Title: Much Ado About Nothing
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Sean F. Gray
Run: March 1, 2014 – March 29, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. (Thursday and Sunday night shows available for private parties and special events.)
Dates: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 and Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
This is a non-Equity production.
Date and Time: Wednesday, Jan 8, 2013 from 7pm – 10pm
Date and Time: First Read-Through on Sat. Jan 11, 2014 from Noon to 3:30pm. Rehearsals will continue Sundays through Thursdays, 7pm-10:30pm throughout Jan. and Feb.
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume.
One minute monologue sides from the play will be made available at the audition.
In this classic Shakespeare comedy, the battle of the sexes is alive and well when a group of victorious soldiers arrive at the home of nobleman Leonato for some much needed rest and relaxation. A young soldier, Claudio falls in love with Hero, Leonato’s daughter, while his friend Benedick, a sworn hater of love and marriage spars with Hero’s cousin Beatrice, who has also sworn to never marry. As their battle of wits intensifies, their friends scheme to make the two fall in love with each other, with unexpected and hilarious consequences.
Casting the following roles:
*The director is conducting color blind casting for this show. All races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition and will be considered for any role.
BEATRICE (F 20’s – 30’s) Niece of Leonato and cousin of Hero. Though she is generous and goodhearted, she is extremely quick-witted and verbally adept and uses that wit to mock and tease others, especially Benedick.
BENEDICK (M 20’s – 30’s) Gentleman soldier fighting under Don Pedro. He is very witty and fond of mocking others with elaborate jokes. Though a womanizer, is is very critical of woman, swearing he will never marry.
HERO (F early 20’s) Young daughter of Leonato. She is the good daughter, being lovely, gentle, and innocent. Due to a scheme by Don John, her good reputation is ruined.
CLAUDIO (M early 20’s) Very young soldier fighting under Don Pedro, and friends with Benedick. He is falls in love with Hero, yet his youth causes him to be very prideful and gullible. A romantic who still has a lot of growing up to do.
DON PEDRO (M 20s – 40s) The Prince of Aragon and leader of the army that Benedick and Claudio are a part of, he is also their dear friend. Generous, courteous, and intelligent, he is loyal to a fault in his friendships, which can blind him to the truth.
LEONATO (M 50’s-60’s) Father of Hero and uncle of Beatrice, he owns the estate they are all staying at. He is a well to do, elder nobleman with a large temper when is honor is threatened.
DON JOHN (M 20’s – 30’s) Don Pedro’s illegitmate half brother. Resentful and rebellious of his brother, he forms a dark scheme to tarnish the reputation of Hero and ruin her wedding plans with Claudio. He is melancholy and sullen by nature.
MARGARET (F 20’s) Hero’s serving woman. She loves to break decorum with bawdy jokes and teasing. She is Borachio’s lover, and unwitting helps him in his scheme to tarnish Hero’s reputation.
URSULA (F 20’s) Hero’s serving woman. She is a good and dedicated servant.
BALTHASAR (M 20’s) Soldier and servant to Don Pedro. He is a good natured and fun loving young man with a talent for singing. Singing a plus.
BORACHIO (M 20’-30’s) Associate of Don John. He is the lover of Margaret and is a known drunkard and schemer, who, with Don John’s prompting, sets about to ruin Hero.
CONRAD (M 20’s) Friend and associate of Don John. He is entirely devoted to Don John and his schemes.
DOGBERRY (M 30’-60’s) Chief of police, in charge of the night watch. He is very sincere and too earnest about his job. Though middle-class, his intense need to be seen as a nobleman causes him to act ridiculously and use words he does quite understand. Physical comedy a plus.
VERGES (M 20’s – 60’s) Dogberry’s deputy and sidekick. He is a yes-man and prone to the same mistakes as Dogberry. Physical comedy a plus.
ANTONIO/FRIAR (M 50’s – 60’s.) Brother to Leonato, he is very loyal to his family. Also the Friar that attempts to preform Hero and Claudio’s wedding, and who comes up with a plan to save Hero’s reputation. These parts maybe combined.
GEORGE SEACOAL (M 20’s – 40’s) Member of the night watch. Physical comedy a plus.
HUGH OATCAKE (M 20’s – 40’s) Member of the night watch. Physical comedy a plus.