Auditions: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Auditions for Bard in the Burbs‘ upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Suzanne Ogren & Sean Ogren, are set for Sunday, February 11th @ 6:00pm, with callbacks Tuesday, February 13th @ 7:00pm at:

Stacey De & Company
1946 University Ln
Lisle, IL 60532

Please note that this show is non-equity and there is no pay.

Performances for Much Ado About Nothing will take place from Friday May 4th thru Sunday May 13th

  • Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

Rehearsals will be held Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings.

Auditions and callbacks will consist of scenes from the play. To sign up for auditions and receive audition sides, please send a request titled “Much Ado Audition” to Sean Ogren at seanogren@gmail.com.

The following roles are available for color-blind casting:

Leonato
male | 40-70
Hero’s father, Beatrice’s uncle, the revered governor of Messina, and a loving, single parent.
Antonio
male | 40-70
Leonato’s brother and Beatrice’s father. He is fiercely loyal, clever, wickedly humorous, and an acting priest who leads the wedding ceremony and helps make peace when things go awry.
Beatrice
female | 25-40
the niece of Leonato and cousin of Hero. A witty, free-thinking woman with a sharp tongue which she uses to mock Benedick.
Don Pedro
male | 25-50
a prince and longtime friend of Leonato, he wears his position well and is an intelligent, fun-loving and faithful friend.
Benedick
male | 25-40
Don Pedro’s loyal soldier and a fervent believer in bachelorhood who is constantly at odds with Beatrice.
Claudio
male | 15-25
a young soldier under the wing of Benedick, very in-tune with his emotions and head-over-heels in love with Hero.
Don John
male or female | 20-40
Don Pedro’s illegitimate sibling, a bitter, melancholy, and destructive person who takes humorous delight in causing mischief.
Hero
female | 15-25
Leonato’s daughter and Beatrice’s cousin, a soft-spoken, gentle and humorous young woman.
Dogberry
male or female | 30-70
the Constable of Messina who thinks he/she is far brighter and smarter than others do, and constantly butchers logic and the English language in the diligent pursuit of justice.
Verges
male or female | 30-70
Dogberry’s deputy policeman. If there are brains in this outfit, Verges is the more likely of the two to locate them.
Margaret
female | 15-30
loyal attendant to Hero, she is fun-loving with a bawdy sense of humor.
Ursula
female | 30-70
a fun-loving gentlewoman in Hero’s household.
Borachio
male | 20-40
one of Don John’s followers and a companion of Margaret, a drunkard who can be bribed to do just about anything.
Conrade
male or female | 20-40
another of Don John’s lackeys who loves to get involved in mischief.
Balthasar / Sexton
male or female | 25-60
the Sexton of the town who also delights others with music. Must be able to carry a tune. Playing a stringed instrument (such as a guitar, ukulele, etc.) would be beneficial but is not required.
Seacole
male or female | 12-70
one of the “eyes and ears” of our story. Seacole (with Oatcake) drops us into the action with a lengthy bit of Prologuing, and also serves proudly as Watchman, Messenger, Servant, and any other roles that might be needed.
Oatcake
male or female | 12-70
one of the “eyes and ears” of our story. Oatcake (with Seacole) drops us into the action with a lengthy bit of Prologuing, and also serves proudly as Watchman, Messenger, Servant, and any other roles that might be needed.
Understudies for Beatrice & Benedick (Understudies, if cast will have one definite performance.)

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