Shakespeare Play Auditions!

All students are welcome to audition for this year’s Shakespeare play, The Comedy of Errors! This message is long and has lots of important information so open it and read it ALL.

  • Auditions will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (October 1,2,3). Audition slots are 5 minutes long and slots go quickly-please sign up early to get a good spot! Sign-up sheets will be outside Ms. Maiuri’s door (rm. 23 in the main building).
  • Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:10-5pm from October 9-Feb 15.
  • Tech week will be February 18-22 (rehearsals until 7:30-8:00 at night) and performances will be February 21,22,and 23 (a Saturday). Tech week will include President’s Day, so you may not go away for that weekend.

If that tough rehearsal schedule appeals to you and you want to audition, please keep reading!

This year’s play is pretty different from the tragedies and dramas of the last few years. Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s silliest plays, about two sets of identical twins that were separated at birth. They end up in the same town and confusion ensues as they run into each other and try to stay out of trouble. Read a summary at the link below.

  • Please prepare two short audition pieces. I prefer that you memorize them. You should prepare a small section of Shakespeare (ideas below) and a small monologue or speech from modern drama (ideas below). I will also place copies outside my door in the 20 wing (room 23).
  • Please sign up for your slot ASAP! If you have questions or concerns please PM me (comments on this post may not be seen).

Roles: There are 17 roles in this play. I am happy to consider students of all genders for all roles, but I am putting the genders of Shakespeare’s characters below. “Large” roles are betwen 50-100 lines, “medium” roles are between 25-50 lines, and “small” roles are 10-25 lines. Minor roles have fewer than 10 lines.

  • Antipholus of Syracuse (large role): One of the twin brothers that was separated at birth. He has been traveling the world searching for his brother.
  • Antipholus of Ephesus (large role): The second twin, he has grown up in Ephesus and is a well-respeceted merchant.
  • Dromio of Syracuse (large role): The comical, bumbling attendant to Antipholus of Syracuse, he has been traveling as well, and is the long-lost twin of the other Dromio.
  • Dromio of Ephesus (large role): The comical attendant to the merchant Antipholus of Ephesus
  • Egeon (small role): Father of the Antipholuses. He is also searching for the other half of his family and has been sentenced to death as the play begins.
  • Amelia (small role): Egeon’s wife and mother of the Antipholuses.
  • Adriana (large role): Wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, she is a fierce and jealous woman.
  • Angelo (medium role): a goldsmith in Ephesus and a friend to Antipholus of Ephesus.
  • Luciana (medium role): Adriana’s younger sister and the love interest of Antipholus of Syracuse
  • Minor roles (some combined): jailers, merchants, officers, and courtesans. Minor role players will also be asked to do some puppeteering in the beginning as well as working with our stage crew sometimes.

Stagecraft and costume design teams will also be needed but those will start a bit later. Stay tuned!

Sign in to Schoology for Monologue ideas (or choose your own) and The Comedy of Errors Summary.