theatre & Dance Program
SCHEDULE: The play will begin a full rehearsal schedule evenings and weekends beginning Wednesday September 13th. The play runs November 8-12th.
AUDITIONS: All are welcome (any ethnicity, persons with disabilities, trans, and gender non-conforming folks) to audition on September 8th (6:30 - 9:30) and September 9th (10:30-1:30). Callbacks occur on Sunday September 10 (times tbd).
Sign up for an audition time on the sign up sheets posted in the hallway outside the green room in the Royall Tyler Theatre.
CASTING: The casting breakdown is not the same as that in the script. Roles are distributed differently and an ensemble of 4 has been created to expand the number of opportunities for actors - from 9 to 13 in total. Because the play is situated in Elizabethan and Jacobean England when it was illegal for women to perform on stage, there are certain gender restrictions that must be adhered to in the gender each character “presents.” Regardless of your gender identity in life, we ask that you agree to embody the gender presented as listed below for the character(s) you audition for. Two of the added characters are designated as possibly “female identifying” in the interest of creating gender parity since (due to the historical nature of the play) there is a heavy reliance on male characters.
13 Actors Total
Female presenting 2 - 4
Male presenting 9
Imogen: a Bear Passing as a human - required
Anna Roos: Queen Anne’s Danish maid,
Also plays Bear on Ice - required
Voice 2/ Fluffy 2 - the Bear/ Ensemble - optional
Voice 4/ Fluffy/ Isaac - the Bear/ Ensemble - optional
Male presenting required/some roles in drag
Voice 3/Harry Hunks/ Claudio* (if needed)
The Blind Elder/ Ensemble
Voice 1/Ned Whiting (a noble Bear)
Ensemble/ Benedick * (if needed)
John Heminges: An Actor in Shakespeare’s Troupe
doubles as Leonato in the play within a play of Much Ado About Nothing
Henry Condell: An Actor in Shakespeare’s Troupe
also Don John in play within a play of Much Ado About Nothing
and Antigonus in play within a play of The Winter’s Tale
Alexander Cooke:An Actor in Shakespeare’s Troupe
doubles (in drag) as Beatrice in play within a play of Much Ado About Nothing
Nicholas Tooley: An Actor in Shakespeare’s Troupe
doubles (in drag) as Hero in play within a play of Much Ado About Nothing
Richard Burbage: An Actor in Shakespeare’s Troupe
doubles as Don Pedro in play within a play of Much Ado About Nothing
William Shakespeare: An actor and playwright in troupe
also plays “messenger” and Friar in play within a play of Much Ado About Nothing
Alsom plays Warden
Crier: bear owner and MC at bear baiting venue
also plays Conrade in play within a play of Much Ado About Nothing
Auditions will be scheduled with short segments to present a gender neutral monologue from the play and a chance to read a scene. All materials will be provided and need not be memorized. A sign up sheet will be forthcoming!