Audition Update: Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival and Illyrian Players

Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
Kingsmen Theatre Company is seeking classically trained actors with significant experience in the performance of Shakespeare for their outdoor summer repertory season which will include The Tempest and Hamlet. Experience with stage combat, dance, and/or singing is a plus; actors will be cast in both shows. All roles are open in The Tempest (directed by Michael Arndt) except Prospero and all roles in Hamlet (directed by Brett Elliott) are open except Polonius. Actors of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, or one Shakespeare monologue, total time not to exceed 3 minutes. Rehearsals and performances will take place at California Lutheran University, 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA. First rehearsal is June 3 and performances run June 28 – August 4. Equity Principal auditions will be held 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on April 13 at the Academy for New Musical Theatre, 5628 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601. For more details, visit or

Illyrian Players Theatre Co.
The Illyrian Players are looking to cast 14 actors in Taming of the Shrew, an S&M love story, directed and adapted by artistic director Carly D. Weckstein. This will be a unique and stimulating production, a never before seen version of this classic battle of the sexes. Auditions will be held Saturday April 27 on the UCLA Campus 12:00 – 7:00 pm. Meet in the Sculpture Garden, North Campus near the McGowan Theatre Building. The closest parking structure is parking lot 3. Please send an email with your name and phone number to requesting the half hour time slot you would like to audition during. Time slots will be first come first serve. If you have a conflict with this date, please inform Carly via email for alternate arrangements.

The production will run three weekends in August, specific dates to be announced as decided. Rehearsals will begin May 12 or May 18. Rehearsals will mostly be weekends and evenings. How many rehearsals you are required to attend will depend on which role(s) you are cast in. There are no gender or racial requirements for actors being cast in this production. Anyone can audition for any role. Kate will mostly likely be played by a female and Petruchio by a male, but we are open to other magical options. All other characters could be played by any actor. For complete details about what to expect at auditions and what to prepare, go to


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