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For Pennsic 44: "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare

Auditions the Second Week of Pennsic 43


Audition Date Audtion Time Audition Location
Wednesday -
August 6, 2014
4:00 to 6:00 PM Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent
Friday - August 8, 2014 2:00 to 4:00 PM Performing Arts Pavillion
Links to Audition Information
Audition Form Roles by Player Doubling Chart
Character Descriptions   The Script
About the Auditions - The Joy of Doubling

Shakespeare had the luxury of writing for a large company of actors.   “Merchant of Venice” has 23 parts and calls for a large number of extras.   I’m quite sure by the time the original had its debut there were 30 people in the cast.  We, of course, don’t have that luxury.  So we are going to have to “double” a lot of the parts. 


What that means for auditions is that you won’t be trying out for a specific role, but rather for a “player” in the cast.  Certain key parts will have either little or no doubling, but the majority of the cast will be playing more than one part. 


The links above will take you to four Adobe “pdf” files and an external site. 

·         The first is our standard audition form modified to indicate the Player Number for which you are auditioning. 

·         The second will provide you with a full listing, by Player Number, of what roles each player will be acting.

·         The third is the actual doubling chart, showing which player is in which scene playing which role.

·         The fourth will take you to a web site with brief character decryptions of the major characters in the play.

·         The final link will take you to the edited version of the script we will be using.  It is a work in progress. 


When you come to auditions we will have sections of the script available for the try out.  There will be a limited number of full scripts on hand for when “things get interesting.”  We will also be taking your picture as part of the audition process.  Head shots are appreciated, but not necessary. 

See you at auditions!



Director “Merchant of Venice”