***Please Note: I will be holding two separate sets of auditions for “Hamlet”.
May 1st & 2nd: I will hold auditions for the character of Hamlet ONLY.
July 10th & 11th: I will hold auditions for all other characters in the play.
****Please contact me directly at HamletCFTA@gmail.com to request audition sides and schedule an audition time slot. See more info below on Audition requirements.
Given the size and complexity of the role of Hamlet, I have chosen to cast it two months earlier than the rest of the cast to give the actor extra time to work on lines and characterization. I will schedule rehearsals with the actor during the months of May and June as our schedules permit. In July, when the rest of the cast joins us, we will be rehearsing 4 nights a week (most likely Sunday-Wednesday until tech week) and the actor playing Hamlet can count on being called to the vast majority of those rehearsals.
● Tech Week will be September 10-15 with scheduled rehearsals on all of those evenings.
● Performances will be Fri - Sun, September 16,17, 18 and 23, 24, 25.
● Friday and Saturday performances will be evenings with a call of 6:00, Sunday performances will be matinees with a call of 12:30.
● There is a possibility that we may add matinee performances on Saturday the 17th and/or the 24th.
I will not cast anyone with any conflicts for any part of tech week or any performance. Please check your availability thoroughly before auditioning.
Character Description and Casting Guidelines:
Hamlet is the young son of the recently murdered King of Denmark. He is highly sensitive, irreverently funny and intellectually brilliant. He is beloved by the people of Denmark. Hamlet has a history of mental illness and emotional instability, and the unnatural and tragic events of the play will cause him to spiral ever closer to madness.
Shakespearean scholars disagree passionately on the age of Hamlet, with some insisting the character is around 32 years of age and others that he is about 16 years of age. I am a firm believer in the younger Hamlet.
My Hamlet will have a stage age of 16-20 years old and I am seeking actors who can portray that age range realistically. Due to the difficult issues of suicide and mental illness that affect this character, I will only cast actors with a real age of 18 or older.
I support diversity in all its forms and all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Although I am not interested in gender flipping this role for this production, I welcome auditions from all those who identify and present as male.
Auditions will consist of a memorized performance of the “To be or not to be” soliloquy and readings from three scenes in the play. Please note: The soliloquy must be memorized. This is the largest role that Shakespeare ever created and the most complex. The actor who wins this role will have a great deal of exciting work ahead of him. If an actor cannot find the time to memorize one of Hamlet’s seven soliloquies for the audition, this will be a clear indication to me that he is not ready to take on this role.
Contact Information: Please contact me directly at HamletCFTA@gmail.com to request audition sides and schedule an audition time slot. Audition slots will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM on both evenings and last 10 minutes apiece. (So, slots will be 7:00, 7:10, 7:20, 7:30, etc.) Please include three time slots that will be convenient to you, in order of preference, and I will respond with a confirmation for one of them. I look forward to hearing from you.
Connie Downer - Director
***Information about the July auditions for the remainder of the cast will be posted in early May once the role of Hamlet has been cast