Shakespeare at the Centre announces auditions for William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Shakespeare’s domestic comedy tells the tale of Falstaff’s attempt to regain financial status by seducing the wives of two wealthy gentlemen of Windsor and the tricks the wives play on Falstaff to take their revenge.
The Merry Wives of Windsorwill be directed by Toria Hollyn, with production management by Julane Sullivan. The Merry Wives of Windsor will run July 13 - 17
AUDITIONS!!! TO AUDITION: Select two of the posted monologues, and submit two monologues via YouTube or Vimeo link(s) (please no files that require downloading). Audition monologues are linked at the bottom of this page. Video should show 3/4 shot of the actor’s body. Please perform as if on stage. Send YouTube/Vimeo link(s), completed audition form, copies of proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations, and optional headshot and résumé to email@example.com. Audition Form link is at the bottom of this page. DEADLINE FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS: April 5, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST. All Dressed Up Costumes has generously volunteered its recording studio to anyone needing space or equipment to make their video submissions. Please contact Julane Sullivan at 630-879-5130, for an appointment.
The Merry Wives of Windsor will run July 13 through 17, 2022. Rehearsals will begin the last week in May of 2022. All performances begin at 7:30pm and are staged in the courtyard of the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, located at 1399 W Wilson St, Batavia. There is a stipend!!! 75% of ticket revenue will be split equally between the actors. VACCINATION NOTICE: To increase everyone’s health and safety and to foster a collaborative atmosphere needed for the production, all members of the cast and crew must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Therefore, all auditioning must provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. There will be no exceptions to the vaccination requirement. Light Intimacy Notice: Actors auditioning Falstaff, Alice Ford, Margaret Page, Francis Ford, George Page, and Mistress Quickly should feel comfortable with kissing, hugging, hand-holding, poking, and goosing/bum tapping. Actors auditioning for Anne Page and Fenton should feel comfortable kissing and hand holding. Actors auditioning for Mistress Quickly, Pistol, Hugh Evans, William, and Anne should feel comfortable poking and pinching Falstaff, who should in turn feel comfortable being poked and lightly pinched.
Seeking a total of 15 performers; tripling as indicated below. All ethnicities welcome, identifying genders and approximate stage ages are listed by character.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS Sir John Falstaff. (He/Him/His)(40+) Knight and former drinking buddy of a young Prince Henry. Lovable and portly scoundrel who thinks he can seduce married women to access their husband’s money.
Mistress Alice Ford. (She/Her/Hers)(30s-40s) Lady of Windsor, known for her virtue. Married to Francis Ford.
Mistress Margaret Page. (She/Her/Hers)(40s-50s) Lady of Windsor and friend to Mistress Ford. Married to George Page and mother of Anne and William.
Francis Ford. (He/Him/His)(30s-40s) Gentleman of Windsor, known for his jealousy. Married to Mistress Alice Ford.
George Page. (He/Him/His)(40s-50s) Gentleman of Windsor, interested in all sorts of sport. Married to Mistress Margaret Page and father of Anne and William.
Sir Hugh Evans. (He/Him/His)(50+) Humane Welsh parson and teacher.
Doctor Caius. (He/Him/His)(30s-40s) Combative French physician and unsuccessful suitor of Anne Page.
Mistress Quickly. (She/Her/Hers)(25-40) Bold and sassy employee of Doctor Caius. Knows how to balance use of her intellect and sexuality.
Robert Shallow. (He/Him/His; She/Her/Hers; They/Their/Theirs)(50+) Self-righteous country justice. Possible doubling as a Fairy.
Abraham Slender. (He/Him/His)(20s-30s) Bumbling cousin of Shallow and unsuccessful suitor of Anne Page.
Mistress Anne Page. (She/Her/Hers)(late teens-20s) Debutante daughter of the Pages, learning how to spread of her own wings.
Fenton/Nym/Robert. (He/Him/His)(late teens-20s) Fenton: High-born gentleman, friend of Prince Henry, and suitor of Anne Page. Nym: Follower and friend of Falstaff, an honest rogue. Robert: Landscaper of the Fords.
Pistol/Rugby/John. (He/Him/His; She/Her/Hers; They/Their/Theirs)(20s-30s) Pistol: Follower and friend of Falstaff, acerbic but noble. Rugby: Employee of Doctor Caius, loyal. John: Housekeeper of the Fords.
William Page/Robin/Simple. (He/Him/His)(teens) William: Youngest son of the Pages. Robin: Page of Falstaff, adored by Mistress Page. Simple: Errand boy to Slender.
Host of the Garter Inn. (He/Him/His; She/Her/Hers; They/Their/Theirs)(30+) Business owner and busybody. Possible doubling as a Fairy