Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare – Open Auditions
Auditions for Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’
Sunday 8th March at 2:30pm, Wednesday 11th March at 7:30pm, Sunday 15th March at 2:30pm
Directed by Mark Bodicoat
Performance dates: 7th – 11th July 2020
The Story A ship flounders in a storm and throws a pair of identical twins – lost from each other in the storm together with a set of characters who would seem more at home in an episode of Fawlty Towers, or a pantomime adaptation of Midsomer Murders. Orsino, the wealthy playboy; Olivia, the grieving countess; Malvolio her long-serving, prudish butler; Sir Toby and Sir Andrew, the revellers; Feste, the party joker.
Will Orsino win over the beautiful Olivia? Will Viola conceal her identity from those around her, and find her lost brother? Will the Knights of the night survive another party? Who will put pompous, puritanical Malvolio in his place?
Cast (with some opportunity for doubling-up)
Viola a young woman who disguises herself as the male ‘Cesario’
Sebastian Viola’s twin brother
Duke Orsino the Duke of Illyria Olivia a wealthy countess
Malvolio head butler in Olivia’s household
Maria Olivia’s gentlewoman
Sir Toby Belch Olivia’s uncle
Sir Andrew Aguecheek Sir Toby’s rich and foppish friend
Feste Olivia’s servant, a jester
Plus various Sea Captains, ship’s crew, Officers of the Law, Servants to the Gentry… and a Priest.
Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, which has all the components of a modern-day farce; love, lust, social status, class rivalry, crossdressing, mistaken identity, drunken parties, light-hearted ribaldry… and a happy ending.
Its content is as relevant now as it was 400 years ago, and we will be able to explore its relevance in a different setting. The clothes may have changed, but the emotional drives are the same.
The audience is a key component in Shakespeare’s plays; characters often speak directly to them – through asides, monologues and soliloquies. In Shakespeare’s day, the audience may well have spoken back to the actors! Cheering, jeering, or throwing rotten fruit – according to their mood. We may not go quite that far, but there is ample scope for a more dynamic interaction across the boundary of the stage.
Full text and synopsis of the story are readily accessible online, but if you have any questions, please contact the director by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions for Market Harborough Drama Society plays are open to all, but if you become involved in the production in any capacity you will need to become a member of MHDS.