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"As You Like It" Stage Play In Need Of Cast

Noblesville, IN, United States
ID: 230508Exp: 8/14/2023

Auditions for play "As You Like It". Looking for men/women. ONLY LOCAL TALENT WILL BE CONSIDERED. Please see the details below. About the project: In one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic pastoral comedies, we follow the young heroine Rosalind from the court of her vindictive uncle, Duke Frederick, into the Eden-like Forest of Arden, where her banished father is living in exile. In order to avoid running into trouble, Rosalind disguises herself as a young man, “Ganymede,” and, accompanied by her faithful cousin Celia and the court clown, Touchstone, makes her way into the woods. She soon encounters the young, handsome Orlando, who is also fleeing from Duke Frederick’s court, and who is sick with love for Rosalind. Still disguised as Ganymede, Rosalind tests Orlando’s feelings for her and teaches him about the nature of true love; by the end of the play, four love matches have been made in the forest. As You Like It is an entertaining and touching exploration of life, death, love, family and the bonds that tie us together. Rate: Unpaid roles. Additional info: Prepare a one-minute Shakespearean monologue, and be prepared to read from the script. All characters of any ethnicity. While the roles of Rosalind, Celia, Orlando, and Oliver must remain true to the gender described in the character description, other roles are able to gender-bend. Production dates are September 27th-30th. When applying, please include resume & other information.

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17 roles

ROSALINDFemale18-30 y.o.All ethnicities

The daughter of Duke Senior. Rosalind is independent-minded, strong-willed, good-hearted, and terribly clever. Rather than slink off into defeated exile, Rosalind resourcefully uses her trip to the Forest of Ardenne as an opportunity to take control of her own destiny. She disguises herself as Ganymede—a handsome young man—and offers herself as a tutor in the ways of love to her beloved Orlando.

ORLANDOMale18-30 y.o.All ethnicities

The youngest son of Sir Rowland de Bois and younger brother of Oliver. Orlando is an attractive young man who, under his brother’s neglectful care, has languished without a gentleman’s education or training. Regardless, he considers himself to have great potential, and his victorious battle with Charles proves him right. Orlando cares for the aging Adam in the Forest of Ardenne and later risks his life to save Oliver from a hungry lioness, proving himself a proper gentleman.

DUKE SENIORBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

The father of Rosalind and the rightful ruler of the dukedom. Having been banished by his usurping brother, Frederick, Duke Senior now lives in exile in the Forest of Ardenne with Lord Amiens and Jaques. Senior did not put up much of a fight to keep his dukedom, for he seems to make the most of whatever life gives him. Content in the forest, where he claims to learn as much from stones and brooks as he would in a church or library, Duke Senior proves himself to be a kind and fair-minded ruler.

JAQUESBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

A faithful lord who accompanies Duke Senior into exile in the Forest of Ardenne. Jaques is a man possessed of a hopelessly melancholy disposition. He stands on the sidelines, watching and judging the actions of the other characters without ever fully participating. Given his inability to participate in life, it is fitting that Jaques alone refuses to follow Duke Senior and the other courtiers back to court, and instead resolves to assume a solitary and contemplative life in a monastery.

CELIAFemale18-30 y.o.All ethnicities

The daughter of Duke Frederick and Rosalind’s dearest friend. Celia’s devotion to Rosalind is unmatched, as evidenced by her decision to follow her cousin into exile. To make the trip, Celia assumes the disguise of a simple shepherdess and calls herself Aliena. As elucidated by her extreme love of Rosalind and her immediate devotion to Oliver, whom she marries at the end of the play, Celia possesses a loving heart, but is prone to deep, almost excessive emotions.

DUKE FREDERICKBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

The brother of Duke Senior and usurper of his throne. Duke Frederick’s cruel nature and volatile temper are displayed when he banishes his niece, Rosalind, from court without reason. That Celia, his own daughter, cannot mitigate his unfounded anger demonstrates the intensity of the duke’s hatefulness. Frederick mounts an army against his exiled brother but aborts his vengeful mission after he meets an old religious man on the road to the Forest of Ardenne.

TOUCHSTONEBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

A clown in Duke Frederick’s court who accompanies Rosalind and Celia in their flight to Ardenne. Although Touchstone’s job as a fool is to criticize the behavior and point out the folly of those around him, Touchstone fails to do so with even a fraction of Rosalind’s grace. Next to his mistress, the clown seems hopelessly vulgar and narrow-minded. Almost every line he speaks echoes with bawdy innuendo.

OLIVERMale18-30 y.o.All ethnicities

The oldest son of Sir Rowland de Bois and sole inheritor of the de Bois estate. Oliver is a loveless young man who begrudges his brother, Orlando, a gentleman’s education. He admits to hating Orlando without cause or reason and goes to great lengths to ensure his brother’s downfall. When Duke Frederick employs Oliver to find his missing brother, Oliver finds himself living in despair in the Forest of Ardenne, where Orlando saves his life.

SILVIUSBoth genders18-30 y.o.All ethnicities

A young, suffering shepherd who is desperately in love with the disdainful Phoebe. Silvius prostrates himself before a woman who refuses to return his affections. In the end, however, he wins the object of his desire.

PHOEBEBoth genders18-30 y.o.All ethnicities

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

LORD AMIENSBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

A faithful lord who accompanies Duke Senior into exile in the Forest of Ardenne. Lord Amiens is rather jolly and loves to sing.

CHARLESBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

A professional wrestler in Duke Frederick’s court. Charles demonstrates both his caring nature and his political savvy when he asks Oliver to intercede in his upcoming fight with Orlando: he does not want to injure the young man and thereby lose favor among the nobles who support him. Charles’ concern for Orlando proves unwarranted when Orlando beats him senseless.

ADAMBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

The elderly former servant of Sir Rowland de Bois. Having witnessed Orlando’s hardships, Adam offers not only to accompany his young master into exile but to fund their journey with the whole of his modest life’s savings. He is a model of loyalty and devoted service.

SIR ROWLAND DE BOISBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

The father of Oliver and Orlando, friend of Duke Senior, and enemy of Duke Frederick. Upon Sir Rowland’s death, most of his estate was handed over to Oliver.

CORINBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

A shepherd who attempts to counsel his friend Silvius in the ways of love, but Silvius refuses to listen.

AUDREYBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

A simpleminded goat herd who agrees to marry Touchstone.

WILLIAMBoth genders18-30 y.o.All ethnicities

A young country boy who is in love with Audrey.