Plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream AND Othello
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directors: Alex Metalsky (Othello) and Kyle David Perry (Midsummer)
Contact Info.: Kyle David Perry , email = email@example.com , cell = 224.944.4966
Contact Info.: Alex Metalsky , email = firstname.lastname@example.org , cell = 920.915.9380
Genre of plays: Midsummer = Fantastical Comedy , Othello = Suspenseful Drama
Series: Summer Shakespeare program (Year 4)
Rehearsals: Typically Monday thru Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm at or around the Rhode Center for the Arts (514 56th St. Kenosha, WI 53140). Locations and times will change depending on the cast's availability.
Audition Dates: Monday May 15 & Tuesday May 16, from 7 - 9 pm, located in Skinner Hall (within the Rhode Center for the Arts).
Callback Info.: Callbacks will be held at the directors' discretion, and is scheduled for Wednesday May 17th from 6 - 9 pm at the Rhode Center.
Actors will audition for both Midsummer and Othello simultaneously. Auditions will consist of cold readings from both plays.
Additionally, actors have the option of memorizing and presenting one Shakespearean monologue that is NOT from Midsummer or Othello. (This is optional. Please, no longer than one minute in length for monologues.)
Special Casting Requirements:
Certain roles require singing, stage combat, and/or dancing. (See 'Cast Descriptions' below for more details.)
To be considered for a singing part, please be prepared to sing a song.
Additionally, for Midsummer, please be prepared to demonstrate any special skills such as magic tricks, acrobatics, etc.
NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE WITH SHAKESPEARE IS NECESSARY! These shows are a great way to learn how to speak Shakespeare, and also are great for seasoned Bardologists to showcase their skills.
Actors must be 15 and up to audition; minors must have written permission from a parent / guardian in order to audition.
Performance Dates and Times:
Midsummer: Friday July 7 thru Saturday July 22. Locations are TBD; Times are tentatively scheduled for Fridays @ 6 pm, and Saturdays @ 1 pm AND 6 pm
Othello: Friday July 21 thru Sunday August 6. Location: Rhode Center for the Arts. Time: Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30 pm, Sundays @ 2 pm.
Play Synopsis (Midsummer):
Four mismatched lovers, a troupe of actors, and clashing fairy royalty all cross paths in an evening of magical mischief in the forest. This journey to the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta is filled with love, magic, and mischief. This story has everything from mistaken identity, to fairy dust, to good ol fashioned love triangles.
Midsummer has been shortened to around 90 minutes in length, and is slated to perform outdoors at various parks and libraries within Kenosha and Racine, free of charge, for the benefit of the community. (Locations and Times TBD.)
Directed by UW-Parkside Theatre Department alum Kyle David Perry (Class of 2017)
Play Synopsis (for Othello):
The soldier Iago is jealous that his General, the black Othello, has passed him over for promotion to Lieutenant. Iago enacts an intricate plot of revenge against Othello, deceiving him into believing that his new wife, the white Desdemona, has cheated on him with the new Lieutenant. How far will jealousy take them?
Full of sword fights, songs, and beautiful poetic language, Othello is a nonstop builder of suspense and is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest dramatic stories. Its depictions of Racism and racial identity make the play just as relevent today as it was 400 years ago.
Directed by Alex Metalsky ('Death of a Salesman', 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
Show Ratings: Midsummer, if a movie, would be rated PG for use of language and mildly crude humour. Othello, if a movie, would be rated PG-13 due to violence, scary imagery, and mature content.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS (Midsummer):
TITANIA: Any age. Queen of the fairies. She falls in love with an enchanted Nick Bottom by way of magic potion.
OBERON: Any age. King of the fairies. Titania's husband, attempts to steal his wife's young Indian prince, a baby.
PUCK: Any age. Oberon's jester and right-hand man. A fairy who causes mischief for all of the characters and speaks directly to the audience.
PEASEBLOSSOM, MUSTARD SEED, COBWEB, MOTH: Any age. Fairies that serve Titania. They have their own brand of mischief.
Potential Singing Part
LYSANDER: Teens-20's. A young man of Athens, in love with Hermia. He desires to run away with Hermia despite her father's disapproval.
HERMIA: Teens-20's. A young woman of Athens, in love with Lysander. She desires to run away with Lysander, though she is betrothed to Demetrius through her father.
DEMETRIUS: Teens-20's. A young man of Athens, betrothed to Hermia. Formerly betrothed to Helena.
HELENA: Teens-20's. A young woman of Athens, in love with Demetrius. Childhood friends with Hermia. Demetrius does not return her passion.
THESEUS: 20's-30's. Duke of Athens, engaged to Hyppolyta.
HYPPOLITA: 20's-30's. Queen of the Amazons, engaged to Thesius. Their marriage is a central event in the story.
EGEUS: 30's-60's. Father of Hernia. He is demanding that his daughter marry Demetrius.
PHILOSTRATE: Any age. Thesius' Master of Revels.
NICK BOTTOM: 20's-50's. Weaver who plays Pyramus in the play celebrating Thesius' marriage. He falls victim to so mischievous magic.
QUINCE, STARVELING, FLUTE, SNUG, SNOUT: 20's-50's. The other 'mechanicals' in the play celebrating Thesius' marriage, all with their own personalities and professions.
Potential Singing, Acrobatics, etc.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS (for Othello):
Note: because this play addresses topics such as Discrimination and Racial Identity, several of the roles are race-specific.
OTHELLO: 20s - late 40s, black. A General for the Venetian military. Kind, Strong, and trusting. Newly married to the beautiful Desdemona, yet ultimately is tricked by Iago into killing her.
MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH UNARMED STAGE COMBAT. Basic Dancing is preferred, but not required.
IAGO: 20s - late 40s, white. An 'Ancient' (or 'ensign') for the Venetian military, serving under Othello. Has fought many battles with Othello, but decides to have his revemge on Othello when he selects Cassio for promotion to Lieutenant. Cunning and manipulative, yet deceives everyone into believing that he is honest and friendly. Married to Emilia.
MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH BASIC SINGING (charisma only, as the songs are Drinking Somgs) and ARMED STAGE COMBAT
DESDEMONA: 20s - late 30s, white. New wife to Othello, and daughter to Senator Brabantio. Deceived her father by secretly wedding to Othello. Strong, kind, and innocent; nicknamed 'The general's general' by Othello's soldiers. Loves Othello to a fault, but isn't afraid to stand up for herself when accused of being unfaithful. Attended by Emilia.
MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH SINGING. Basic Dancing is preferred, but not required.
CASSIO: 20s - 30s, any race. New Lieutenant for the Venetian military, serving under Othello. Newly promoted, despite not having much in the way of combat experience. Kind, handsome, but inexperienced and overly trusting. Iago tricks Othello into believing that Desdemona is being unfaithful with Cassio.
MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH ARMED STAGE COMBAT.
EMILIA: 20s - late 40s, white. Wife of Iago, and serves Desdemona later in the play. A strong, independent woman, who unknowingly is tricked by Iago to help him in his plot of vengeance. Loyal to Desdemona, sort of a pseudo-mentor in the ways of marriage.
The ability to sing is preferred, but not required
RODERIGO: 20s - 40s, white. A nobleman of Venice. Loves Desdemona, but is turned away by Desdemona's father Brabantio. Plots with Iago to harm Othello so that he then can woo Desdemona. Somewhat naive, as he gives Iago most of his money without question.
MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH ARMED STAGE COMBAT
BIANCA: 20s - 30s, minority preferred. A prostitute who loves Cassio, and who is loved by Cassio.
The ability to dance is preferred, but not required.
MONTANO: 20s - 50s, any race. Stationed at Cyprus, where he was in cgarge until Othello's soldiers arrive to fortify the place against enemy forces. Fights Cassio in a drunken brawl, and is injured.
BRABANTIO: mid-40s - 60s, white. Senator of the Venetian Senate and Father to Desdemona. Disapproves of the secret marriage between Othello and Desdemona solely because of Othello being black. Brings the matter before the Duke, begging for Othello's death, but is overruled. Racist and stubborn.
LODOVICO: 30s - 50s, any race. Senator of the Venetian Senate. Visits Cyprus later in the play and witnesses Othello's distasteful bahavior toward Desdemona. Handsome, kind.
GRATIANO: late-30s - 60s, white. Senator of the Venetian Senate and relative to Brabantio. Visits Cyprus to relay news of Brabantio's death to Desdemona, but doesn't get the chance.
DUKE: 40+, minority preferred. The leader of the Venetian Senate, essentially a King / Queen. Deals fairly with the accusations against Othello by racist Brabantio.
Heralds, Senators, Sailors, Messengers, Soldiers, Servants, others.