April 11, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Theseus and Hippolyta are planning their wedding festival when Egeus, an Athenian nobleman, enters the scene, followed by his daughter Hermia. Theseus wants Hermia to marry a young Athenian nobleman named Demetrius, but she refuses. Hermia flees into the woods with her true love, Lysander.
Helena, determined to win Demetrius’ love for herself, tells him about Hermia’s plan to elope with Lysander. He immediately goes looking for Hermia in the woods. Meanwhile, Oberon quarrels with his wife Titania, the Fairy Queen. Oberon sends the mischievous Puck to sprinkle a love potion on Titania.
On the way, Puck decides to have some fun and cast a spell on Lysander and Demetrius. Puck’s spell causes both Lysander and Demetrius to fall for Helena. A betrayed Hermia chases Helena while the men fight. Under the influence of the love potion, Titania falls for Nick Bottom, an actor with a donkey’s head.
Chaos ensues, and the play becomes a comedy of errors. Finally, King Oberon removes the enchantments from all but Demetrius, who’s still in love with Helena. Duke Theseus and Hippolyta share their wedding festival with the newly matched lovers.
December 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (see breakdown below)
Friendship Church of Christ, 3250 Pleasant Hill Road, Olive Branch, MS.
9:00 a.m. General Auditions Begin – General Auditions are by sign up only and in 10-minute increments. You must sign up for an audition time using the link below. Those who participated in Kudzu’s production of ROMEO AND JULIET do not need to arrive until 10:30 a.m. and will not be required to perform a monologue.
If you are participating in General Auditions, please come with headshot, resume, completed audition form, and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition time. Please prepare a one-minute Shakespearean monologue to recite. It does not need to be memorized, but memorization is encouraged. If you are auditioning for a specific part, you are encouraged to prepare a monologue for that character. Only a few roles will be read in the later portion of auditions and the character you are being considered for may not be needed for further reading.
Not everyone will be asked to stay for the group audition/callbacks. This means nothing in terms of casting.
10:30 a.m. Group Audition/Callbacks Begin – by invitation or approved prior experience only. We will do cold reads from the script in isolated groups for the remainder of the audition.
If you cannot attend auditions, please email your headshot, resume, and completed audition form to email@example.com with the subject: Midsummer Audition. In addition to the paperwork, you must submit a video of yourself reciting a Shakespearean monologue, preferably from the show and as the character for which you would like to be considered.
Rehearsals will begin in February. Rehearsal days and times will be released after casting so please list any conflicts you have during this time period. Please be specific with weekends as they will almost always be utilized.
Show Dates: April 11-14, 2019 at Olive Branch City Park; all shows at 7 p.m. Everyone will be expected to help strike the set and equipment into a trailer each night after the close of each performance and then full strike after the final performance.
SUMMARY OF SHOW:
One of Shakespeare’s most popular and fanciful works, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” considers the malleability of love, the potency of dreams, and the power of the imagination. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: (Taken primarily from SparkNotes)
No roles have been pre-cast. The director is open to gender-bending some of the roles of the “players” so please keep that in mind while considering roles in which you may be interested.
Puck (m14-35) – Also known as Robin Goodfellow, Puck is Oberon’s jester, a mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals. Though A Midsummer Night’s Dream divides its action between several groups of characters, Puck is the closest thing the play has to a protagonist. His enchanting, mischievous spirit pervades the atmosphere, and his antics are responsible for many of the complications that propel the other main plots: he mistakes the young Athenians, applying the love potion to Lysander instead of Demetrius, thereby causing chaos within the group of young lovers; he also transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass.
Oberon (m25-50) – The king of the fairies, Oberon is initially at odds with his wife, Titania, because she refuses to relinquish control of a young Indian prince whom he wants for a knight. Oberon’s desire for revenge on Titania leads him to send Puck to obtain the love-potion flower that creates so much of the play’s confusion and farce.
Titania (f20-50) – The beautiful queen of the fairies, Titania resists the attempts of her husband, Oberon, to make a knight of the young Indian prince that she has been given. Titania’s brief, potion-induced love for Nick Bottom, whose head Puck has transformed into that of an ass, yields the play’s foremost example of the contrast motif.
Lysander (m18-25) – A young man of Athens, in love with Hermia. Lysander’s relationship with Hermia invokes the theme of love’s difficulty: he cannot marry her openly because Egeus, her father, wishes her to wed Demetrius; when Lysander and Hermia run away into the forest, Lysander becomes the victim of misapplied magic and wakes up in love with Helena.
Demetrius(m18-25) – A young man of Athens, initially in love with Hermia and ultimately in love with Helena. Demetrius’s obstinate pursuit of Hermia throws love out of balance among the quartet of Athenian youths and precludes a symmetrical two-couple arrangement.
Hermia (f18-25) – Egeus’s daughter, a young woman of Athens. Hermia is in love with Lysander and is a childhood friend of Helena. As a result of the fairies’ mischief with Oberon’s love potion, both Lysander and Demetrius suddenly fall in love with Helena. Self-conscious about her short stature, Hermia suspects that Helena has wooed the men with her height. By morning, however, Puck has sorted matters out with the love potion, and Lysander’s love for Hermia is restored.
Helena (f18-25) – A young woman of Athens, in love with Demetrius. Demetrius and Helena were once betrothed, but when Demetrius met Helena’s friend Hermia, he fell in love with her and abandoned Helena. Lacking confidence in her looks, Helena thinks that Demetrius and Lysander are mocking her when the fairies’ mischief causes them to fall in love with her. Read an in-depth analysis of Helena.
Egeus (m40+) – Hermia’s father, who brings a complaint against his daughter to Theseus: Egeus has given Demetrius permission to marry Hermia, but Hermia, in love with Lysander, refuses to marry Demetrius. Egeus’s severe insistence that Hermia either respect his wishes or be held accountable to Athenian law places him squarely outside the whimsical dream realm of the forest.
Theseus (m25+) – The heroic duke of Athens, engaged to Hippolyta. Theseus represents power and order throughout the play. He appears only at the beginning and end of the story, removed from the dreamlike events of the forest.
Hippolyta (f25+) – The legendary queen of the Amazons, engaged to Theseus. Like Theseus, she symbolizes order.
Nick Bottom (m25+) – The overconfident weaver chosen to play Pyramus in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Bottom is full of advice and self-confidence but frequently makes silly mistakes and misuses language. His simultaneous nonchalance about the beautiful Titania’s sudden love for him and unawareness of the fact that Puck has transformed his head into that of an ass mark the pinnacle of his foolish arrogance.
Peter Quince (m18+) – A carpenter and the nominal leader of the craftsmen’s attempt to put on a play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Quince is often shoved aside by the abundantly confident Bottom. During the craftsmen’s play, Quince plays the Prologue.
Francis Flute (m18+) – The bellows-mender chosen to play Thisbe in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Forced to play a young girl in love, the bearded craftsman determines to speak his lines in a high, squeaky voice.
Robin Starveling (m18+) – The tailor chosen to play Thisbe’s mother in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. He ends up playing the part of Moonshine.
Tom Snout (m18+) – The tinker chosen to play Pyramus’s father in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. He ends up playing the part of Wall, dividing the two lovers.
Snug (18+) – The joiner chosen to play the lion in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Snug worries that his roaring will frighten the ladies in the audience.
Philostrate (m20+) – Theseus’s Master of the Revels, responsible for organizing the entertainment for the duke’s marriage celebration.
Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed (f16+) – The fairies ordered by Titania to attend to Bottom after she falls in love with him.
Additional non-speaking fairies of both genders and royal attendants will be added to the show.