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    Eleanore Tapscott

    By William Shakespeare

    Directed by Juli Tarabek Blacker

    Audition Dates & Times

    Saturday, July 8: 1 pm to 5 pm

    Sunday, July 9: 7 pm to 9 pm

    Callbacks by invitation only July 11, 7 pm to 9 pm

    Performance Dates: October 13-28, 2017


    Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044

    SHUMC is located approximately 1.7 miles from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in the Seven Corners area and about 0.6 mile from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Columbia Pike (Route 244)

    Plot Summary: Shakespeare’s classic tragedy- with a twist.  Hamlet returns home after her mother’s death to find that her father has married her aunt, ascending the aunt to the throne of Denmark.  Her mother’s ghost appears, asking Hamlet to avenge her murder.  Hamlet is then led on a twisting ride of madness, murder, and discovery.

    Audition Information

    Please bring a resume and a calendar with your conflicts from July 10, 2017, through October 28, 2017. If you have a black-and-white headshot and acting résumé, you may bring them with you; auditionees, however, may be asked to have their picture taken by the PCP photographer.

    Role Summary

    7 female, 5 male actors (some actors will play multiple roles); Hamlet and Laerta will participate in some stage combat.  Casting will be blind in terms of race/ethnicity.

    Character Summaries: Note, this production will be flipping the genders of many of the characters.  Please pay close attention to the descriptions below. 

    Hamlet (F): 20s, Princess of Denmark, she pretends to be mad to get to the bottom of her mother’s death.

    Claudia (F): 40s-50s, Queen of Denmark and Hamlet’s aunt.  She has used every method in her power to get to the throne and has no intention of giving it up. Actor will also play the ghost.

    Gerhardt (M): 40s-50s, King of Denmark and Hamlet’s father.  He worries about both his daughter’s madness and his choice to marry Claudia.  (Gertrude in the original)

    Polonia (F): 40s-50s, Lady of Denmark.  She believes she is wise but can actually be quite foolish and nosy, which helps to lead her to her end.

    Laerta (F): 20s to early 30s, Daughter of Polonia.  She is loyal to her family, which leads her down her final path.

    Ophelius (M), 20s, Son of Polonia and brother of Laertea.  He has been in a relationship with Hamlet.

    Hortia (F), 20s to early 30s, Lady and friend of Hamlet.  She is loyal to Hamlet and serves as a guiding force.

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (M): 20s, school friends of Hamlet.  They have been drawn to Denmark by Claudia to spy on Hamlet.  These actors may also be double cast in ensemble roles.

    Ensemble: (1 M, 2 F), ages 20s-50s.  These actors will play a variety of roles, including Bernardo, Osric, and the players.

    NOTE: All actors cast are required to become members of Port City Playhouse within two weeks of being cast.

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    Nick Russo


    I’m a 26 year old actor. Have been looking for an opportunity to perform Shakespeare. I am interested in the Ophelius, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern roles.

    Nick Russo


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