Urgent Casting Notice, Rosalynde

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For personal reasons and with Driftwood Theatre’s full support and mutual agreement, we are very sad to announce that performer James Dallas Smith will not be making his return to Driftwood Theatre this summer. 

Driftwood Theatre is therefore looking to immediately cast the role of Oliver/Silvius for its upcoming production of Rosalynde (or, As You Like It).

CASTING BREAKDOWN:

  • OLIVER (primary role): 30-40, Male, or Female who presents as male. Oldest brother of Orlando de Bois, who ruthlessly sells his brother out to further his fortune, only to be later cast out and find forgiveness and love within the forest.
  • SILVIUS (secondary role, puppet): 20s, a young shepherd in love with the shepherdess Phebe, who doesn’t seem to return the sentiment.
  • OTHER: Though expressions of interest are welcome from all candidates, we are specifically encouraging Indigenous artists and artists of colour, male or female, to make application. Strong vocal singing and/or musical ability is an asset.
  • Candidates must be available and ready to begin rehearsals the week of June 18.

Driftwood Theatre is dedicated to reflecting Canada’s rich diversity onstage for audiences across Ontario. Diverse artists of all backgrounds regardless of race, orientation, or personal beliefs are encouraged to apply.

The Bard’s Bus Tour is an annual summer Ontario tradition, touring to outdoor venues in over 25 communities for 24 years.

Rehearsals for Rosalynde will begin on June 18, 2018 in Toronto, with public performances between July 13 – August 12, 2018. The Bard’s Bus Tour contracts equity artists under the ITA as a ‘G’ House.

Rosalynde (or, As You Like It). A sharply comedic treatise on women’s empowerment, William Shakespeare’s Rosalynde tells the story of Shakespeare’s boldest heroine, Rosalynde, as she takes control of her own destiny after being forced from her home into exile in the forest of Arden. Exploring women’s path towards equality, Rosalynde will be set in Canada in 1918 – a pivotal moment in the history of women’s suffrage – when the federal government recognized the right for most women to vote.      

This is an ensemble production featuring eight (8) performers. The confirmed cast is: Geoffrey Armour, Caroline Gillis, Ximena Huizi, Megan Miles, Ellie Moon, Ngabo Nabea, Eric Woolfe.

Please express interest and submit photos & resume in pdf format to Driftwood Theatre at auditions@driftwoodtheatre.com. Please list any singing abilities, musical instruments you play and experience with puppetry.

Both CAEA members and non-CAEA members will be considered. All performers cast will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. Electronic submissions only. Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Deadline for submissions: ASAP, no later than Friday, June 15, 2018.

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