Audition Notes  Auditions are on Monday 5th February 11am-3pm and Tues 6th February 7pm- 10pm both at Ludlow Assembly Rooms also Sunday 11th February at Little Witley Village 2.30pm-6pm. At this stage we are not accepting self-tapes or video auditions.  Attached is a synopsis, character list, character breakdown and audition speeches. We will be using the RSC version (edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric RAMUSSEN, Macmillan publishers 2010), but for now you can find a versions online. Please read a full length version of the play prior to auditioning  Andrew has commissioned original music for the production and MP3 and musical score versions of Under The Greenwood Tree (Lord Amiens) will be provided on request. It is written for tenor voice. Any male auditionees for Hymen may also use this song  Auditions will consist of a mixture of set pieces and improvised scenes, so please feel free to bring instruments, magic tricks etc so demonstrate your skills  The production is an outdoor, all weather show must go on. You must be able to project in an open space with background noise bleed from the river and possible passers-by!  Please select a character from the list. I have allocated a scene to most characters; for minor parts select a part of relevant age/gender. Please learn the scene.  Please note rehearsals will take place on Sunday daytimes plus Monday & Wednesday evenings. Rehearsals may take place in Little Witley, Ludlow or Worcester so you must have access to transport as public transport is not suitable  There are three days of auditions so please complete the form and email to to indicate: o Name and contact email / number o Audition Day attending o Character choice o Previous experience o Professional or non-professional o Training If you want to discuss aspects of the production / character or the audition speeches contact me by email or on 07947645266 Vivien Jones Note: professional name going forward will be Jones. As You Like It – Synopsis Duke Senior has been forced into exile from the court by his usurping brother, Duke Frederick. He takes refuge in the Forest of Arden with a band of faithful lords. Rosalind, his daughter, is kept uneasily at court as a companion to her cousin Celia, Frederick’s daughter. Orlando de Bois, the youngest son of the late Sir Rowland de Bois, has been kept in poverty by his brother Oliver since his father’s death. Orlando decides to wrestle with Charles, a wrestler, for his fortune at Frederick’s court, where he sees Rosalind and they fall in love. Duke Frederick then banishes Rosalind, fearing that she is a threat to his rule. Celia, refusing to be parted from her cousin, goes with Rosalind to seek Duke Senior in the Forest. For safety they disguise themselves – Rosalind as the boy Ganymede and Celia as his sister Aliena – and persuade the fool Touchstone to accompany them. On hearing of a plot by his brother to kill him, Orlando also flees to the Forest and takes refuge with the exiled Duke Senior. Posting love lyrics through the forest, Orlando encounters Rosalind disguised as Ganymede. She challenges his love-sick state and suggests that he should prove the strength of his love by wooing Ganymede as if he were Rosalind. Elsewhere in the Forest love also blossoms: the shepherd Silvius suffers unrequited love for Phoebe, who has fallen for Ganymede, while Touchstone is pursuing the goat-herd Audrey. Oliver, sent into the Forest to hunt down Orlando, has his life saved by his brother, becomes filled with remorse for his past behaviour and falls in love with Aliena (Celia). Frustrated by the pain of his love for Rosalind, Orlando is unable to continue wooing Ganymede, so Ganymede promises he will conjure up the real Rosalind and that all the lovers will finally be wed… Here To There Version The play will be set in the 1960’s. The characters from the Court (Rosalind, Celia, Duke Frederick, Orlando, Oliver, Jaques de Bois, Jaques, Lords Amiens and Le Beau and Touchstone) will speak in RP and be dressed in Beatles / Mods/ Mary Quant style. The forest characters (Silvius, Phoebe, Audrey, and William) will speak with a Welsh accent (Ludlow s a border town) and be dressed in hippie / flower power style Non forest lower class characters will speak any accent non RP Other characters’ are flexible accents. Main Cast plus supporting Lords and Ladies 1. Rosalind – The daughter of Duke Senior. Tall. 2. Duke Senior – The father of Rosalind and the rightful ruler of the dukedom in which the play is set. Having been banished by his usurping brother, Frederick, Duke Senior now lives in exile in the Forest of Ardenne with a number of loyal men, including Lord Amiens and Jaques. CAST as double 3. Duke Frederick – The brother of Duke Senior and usurper of his throne. CAST as double 4. Jaques – A faithful lord who accompanies Duke Senior into exile in the Forest of Ardenne. Melancholy 5. Lord Amiens – A faithful lord who accompanies Duke Senior into exile in the Forest of Ardenne (SINGER) 6. Le Beau- courtier to Duke Frederick 7. Celia – The daughter of Duke Frederick and Rosalind’s dearest friend. 8. Touchstone – A clown (fool or jester NOT clowning) in Duke Frederick’s court who accompanies Rosalind and Celia in their flight to Ardenne. 9. Oliver de Bois – The oldest son of Sir Rowland de Bois (deceased) and sole inheritor of the de Bois estate. 10. Jaques de Bois – the middle son of Sir Rowland de Bois 11. Orlando de Bois – The youngest son of Sir Rowland de Bois 12. Charles – A professional wrestler in Duke Frederick’s court 13. Adam – The elderly former servant of Sir Rowland de Bois Adam offers to accompany Orlando. 14. Phoebe – A young shepherdess, who disdains the affections of Silvius. She falls in love with Ganymede, who is really Rosalind in disguise 15. Silvius – A young, suffering shepherd, who is desperately in love with the disdainful Phoebe 16. Corin – A shepherd. 17. Audrey – A simpleminded goatherd who agrees to marry Touchstone. 18. William – A young country boy who is in love with Audrey 19. Sir Oliver Martext – Vicar 20. Dennis – Servant of Oliver de Bois 21. Hymen – God or Goddess of Marriage (could double with Amiens) NAME DESCRIPTION PLAYING AGE Rosalind Outspoken, quick-witted, bold, creative Tall and slim. Plays as man (Ganymede) 20’s female Orlando Hot-tempered, passionate, attractive something of a muscle-bound hunk 20’s male Celia Pretty and witty. Smaller and more delicate than Rosalind 20’s female Oliver Begins as wicked but he apparently repents 20/30’s male Duke Senior Rosalind’s father, is friendly, benevolent, kind and just, 50’s male CAST Duke Frederick Begins the play (like Oliver) as a wicked brother 50’s male CAST Jacques The “melancholy Jacques makes a hobby out of being unhappy. Tall and slim Any age male Corin Faithful servant Any age (male?) Sir Oliver Martext Vicar Any age male Touchstone professional “fool intelligent, self-aware, consummate professional; 20 -40 and able to move well light on his feet. Magic an asset Male Audrey A goatherd, uneducated, chaste and unattractive, 20/30’s or to match Touchstone Female (or could be young male) Phoebe A shepherdess, light, lively, shallow, pretty Long Black hair 20’s female Silvius Shepherd, weak, obsessed with Phoebe 20’s – 40’s male William Young boy in love with Audrey Young boy male Hymen God or Goddess of marriage Any age must be able to sing male or female Charles Wrestler Any age male well built Lord Amiens Jovial Strong presence needs to carry the singing scenes 20’s upwards Male must sing Tenor voice Le Beau Courtier Any age Male Jaques de Bois Brother to Orlando and Oliver. Middle in age Young male aged between Oliver and Orlando Adam Elderly servant to Orlando Older male Dennis Servant to Oliver de Bois Any age Male? Hymen God or Goddess of marriage Male or Female any age Minor characters Mixed Any age gender blind Audition speeches Amiens, An attending lord and musician sings Under the Greenwood Tree: (It summarises the views of Duke Senior on the advantages of country life over the amenities of the court). P45 Act 2 Sc 5 Under The Greenwood Tree and to end of scene with Jacques – ‘His banquet is prepared’ Recorded music and sheet music available on request Jaques P51 Act 2 sc 7 All the world’s a stage Phoebe and Silvius P70 Act 3 sc 5 Sweet Phoebe to as to that time I shall not pity thee Rosalind P71 act 3 S5 And who I pray you to fare you well Orlando with Adam and Oliver P20 Act 1 Sc 1 As I remember to your brother ADD in Oliver p22 Get you with him you old dog Adam Is old dog my reward? I have lost my teeth in your service. God be with my old master he wold not have spoke such a word Charles and Oliver P22/24 Act 1 Sc 1 Good morrow to your worship to pale and wonder Le Beau (with Orlando) P31/32 Act 1 Sc 2 O poor Orlando to heavenly Rosalind Celia (with Rosalind) P24/26 Act 1 Sc2 I pray thee Rosalind to whetstone of the wits Touchstone and Corin P54 And how do you like this shepherd’s life to dull kindred Touchstone P94 Act5 sc4 Upon a lie seven tomes removed to much virtue in if Audrey with Jaques and Touchstone P65/67 Act 3 Sc3 come apace good Audrey to and to couple us Hymen P96 Act5 sc4 intercut then is there mirth in Heaven to these things finish


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