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:

The Merry Wives of Windsor (a Shakespeare for Young Audiences production): Auditions Oct. 21 & 22; performances Feb. 15-21

The Field (Irish Players production), directed by Jean Ryon: auditions November 9 and 10; performances March 20 to 29 (details below)

Richard II: To be directed by Peter Scribner: Auditions December 8 and 9; performances April 10 to 25 (details below)

The Merry Wives of Windsor

(a Shakespeare for Young Audience production): To be co-directed by Jillian Christensen and Thomas Bohrer and staged at The Dazzle Theater, 110 Webster Avenue, February 15 to 21, 2015.

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue (for directions see our Venues page). Call-backs, if necessary, will be October 23.

The production will feature Shakespeare's text cut to a length of about an hour to an hour and a quarter and focusing of two elements of the plot --- (1) Falstaff's attempted liaisons with Mistress Ford and Mistress Page and the consequences and (2) the wooing of Ann Page by a trio of suitors.

The production will include a cast of four men and four women --- most of whom will play more than one character --- and two life-size figures on wheels who are Slender and Caius and who are moved about and spoken for by various members of the company.

We are not interested in hearing memorized monologues. We are rather asking auditioners to be prepared to tell two one-minute stories --- "the happiest day in my life" and "the saddest day in my life" --- which must be completely fictional in nature.

To prepare an audition form ahead of time, see our online audition form, below.

This script for The Merry Wives of Windsor was adapted by Dr. David Richman for the ARTSREACH program of the University of New Hampshire's Department of Theater and Dance. The adaptation, performed without intermission, can be played in about seventy-five minutes. It attempts to preserve the Falstaff story and the story of Anne Page. Other plots and characters are cut.

This version is intended to be played by eight performers, four men and four women, many of whom are more than one character in the drama. All the actors became fairies and servants as needed. There is no special lighting, and scenery is minimal. Several multipurpose stools are used, which when stacked became Herne's oak. A large prop box on stage doubles as the laundry basket and as the bar in the Garter Inn. A great deal of laundry and other odd props are produced from this box.

Typically, performers change personae in full view of the audience. For example, Mistress Quickly removes her bonnet and velcroed skirt and immediately become Sir Hugh or Nym, depending on which hat she puts on. Fenton removes his hat and dons an apron to become the Host. The scene in which Fenton and the Host converse has the single performer throwing off and on the apron and the hat as the conversation moves from one character to the other. Slender and Caius are represented by wooden torsos, painted and ornamented and set on wheels. These creatures are manipulated like puppets and spoken for in ventriloquist fashion by various of the actors.

ACTOR M-1
Sir John Falstaff: A farcical old knight, Sir John tries to “woo” Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. He is unsuccessful and becomes, instead, the butt of their jokes.

ACTOR M-2
Francis Ford: A gentleman of Windsor and husband of Mistress Alice Ford, Master Ford disguises himself as “Brook” to spy on his wife and Falstaff.

ACTOR M-3
George Page: A gentleman of Windsor and husband of Mistress Margaret Page, Master Page is more reasonable and less jealous than Master Ford.

ACTOR M-4
Fenton: A penniless gentleman and suitor of Anne Page, Fenton is Anne’s true love and elopes with her, in defiance of her parents.
Host: Innkeeper at the Garter Inn.
Pistol: A follower and friend of Falstaff.

ACTOR F-1
Mistress Alice Ford: The wife of Francis Ford and one of the objects of Falstaff’s wooing, Mistress Ford not only teaches Falstaff a lesson, but also exposes her husband’s jealousy and foolishness.

ACTOR F-2
Mistress Margaret Page: The wife of George Page and one of the objects of Falstaff’s wooing, Mistress Page helps in teaching Falstaff a much-needed lesson.

ACTOR F-3
Mistress Anne Page: The daughter of Master and Mistress Page, Anne is in love with and eventually elopes with Fenton.
Bardolph: A follower and friend of Falstaff.
Robin: A page of Falstaff.

ACTOR F-4
Mistress Quickly: A servant of Doctor Caius.
Sir Hugh Evans: A Welsh parson
Nym: A follower and friend of Falstaff.

NON-LIVE ACTORS
Abraham Slender: An unsuccessful suitor of Anne Page, Slender’s wit is as slim as his name implies.
Doctor Caius: A French physician and unsuccessful suitor of Anne Page.

Fore more information, write to Tom and/or Jillian at both of the following email addresses:
tmbohrer (at) gmail (dot) com
jillian.m.christensen (at) gmail (dot) com

The Field

A play by John B. Keane, to be directed by Jean Ryon. Our Spring Irish Players production will be staged at MuCCC Theater March 20 to 29, 2015 at MuCCC Theater, and again at the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival in Cincinnati late May. Cast members will be provided with ground transportation travel vouchers and hotel accommodations for the Acting Irish Festival.

Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday, November 9 and 10 at 7:00 PM at the Ryon Studio, 250 North Goodman Street, Suite 208 (directions to the Ryon Studio are on our Venues page). To prepare an audition form ahead of time, see our online audition form, below.

For more information, write to Jean at the following email: jryon (at) rochester (dot) rr (dot) com

Richard II

Our Spring Shakespeare Players production, to be directed by Peter Scribner, opens April 10 and runs thru April 25, 2015 at MuCCC Theater. Auditions are scheduled for  Monday and Tuesday, December 8 and 9 at 7:00 PM at The Dazzle Theater, 110 Webster Avenue (for directions, see the Venues page of our website).  Rehearsals are expected to start February 16, 2015.

To prepare an audition form ahead of time, see our online audition form, below.

For more information, write to Peter at the following email: scribnerpeter (at) gmail (dot) com, or call him at 585-261-6461.

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ONLINE AUDITION FORM:

SAVE TIME AT AUDITIONS: PREPARE YOUR AUDITION APPLICATION AHEAD OF TIME!

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

FOR THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR ONLY: Send one additional copy to Tom and Jillian at both of the following email addresses:
tmbohrer (at) gmail (dot) com
jillian.m.christensen (at) gmail (dot) com

FOR THE FIELD ONLY: Send one additional copy to Jean at the following email:
jryon (at) rochester (dot) rr (dot) com

FOR RICHARD II ONLY: send one additional copy to Peter at the following email:
scribnerpeter (at) gmail (dot) com

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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 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):
Shirt:
pants:
suit:
dress: 
shoes:

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):

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