The Rochester Community Players

RCP Auditions

General information:

All Rochester Community Players auditions are opening casting; there are no roles pre-cast.

Auditioners are encouraged to bring a theatrical resume or CV, a photo (if you are unknown to the director), a pen or pencil, and your personal water bottle.

Auditioners are encouraged to pre-register for auditions, or at least prepare their audition forms ahead of time and bring them to auditions. The online registration form is below, after information on specific upcoming auditions.

Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Auditions May 8-10

Our Fall 2016 productions will be Shakespeare's Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's Rocencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, to be staged in repertory October 28 to November 19 at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue. Auditions will be the evenings of May 8-10, with 'call backs' May 15. Specific audition time/location/requirement information is below, as is our pre-registration form.

Hamlet will be directed by Peter Scribner and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will be directed by Jean Gordon Ryon.  For the most part, the same cast will be performing both plays (as an obvious example, the actors playing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will play those characters in both plays, as will the actors playing Hamlet, Polonius, etc.) The ensemble playing the Tragedeans in R&G will perform multiple roles in Hamlet including, of course, the traveling players. As with all Rochester Community Players productions, all roles are open for audition, none are pre-cast.

Principal characters are unlikely to be double-cast in other roles in either play. Principal characters in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead are: Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, First Player. Principal characters in Hamlet are: Hamlet, Horatio, Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius, Ophelia, and Laertes.

Rehearsals will likely start by mid-August, and the two productions will rehearse simultaneously in separate locations. Rehearsals will be scheduled Monday through Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Auditioners with potential conflicts with this schedule will be considered for casting, but PLEASE INFORM US OF YOUR POTENTIAL REHEARSAL CONFLICTS AT AUDITIONS. The directors will be coordinating the rehearsal schedules and will accommodate all conflicts that we are informed about. Principal characters are likely to be doing table-work rehearsals well before August.

Auditions will be held starting at 7:00 PM Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, May 8, 9 and 10, 2016. Of course, auditioners will only need to attend one of the three audition evenings. 'Call backs' (the second round of auditions) will be held Sunday evening, May 15 at 7:00 PM. It is possible that some auditioners will be cast without needing to appear at call-backs.

Both plays will be auditioned on the same evenings; there is not a separate night for each, and auditioners may audition at the same time for roles in both plays. Auditioners are requested to have prepared 10 lines or so of Shakespearean verse, from any Shakespeare play. And, as stated at the top of this page, please bring a resume/CV (picture if possible), pencil and water bottle. The scenes that will be used for auditions for Hamlet are listed below.

Auditions will take place at the Ryon Studio, 250 North Goodman Street,  Anderson Alley Building room #217. Directions to the Ryon Studio are on our Venue and Facilities page.

Sixteen performances of the plays will be presented in the Fall, eight of each play, over four weekends. This is an ambitious undertaking, and will require long hours and a cooperative spirit by all participants. The end result should be a pair of amazing productions worthy of performance in this the 400th Anniversary year of Shakespeare's death.

For more information, please call Jean Gordon Ryon at 585-802-9034 or Peter Scribner at 585-261-6461. You may also email Mr. Scribner at scribnerpeter (at)


Hamlet audition scenes: These are the primary scenes that will be used in the Hamlet auditions: 

Horatio and Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2, from (Hamlet) “But what, in faith, make you from Wittenberg?” to (Horatio) “And we did think it writ down in our duty to let you know of it.”

Hamlet and Gertrude: Act 3 Scene 4, from Hamlet’s entrance to the end of the scene (the audition scene will be edited down and shortened)

Hamlet and Ophelia: Act 3, scene 1, from Ophelia’s entrance following Hamlet’s soliloquy to Ophelia’s exit

Laertes, with Claudius, Gertrude and Ophelia: Act 4 scene 5, from Laertes entrance (“Where is this king?”) to Laertes “Thought and affliction, passion, hell itself, She turns to favour and to prettiness.”

Polonius and Ophelia: Act 1 Scene 3, from Laertes exit to the end of the scene

Claudius and Laertes: Act 4, scene 7, from (Claudius) “He made confession of you; And gave you such a masterly report ...” to the entrance of Queen Gertrude.

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Pre-audition and Online audition application Rochester Community Players:

INSTRUCTIONS: Please copy this form below into a word processing program or an email message, fill this out ahead of time, print it out, and bring it to auditions, along with your theater resume or CV and, if you wish, a head shot photo.

IF YOU WISH, you may also email it to us ahead of time, but DO NOT RELY on the email copy, bring a printed copy to auditions as well. We ENCOURAGE email applications. Please feel free to include along with the email application a scanned copy of your theater resume or CV and a head shot photo.

EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS: Subject line: please put in the subject line of the email you are sending us production you are auditioning followed by the word "auditions", and then your last name, first name and the  for (example: "Lear 2014 auditions Smith John")

For ALL auditions: Send ONE COPY of your email application to rochestercommunityplayers (at) gmail (dot) com  AND one copy to scribnerpeter (at) gmail (dot) com.

Hamlet / Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead audition form:

For this form: Leading characters are Hamlet, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern. Principal characters include these three roles, plus First Player, Horatio, Ophelia, Claudius, Gertrude, and Polonius,  

1) Your name, as you want it in the program, LAST NAME FIRST:

2) Roles you are interested in: 

3)  Please check one:

[ ]I will not accept any other role

[  ]I will accept any other leading role (see list above)
[  ]I will accept any other principal role (see list above)
[  ]I will accept any other speaking role
[  ]I think this is such an exciting idea, I would accept any role, even a non-speaking ensemble or “supernumerary” role

4) In the event you are not cast, OR if you are interested in working on the show but not as an actor, would you be interested in doing:
[ ] Technical, lighting or backstage crew work?
[ ] Stage managing?
[ ] Props work?
[ ] Costuming work?
[ ] Ushering?
[ ] Publicity?
[ ] Sound board or light board operation

5) Mailing address (street, city, zip):

6) Email:

7) Facebook or other social media contact info:

8) Cell phone number:

9) Any other phone number you may be reached at (please describe):

10) Age range:

11) Height:

12) Weight:

13) Clothing sizes (for costuming):

14) Occupation:

15) If you are a student, what grade are you in and what school do you attend?

16) Training and/or academic background in theater:

17) Please list any Stage fighting experience or training, ESPECIALLY FENCING EXPERIENCE:

18) Do you play any musical instruments? [ ]NO [ ]YES:. If so, what instrument?

19) Please list any singing and/or dancing training:

20) Please list other entertainment talents (juggling; acrobatics, belching etc.):

21) CONFLICT LIST: please list ALL dates you are not available during part or all of the evenings Monday through Friday and during the day or evenings Saturday and Sunday from August 15 to November 20

22) THEATER EXPERIENCE: Please EITHER attached a resume or CV to this application, OR provide the following information (or both, if you prefer)

A) Previous acting roles you have done with the Rochester Community Players (including Shakespeare Players and Irish Players) (role, name of show, theater location, year):

B) Previous non-acting positions you have done in productions with the Rochester Community Players (such as director, costumer etc.) (role, name of show, theater location, year):

C) Previous roles you have done in productions with other theater companies (list the name of the role, the name of the show, name of the company, location of the company if not Rochester, and the year of the show; specify if any of the experiences were professional; include firm, video and TV):

D) Previous non-acting positions you have done in productions with other theater, film, video or TV companies (list the name of the position, the name of the show,name of the company, location of the company if not Rochester, and the year of the show):