Upcoming Auditions for 2020-21 Season

Concluded Auditions

The Tempest
A Virtual Main Stage Production

Auditions are now closed

Dates

Video auditions (self tapes) will be accepted through January 1, 2021 at 5:00pm.

How to audition

Using the link below, provide your contact information and a 1-2 minute video monologue (Shakespeare preferred). Memorization is not required. No British accents, please.

Here are some monologue options if needed.

We understand that this audition process is new for many actors. If you have any difficulty, questions, or feel unsure about how to audition, please reach out to Director Sara Long at saralong1994@gmail.com or Administrative Director Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org. We’re here to help!

Director

Sara Long is incredibly excited to direct her third production with Center Stage Jackson. She has been involved in over 60 productions, including multiple years with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s touring company. Sara graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and psychology, and also received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and she is currently working as a full-time therapist.

About this play

The Tempest is a play about magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness. It is set on an island somewhere near Italy where Prospero, the one-time Duke of Milan, and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, live with a sprite called Ariel and a strange wildman called Caliban. Prospero is a powerful magician who creates a storm, or tempest, that sets the scene for the play. In the events that follow we see a plot to murder the King of Naples, a drunken scheme to kill Prospero, and a romance between Miranda and the King’s son, Ferdinand.

Important note

This production is rated PG for suggestive humor.

Performances

Actors are not required to be available on performance dates as the performance will be pre-recorded.

The performance will be aired on the following dates and times in 2021:
Friday Feb. 19 at 7pm
Saturday Feb. 20 at 7pm
Sunday Feb. 21 at 3pm
Friday Feb. 26 at 7pm
Saturday Feb. 27 at 7pm
Sun. Feb 28 at 3pm

Tickets are $10/person.

The production calls for…

Approximately fifteen actors needed, adults and youth age 12+. The show may be double cast if needed.

Character list

Prospero (Male, 30+)
The rightful duke of Milan. After his brother, Antonio, seized his title and property, Prospero was exiled with his daughter and eventually found refuge on an island.

Miranda (Female, teens-20s)
Prospero’s daughter. She has been on the island with her father for 12 years — since she was 3 years old.

Antonio (Any age, any gender):
Prospero’s younger brother, who is now the duke of Milan. He had plotted against Prospero years earlier and now convinces Sebastian to murder his brother, the king of Naples.

Ariel (Any age, any gender):
A spirit of the air, he assists Prospero in seeking retribution over his enemies.

Caliban (Any age, any gender)
The offspring of the witch Sycorax and the devil. Prospero has made Caliban his servant or slave, and in response, Caliban plots to murder Prospero.

Ferdinand (Male, teens-20s)
The son of the king of Naples. During the storm, he was separated from the rest of the king’s party, met Miranda, and fell in love with her.

Alonso (Any age, any gender)
The king of Naples. He believes his son has died and is overjoyed to later find him. Alonso is repentant for the pain he caused Prospero in the past.

Sebastian (Any age, any gender)
Alonso’s brother. He is easily led into planning his own brother’s (the king’s) murder.

Gonzalo (Must be able to play elderly)
An elderly counselor who saves Prospero’s and Miranda’s lives when they are exiled. He provides a sense of hope and optimism when Ferdinand is lost.

Stefano (Any age, any gender)
The king’s butler. He arrives on the island drunk and quickly becomes involved in a plot to murder Prospero.

Trinculo (Any age, any gender)
The king’s jester. When Stefano arrives with wine, Trinculo joins him in drinking and then agrees to a plot to murder Prospero.

Francisco and Adrian (Any age, any gender)
Two of the king’s lords. They try to offer hope and protection to Alonso.

Boatswain (Any age, any gender)
The ship’s petty officer. He is in charge of the deck crew, the rigging, and the anchor. He must try to keep the boat afloat during the storm, even when the king’s party makes demands upon his time.

Juno, Ceres, Iris (Any age, any gender)
Goddesses on the island who marry Miranda and Ferdinand.

Rough rehearsal schedule

Monday-Thursday 7:00pm-9:00pm starting Monday, January 11th. All rehearsals will be held online via Zoom. Actors will only be called on days they are needed.

Contact

Director Sara Long at saralong1994@gmail.com or (517) 539-4118.