Summit Theatre Group announces open call auditions for
Shakespeare's Measure for Measure
Directed by Shari Wassergord
October 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm
October 21 at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, July 11 6:30-8:30 pm
Thursday, July 12 6:30-8:30 pm
CALLBACKS, if needed:
Saturday, July 14 10 am-1 pm
MCC-Longivew Cultural Arts Center
500 SW Longview Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64081
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Measure for Measure will be set in rural Missouri during the Depression where vice currently runs rampant and the laws have been allowed to sleep for many years. The too-kind Duke Vincentio is setting out on mysterious business and leaving the cares of state to his trusted minister Angelo, with instructions to enforce discipline as he sees fit.
Measure for Measure deals with a lot of issues that we are currently discussing in American culture: abuse of power, incomplete justice, change of administrations, sexual harassment among others. This play is very much about justice and mercy, how to legislate with morality, restriction, ethics, but has a lot grey as well.
All ethnicities encouraged to audition. Most actors will be doubling role.
Please prepare a one-minute Shakespearean monologue, to demonstrate your ability to interpret the language. It does not need to be memorized. The rest of the audition will be cold readings from the script. Bring a list of conflicts, a picture and a theatrical resume if you have one.
Rehearsals will begin in mid-August.
DUKE-Male, age 30's-50's Well meaning, but flawed mayor of the city, goes incognito as a Friar to see how his city is governed
ESCALUS-PROVOST-Female age 40 and up, Right-hand of the mayor, wise, but tough and hardened. Two Roles combined into one character
ISABELLA/MISTRESS OVERDONE-Female age 20's-30's Eloquent, virtuous, strong-willed novice nun and Overdone is a brothel madam
LUCIO/ABHORSON-Male age 20 and up Selfish, bragging socialite, and Abhorson is a rough executioner with pride and philosophy in his work
CLAUDIO/ELBOW/FRIAR PETER- male age 20 -40's Regretful, passionate man thrown in jail, Elbow is a meek alarmist, Friar Peter is a steady clergy figure
ANGELO/BARNADINE-Male age 20-50's Self-righteous, strict replacement mayor, brought down by his lust and Barnadine is a sleepy, drunk murderer
MARIANA/POMPEY/JULIET Female age 20-40's Juliet and Mariana are gentle women who have recently suffered tragedy, Pompey is a madam-in-training with a sense of humor
If you have questions, or cannot make the auditions and need a scheduled audition, please contact the director, Shari Wassergord at [email protected]