Auditions scheduled for Love in Naples
Initial Auditions: February, 3 & 4, 2014 at 6 pm
Location: UW-Manitowoc University Theatre
DOTTORE GESSEMINA GRATIANO
Middle-aged, first female lawyer in Italy, and first Italian Ambassador to the New World. Dottore is a blustery pedant who is used to getting her way.
PANTALONE DEI BISOGNOSI
Middle-aged, Venetian merchant. Pantalone is greedy and stubborn and used to having his way.
Dottore’s daughter. Beatrice is still in love with Leandro. She is headstrong and determined.
Pantalone’s son who is thought to have drown. Leandro is still in love with Beatrice and will do anything to win her hand.
Dottore’s servant and confidant to Beatrice. Truffaldina is clever and earthy. She has a soft spot for Francischino.
Pantalone’s servant. Francischino is always hungry and lusty but will take time out for a good trick or a little revenge. He is hot for Truffaldina.
The play will be performed in the style of the Italian Comedy or Commedia dell’ Arte. We’re looking for actors who are very physically and vocally expressive. The style demands agility and excellent timing. The bigger and broader the performance the better. Leandro and Beatrice are required to fence and sing. Francischino and Truffaldina will do some acrobatics, pantomime and possibly juggling. (These two are very physical parts.) I will work with actors to develop their skill sets.
If you are an acrobat, juggler, tumbler, singer or musician we may add you to the cast in a supporting role in the preshow and for interludes.
For the audition, candidates do not need to bring prepared material. Everyone will be given numerous opportunities to audition for a variety of roles. Direction may be given, but since you will be allowed more than one opportunity, no one need feel anxious about “getting it right the first time.” The audition will involve reading selected scenes from the script, movement and vocal work and improvising. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that will allow you to move freely. Please bring a photo. It does not have to be an 8 x 10 glossy, just a photo that I can remember you by when I am casting. If you have an acting resume, bring it. However there will be room on the audition form to list your acting experience. Scripts will be available in the Business Office….. If you are a currently enrolled student and are cast, you may enroll in COM 131 for 1 credit depending on your credit and financial aid status.
We are also looking for people to work on crews, including stage management, marketing, and production. If you are a currently enrolled student, you may enroll in COM 131 for 1 credit depending on your credit load and financial aid status.
Over a seven-week period there will be approximately 22 rehearsals, the majority of which will be Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon 3 – 5 p.m. and evening 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Monday and Wednesday evenings or as schedules dictate.