Midsummer Night's Dream

A comedy by William Shakespeare

AYE | An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production, featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble

There's a moon out tonight, and it's shining on lovers, clowns, and fairies hip-hopping through the enchanted woods in the most resilient of Shakespeare's comedies, easily adapting itself both to traditional and a radically new interpretation.

Ages 10 & Up
Director: Ruben Nagy
Teaching Artists: Ian Moore & Julie Nagy


Monday, January 16, 2017 - By appointment only starting at 6 p.m.
Please email Julie to schedule an audition:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 starting at 6 p.m.

*** Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.

All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

Audition requirements for all participants:

1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.

2. READ THE PLAY! A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare can be located online, Barnes and Noble or your the local library. *The Director recommends the Arden, Folger or Barnes & Noble versions of William Shakespeare's play.

3. Review and be prepared to audition with one the following character monologues. Memorization is NOT required, only to be familiar with the play and characters to fully grasp the objective of the scenes in which you will be asked to read from.

1. Hermia (download) | The daughter of Egeus and the beloved of Lysander and Demetrius (at least at the beginning of the play). She is strong-willed, believes in her right to choose her husband based on love, and is fiercely loyal. When crossed, Hermia can become a downright vixen. Hermia is beautiful, though she's small in stature and somewhat sensitive about it.

2. Helena (download) | She loves Demetrius, and at one time he returned her love. But before the play begins, he fell in love with Hermia and left Helena in despair. Because of Demetrius's abandonment of her, Helena lacks self-confidence and self-respect, going so far as to tell Demetrius that she'll love and follow him even if he treats her like his dog. She's also a bit conniving and desperate, willing to betray her friend Hermia's confidence in order to try to win back Demetrius's love. Physically, according to specific text, she's tall or taller than Hermia.

3. Lysander (download) | An Athenian nobleman who loves Hermia. In many ways, he is the model of a constant lover. He risks death under Athenian law by coming up with the plan to elope into the woods with Hermia, and only strays from his loyalty to Hermia under the influence of the love juice. When the effect of the spell is removed, he returns to his true love.

4. Titania (download) | The Queen of the Fairies and Oberon's wife. Titania is strong willed and independent, willing to fight her husband for control of the changeling boy. She is also powerful. Her fight with her husband causes nature to act strangely, and her fairies always follow her commands. She is not, however, immune to the power of the juice from the love-in-idleness flower. As a lover, she is doting, though jealous.

5. Egeus (download) | Hermia's father, Egeus is an overbearing and rigid man who cares more about what he wants than his daughter's desires. He is so vain and uncaring; he is willing to let his daughter die if she won't do as he tells her.

6. Bottom (download) | A weaver whose supreme confidence in his acting skill convinces the other laborers to give him the lead role of Pyramus in their version of Pyramus and Thisbe. In fact, Bottom is a seriously incompetent actor who understands neither his lines nor theater in general. All this makes him a profoundly funny character. Because he has no idea he's incompetent, he never ceases to make long, overly dramatic speeches filled with incorrect references and outright absurdities. Even when Puck transforms his head into an ass's head, Bottom fails to realize it and takes it as unsurprising when Titania falls in love with him. Yet though Bottom is certainly extremely foolish and self-important, he means well.

4. Additionally review and be prepared that you may be asked to read from any one of the following scenes or for any one character:

1. ACT II, SCENE I (download). A wood near Athens.

2. ACT II, SCENE II (download). Athens. QUINCE'S house.

3. ACT I, SCENE I (download). Athens. The palace of THESEUS.

5. Keep Wednesday, January 18, 2017 available after 6 p.m. for a call back.

6. BEFORE YOU AUDITION, be advised that students must be available for classes, evening rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role and all tech/performance dates.

AYE | Algonquin Youth Ensemble
Algonquin Youth Ensemble students will study and perform William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Experience the process of auditioning, script analysis, physical detail in acting while studying Shakespeare's text and learn to bring the story on its feet by speaking the language out loud as Shakespeare intended. The classroom is an educational environment structured with lessons that work hand-in-hand with the rehearsal, directing and staging of the main stage performance.

Students must be available for classes, evening rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role and all tech/performance dates.

Rehearsals (outside of classes) will begin in March 2017. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

In addition to evening rehearsals (TBA), all AYE participants must attend the following Saturday classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 classes total): 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/22.

Technical Rehearsals will run April 24, 25, 26 & 27 - Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 6 p.m.


*Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. *Education Series Performance.
*Friday, April 28, 2017 at 12 p.m. *Education Series Performance.
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8 p.m.