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12/15-12/16 Twelfth Night at Arvada Center

Twelfth Night auditions Colorado auditions are December 15 and 16, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. Call the Arvada Center at 720-898-7200 to schedule a time.
Twelfth Night will be directed by Philip C. Sneed.
Rehearsals for Twelfth Night begin on April 10, 2012. The show opens on May 1 and runs through
May 27. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week. Note – This production will then move to The Colorado Shakespeare Festival/Boulder running April 10 to mid-August.

A current headshot and résumé are required. This is an Equity LORT D production, although non-equity actors will be considered. Equity members must have a current equity ID card.

All auditions and callbacks will be held at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada CO 80003

Please prepare:
A 2- 3 minute Shakespeare monologue, either verse or prose, depending on which role interested in (i.e., verse for Orsino, prose for Toby Belch, etc.).

Character Breakdown

Orsino (male, 30-45) – in love with Countess Olivia, who does not reciprocate; very sensitive and given to poetry; in love with being in love, until he learns the true meaning of it from Viola/Cesario; leading man-type, very expressive vocally and verbally, with excellent verse-speaking skills

Curio (male, 20-40) – a gentleman attending Orsino; ability to sing and/or play a handheld stringed or wind instrument is desirable (doubles as a servant and a priest)

Valentine (male, 20-40) – a gentleman attending Orsino; doubles as an officer of the peace; ability to sing and play a handheld stringed or wind instrument is desirable

Viola (female, 20-30) – a young woman shipwrecked and washed ashore, who believes her twin brother Sebastian drowned in the same wreck; disguises herself as a male named Cesario in order to survive; falls in love with Orsino, but can’t reveal her true gender and feelings to him

Captain (male, 30-50) – captain of the wrecked ship, he befriends Viola; a working-class man accustomed to being at sea and away from society; appears in only one scene (but doubles as an officer of the peace)

Sir Toby Belch (male, 35-60) – a close relative and houseguest of the Countess Olivia; he is a large presence and is given to excesses of alcohol and late-night partying (think Falstaff); his knighthood is probably inherited and does not suggest high class or status; needs to be a very good comic/character actor

Maria (female, 25-45) – a gentlewoman waiting on Countess Olivia, she is probably romantically and/or sexually involved with Sir Toby Belch, and is instrumental in the plot to humiliate Malvolio; despite her position as a gentlewoman, she is not necessarily of high class or status

Sir Andrew Aguecheek (male, 25-45) – a companion to Sir Toby Belch, he is physically different (his name could suggest lean and gaunt), and mentally far inferior; he is looking for love in Olivia’s household, but is also happy to be Toby’s sidekick and fellow partier; like Toby, the “Sir” in his name does not necessarily imply anything about his class or status

Fabian (male, 25-40) – probably a member of Olivia’s household, although he could be another guest; he is also a part to the plot to humiliate Malvolio, but is smarter than Sir Andrew

Feste (male or female, indeterminate age) – Olivia’s clown or jester, he/she is wiser than most of the others in the household, but uses often dark humor to comment on the folly of others; the role allows for a wide variety of interpretations, but physical expressiveness and singing ability are desirable

Olivia (female, 30-50) – a countess, in mourning for the death of her brother; she is weary of Orsino’s attempts to woo her, and is comforted by Malvolio’s seriousness; when she meets Viola, in disguise as the male Cesario, she begins to forget her brother’s death and fall in love – not realizing that Cesario is actually a woman; unlike many in her household, she is of high class and status, a true countess

Malvolio (male, 40-60) – Olivia’s steward, and a very grave and serious guardian of order; he cannot abide chaos or unruliness, and treats Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Maria, and Fabian with contempt – he clearly feels himself superior to them and above the sway of natural and unchecked impulse; when he is tricked into believing that Olivia is in love with him, however, we see another side of him

Antonio (male, 25-45) – a sea-captain who befriends Sebastian and gets caught up in the confusion when the twins Viola and Sebastian are mistaken for one another; like the other captain, he is a rough working-class man, with little understanding of the ways of the likes of Orsino and Olivia

Sebastian (male, 20-30) – Viola’s twin brother, presumed by her to be drowned in the shipwreck that washed her ashore; when Viola disguises herself as the male Cesario, she and her brother look very much alike and are confused for one another; a young leading man; stage combat ability desirable

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