Midsummer Night’s Dream Reading and Audition Notice

READING AND AUDITION NOTICE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare

Director: Michael Rolfe and Sean Glock

Performance Dates: 30 Nov – 10 Dec 2022
Rehearsals to start 7 October 2022

READING: Thursday, 30 June, 7.30 p.m. at the Loft

The reading presents an opportunity to hear something about the style and ambition of the production from the directors and to introduce or re-introduce the play to everyone who comes along through an informal reading. Everyone welcome.


AUDITION: Sunday, 3 July, from 10.30 a.m. at the Loft

All are welcome. Please email mikerolfe@lofttheatrecompany.com if you want to attend the audition, so that we can allocate specific times during the day in order to avoid people having to wait around for too long. It would also be useful for you to indicate which parts that you most might be interested in auditioning for on the email.

FOR BOTH THE READING AND THE AUDITION, PLEASE COME TO THE STAGE DOOR AT THE REAR OF THE THEATRE IN SPENCER’S YARD, FOLLOWING THE MURAL OF THEATRICAL SHOES DIRECTING YOU TO THE DOOR. DO CONTACT US IF YOU NEED FURTHER DIRECTIONS.

 

PLAY SYNOPSIS (As if you didn’t know)

Various residents of Athens mix with fairies from a local forest, with comic results.

Theseus, Duke of Athens can’t wait to marry Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons.

Nick Bottom and his workmates rehearse a play they hope will be chosen to be staged for the wedding celebrations.

Lysander and Demetrius love Hermia; Hermia loves Lysander and her friend Helena loves Demetrius. It’s a perfect love tangle.

Hermia’s dad, Egeus, orders her to marry Demetrius. Theseus backs up his right in law, which requires that his daughter does his bidding or she dies.

The four youngsters end up in the forest where the workers were rehearsing and where Puck, who serves the fairy king Oberon, uses a love potion on Lysander, then Demetrius, causing both to love Helena.

Oberon, who is quarrelling with his wife, Titania, uses the same love potion on her. She falls in love with Bottom, who now, thanks to the mischievous Puck, has the head of an ass. As the lover’s sleep, under instruction from Oberon, Puck restores Lysander’s love for Hermia, so that now each girl is matched with the man she loves. Oberon disenchants Titania and removes Bottom’s ass’s head. The young couples join the royal couple for a big multiple wedding bash.

Bottom is reunited with his fellow workmen. Their play is preferred for performance at the wedding party: it’s bad, but it’s mercifully short. Then it’s ‘Happy Ever After’ time for all.

Very straightforward, as you can see.

 

CAST LIST


THESEUS, Duke of Athens, sort of a demi-god, represents power and order.

HIPPOLYTA, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus, also represents power and order.

EGEUS, Father to Hermia. Old School. Old Order. Harsh and stubborn.

LYSANDER, clever, thinks on his feet, fights his own battles, stays loyal and true to his beliefs.

DEMETRIUS, in love with Hermia. Arrogant, stubborn and a bit unpredictable.

PHILOSTRATE, Master of the Revels to Theseus. Slightly devious in his approach.

HERMIA, Daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander. Feisty, confident, fierce and short.

HELENA, in love with Demetrius. Untrustworthy, frustrated and emotionally, suspicious. Tall compared to Hermia.

QUINCE, a Carpenter. Nervous of Bottom’s arrogance and life in general

SNUG, a Joiner. Worried about remembering his lines in the play, though he has none, then worried that if he is too convincing, he will frighten the ladies.

BOTTOM, a Weaver. Arrogant and Over Confident. The world’s best actor, in his opinion.

FLUTE, a Bellows-mender. Young apprentice who doesn’t want to play a woman in the worker’s play, because he has a beard growing.

SNOUT, a Tinker. A foolish and forgetful fellow.

STARVELING, a Tailor. Self-conscious playing his part as ‘Moon’.

OBERON, King of the Fairies. Power-hungry, Machiavellian, and a bit mischievous. Like Puck, he enjoys a joke especially when it is at someone else’s expense.

TITANIA, Queen of the Fairies. Strong willed and independent. Powerful. Only overwhelmed by Oberon’s magic.

PUCK, (or Robin Goodfellow). Fairy henchman for Oberon and protagonist/narrator. Notorious for his mischievous deeds whilst his fanciful asides serve to guide the play and its outrageous action.
(This role has been precast)

PEASE-BLOSSOM, attendant to Titania.

COBWEB, attendant to Titania.

MOTH, attendant to Titania.

MUSTARD-SEED, attendant to Titania.

Other Fairies attending on their King and Queen.

Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta.

 

CASTING NOTES

PREFERRED PLAYING AGES AS A GUIDE ONLY

FOUR LOVERS: (HELENA, HERMIA, LYSANDER, DEMETRIUS) 18 TO 30

THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, OBERON, TITANIA, PUCK: 30s to 40s

ALL OTHER NAMED COURTIERS: 40s PLUS, (NO TOP AGE)

BOTTOM AND HIS FELLOW WORKERS: MIDDLE AGED FEEL, EXCEPT FOR THE YOUNG APPRENTICE, FLUTE

ALL FAIRIES, (NAMED AND UNNAMED) AND COURT ATTENDANTS: A REAL MIX OF PEOPLE OF ALL SORTS AND AGES.

 

To register your interest, or if you are interested but can’t make the dates, please contact: mikerolfe@lofttheatrecompany.com

For general questions, please contact Sue Moore, Artistic Director at suemoore@lofttheatrecompany.com

 

CASTING POLICY

The Loft’s casting policy is centred on casting the very best actors for each role. Casting will always be open and neutral. Everyone is welcome and warmly encouraged to attend auditions. If specific race/ethnicity or other characteristics are central to the story, we will make this clear in audition notices. There is no pre-casting without the express permission of the Artistic Director.

You do not need to be a member of the Loft to be cast in a production.