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.

Next Auditions for the Rochester Community Players:

SaMeSeX sHaKeSpEaRe 2014: Auditions August 11 & 12

We will be returning to the Rochester Fringe Festival in September with an all-new production: SaMe SeX sHaKeSpEaRe 2014. This show will be both great fun and a great experience, as we explore gender in Shakespeare's works. Our three performance dates at the Fringe Festival are Thursday Sept. 18 (9-10pm), Friday Sept. 19 (6-7pm), and Friday Sept. 26th (10:30-11:30pm). All performances at the TheatreROCS Fringe venue, Xerox Auditorium downtown.

Auditions for individual scenes for this Rochester Fringe Festival show are  scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, August 11 and 12, starting at 7 PM. Auditions will be at the Dazzle Theater, 110 Webster Avenue (directions and parking information are on our Venues page). The scenes we will be auditioning for are as follows:

1) Scene from Hamlet; directed by Justin Rielly:  Act 2, Scene 2 soliloquy "Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I," featuring the title character. Hamlet is in a theater space finished with the rehearsal with the Players, and ponders doing The Murder of Gonzago - with an additional speech he will write. For the show's gender switching, Hamlet would be played by a woman.

2) Witches scenes from Macbeth; directed by Jeremy Sarachan: presenting them as one scene: Act I, Scene 1; Act I, Scene 3 (from the beginning to the witches exit); Act 3, Scene 5; Act 4, Scene 1 (from the beginning until the dance and vanishing) (the scenes will be edited for time). We will need a cast of five for the scenes: the witches will be played by three men, Macbeth will played by a woman, and the combined character of Hecate/Banquo can both be played by the same man or woman -- we are open to both possibilities.

3) The Homoerotic Sonnets of Shakespeare; directed by Peter Scribner: Seven of the 'Fair Youth' sonnets of Shakespeare will be presented as an interchange between an older poet and a younger man, telling the story of a first meeting, lovers quarrel, reconciliation and then the end of the relationship. The material will be sonnets 20, 27, 34, 35, 95, 96, and 71.

4) Scene from Macbeth; directed by Cece McFarland: Act I, Scene 7: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth played by two women. The top of the scene shows Macbeth finding the resolve to resist assassinating Duncan, but by the end she has been swayed by the feminine wiles and wit of her wife.  Instead of Eve tempting Adam to sin, we have Eve tempting Eve to power. And sin.

5) Boy actors in Twelfth Night; directed by Virginia Monte: In Elizabethan days, teenage boys or young men played the woman's roles. With Viola in Twelfth Night, we will have a young male actor actor playing a young woman pretending to be a young man who has caught the attention of a noble woman, Olivia, also played by male actor.

It is possible that one or more short scenes may be added to the show.

Note: cast members in our productions of King Lear or the Irish One Acts may also audition for SaMe SeX sHaKeSpEaRe 2014. We will work our Fringe show rehearsals around the rehearsal schedule for these plays.

SAVE TIME at auditions and prepare your audition form ahead of time (see the form below)

Three Irish One Act Plays: Auditions Aug. 18 & 19

Our Irish Players program will present three Irish One Act plays Oct. 17 to 26 at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue. Auditions will be Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and 19, starting at 7 PM. Auditions will be at the Dazzle Theater, 110 Webster Avenue (directions and parking information are on our Venues page).

More information soon. . .


King Lear

King Lear (to be directed by John Jaeger): auditions have been completed for our Fall 2014 production. Our thanks to ALL who auditioned. The cast is listed below:

Bill Alden - Gloucester
Tom Bigongiari - Edmund
Amy Canfield -  Doctor
Mark Casey -  Kent
Brad Craddock - Edmund
Kathy Dauer -  Curan
Ken Dauer - Cornwall and 1st Captain
Carl Girard  - Oswald
Justin Komisarof - Burgundy and Cornwall’s Servant
Danielle Lattiere - Gloucester’s Servant
Bernard Plansky -  King of France and Knight 1
Laura Pratt - Cordelia
Stephanie Roosa - Regan
Ray Salah -  King Lear
Katharine Sanford - Goneril
Maria Sanguadolce - Fool
Jeff Siuda -  Albany

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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")

Send ONE COPY of your email application to

For SaMe SeX sHaKeSpEaRe 2014, please send an additional copy to: piscespablo (at) hotmail (dot) com

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

2) Roles you are interested in (for SaMe SeX sHaKeSpEaRe 2014, please also indicate which scene or scenes you are interested in):

3) Please check one:
[ ]I will not accept any other role
[ ]I will accept any other principal role
[ ]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:

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. See the performance and rehearsal time periods, above, for the production you are auditioning for. :

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):