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Auditions: Shakespeare in Hollywood

September 20th, 2018

The Players Club of Swarthmore will be holding auditions for the February Main Stage production of Shakespeare in Hollywood on Monday, September 24th at 7pm.

Auditions: Sign in starts at 7:00 / Readings start at 7:15
Callbacks: Monday, October 1st at 7:00. If you can not attend, you may be invited for a separate call-back audition, although this is not guaranteed.
If you CANNOT attend auditions on Monday the 24th, contact us and we will make arrangements to see you on the 30th.
Please bring a Photo / Resume if you have one.
Audition sides will be provided at time of audition. Please download and complete the PCS audition form the Auditions Page prior.
Show Performances: February 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23.
Rehearsals: Sunday (Evenings), Tuesday (Evenings), Thursday (Evenings) starting December through February. Full Cast Begins 12/6.
If you have any questions, email director Paul Kerrigan at yo4pauly@gmail.com.
Character Descriptions:
All parts are open.

Oberon, King of the Faeries (stage age: mid-20’s to early 50’s). Oberon is the actual character from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (AMND), consequently he is a thousand years old. He speaks really well, but at times goes into a rage when plans go awry. He charms Louella Parsons and romances Olivia, who is definitely younger than he is. He orders Puck about, pick a fight with Will Hayes, and fools Max Reinhardt into thinking he is a Shakespearean actor, when he is just being himself.
Puck, Robin Goodfellow (stage age 16 – 30). Like Oberon, Puck is ageless. However, he must move with youthful grace and alacrity. A male, Puck can be played by an actor or actress. Once cast in the movie A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Puck “goes Hollywood”. Puck needs to be a spark plug of energy uplifting each of his scenes. He/she creates most of the mayhem in the play with multiple entrances and costume changes.

Olivia Darnell (stage age 19 – 30). Olivia de Haviland was 19 when she was cast in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is written as a midwestern gal, but she was born in Tokyo. She is smart, comely, attractive enough for Oberon and Dick Powell to instantly fall in love with her. She is confident, witty, enthused be in the movies. She falls in love and is enchanted with Joe E. Brown. She is a good kisser too.
Lydia Lansing (20’s-40’s) A tabloid’s dream, Lydia was dubbed one of the top Screen Sluts of the year. She is Jack Warner’s mistress. The comedienne in this role must be a sophisticated enough to play such a bad actress as Lydia fracturing the Bard. Physically, think Venus de Milo with arms. She is a hybrid of Anita Louise and Jean Muir, who played Titania and Helena, respectively.
Louella Parsons (stage age: 50’s to 60’s) Louella was a radio personality who covered the celebrities who made the movies. She knew everyone and was a font of gossip and movie star tidbits. She is smitten with Max Reinhardt and later enchanted with Daryl.
Dick Powell (late 20’s mid-40’s). Dick Powell was 32 when he played Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Powell is the quintessential nice guy. He is deeply in love with Olivia, but is unrequited. He asks for Oberon’s assistance in courting Olivia, not knowing that he is his rival. Dick Powell was a major heartthrob at the box office
Daryl (stage age: 20’s to early 40’s). Daryl is the stage manager and major yes-man for Jack Warner. Daryl is modeled on the director and studio manager Darryl F. Zanuck. This milquetoast of a character require an adept comedic actor to react and deal with the results of many women vying for his affection.
Jack Warner (stage age 30’s to 50s) Warner was 43 when A Midsummer Night’s Dream was produced. As the lead executive of the Warner Bros. studio, Jack is besieged by Max Reinhardt, director over budget, Will Hays, morals censor, Lydia, chorus girl-cum-classical actress, and his other brothers, who deride his every move. Jack is the boss who tries to manage the mayhem and attempting to keep his young mistress from any dalliance.
Max Reinhardt (stage age 50-60s) This Austrian stage director fled Europe to avoid the Nazis and to find gold in California. He has a wry sense of humor and a keen understanding of human nature. He spars with Will Hays over censorship. He negotiates with Warner, flirts with Parsons, and is exasperated by Lydia’s ad libs of Shakespeare’s text.
Will Hayes (stage age 45-65) is the guy you love to hate. A bit of a prig, Hays doled out or withheld his stamp of approval declaring whether or not a film was morally safe enough for viewing across America. Hays and Reinhardt dislike each other as much as Oberon and Hays did. Not only does he fall in love with himself, but he also gets to play an ass on stage, but not in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Jimmy Cagney (stage age 35-50) plays Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He and Joe E. Brown are movie stars on the set, along with Oberon and Puck. This is not the gangster James Cagney, but the working actor..
Joe E. Brown (stage age 45-55) – A baseball player turned comedian turned movie star, Brown has an elastic smile and the heartland’s pragmatic approach to the movie business. He portrays Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, who plays Thisbe opposite Cagney’s Pyramus. Consequently, he gets to wear a dress, but not very well.
Ensemble: (stage ages 17-70) – plays a variety of characters from Tarzan to the Warner Brothers; from stagehands to party guests; from stage hands to starlets to autograph hounds.

Please note: PCS is an all-volunteer organization, all roles are unpaid.

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