URI Theatre sets audition dates for Shakespeare production, Feb. 3-4

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KINGSTON, R.I. — January 18, 2013 — The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department announces the audition schedule for Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. The auditions are open to the public. To sign up, call URI Theatre at 401.874.5921 or visit the theatre office on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a titillating comedy in which two of his best characters, the intelligent, witty Beatrice matches wits with the droll, cynical Benedick. Their duel of love, a verbal sparring match, engages us throughout a love story involving Beatrice’s cousin Hero and Benedick’s friend Claudio that goes awry when Hero is falsely accused of betrayal. It takes the comic Constable Dogberry and his hilarious troops to uncover the truth. And it takes true love for Benedick to believe in Beatrice’s loyalty to Hero and to commit himself to her course of action. Much Ado may seem to be about nothing, but it is essentially about the attractions of a woman’s mind and character on a perennial bachelor. It is a lighthearted romp rooted in the depth of the battle of the sexes.

Director: Bryna Wortman

Cast size: 4 Women, 20 Men

Required: Prepare a 1 to 2 minute monologue from a Shakespeare Play (preferably a comedy) expressing strong thoughts and/or feelings or presenting a strong point of view. Please read the entire play prior to your audition. Copies of the script are available in the URI Theatre Office. Be prepared to read sides at the auditions; definitely at callbacks.

Auditions: Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1-6 pm, G Studio (Juniors & Seniors)

Monday, Feb. 4 from 4-8 pm, J Studio

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition.

Callbacks: Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1-6 pm in Robert E. Will Theatre.

Rehearsals: Tuesday through Friday evenings 6-10 or 7-11 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons 1-5 PM, possibly Sunday evenings. Limited

Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, February 26. Full rehearsals begin Tuesday, March 5.

Performances: Thursdays – Saturdays, April 18-20 and 25-27 at 7:30PM

Sundays, April 21 and 28 at 3PM