A Midsummer Night's Dream

Production Company
Bard in the Valley
Producer(s)
Diane Gendron
Director(s)
Darcy J. Knopp
Casting Director(s): 
Darcy J. Knopp
Union Status
Non-Union
Project Type
Theatre / Live Performance
Student Production
No
Compensation Details

All volunteer

Audition Date(s)
March 10 at 12:30 & March 11 at 7:30
Audition Location
Douglas Recreation Centre – 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley B.C.
Shoot / Perf. Date(s)
June 27, 28, 29, 30; July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13; July 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28.
Shoot / Perf. Location(s)
Three outdoor venues in Langley
Submission Deadline
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Submission Instructions

The audition does not require an appointment but if you would prefer to book a time, please contact director, Darcy J. Knopp at tinman_32@hotmail.com. Actors wishing to audition without an appointment are asked to arrive at the Douglas Recreation Centre – 20550 Douglas Crescent – on Sunday, March 10 at 12:30 p.m. or on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. to hear an outline of the production, performance expectations, rehearsal commitments, and to complete the audition form.

Callbacks will be announced, if necessary.

Everyone auditioning will be asked to do a cold read from the script and will be given time to prepare with a scene partner. Some will be asked to read for specific roles. DO NOT send digital headshots or resumes. Bring a printed hardcopy headshot and resume to the audition to be turned in with the audition form.

Project Synopsis
The overall concept for this Midsummer Night’s Dream would be to focus on the haunted forest. This is the domain of the faerie folk. This is the place where they twist and warp reality. They create apparitions and visions to bewitch the intruders. The lovers are trespassing on faerie turf and must pay the penalty. They become the unwilling entertainment for the silly games of the Faerie Folk. It is really up to the likes of Oberon, Titania, and especially Puck, whether or not Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius make it out of the forest in one piece. We hope to bring a spooky twisted “Dream” to the stage summer 2019.
Additional Comments: 

We are looking for a cast of 15-16 actors. Some actors may play multiple roles. We are also looking for a few actors with a background in dance and movement. We are looking for the best actor to play the role, not necessarily a particular gender. We encourage actors of all backgrounds to audition.

Character 1
Puck
Age
18 to 35
Gender
Open
Description
AKA Robin Goodfellow. Puck is Oberon’s lieutenant and is known throughout fairyland as the chief troublemaker.
Character 2
Hermia
Age
19 o 30
Gender
Female
Description
Egeus’ headstrong daughter. She loves Lysander, but Daddy promised her to Demetrius whom she abhors. She is desperately seeking a way out of her betrothal.
Character 3
Helena
Age
19 to 30
Gender
Female
Description
She is a prize worthy of the best of all the eligible bachelors of Athens. Unfortunately, she is hung up on the only guy in Athens who wants nothing to do with her. Maybe she is a little clingy…Maybe a little whiny…Maybe a bit of a drama queen.
Character 4
Titania
Age
20 to 40
Gender
Female
Description
The Queen of the Fairies who has defied her King’s demands to turn over the changeling boy to Oberon.
Character 5
Oberon
Age
20 to 40
Gender
Male
Description
He is the King of the Fairies. His royally p.o.’d at his Queen. He wants revenge and will stoop to the lowliest of lows to get it.
Additional Characters

Theseus- He is the ruler of Athens a war hero returned to lead his city in the political realm. He is the coolest guy in the city and he is about to tie the knot. He is as popular as a modern-day George Clooney and is somewhat uncomfortable with the complicated duties of being the head of state.

Hyppolita- She is a warrior princess promised to Theseus. She is used to being the centre of attention and she maybe not be as enthusiastic about the big wedding day, and perhaps not 100% sold on her intended groom.

Philostrate- Theseus’ over-worked but extremely loyal aide. The boss is a better celebrity than he is a ruler, good thing Philostrate can keep the political parts of the machine running smooth.

Egeus- A firm supporter of Theseus during his war days he enjoys an influential position in Theseus’s court. He has come to demand judgement over the arranged marriage that his daughter is refusing. He is a bit of a high-strung chap and a stickler for the rules.

Lysander – An affable Athenian youth who is head over heels for Hermia. Despite his state being equal or better than his rival, Lysander is not the man Egeus wants as a son-in-law.

Demetrius- Not a bad guy, though his reputation of being a bit of a “player” shadows him. Not to worry, he has struck a deal with Egeus to marry Hermia. Now if only Theseus would give his royal “okay” life would be perfect. Oh yeah, there is also the problem of stalker ex-girlfriend.

Nepala (first Fairy)- Titania’s messenger fairy who gets caught in the middle of the royal fairy feud.

Other Fairies include Moth, Cobweb, Peaseblossom and Mustard seed

Bottom- A weaver by day, Bottom is the most interesting person in the world according to Bottom

Quince- The poor soul tasked with directing these oddball mechanicals in a play for the Theseus’ wedding

Flute- A simple bellows mender who yearns to be a wandering night, but gets stuck with the role in drag.

Other mechanicals include Snug, Snout, and Starveling