The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Drew Mason
The Mount Players
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
PH: 9382 6284
Friday 20 July 7.30 pm
Saturday 21 July 2 pm
Audition will consist of presenting one short prepared sonnet or speech from Shakespeare as well as reading selected scenes from the play with other auditionees. Please be prepared to spend some time at the audition.
November 9 to December 1 (will be approximately 10 shows over four weekends-including two Sunday Matinees)
Audition and Performance location: The Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith St. Macedon
Bianca, young and beautiful, desperately wants a man. However, her father insists that her older sister, Kate, must be married first. The problem is that Kate is far too concerned with her own independence to allow this to happen and has scared off any man who has ever expressed interest. She is known as a shrew.
When she meets Petruchio, a man who is equally matched in wit, outlandish temper and persistence, the classic battle of the sexes is on. Just who will tame who? Will Bianca find her man? And who is the Shrew?
This production will be heavily influenced by the Suffragette movement of the early Twentieth Century. Think Katerina in the spirit of Emmeline Pankhurst…..
Petruchio: (loud, aggressive, but soft at heart) late 20s
Lucentio: (romantic dreamer) early 20s
Tranio: (Lucentio’s servant, far wiser) early 20s
Baptista: (Kate and Bianca’s father, stern, but caring) 50+
Gremio: (suitor to Bianca, wealthy) 50+
Hortensio: (suitor to Bianca, clever, but dim) 40+
Vincentio: (father to Lucentio) 50+
Katerina: (loud, aggressive, but wants to be loved) late 20s
Bianca: (sister to Kate, pretty, conniving) late teens to early 20s
Widow: (marries Hortensio, headstrong) 40+
the following roles can be played by either male or female actors:
Biondello (servant to Lucentio): age open
Grumio: (servant to Petruchio, dim, physical comedy needed) age open
Curtis: (servant to Petruchio) age open
Tailor: age open
Haberdasher: age open
Merchant: (pretends to be Lucentio’s father) 50+
doubling of characters can and most likely will occur
Please note: The scripted Induction with Christopher Sly has been cut from this production. It will be replaced with something fitting the Suffragette context using the characters above.
For the audition, please come with a prepared short Shakespearean soliloquy, monologue or sonnet (not from the play) and be ready to also read from the script with your fellow auditionees. You do not need to come both days, just one.
Rehearsal Period: most likely will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and either Saturdays or Sundays at a time to suit cast and director.
For more information or to book an audition and request a script, please contact: Drew Mason, director email@example.com or 9382 6284.