Raleigh Little Theatre will be holding auditions for Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. Auditions will be held on Sunday & Monday, November 9 & 10 with call backs on Monday, November 17. The production will be directed by RLT’s Artistic Director, Patrick Torres.
- Sunday and Monday, November 9 and 10, on the Sutton Main Stage.
- You only need to attend one of these nights.
- Auditions begin at 7:30 pm. Registration from 7:00 pm.
Callbacks: Monday, November 17 at 7:00 pm on the Sutton Main Stage
Rehearsals: Beginning December 8 – 10 and 15-17 and then January 5 – February 6 on weeknight evenings and weekend afternoons (January 19 off).
Tech rehearsals: February 7 – 12. Attendance required.
Performances: February 13 – March 1 – Thursday through Sunday (8 PM Thur – Sat; 3 PM Sun)
Day Time Performance: Wednesday, February 18 @ 10 AM
Questions about auditions? Contact Patrick Torres at email@example.com.
About the show
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies. Beatrice and Benedick disdain love and each other – which makes them a perfect match. If they can’t see how much they belong together, perhaps they can be tricked into it. Or maybe the villain Don John will succeed in destroying the marriage between the young lovers, Claudio and Hero, and poison everyone’s faith in love. Themes of honor, shame, and politics collide in Shakespeare’s comedic look at how we love.
This production will be set in America, 1945 at the end of World War II.
The show will be performed in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. You can see more information about the show and order tickets from our Much Ado show page.
About the roles
Don Pedro – (male actor early 30s to mid 40s): Leader of the soldiers. He is has more power than in anyone in the play. He is courteous, noble, and fun loving. He stands by his friends without fail.
Don John – (male actor mid 20s to mid 30s): The bastard brother to Don Pedro. He describes himself as a “plain dealing villian.” He is the antagonist of the play. He is sullen and melancholy and a schemer – he uses manipulation instead of strength to reach his objectives.
Claudio – (male actor late teens to mid 20s): A young soldier who has been praised for his abilities in the war he has fought alongside Don Pedro. After returning from the war, he falls in love with Hero, but his suspicious leads him to fall for Don John’s evil scheme.
Benedick – (male actor late 20s to late 30s): a soldier and friend of Don John. He loves using his with to make others laugh. He and Beatrice exchange witty barbs on their journey to confessing their love for each other. He is overconfident.
Beatrice – (female actor late 20s to mid 30s): Leonato’s niece and Hero’s cousin. She is very witty and fights against gender stereotypes of the time period. She has a “merry war” with Benedick, but eventually confesses her love for him.
Hero – (female actor late teens to early 20s): Leonato’s daughter. Young and fun loving. She falls in love with Claudio and get publically shamed at her wedding which causes her terrible suffering.
Leonato – (male actor early 40s to mid 50s): The owner of the estate where the play takes place. He is wealthy and good humored. He loves his daughter deeply and is proud to host the soldiers at his home.
Balthasar – (male actor late teens to mid 20s): A singer and soldier in the service of Don Pedro. (will be doubled with First Watchman)
Conrade – (male actor mid 20s): Intimate associate of Don John. He will do anything to help Don John succeed.
Borachio – (male actor mid 20s): In the service of Don John. He is Margaret’s lover and is the one who plans the scheme that brings about Hero’s public shaming.
Friar Francis – (male actor mid 50s to late 60s): Wise clergyman. He is the officiant at Hero and Claudio’s wedding. In his wisdom, he invents a plan to help Hero after she is publicly shamed. (could possibly double with Verges)
Dogberry – (male/female actor early 30s to mid 40s): The chief policeman of the city. While he consistently uses the wrong words to make his points, he is very earnest and takes his job very seriously. The conflict at the heart of this play is the most high profile/ important case he has ever worked on and he wants to impress.
Verges – (male actor 60s): Dogberry’s right hand man. He looks up to Dogberry even though he be the wiser of the duo. (could possibly double with Friar Francis)
First Watchman – (male actor late teens to mid 20s): a blue collar working man who is deputized by Dogberry. An unsuspecting hero of the play. (will be doubled with Balthasar)
Second Watchman – (male actor late teens to mid 20s): a blue collar working man who is deputized by Dogberry. Assists the First Watchman in solving the conflict of the play. (will be doubled with Messenger).
Sexton – (male/female actor any age): the judge in the city. (will be doubled with a butler or maid)
Margaret – (female actor 20s): Hero’s attendant who helps bring about Hero’s downfall without knowing it. She is the lover of Borachio. She loves bawdy jokes and breaks down conventional decorum.
Ursula – (female actor late 40s to mid 50s): one of Hero’s attendants. She is like an aunt to Hero and helps her trick Beatrice.
Messenger – (male actor 20s): In the military with Don Pedro. (will double with Second Watchman)
Ensemble – (male/female any age): the ensemble will play maids and butlers at Leonato’s estate and will take part in the big dance during the party scene.
About the production team
Director: Patrick Torres
Stage Manager: Scott Wray
Scene Designer: Elizabeth Newton
Lighting Designer: TBD
Sound Designer: TBD
About the auditions
Please prepare a one minute monologue to perform at the auditions. If you are unable to prepare a Shakespearean monologue in time, you may perform/read the following:
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
Interested in auditioning? Here’s some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions: