AUDITION FOR OUR 
2022 SEASON

We're thrilled to be entering our second decade of offering free, professional theatre to audiences in Northeastern Pennsylvania and we’re delighted to be going back inside for live, in-person theatre after last year's outdoor season.

 

We’re therefore seeking a company of versatile performers to take on this exciting 11th season.

2022 CASTING CALL

We aim to offer a positive, accessible audition process that serves every actor applying, let us know if you have questions at casting@scrantonshakes.com

 

Our 2022 casting process will take place entirely online. Applications close March 21 at 5pm EST. 

Follow the steps below to submit your application.

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Read our casting notice carefully and choose materials to prepare.

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Prepare your self tape & upload to YouTube, Vimeo or similar platform. Please slate at the start of your video. 

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Click 'UPLOAD AUDITION' to:

  • Submit the link to your self tape.

  • Upload headshot and resume.

  • Answer a few questions.

2022 SEASON

MAINSTAGE

WE WILL ROCK YOU
LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST

SWEET CHARITY

 

SECOND STAGE

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (Staged Reading)
SINDERELLA (Workshop Production)

HEATHERS : TEEN EDITION (Scranton Shakes Youth Ensemble)

 

Rehearsals and performances will take place in Scranton, PA.

Maximum 7 week contract between June 13th 2022 and August 1st 2022

 

We’re still committed to everyone’s safety and wellbeing even as we begin to leave the wider effects of the pandemic behind us. We are seeking to cast a tight repertory company to perform in multiple main and second stage productions in a rolling rep. There may also be some performers hired for less shows, or who are contracted as inter-disciplined artists with other responsibilities to keep our company numbers at a minimum. 

 

Stipend varies from $200-$1500 depending on duties. Also Included:

  • Round trip transportation to Scranton from NYC or Philadelphia

  • Housing; private bedroom with WiFi and central AC

  • Brand new gym access

  • Swimming pool access 

  • Some meals*

 

Our auditions are open to everyone. Anyone who submits will be seen and considered by our creative team.

In regards to the breakdowns below, the character descriptions are taken from their respective scripts and should be considered as a starting point,  they are not carved in stone.  We seek to reflect an accurate representation of the world we live in; we fully intend to cast broadly in regards to race/ethnicity, gender and identity, body type, and ability.

 

While we appreciate characters may be listed and written in a binary format with he/she pronouns, we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for any roles they most identify with. 

 

All candidates will be required to provide an accurate headshot, an up-to-date resume and will be asked to submit a self taped audition from pre-selected material. You will have the opportunity to highlight roles of interest to you in your application. 

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or to let us know how further we can support your application at casting@scrantonshakes.com

BREAKDOWNS

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We Will Rock You

Written by Ben Elton, Lyrics by Queen

Directed by Michael Bradshaw Flynn

Opportunities for featured casting in the ensemble

GALILEO

A misfit who keeps hearing strange voices and songs in his head which deliver messages he can’t understand. Galileo won’t dress like a Ga Ga kid and has been caught trying to make music. He is confused and unaware that he is the one the Bohemians have been waiting for, who will lead them to the place where the last remaining live instruments have lain hidden for hundreds of years.

SCARAMOUCHE

Another misfit who also gets into trouble with the Secret Police, Scaramouche meets Galileo in hospital and they run away together. Her sharp wit keeps Galileo on his toes and gradually they fall for each other.

KILLER QUEEN

Killer Queen is a ruthless businesswoman and is in charge of Global Soft, the worldwide corporation which is responsible for the suppression of all live music. She’s power crazy and tough, as well as beautiful.

KHASHOGGI

He works for Killer Queen, getting rid of any original or creative musical thoughts and going after the Bohemians. His victims are sent to the Seven Seas of Rhye.

SECRET POLICE

These semi-automated characters carry out the bidding of the Killer Queen and Khashoggi.

GA GA KIDS/TEEN QUEENS

Living in a world of consumerism and downloadable music, the Ga Ga kids don’t notice their own soulless-ness.

BUDDY

Buddy is an old librarian and a hippy who has studied the sacred musical texts to the extent that even the Seven Seas of Rhye cannot entirely erase them from his mind. He’s a comic character who acts as a foil to Galileo and Scaramouche towards the end of the play.

THE BOHEMIANS 

A group of rebels, determined to fight against Global Soft and its downloadable music. Their base is Tottenham Court Road Tube station, and they have taken the names of musical heroes from the past, such as Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, and Britney.

BRIT and OZ  

Two of the Bohemians who are intent on discovering the secrets of live music, and who believe that someone will come who will show the Bohemians the way. When they find Scaramouche and Galileo they are unsure at first, but are eventually persuaded that Galileo really does have strange musical lyrics in his head over which he has no control. When the Secret Police attack the Bohemian hide out, Brit is killed and Oz is captured along with the other Bohemians.

SUPER YUPPIES

TEACHER 

DOCTORS 

Ferdinand, King of Navarre
A scholar who has sworn an oath to uphold his scholarship at the expense of earthly pleasures, the most important of which will turn out to be receiving women at his court.

Berowne

The most clever and wittiest of Ferdinand’s men. This character has immense charisma and animation. A strong command of the text and a heart to match his pugnacious energy.

 

Longaville                                                                   

One of Ferdinand’s attendants. A clever man who is confident in their virtue      and their ability to keep their word. Longaville is no stranger to witty banter.

Dumaine

The third of Ferdinand’s attendants who is clever but a bit of a follower. They were quick to renounce their passion but eventually finds out the struggle is real. 

The Princess of France

A strong leader who is often outsmarting everyone around her. She is capable of diplomatic business but also fun practical jokes. Seeking an actress with a strong emotional spectrum and use of classical tex.

Rosaline

One of the princess’ attendants. They are very smart and quite capable of witty back and forth. This character has a delicious sense of humor but also possesses a strong sense of compassion.

Maria

One of the princess’ three attendants. Longaville falls in love with Maria, but—like the rest of the French women—Maria resists the advances of her suitor and teases him.

Katherine

The third of the princess’ attendants, who comes with her to visit Ferdinand. She is witty and holds out against the advances of Dumaine, telling him to wait a year, like Ferdinand, before pursuing her.

Boyet

The only male that joins the princess on her diplomatic mission. Seeking an actor with strong comedic abilities and the stamina to keep the audience invested in the action of the play whilst moving the plot along.

Armado

A passionate singer and a dancer who is in Ferdinand’s court. Can be a bit of a show off at times. 

Mote                    `                            

Armado’s young page, Mote (spelled “Moth” in some editions) is surprisingly intelligent given his young age and relatively low social status. He is able to outwit and poke fun at his superiors.

Jacquenetta                                              

A character of great personality and often being pursued after in a romantic sense. She is charismatic and full of life.

 

Holofernes                                              

One of Shakespeare’s malapropism masters. Though they consider themselves the most intelligent person in a situation, they are easily outsmarted by the young. A symbol of traditional education.

 

Costard                                                

A “clown,” who is spotted with Jacquenetta in the beginning of the play, in violation of Ferdinand’s oath. Armado and Berowne both give him love letters to deliver to their respective beloveds (Jacquenetta and Rosaline), and Costard foolishly mixes up the letters, delivering the wrong one to each.

Love's Labor's Lost

Written by William Shakespeare

 

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

Directed & Choreographed by Kristen Brooks Sandler

ALL roles are open to any gender identity.

 

CHARITY HOPE VALENTINE*: Down-on-their-luck, but always hopeful. A dancehall host who dreams of finding true love. Determined, fun, quirky, funny, despairing, optimistic. Must be a very strong dancer.

*At this time we are primarily looking for Charity’s cover.

 

HELENE: An experienced dancer at the Fandango Ballroom; One of Charity’s best and most honest friends. Must be a strong dancer. 

 

NICKIE : A true New Yorker and a dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. One of Charity’s close friends. They have seen it all and are quick to offer advice to Charity. Must be a very strong dancer.

 

OSCAR LINDQUIST:  A square, claustrophobic, educated, well spoken, shy, repressed and gawky individual. Works as an actuary (the most boring job in the world). A reluctant romantic. Strong physical comedy.

 

VITTORIO VIDAL: Very good looking, international film star. Italian. Knows their place in the world. Charismatic and authoritative. Has a hot headed partner named Ursula. 

 

URSULA MARCH: Beautiful, passionate and jealous partner of Italian movie star, Vittorio Vidal. A flair for the dramatic. Must be a strong dancer

 

HERMAN: Owner of Fandango Ballroom. Grizzled and annoyed at everything but with a heart of gold. 

 

DADDY BRUBECK: Founder and leader of the Rhythm of Life Church. A spiritual, enigmatic, but laid back individual. Must be a strong dancer.

 

FEMALE/MALE ENSEMBLE: Sweet Charity is a brilliant ensemble show. Seeking strong performers who can play multiple featured roles. Must sing well and be very strong dancers. Some of the roles listed above are also members of the ensemble during parts of the show.

Sinderella

Conceived, Directed & Choreographed by Kristen Brooks Sandler

Music by Vincent Kempski

In Development at Scranton Shakespeare Festival

A single letter shifts the whole story...

Sinderella is an immersive dance piece in development, created by Thistle Dance in collaboration with Scranton Shakes. Set in the 1890’s, this is a haunting, nuanced look at the complexities of non-nuclear family dynamics and examines the lengths to which we will go in order to be a “happy family”. 

 

Now, more than ever before, our audiences and communities are calling out for stories that reflect the nuance and complexities in the world around us. The cannon is being re-evaluated for biases, and as we re-examine our facts, we should re-explore our fiction. 

 

Thistle engages traditionally overlooked lenses in our storytelling. Their work elevates characters over caricatures and explores the myriad of circumstances that lead to a moment of choice. Thistle tell stories you know, but have never heard before. You can learn more about Thistle Dance and their work by going to www.thistledanceinc.com

All roles are open to any gender / gender identity.

 

Sinderella: Sinderella is an individual with a predilection for darker daydreams. An orphaned child, they move through the world with a very different lens than the rest of this society. In this new family, Sinderella is the middle child, but is closest in age to Deca. They are a character of incredible power, and they use that power to protect themself. When Sinderella finds love, there is no length to which they won’t go to keep it. 

 

Step Mother: Twice widowed, Step Mother is left to run a household of three children - two biological from a tumultuous first marriage, one by marriage. Step Mother is a strong, kind individual who is barely hanging on. They try to take care of the household the best way they know how. Step Mother and Sinderella do not quite understand one another.

 

Deca (The Oldest Step Sibling): Deca is the most practical and protective sibling, but they have a jealous temper. The oldest of the three children, they are aware of the dynamic in the house without being mature enough to help. They are very protective of Nona. 

 

Nona (The Youngest Step Sibling): Nona is the most empathetic sibling, but through an easily distracted and innocent lens. The youngest of the three, they understand Sinderella more than the rest of the household, but their loyalties lie with their biological family. 

 

Than (The Royalty): Having just grieved the quick & unexpected passing of their parents,  Than is a young royal that has been tasked with finding a partner with which to rule the kingdom. They fall in love with Sinderella at the ball.

 

Nyx (The Goddess): Traditionally heralded as the Fairy God Mother, Nyx is a three personnel entity that helps Sinderella harness her power to accomplish incredible - and terrible - feats.

 

Ensemble Tracks will play the following additional characters:

 

Sinderella’s Father

Sinderella’s Father

The High Society Guests at the Ball

Footman

Wedding Guests

Funeral Guests

 

3. Movement Section
 

READY TO AUDITION?

Prepare your self tape audition by including all of the following elements in your tape:

1. Shakespeare Monologue

2. Musical Selection
 

32 bars (or under a minute) in the same style as our shows. Not a singer? Please give it a go anyway! 

DEADLINE: MARCH 21 by 5PM EST

No longer than 2 minutes.

Include clear footage of you from your dance reel, OR

An example of your dancing to music, OR

Prepare the combination featured below.

Combination Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcTh1-Ufhfs

Not a singer, or not a dancer? We're casting a repertory company and expect that people will have varied strength in their talents. Please give everything a go or we many not be able to consider your application! 

 

HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED SUPPORT?

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or to let us know how we can further support your application at casting@scrantonshakes.com