The Carriage House Players are pleased to announce auditions for our 2018 Summer Shakespeare Festival! Auditions will be held on March 10th from 12 pm to 4 pm. Actors should prepare a short Shakespearean monologue (12-20 lines) and submit a headshot and resume. We are auditioning for the following shows:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Directed by Christine Boehm
June 29th-July 29th
Every Wednesday and Friday at 8pm and Sunday at 7 pm

Directed by Jordan Hue
August 5th-September 2nd
Every Wednesday and Friday at 8pm and Sunday at 7 pm

*In order to be considered for a role, you must be able to commit to all performance dates*

We are seeking a variety of diverse talent to bring to these challenging and exciting works of theatre!

Come on down Saturday, March 10th from 12 pm to 4 pm and share your passion for theater with the #CHPlayers as we continue our inaugural season!


See below for a synopsis of each show and a breakdown of open roles:


Actors should prepare a short Shakespearean monologue (12-20 lines) and submit a headshot and resume.

All roles are open

Taking place in a mythical “Athens” (played in the round in the Vanderbilt Mansion courtyard), with a enchanting fairies, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey – A Midsummer Night’s Dream is nonsensical craziness – but it’s a ton of fun.

We’re seeking for energetic, interactive performers with deep senses of character and storytelling. A strong understanding of Shakespeare’s text is a must – but more importantly, actors must have a willingness and desire to craft and engage in one of Shakespeare’s silliest of romps.

Please direct any questions/comments/concerns to the director at


Actors should prepare a short Shakespearean monologue (12-20 lines) and submit a headshot and resume.

Sides from the play will be available at auditions. You may be asked to read from the play.

Actors of any gender and any ethnicity will be considered for all roles. The role of Hamlet is closed and has been cast.


Character Breakdown:

KING CLAUDIUS: 40s – 60s. The King of Denmark and the play’s antagonist. Brother to the murdered King Hamlet. He is a calculating, ambitious politician, driven by his sexual appetites and his lust for power, but he occasionally shows signs of guilt and human feeling—his love for Gertrude, for instance, seems sincere.

QUEEN GERTRUDE: 40s – 60s. The Queen of Denmark, Hamlet’s mother, recently married to Claudius. Gertrude loves Hamlet deeply, but she is a shallow, weak woman who seeks affection and status more urgently than truth or moral rectitude.

POLONIUS: 50s – 70s. The Lord Chamberlain of Claudius’s court – a pompous, buffoonish, conniving old man. Polonius is the father of Laertes and Ophelia.

OPHELIA: 18 – 30. Polonius’s daughter, a beautiful young woman with whom Hamlet has been in love. Ophelia is a sweet and innocent young girl, who obeys her father and her brother, Laertes. She gives in to Polonius’s schemes to spy on Hamlet. After Polonius’ murder, she suffers a severe mental lapse before her death.

LAERTES: 20s – 30s. Polonius’s son and Ophelia’s brother, a young man who spends much of the play in France. Passionate and quick to action.

HORATIO: 20s – 30s. Hamlet’s best friend, who studied with the prince at the university in Wittenberg. Horatio is loyal and helpful to Hamlet throughout the play. After Hamlet’s death, Horatio remains alive to tell Hamlet’s story.

ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN: Both 20s – 30s. They are two bumbling, dishonest, and at times sinister courtiers – former friends of Hamlet from Wittenberg, who are summoned by Claudius and Gertrude to discover the cause of Hamlet’s strange behavior.

THE GHOST (of KING HAMLET)/Player King: 40s – 60s. The specter of Hamlet’s recently deceased father. The ghost, who claims to have been murdered by Claudius, calls upon Hamlet to avenge him. However, it is not entirely certain whether the ghost is what it appears to be, or whether it is something else. Hamlet speculates that the ghost might be a devil sent to deceive him and tempt him into murder, and the question of what the ghost is or where it comes from is never definitively resolved. Actor doubles as the Player King and others.

OSRIC/First Player: 20s – 40s. A flamboyant courtier. Doubles as the First Player and others.

BERNARDO/Gravedigger: 20s – 50s. A soldier and guard at Elsinore. Doubles as the Gravedigger and others.

MARCELLUS/Player Queen: 20s – 40s. A solider and guard at Elsinore. Doubles as the Player Queen and others.

FRANCISCO/Lucianus: 20s – 40s. A soldier and guard at Elsinore. Doubles as Lucianus and others.

PRINCE FORTINBRAS/Prologue: 20s – 40s. The young Prince of Norway, whose father the king (also named Fortinbras) was killed by Hamlet’s father (also named Hamlet). Now Fortinbras wishes to attack Denmark to avenge his father’s honor, making him another foil for Prince Hamlet. Doubles as Prologue (Player) and others.

*If you are auditioning for both shows, there is no need to prepare two monologues. One is sufficient.*

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