Announcing auditions for the April production at The Empty Space…

AS YOU LIKE IT

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Bob Kempf

AUDITIONS:
Saturday, February 2, 12:00-3:30pm and Sunday, February 3, 12:00-3:30pm. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Prepared monologues are welcome, but not necessary. No appointment is necessary, but please allow at least 45 minutes for your audition. If you are unable to attend this audition, please contact the director to make an appointment for another day.

PERFORMANCES:
April 19 – May 11, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday, April 28.

REHEARSALS:
Begin February 11, Monday-Thursday evenings 7-10pm, with an occasional Sunday evening.

ABOUT THE PLAY:
One of Shakespeare’s brightest and most clever comedies comes to The Empty Space this Spring! In AS YOU LIKE IT, witty words and romance play out against the disputes of a pair of divided siblings. Duke Frederick has forced Duke Senior, into exile in the Forest of Arden. Duke Senior’s daughter, Rosalind, has remained behind at the request of her cousin Celia. Meanwhile, Oliver, Orlando’s older brother, has the kept inheritance from their late father to himself, and schemes to have Orlando killed in a wrestling match.

Rosalind meets Orlando at the wrestling match, where they fall in love. Suddenly banished by the Duke, Rosalind assumes a male identity and leaves with Celia and their friend, the comic Touchstone. Orlando flees Oliver’s murderous plots. They all end up in the Forest of Arden. Rosalind, in disguise, forms a teasing friendship with Orlando. Oliver, searching for Orlando, reforms after Orlando saves his life, and soon falls for Celia. Rosalind reveals her identity, triggering several weddings. Duke Frederick restores the dukedom to Duke Senior, and all ends joyfully.

CHARACTERS TO BE CAST :
W=Woman
M=Man
A=Any Gender


ROSALIND - Witty, romantic, bold, but vulnerable. (W)
ORLANDO - Proud, brave, kind. (M)
CELIA - Sweet, intelligent, devoted. (W)
OLIVER - Cruel, jealous, eventually reforms. (M)
DUKE FREDERICK - Power-hungry, paranoid, tempermental. (A)
DUKE SENIOR - Thoughtful and poetic. (A)
TOUCHSTONE - A sarcastic comic. (A)
JAQUES (pronounced JAY-kweez) - A cynical, melancholy, yet droll follower of the exiled Duke. (A)
PHEBE - An impulsive shepherd. (W)
AUDREY - A not-too-bright keeper of goats. (A)
CORIN - An older shepherd. (A)
SILVIUS - A lovelorn young shepherd. (M)
AMIENS - Singer/Musician with Duke Senior. (A)
ADAM - Elderly servant to Orlando. (A)
CHARLES – Wrestler/Hit Man. (M)
SIR OLIVER MARTEXT - A plain-spoken country vicar. (A)
JACK - Middle child of the De Boys family. (A)
WILLIAM - A country bumpkin. (M)
LE BEAU – A chatty servant of Duke Frederick. (A)
DENNIS - Servant to Oliver (A)
LORDS/LADIES - Attending both Dukes. Singers/musicians a plus. (A)

If you are unable to attend these auditions and would prefer another time/day, or for more information, contact the director: bobk90039@gmail.com


STAGE FRIGHT?

In addition to actors, The Empty Space is always looking for volunteers in all aspects of technical production: stage managing, lighting & sound design, set construction, costume creation, and more! Show up to auditions and let us know what you'd like to help out with!