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AUDITION NOTICE: "Shakespeare in Bloom: A Midsummer Night's Dream" by VOX Theatre Arts

Audition Submissions Due Date: 18 May 2024 (By midnight)

Audition Date: Sunday 19 May 2024, 9am - 12pm

Venue: New Farm Park


Performance Dates: 30 August, 31 August & 1 September, 2024


About the Show:

"Shakespeare in Bloom" presents William Shakespeare's beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in a magical adaptation set in New Farm Park. Join us for a streamlined rendition combining Shakespeare's wit with modern colloquial language, contemporary songs, and captivating performances under the stars.


Creative Team:

  • Director: Rhona Bechaz

  • Assistant Director: Clare Thomson

  • Assistant Director: Hannah McNamara

  • Vocal Director: Emma Parkinson

  • Costume Designer: Lachlan Hall

  • Band Director: Thaleia Fogarty


Principal Acting Roles:

  • Puck

  • Acting Role - Flexible Gender/Age

  • Mischief maker, narrator, fairy/sprite, Oberon’s confidant. Requires overwhelming charisma and ease with audience interaction.

  • Titania

  • Acting Role - Flexible Gender/Age

  • Ethereal Queen of the Fairies, embodying grace, strength, and confidence.

  • Oberon

  • Acting Role - Flexible Gender/Age

  • Proud King of the Fairies, schemes to trick Titania due to jealousy. Requires commanding stage presence and resonant voice.

  • Peter Quince

  • Acting Role - Flexible Gender/Age

  • Leader of the troupe of mechanicals, patient and determined.

  • Nick Bottom

  • Acting Role - Flexible Gender/Age

  • Arrogant and boastful, turned into an ass, providing comedic relief.

  • Helena

  • Acting Role - Female presenting/Flexible Age

  • Tall, graceful, and clumsy emotional mess, deeply infatuated with Demetrius. Requires physical comedy skills.

  • Hermia

  • Acting Role - Female presenting/Flexible Age

  • Headstrong, confident, and purposeful, in love with Lysander. High energy and direct personality.

  • Lysander

  • Acting Role - Flexible Gender/Age

  • Gentle and dreamy lover, besotted with Hermia. Sarcastic, witty, and clever.

  • Demetrius

  • Acting Role - Male presenting/Flexible Age

  • Slightly arrogant, starts as a player but experiences character growth. Requires fight scenes and physical comedy.

Ensemble Roles:

  • Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mustardseed, Moth

  • Singing & Movement Roles - Flexible Gender/Age

  • Vocalists & fairy entourage, storytelling through song and movement.

  • Mechanicals (Snug, Francis Flute, Tom Snout, Robin Starveling)

  • Acting Roles - Flexible Gender/Age

  • Comedic roles within the troupe of amateur actors.


Audition Requirements:

Acting Roles:

  • Prepare a comedic Shakespearean monologue (1-3 minutes) for the workshop.

  • Attend a one-hour workshop in the park for theatre games, monologue work, and ensemble building.

Singing & Musician Roles:

  • Sing a contemporary song demonstrating your vocal range and abilities (accompanied by backing track or instrument) - submit via the Google Form.


Key Dates:

  • Sun 19 May: Auditions

  • Sun 16 June: First Rehearsal & Meet & Greet

  • Tues 18 June: Headshots

  • Sun 7 July: Sitzprobe

  • Sun 14 July: Photos 2

  • Sun 4 Aug: Full Run

  • Sun 11 Aug: Dress Run

  • Sun 25 Aug: Tech/Dress Rehearsal

  • Fri 30 Aug: Show 1

  • Sat 31 Aug: Shows 2 & 3

  • Sun 1 Sept: Show 4


Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Sundays (9am-12pm)

  • Some Tuesdays & Thursdays (7-10pm)

Note: Detailed schedules will be provided post-casting.


Audition Form & Details:


Join us for a unique interpretation of this timeless Shakespearean comedy! For more information and to register for auditions, please use the provided links. Get ready to bring the magic of A Midsummer Night's Dream to life in the heart of New Farm Park.

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