As you like it

We hope you'll come and audition for us in February! Details below.

Please note that this is a community production, and all roles with

Stroud Shakespeare Festival / Company are unpaid.

Unfortunately, we can only accept actors who will be 18+ on or before 10/05/2020

AVAILABLE ROLES

Gender blind casting, unless specified.

Stroud Shakespeare Festival is proud to support Equal Opportunities casting.

Ages provided are playing age, not actual age. Hover for more info.

CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION PIECES

Cast of 12 plus band.

Rosalind

Female / 18 - 40

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With more lines than Hamlet (really!), Rosalind is independent minded, strong-willed, good-hearted, and terribly clever. 

Rosalind

Female / 18 - 40

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With more lines than Hamlet (really!), Rosalind is independent minded, strong-willed, good-hearted, and terribly clever. 

Celia

Female / 18 - 40

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Rosalind's cousin and Frederick's daughter - Celia possesses a loving heart, but is prone to deep, almost excessive emotions.

Celia

Female / 18 - 40

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Rosalind's cousin and Frederick's daughter - Celia possesses a loving heart, but is prone to deep, almost excessive emotions.

orlando

Male / 18 - 40

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The youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys and younger brother of Oliver. A young man with no education, but a lot of heart.

orlando

Male / 18 - 40

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The youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys and younger brother of Oliver. A young man with no education, but a lot of heart.

oliver

Male / 18 - 40

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Orlando's older brother and inheritor of the de Boys estate. He admits to hating Orlando without cause and tries to ensure his brother’s downfall. Undergoes a transformation when he joins Orlando in the forest.

oliver

Male / 18 - 40

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Orlando's older brother and inheritor of the de Boys estate. He admits to hating Orlando without cause and tries to ensure his brother’s downfall. Undergoes a transformation when he joins Orlando in the forest.

duke frederick / sir oliver martext

Any gender / 40+

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 The brother of Duke Senior and usurper of his throne. His cruel nature and volatile temper are displayed when he banishes his niece. Sir Oliver Martext is the priest whom Touchstone employs to marry him. 

duke frederick / sir oliver martext

Any gender / 40+

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 The brother of Duke Senior and usurper of his throne. His cruel nature and volatile temper are displayed when he banishes his niece. Sir Oliver Martext is the priest whom Touchstone employs to marry him. 

touchstone

Any gender / 30+

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A clown in Duke Frederick’s court who accompanies Rosalind and Celia in their flight to Arden.

touchstone

Any gender / 30+

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A clown in Duke Frederick’s court who accompanies Rosalind and Celia in their flight to Arden.

Silvius / charles
(and soldier, lord)

Male / 18 - 40

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A young, suffering shepherd, who is desperately in love with the disdainful Phebe.

Charles is a wrestler who fights Orlando at the start of the play.

Silvius / charles
(and soldier, lord)

Male / 18 - 40

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A young, suffering shepherd, who is desperately in love with the disdainful Phebe.

Charles is a wrestler who fights Orlando at the start of the play.

duke senior / william

Any gender / 40+

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The father of Rosalind and the rightful ruler of the dukedom. A kind and fair minded duke.

William is an admirer of Audrey whom Touchstone overcomes with wit. 

duke senior / william

Any gender / 40+

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The father of Rosalind and the rightful ruler of the dukedom. A kind and fair minded duke.

William is an admirer of Audrey whom Touchstone overcomes with wit. 

phebe / amiens
(and soldier, lord)

Any gender / 18 - 40

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  A young shepherdess, who disdains the affections of Silvius. She falls in love with Ganymede, who is really Rosalind in disguise.

Amiens is a lord who accompanies Duke Senior into Arden. Singing Role.

phebe / amiens
(and soldier, lord)

Any gender / 18 - 40

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  A young shepherdess, who disdains the affections of Silvius. She falls in love with Ganymede, who is really Rosalind in disguise.

Amiens is a lord who accompanies Duke Senior into Arden. Singing Role.

Audrey / Adam
(and soldier)

Any gender / 30+

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A vivacious goatherd who agrees to marry Touchstone.

Adam is the elderly former servant of Sir Rowland de Boys.

Audrey / Adam
(and soldier)

Any gender / 30+

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A vivacious goatherd who agrees to marry Touchstone.

Adam is the elderly former servant of Sir Rowland de Boys.

corin / god of marriage (and lord)

Any gender / 30+

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A shepherd. Corin attempts to counsel his friend Silvius in the ways of love, but Silvius refuses to listen. The God of Marriage comes to bless the four weddings at the end of the play.

Singing Role

corin / god of marriage (and lord)

Any gender / 30+

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A shepherd. Corin attempts to counsel his friend Silvius in the ways of love, but Silvius refuses to listen. The God of Marriage comes to bless the four weddings at the end of the play.

Singing Role

jaques / le beau
(and soldier)

Any gender / 30+

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The melancholy lord who accompanies Duke Senior into Arden. He is constantly philosophising and commenting on the life in the forest. Le Beau is a lord of Frederick's Court.

jaques / le beau
(and soldier)

Any gender / 30+

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The melancholy lord who accompanies Duke Senior into Arden. He is constantly philosophising and commenting on the life in the forest. Le Beau is a lord of Frederick's Court.

AUDITION DETAILS

When: Friday 28th February 7pm - 9pm

          Saturday 29th February 5pm - 8pm

Where: Chalford Hill Methodist Church, Midway, Chalford Hill, Stroud, GL6 8EN

           (Full location, including directions, given on their website) There is parking available at the church. 

 

Drop in anytime during open times. Auditions should only take around 5-10 minutes, but you may have to wait to be seen. Whether this is your first Shakespeare or your upteenth - we'd love to see you.

Please take a moment to click on 'attending' on our Facebook event page so we can get an idea of numbers.

You are not expected to have memorised audition pieces, but please familiarise yourself with them. Please note, you may be asked to read for more than one character. Print-outs of the audition pieces will be available to use. Click the button below to take a look. 

Please also note that in the production, all roles will be required to sing - not necessarily tunefully. We may ask you to sing a couple of lines in the audition (with us if you like) - Please let us know if this is an issue. If you play any instruments - please bring along with you with a short prepared piece. 

Auditions for the roles of Phebe / Amiens and Corin / God of Marriage are asked to prepare a short section of a folk song, and to bring any instruments they may play.

PRODUCTION DETAILS

Performance dates (@ Museum in the Park, Stroud):

  • Saturday 22nd August, Evening

  • Sunday 23rd August, Matinee and Evening

 

Other Performance dates (venues to be confirmed):

  • Saturday 29th August, Evening

  • Sunday 30th August, Matinee and Evening

  • Saturday 5th September, Evening

 

Runtime: Approx 110 minutes, no interval

Please ensure you are available for these five dates.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals will commence in May 2020, and run until August. Rehearsal days are Thursdays 19.00 to 21.30 and Sundays 13.00 - 18.30 (Venue TBC, but will be in Stroud)

 

You will not be required at every rehearsal, and we will do our utmost to ensure that you are not called to a rehearsal that you are not needed for.

If there are any days you know you cannot rehearse, please provide these on the audition form at the audition. 

Hope to see you there! 

Kate Raw

Festival Director

Take a look at some of our inspiration photos for the production:

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