'The Rivals' - March, 2000

The Rivals
March, 2000

Audition Notices

ACT 1 is thrilled to announce auditions for its second production of the 2018/2019 season:

The Romancers

Auditions will be Friday, November 16th (6:30-8:30pm) and Saturday, November 17th (2-4pm) at Woodland Presbyterian Church (211 N 11th St., Nashville, TN 37206).

Synopsis: The story is a well known one. Two families with adjoining properties and a young man and woman fall in love even though their fathers are bitter enemies. But, it turns out the fathers are secretly friends trying to get their families joined together. So, they hire Straforel to fake an abduction of the daughter so the young man can “save” her and be the hero, thereby solidifying their commitment to each other. And that’s exactly what happens… sort of… eventually.

Production info: If you like cosplay, video games, cartoons, anime, “The Princess Bride,” Shakespeare, “Scott Pilgrim vs the World,” or commedia dell'arte theater, you’re going to want to be in this play. Gender-neutral casting is available for 8-10 actors. Plus, we might have the most fun costumes you’ll wear all year (including Halloween).

The Romancers is by Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano De Bergerac. It’s an homage to the commedia dell'arte style of theater and is usually performed with broad, archetype characters dressed in Louis XVI style costumes and masks. Our production will modernize this to use video game and anime/animation styles instead of the traditional look. Highly stylized costumes and makeup will be used for each character.

Roles available:

  • Sylvette - A young maiden
  • Percinet - A young man
  • Straforel - A Flamboyant Brigand for hire
  • Bergamin (Percinet's father)
  • Pasquinot (Sylvette's father)
  • Blaise (A gardener)
  • 1-2 Henchmen (non speaking role)
  • A Wall (2 actors) (Not a speaking part but will perform expressive pantomime)

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Actors hoping for subtlety and understated performances should stay away; these performances and costumes will be bigger than life. Headshots and resumes appreciated, not required. Please park behind the building and enter from the doors in back.

The Romancers is directed by Scott Hutcheson. Performances will be January 11-26, 2019 at the Darkhorse Theater.

For additional information, please see our Facebook event.