Will Kempe’s Players Auditions for Tertiary Characters and Musicians for “Othello”

Will Kempe’s Players is holding performance auditions for tertiary characters and musicians for Othello, our second show of the 2018 summer season directed by Sandra Boynton.


The Tragedy of Othello (or The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) revolves around the title character and the circumstances resulting from his secret marriage to the daughter of a senator, the beautiful Desdemona, as well as the promotion of Michael Cassio over Othello’s most trusted confidant, Iago. Iago?s jealousy drives him to manipulate everyone around him, including Roderigo who is already enraged that the woman whom he secretly loves, Desdemona, has been married to the “Moor.” Just as it appears a long life of combat and conflict may be behind him, Othello’s mind is infected by Iago?s deception and he grows jealous as Iago convinces him Desdemona is unfaithful and a whole host of other characters fall victim to Iago’s falsehoods, thus leading to the play?s tragic end.

Please prepare a verse monologue of 20 lines, and if you would like to be considered for musical performance as well, prepare two minutes of any acoustic instrumentation of your choosing. Feel free to prepare one of each, or a single selection of either.

These roles will be cast gender blind, however most will be dressed as men.

Principal roles are cast, however the audition process with WKP is unique, and all auditioners are also considered for future projects.

As a predominantly Shakespearean original practice repertory theater company, we put on multiple shows throughout the summer, as well as special events and workshops throughout the remainder of the year. As such, our auditions also include a sampling of our workshops as a sneak peek of what it is like to work with the company.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

6:30pm – 6:45pm Sign Up
6:45pm – 7:45pm Monlogues/Music
7:45pm – 8:00pm BREAK
8:00pm – 8:20pm Fight Choreography
8:20pm – 8:40pm Improv Games
8:40pm – 9:00pm Catches &  Farewells

Please join us Wednesday May 23rd in front of the Beaudoin Theater in Foy Hall at Siena College. Feel free to arrive anytime between 6:30pm and 7:15pm to sign in.

Othello rehearsals begin the final week of May, and performances will be held on weekends during July and August at various locations in the Capital Region and as far north as Lake George.

Visit our website at www.willkempesplayers.com or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/willkempesplayers

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