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Auditions for "The Taming of the Shrew" - Open Call - Saugus, MA

Audition Details

Casting ID #
1607291
Submission Type
Open Call
Location
Saugus, MA - 01906
Union
Non-union
Rate/Pay
$0.00
Release Date
12-20-2019
Audition Date
1-26-2020
Expiration Date
1-25-2020
Casting Category
Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)
Boston, MA | Portland, ME

Audition Description

A lord comes across a drunken and comatose Christopher Sly, and conceives the idea of bringing him back to his house and treating him as a nobleman when he awakes, to see what happens. The lord has his servants dress and act appropriately, and convinces Sly that he has come to his senses after a long illness. A passing troupe of players perform a play for him, during which Sly gives an occasional bored reaction.

The play begins with Lucentio arriving in Padua to study. As soon as he sees Bianca, the younger daughter of the rich merchant Baptista, he falls in love with her. Bianca is also being wooed by Gremio and Hortensio, but Baptista will not allow her to be married until a husband is found for his older daughter Katherina, 'the shrew', whose aggressive character has made this unlikely. Gremio and Hortensio decide to join forces to find a husband for Katherina. Lucentio changes identities with his servant Tranio, and gets a job as Bianca's tutor in order to be close to her.


Actors will need to bring a familiar, but not memorized, two minute Shakespearean monologue not from the show.

  • A Lord gone hunting has a strange sense of humor which leads him to decide to turn a drunken beggar he finds lying by the roadside into a lord for a night.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #2 - Christopher Sly

    A drunken beggar and tinker who insists that his family is of honorable lineage.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #3 - Hostess

    A hostess has had quite enough of Christopher Sly's drunkenness and pennilessness.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #4 - Bartholomew

    The Lord's page, commanded by him to dress as a lady and pretend to be Christopher Sly's wife.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #5 - First Player

    He remembers the Lord from previous occasions, and promises that the players can keep their seriousness, no matter how oddly the lord hearing their play may act.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #6 - Second Player

    He asks the Lord to let the company stay a night at his house and hear a play.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #7 - First Huntsman

    In charge of the Lord's dogs, and his opinions on their worth diverge from his master's. He agrees that his master's psychological experiment on Sly will work and promises to play along.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #8 - Second Huntsman

    Checks to see whether Sly is alive, and recognizes that he is dead-drunk.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #9 - First Servingman

    Goes to check the source of the trumpeting outside and returns to report that a company of players has arrived to offer their services to the Lord.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #10 - Second Servingman

    The Second Servingman willingly joins in the joke on Sly.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #11 - Third Servingman

    The Third Servingman willingly joins in the joke on Sly.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #12 - Baptista

    A wealthy gentleman of Padua, the father of two daughters.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #13 - Vincentio

    Lucentio's father, a respectable, well-respected, and very rich old man from Pisa.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #14 - Lucentio

    A young man of Pisa, son to Vincentio, comes to Padua to go to university.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 35
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #15 - Petruchio

    A gentleman from Verona, the son of a well-known father, who comes to Padua in search of a rich wife.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #16 - Gremio

    An old man in Padua, and extremely rich. He is a suitor to Bianca's hand, and cannot stand her sister.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #17 - Hortensio

    A young man of Padua, a suitor to Bianca's hand.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 35
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #18 - Tranio

    Lucentio's servant and very close friend.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #19 - Biondello

    One of Lucentio's servants. He is shocked to see his master and Tranio exchange their clothing, but accepts to play along with their switch.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #20 - Grumio

    He is Petruchio's servant.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #21 - Curtis

    One of Petruchio's servants, in charge of his house. He is a gossip eager for news.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #22 - Pedant

    A schoolmaster from Mantua, on a trip to Rome and Tripoli.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #23 - Katherina

    A sharp-tongued lady of Padua, known throughout the town for her rants.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #24 - Bianca

    Baptista's younger daughter, a beautiful, docile, and obedient creature.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 35
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #25 - Widow

    Daughter to Baptista, has been wooing Hortensio for some time. She is kind rather than beautiful, though not so obedient as Hortensio might wish.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 35
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #26 - Tailor

    Insists to Petruchio that the gown he brings for Katherina is exactly as ordered, and perfectly in vogue.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #27 - Haberdasher

    Brings a cap ordered for Katherina for her and Petruchio's inspection, but is quickly told that it will not do at all.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #28 - Messenger

    Comes to announce to Sly that his company of players is coming to perform a play for him, at doctors' orders.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #29 - Baptista'sMessenger

    Brings word to Bianca to stop studying and instead help decorate Katherina's rooms in anticipation of the wedding.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #30 - Nathaniel

    A servant at Petruchio's house. He is delighted to see Grumio again.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #31 - Philip

    A servant at Petruchio's house. He is delighted to see Grumio again.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #32 - Joseph

    A servant at Petruchio's house and he is delighted to see Grumio again. He helps serve at table, confirming the meat is mutton.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #33 - Nicholas

    A servant at Petruchio's house. He is delighted to see Grumio again.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #34 - Peter

    A servant at Petruchio's house, who serves at table.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #35 - Baptista's Servant

    Baptista's Servant [mute role] leads the disguised teachers to their pupils.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020
  • Role #36 - Officer

    An Officer is called up to take the supposedly lunatic Vincentio to jail.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Jan 25, 2020

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