Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Directed By Joanne Arbuthnott
Open Auditions for Dartmouth Players’ production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING will be held November 3rd & 4th from 6-9pm.
Presented at the Sawmill Playhouse this February 6th to 22nd, 2020
Excerpts from the script will be provided for a cold read audition, and you can bring a prepared Shakespearean monologue if desired, but a monologue is not required.
CHARACTERS AVAILABLE: (ages and genders are flexible)
Beatrice – Pleasant with a very sharp tongue yet generous and loving, she is also quite content never to marry. (Leonato’s niece and Hero’s cousin.)
Benedick – An aristocratic soldier and friend of Don Pedro and Claudio. Very witty, always making jokes or puns and he swears he will never fall in love or marry.
Claudio – A decorated soldier who falls in love with Hero upon his return to Messina. His suspicious nature makes him quick to believe evil rumors and hasty to take revenge.
Don Pedro – Very politically powerful, he’s an important nobleman from Aragon, sometimes referred to as “Prince”. Longtime friend of Leonato, Don Pedro is generous, courteous, intelligent.
Hero – The daughter of Leonato and the cousin of Beatrice. Hero is lovely, gentle, and kind.
Leonato – Hero’s father and a respected, well-to-do, elderly noble who, as governor of Messina, is second in social power only to Don Pedro.
Don John – The villain, and the illegitimate brother of Don Pedro; sometimes called “the Bastard.” Don John is melancholy by nature.
Margaret – Hero’s servant, and lover to the mistrustful and easily bribed Borachio.
Borachio – Don John’s associate, whose name means “drunkard” in Italian.
Conrad – One of Don John’s more intimate associates, and potentially his male lover.
Dogberry – The chief policeman of Messina, he’s sincere and takes his job seriously.
Verges – The deputy to Dogberry.
Antonio – Beatrice’s father, Leonato’s older brother and Hero’s uncle.
Balthasar – A waiting man in Leonato’s household and a musician. (*Musical ability is considered an asset when auditioning for Balthasar)
Ursula – One of Hero’s waiting women.
On both November 3rd and 4th, Open Auditions will be held between 6pm and 9pm and everyone will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
You can email the director, Joanne, with any questions, of if you’d like to arrange an audition outside of the posted time slots.