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AUDITIONS FOR THE FAIRE

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is holding open auditions for actors of all types and experiences levels for paid and unpaid roles in its fall 2016 show, to be held weekends throughout October in North Haven, Connecticut.

Auditions will be held by appointment on July 9 and 10, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the company’s offices at Risom Mill in Danielson, CT. Audition slots may be scheduled by contacting the faire’s stage manager, CT Hannon at (617) 652-0851 or by emailing auditions@ctfaire.com.

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is seeking actors age 16 and older to fill a variety of roles in its fall scenario and cast musical, A Midsummer Night’s Musical, as well as to join the ranks of its street cast to help bring the interactive family-friendly event to life. All types and experience levels, including first-time actors, are welcome to audition.

AVAILABLE ROLES

A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT MUSICAL
We still have ONE role to cast for our musical and a need for male singers.

  • Lysander: Male. Bad boy lover type. Singing role.
  • Chorus: Three men, three women needed. Alternately playing coarse actors, fairies, and other small roles. All roles require heavy singing and dancing in various styles of dancing from disco to soft shoe.

THE COURT
These roles are expected to be cast for the non-musical “Court” portion of the show. Other roles outside of the court may also be cast as needed:

  • Queen Elizabeth: ruler of England
  • Robert Dudley, Master of the Horse: Elizabeth’s love
  • William Cecil, Lord Burghley: chief advisor
  • Spanish Ambassador, Duke Mendoza: a conniving ambassador
  • Ambassador from Rome: a bumbling envoy
  • Lettice Knollys: Queen Elizabeth’s rival, jealous and scheming
  • Kat Ashley: loyal friend to the Queen
  • 2 Beef Eaters: sturdy guards
  • Don Diego: a Spanish swordsman, proud
  • Bess Throckmorton: a gossipy lady in waiting
  • Anthony Babington: an English plotter

FAIRYTALE PRINCESSES
These roles will be wander the streets during the day engaging patrons, posing for pictures, and then hosting Princess Tea sessions 2-3 times each day with children who are adoring fans of the characters.

  • Cinderella
  • Snow White
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Rose Red

WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR AUDITION

All actors are asked to prepare a brief (two- to three-minute) comedic or dramatic monologue. Singers are also asked to prepare one short song for a musical audition, and actors may be asked to participate in a brief stage combat and dance auditions. The directors welcome additional audition material to display any special skills.

Actors with professional résumés and headshots are asked to submit both at the time of their audition.

If cast in any role, actors will be required to be available for a total of ten rehearsal days, to be held over the course of five consecutive weekends in September, with two possible additional rehearsals for actors cast in the musical; and a total of 11 performance days over the course of five weekends in October, which includes Columbus Day Monday and three extended days for the faire’s “Halloween Knights” after-hours show.

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is a non-union production.