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
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
See you at auditions!
Director “Merchant of Venice”