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Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theatre

The Tempest

Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre announces auditions for our Spring 2020 production – THE TEMPEST – by William Shakespeare, directed by D. Schweppe. 

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Sunday, February 23 from 4 pm to 8 pm

Monday, February 24 from 7 pm – 10 pm

Callbacks on Wednesday, February 26 at 7 pm

Sign-up for an audition slot below.

Auditions will consist of your choice of monologue (memorization not required). Please include your email address so we can send you the monologue options in advance. There might be a short reading from the script, so familiarity is encouraged.  If you have a conflict with the audition dates, please contact the director.

PLAY SUMMARY:

The Tempest is one of William Shakespeare’s most fascinating plays. A man who was betrayed and then marooned on an island with his daughter for 12 years, seeks revenge but finds forgiveness. This story is about Prospero. Every other player is a reflection of an aspect of the personality that makes up this man. Which is why, and for once it really is true, all of the other characters are quite important in understanding the dynamics of the story. 

CHARACTERS:  Note: Except for Miranda and Ferdinand, casting will NOT be gender specific.

  • Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan (40+) – The play’s protagonist, and father of Miranda.  The audience must see his/her struggle between what he/she wants (wishing for revenge) and what he/she comes to learn and accept (forgiveness) as he/she witnesses the love and hope within his/her daughter. There is no doubt that Prospero is totally in charge of what happens, and he/she must project this, while baring his/her own all too human frailties.
  • Miranda, daughter to Prospero (16-22) –She is smart, compassionate, generous, and loyal to her father. Miranda’s perceptions of other people tend to be trusting and non-judgmental as she has only seen her father and Caliban.  If you are under 18, please email producer, Tara Stepanian, at [email protected].
  • Ariel, Prospero’s spirit helper (20+) –Ariel is Prospero’s willing attendant. He/she is mischievous and ever-present, able to traverse the length of the island in an instant and to change shapes at will.  He/she carries out virtually every task that Prospero requests
  • Caliban, an uncivilized brute (20+) –Prospero’s other servant, Caliban believes that the island rightfully belongs to him/her and has been usurped by Prospero.  While uncivilized, and sometimes coarse, he/she is actually intelligent and can be eloquent and sensitive.
  • Ferdinand, son to the King of Naples, Alonso (18-25) –He is a kind, and naive young man who spends most of his time trying to win the affection of Miranda. His heart is true and he displays a kind demeanor in all of his interactions with others.
  • Antonio, Prospero’s brother, the usurping Duke of Milan (35+) A power-hungry and conniving character, who shows no remorse for his/her schemes and is unrepentant. 
  • Alonso, King of Naples, and father of Ferdinand (40+) –He/she aided Antonio in unseating Prospero. However, he/she becomes genuinely repentant for the pain he/she has caused Prospero. He/she is a good person who has made mistakes in the past
  • Sebastian, Alonso’s brother (35+) – Like Antonio, he/she is both aggressive and cowardly.  However, is repentant at the end.
  • Gonzalo, an honest councilor (45+)- He/she helped Prospero and Miranda as he/she arranged for them to have provisions for survival in exile. Gonzalo makes the best of every situation, and always maintains his/her dignity.
  • Stephano, Alonso’s butler (20+) –A comical character who spends the whole play drunk. When Caliban mistakes him/her for a god because he/she gives Caliban wine and gets him/her drunk, Stephano begins to fancy himself/herself a king.
  • Trinculo, a jester (20+)- A comical character, and like Stephano, he/she is drunk for much of the play. Trinculo is less charismatic and more cowardly than Stephano.
  • Boatswain (25+) - The Boatswain is a “working class” person who is intent upon his/her responsibilities to the ship and its passengers. Appearing only in the first and last scenes, he/she will also play a large role in the transitions between scenes, as well as “live effects”.

Director’s Note:  Elizabethan audiences didn’t listen to radio, blogs, watch TV, read newspapers…. Shakespeare’s use of language and rhythm are vital to understanding who the characters are and help create the world of the play. It is essential to appreciate these aspects, and to showcase them in your audition.   

PERFORMANCE DATES:  May 1 – 16, 2020

Friday, 5/1 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 5/2 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Thursday, 5/7 at 8:00 pm

Friday, 5/8 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 5/9 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Thursday, 5/14 at 8:00 pm

Friday, 5/15 at 8:00 pm

Saturday 5/16 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm

REHEARSALS: Dependent on cast availability.  Tentative first readthrough on Sunday, March 1.

CONTACT:  Director, D Schweppe, at [email protected] with questions.

Created by:   Tara Stepanian
 
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Audition Slots Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Time (EST)

Audition Dates/Times

02/23/2020 (Sun)
4:00pm    
Christopher Lockheardt
Prospero (and the other roles in that age range)
4:05pm    
Julian Willard
Antonio, Alonso
4:10pm    
Solace Lockheardt
4:15pm    
Jeff Lurie
4:20pm    
Kevin Nessman
No role preference, up for anything
4:25pm    
4:30pm    
4:35pm    
4:40pm    
Lauren Kelly
5:00pm    
5:05pm    
5:10pm    
Abner Gomez
Any role
5:15pm    
Tom Dinger
5:20pm    
Catherine Haverkampf
5:25pm    
Kimberly MacCormack
5:30pm    
David Piperno
Male Age:49
5:35pm    
Hannah Beth Lucero
5:40pm    
Stephen Henning
6:00pm    
6:05pm    
Justin Budinoff
6:10pm    
Corey Cisneros
6:15pm    
Finley Smith
[email protected] Miranda, Ariel, Stephanie, Trinculo, Boatswain
6:20pm    
Molly Shoemaker
6:25pm    
Laura Sweet
6:30pm    
Maxie Mettler
Hoping to reprise the role of Ariel.
6:35pm    
Nicole Abbondanza
6:40pm    
Audrey Keating
7:00pm    
Richard Schieferdecker
I would like to audition for Prospero
7:05pm    
7:10pm    
George Page
I am a "man of a certain age" and would welcome any role
7:15pm    
Julien Lafleur
As a 46 year old I am game for any role of that (or any) age-range or gender.
7:20pm    
Simon Jensen-Fellows
7:25pm    
JENNIFER EMERY
7:30pm    
Mike Wood
Caliban is bucket list but anything
7:35pm    
Kathleen O’Connor
7:40pm    
02/24/2020 (Mon)
7:00pm    
Jessica Tomer
7:05pm    
Andy Moore
7:10pm    
Miriam Grey
Prospero & Ariel
7:15pm    
J Barton
7:20pm    
Tim Dreher
open to any role
7:25pm    
Mike Lague
7:30pm    
David Foster
Would like to read for Gonzalo. Thanks!
7:35pm    
Mike Wood
interested in Caliban
7:40pm    
Sam Fidler
Open to any role!
7:45pm    
7:50pm    
8:00pm    
Rachel/ Saoirse Curran
Miranda and Ariel
8:05pm    
Lily Ayotte
Open to any role.
8:10pm    
Miranda Reilly
8:15pm    
Jason Myatt
8:20pm    
Edward Bernard
Have played Alonzo previously but will read for any role, thanks!
8:25pm    
Bradley Boutcher
Ariel, Prospero, Caliban
8:30pm    
Emily DeLucia
8:35pm    
Sonya Richards
8:40pm    
Rebecca Minasian
Miranda, any
8:45pm    
8:50pm    
9:00pm    
William Novakowski
Would like to read for Gonzalo or other age-appropriate roles
9:05pm    
Robert Zawistowski
9:10pm    
Jason Rutledge
9:15pm    
Jacey Rutledge
Trinculo, Any
9:20pm    
Amanda O'Donnell
Miranda
9:25pm    
9:30pm    
Alicia Jeanne O'Dwyer
9:35pm    
9:40pm    
9:45pm    
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