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Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

July 2024

 Directed by Isabella Cesari & Caitlyn Grant

Choreography & Movement by Emily Sugianto

Produced by Elžbieta Chernyak

We are excited to be holding auditions for Thaumatrope Theatre’s summer production of Much Ado About Nothing! Auditions are due on Sunday May 19th at 11:59 PM. Callbacks will take place from 2:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, May 23rd. 

Show Synopsis

This play centres on two young couples: Claudio and Hero, and Beatrice and Benedick. Beatrice, Hero's cousin, is embroiled in a "merry war" with Benedick, a soldier, and the two are equally-matched when it comes to their wit and their distaste for one another. Just beneath the surface of their banter, though, is an affection that is brought to light by a trick played by their friends. Claudio and Hero's story is dramatic, with the ill-intentioned Don John sabotaging Hero and Claudio's relationship by convincing Claudio that Hero has been unfaithful.

 

Characters

Beatrice - A “pleasant-spirited lady” with a very sharp tongue.

Benedick - An aristocratic soldier who swears he will never fall in love or marry.

Claudio - A young soldier who falls in love with Hero.

Hero - Beatrice’s cousin. She is lovely, gentle, and kind.

Don Pedro - A nobleman and friend of Leonato, Benedick and Claudio.

Leonato - An elderly nobleman, Hero’s father and Beatrice’s uncle.

Don John - Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother, he is melancholy and sullen by nature.

Margaret - Hero’s serving woman who loves to break decorum with bawdy jokes.

Borachio - An associate of Don John’s, and Margaret’s lover.

Conrad - One of Don John’s intimate associates.

Dogberry - The constable in charge of the Watch. 

Verges - Dogberry’s deputy.

Antonio - Beatrice’s father.

Balthasar - A waiting man in Leonato’s household and a musician.

Ursula - One of Hero’s serving women.
 

Audition Requirements

We invite performers of any race, gender, or sexual orientation to audition for any (or all!) roles. Dance experience is not essential, but please be aware there will be some movement involved. First-round auditions will be entirely self-taped. Please submit a one-minute classical or Shakespearean monologue (not from Much Ado About Nothing). Monologue choice may impact casting decisions–we encourage you to select a monologue reflective of the character(s) for which you are interested in being considered.

 

Production Notes

This performance will take place outdoors over the second weekend in July, with more specific dates/times TBD. The production will re-set the action in the 2000s and take inspiration from Shakespearean teen comedies of the time. 

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