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Contact: Diane Gendron Producer
Auditions announced for Bard in the Valley’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Auditions will be held Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11, to cast Bard in the Valley’s (BIV’s) 2019 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Darcy J. Knopp. The audition does not require an appointment but if you would prefer to book a time, please contact director, Darcy J. Knopp at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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. This is a non-equity production. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact producer Diane Gendron at email@example.com.
The read-through is on Sunday, March 31. Rehearsals begin on Monday, April 1. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings (rehearsals on holiday Mondays will be rescheduled for location and/or time) along with a possible additional weekday rehearsal of smaller groups of actors, the timing of which will be mutually agreed upon by the participants.
- Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.
- July 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13 at the Township 7 Winery in Langley. The Sunday performance is a matinee only and begins at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7:15 p.m.
- July 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28 on the outdoor Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City. The Sunday performances are matinees only and begin at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m.
Darcy J. Knopp will return as director of this summer’s production. This is Darcy’s fourth time directing for Bard in the Valley including 2016’s “Taming of the Shrew” and previous productions “Julius Caesar” and “Comedy of Errors.” A graduate of the UFV Theatre Program in 2008, Darcy is an actor, director, and playwright whose most recent credits include “When Life Gives You Lemon Waters” and “Knight of Fools” at the 2018 Siloam Festival, as well as, “Canadian Content” and “Domestic Misconduct” at the 2017 Dimes for Drama and Rickrack Festival.
The play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Company: Bard in the Valley www.bardinthevalley.com Playwright: William Shakespeare Director: Darcy J. Knopp Producer: Diane Gendron Assistant Producer: Shawn McGrory Audition Dates: Sunday March 10 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. AND Monday, March 11 from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Callbacks: TBA Audition Address: Douglas Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley City. Read-through: Sunday, March 31 at 12 p.m. at the Douglas Park Recreation Centre Rehearsals begin: Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. and are every Sunday afternoon from 12 to 4 and Monday evening from 7 to 10. Holiday Monday rehearsals will be rescheduled for location and time. First performance: Friday, June 28
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.
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.
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.
Hermia- 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.
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.
Helena- 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.
Puck- AKA Robin Goodfellow. Puck is Oberon’s lieutenant and is known throughout fairyland as the chief troublemaker.
Nepala (first Fairy)- Titania’s messenger fairy who gets caught in the middle of the royal fairy feud.
Oberon- 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.
Titania- The Queen of the Fairies who has defied her King’s demands to turn over the changeling boy to Oberon.
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