“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by: Ann Krupp, Cassandra Krupp & Chris Battle
Rainbow Company Youth Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream Written by: William Shakespeare and adapted by: Ann Krupp, Cassandra Krupp & Chris Battle. We are seeking youth actors ages 8-18 years old.
Audition Date: Saturday, March 13th from 9am-11am
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 Brush Street Las Vegas, NV 89107
Performance Dates: April 23rd, 24th & 25th and April 30th, May 1st & 2nd
Rehearsals: March 17th-April 22nd Wednesdays-Fridays 6pm-8pm Saturdays 10am-1pm
Tech Rehearsal Dates: April 18th-22nd
8-10 years- will be asked to participate in a movement/ exploration exercises for a FAIRY ENSEMBLE and may be considered for additional roles.
10-18 years- will be considered for all speaking roles and should prepare a 30 sec-1 min STORY (personal, dream, or fiction)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Synopsis and Character Breakdown
In Athens, a young woman (Hermia) refuses to wed a noble man (Demetrius) and plans to flee to the forest with her actual love (Lysander) to escape either an unhappy marriage or her own death. Meanwhile another young woman (Helena) has been scorned by the fickle Demetrius and is determined to win his affections back by any means necessary- including helping him chase down Hermia and Lysander...and in return chasing him. At the same time, a group of rude mechanicals rehearse a dramatic play in the forest in hopes of performing it at court. However, not all goes to plan. Cue the warring fairy king (Oberon) and fairy queen (Titania), whose quarrel results in the spreading of magic among the humans by the meddlesome Puck.
Demetrius-(male) A young man of Athens, initially in love with Hermia and ultimately in love with Helena. He’s wealthy, handsome and a bit pompous.
Lysander-(male) A young man of Athens, in love with Hermia, whom he runs away with to the forest. He becomes the victim of magical misunderstanding.
Hermia- (female) A young woman of Athens, in love with Lysander but promised to Demetrius. She’s passionate and clever, sweet on the outside but fiery underneath.
Helena-(female) A young woman of Athens, friends with Hermia, in love with Demetrius. She’s pitiful in her spurned love, but overly aggressive about regaining Demetrius’ attentions and ends up lost in the woods with the other lovers.
Bottom-(male or female) Town local attempting to run a successful theater troupe and doing it poorly. S/he is overly confident about her/his acting abilities (which are actually horrible) and is always the star of her/his own life.
Flute-(male) Town local and semi-professional actor. He’s the most organized of the three mechanicals and realistic about the project.
Snug-(male or female) Town local joining Bottom’s acting troupe. S/he has never been in a performance before and is excited to be involved in any possible way.
Puck-(male or female) Oberon’s jester, a mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals.
Oberon-(male) King of the fairies. He’s powerful and users to having his orders followed. He’s embroiled in a dispute with his queen.
Titania- (female) Queen of the fairies. She’s beautiful, powerful and strong, with a side of fiery temper.
Peaseblossom-(female) Sprite, main attendant to Titania.
FAIRY ENSEMBLE: Non-speaking roles. Sprites that inhabit the magical forest that makes up the majority of the play’s setting. They’re playful and sweet, but have a mischievous streak in them.
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule
Auditions March 13th 9am-11am
Wednesday-Fridays from 6pm-8pm Beginning March 17th
Saturdays from 10am-1pm Beginning March 20th
April 17th Dry Tech (No actors) 9am-6pm
April 18th Wet Tech 9am-6pm
April 19th Wet Tech 5pm-8pm
April 20th -22nd Tech Dress 5pm-8pm
April 23rd 7pm
April 24th 2pm & 7pm
April 25th 2pm
April 30th 7pm
May 1st 2pm & 7pm
May 2nd 2pm