Shakespeare by the Sea Offers Free Performances of Hamlet and Midsummer

Shakes by the Sea Bottom & Fairies SBTS MND14

Bottom (Patrick Vest) and his Fairies

Shakespeare by the Sea continues its 2014 summer of Shakespeare with performances of Hamlet, directed by Stephanie Coltrin, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Patrick Vest, in various locations around the city, now through August 16. Shows are always free and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. For a complete list of dates, locations, and details about each of the performance venues, visit

Shakes by the Sea Hamlet SBTS HPD 2014

Cylan Brown as Hamlet


Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!

How are YOU celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday? If you haven’t made plans, check out how some of our local theatre companies are honoring Sir William and join in!

“…there was a star danced, and under that was I born.”  –Much Ado About Nothing

On the big day, April 23, be on the lookout for the Salty Shakespeare folks who will be doing a flash mob run-through all over the campus of Whittier College. Be especially observant in the lunchroom where, rumor has it, Polonius will be killed. The dress-run is in preparation for a full flash of what the company affectionately calls “Hamlet’s Greatest Hits” that will take place the next day.

Also on the 23rd, Long Beach Shakespeare Company will celebrate by presenting a night of Shakespeare sonnets, with everyone in attendance receiving a book of the complete sonnets as a free gift.

The comedy series Complete Works will premiere all five of its episodes on Hulu on Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23.  More

Audition Update: Specific Roles in Twelfth Night and Hamlet

Two Southern California theatre companies are still looking for actors for several roles in their summer Shakespeare seasons:

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is looking for a classically trained actor with significant Shakespeare experience to play Sebastian in Twelfth Night directed by Kevin Kern. Rehearsals begin June 3 and will take place weekday nights and weekend days in Thousand Oaks. The production runs Friday – Sunday nights, June 27 – August 3. Pay Rate is $375/week (for AEA members). Guaranteed $200 minimum stipend (for non-union performer). Character description: Male, Caucasian, 20s. Must be 5’1” to 5’5” Big-hearted, sincere, with a wide romantic streak, but when we meet him, he is grief-stricken and lost in a strange land. For more information and to submit electronically, go to

Shakespeare by the Sea is still seeking 3 non-Equity actors (NEW SUBMISSIONS ONLY) for several roles in its summer production of Hamlet directed by Patrick Vest. Rehearsals begin April 26 at Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre Street San Pedro. Performances begin June 12 in San Pedro and will alternate between different parks throughout Southern California through August 16. Two shows in rep (Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) alternate rehearsals and performances on evenings and weekends. Interview date is April 12 and rehearsals begin April 27. The pay rate has been revised and is now a $100 rehearsal stipend and $15 per performance.

Roles they are seeking include Claudius: 40’s-60’s, calculating yet charismatic King of Denmark who gained his crown by murdering his brother; Gertrude: Female, 40’s-60’s Hamlet’s mother, married her dead husband’s brother. A queen in every way, but also a mother in every way. She doesn’t understand what has happened to her world; Polonius: Male, 40’s-50’s, the Lord Chamberlain, father of Hamlet’s love Ophelia, and right hand man to Claudius. Seen as a bumbling man by members of the court, he is a charming and a consummate politician. For more information and to submit electronically, go to

Shakespeare by the Sea Holds Garden Tea Fundraiser

Shakespeare by the Sea 2013
Shakespeare by the Sea (SBTS) will host its fourth annual garden tea party at MaGriffe Galerie in San Pedro on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm. Celebrate the Bard with tea and sonnets in the beautiful garden at MaGriffe overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy performances of some of Shakespeare’s most moving sonnets read by your favorite Shakespeare by the Sea actors while you sip tea or champagne and savor scones, sandwiches and decadent desserts. The event is a fundraiser for the organization that provides admission-free, professional Shakespeare in communities from Ventura to Orange County each summer. 40 performances are planned for the upcoming season.

For its 16th season, SBTS will showcase two plays it has never before produced, King John, a quasi-historical tale of Medieval contest and conquest – and All’s Well that Ends Well, a cautionary story of a young woman whose love knows no bounds. Both plays shine a spotlight on ambition and its consequences, throwing in a characteristic measure of Shakespearean humor. They will be performed in repertory in San Pedro and 19 other locations throughout LA, Orange and Ventura Counties. For the complete summer schedule and more information please visit

MaGriffe Gallerie is located at3624 S Gaffey St, San Pedro. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door). Click Here for tickets and more information or call (310) 217-7596.

Audition Update: Shakespeare in the Vines and By the Sea

Shakespeare in the Vines
Auditions for Shakespeare in the Vines’ 2013 season will be held by appointment only on March 29 and 30 at The Ballet Studio, 41581 Date Street, Murrieta, CA 92462. Callbacks will be held on March 30 beginning at 6pm. The season includes The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The History of King Henry IV, Pts 1 & 2, and The Taming of the Shrew. Prepare a monologue up to 2 minutes, or you may do one comic and one serious monologue not to exceed 3 minutes. For an audition appointment, send an email with your preferred times, along with a headshot and resume to Click Here for more information.

Shakespeare by the Sea
Shakespeare by the Sea is now accepting submissions for All’s Well That Ends Well (opens June 6) directed by Patrick Vest, and King John (opens June 13) directed by Stephanie Coltrin. Both shows will play in repertory through August 10, 2013. There is some pay. Rehearsals are at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro. Performances run Thu, Fri & Sat at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro through June 29th, then touring to various locales throughout LA and Orange Counties before returning to Point Fermin. Submit digital shots and resumes by Wednesday April 3, 2012 to Due to the overwhelming response each year, they will contact those they are interested in auditioning to schedule an audition appointment. The 2013 audition dates are Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Please prepare a one minute Shakespeare monologue and bring two hard copies of your headshot and resume. For more information go to

Audition Update: Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles, Sacramento

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company in Thousand Oaks is holding AEA auditions on April 14, 2012 for classically trained actors with significant experience in the performance of Shakespeare for its outdoor summer repertory season. Actors will be cast in both shows. Experience with stage combat, dance, and singing is a plus. Prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, or one Shakespeare monologue, total time not to exceed 3 minutes. The season includes Much Ado About Nothing directed by Kevin P. Kern, to be set early 19th century, and Romeo and Juliet directed by Brett Elliott, to be set late 15th century Spain with Capulets as Christians, Montagues as Muslims.

Shakespeare By The Sea is accepting submissions for audition appointments for its summer season. Productions include Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Margaret Schugt and Romeo and Juliet directed by Stephanie Coltrin. Both shows will play in repertory through August 11th, 2012. There is some pay. Rehearsals are at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro. Submit digital shots and resumes by Wednesday April 4, 2012 to: Due to the overwhelming response for their open auditions, they will contact those they’re interested in seeing to schedule an appointment. Auditions will take place on Saturday, April 7 and April 14. Please prepare a 1 minute Shakespeare monologue and bring two hard copies of your headshot and resume. Non-Equity. Further details available at

The 2012 Sacramento Shakespeare Festival will hold auditions for it summer season that runs June 29 – July 29, 2012. Productions include The Comedy of Errors and King Arthur directed by Luthor Hanson, and Shakespeare Lite and their H.S Intern Program, directed by Lori Ann Delappe-Grondin. Auditions for those who have not been cast in the festival before are Monday, May 7 at 7pm. Please bring a one minute Shakespearean monologue. Returning festival cast member and call backs are Tuesday May 8 at 7pm. Auditions will consist of cold readings and may include movement. Please bring a headshot photo, resume and schedule of conflicts. Callbacks by invitation are Wednesday, May 9 at 7pm. High School Intern program – bring resume and application, and prepare for a short interview. For more information visit

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