As You Like It Auditions
As You Like It Auditions
April 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Harley School
1981 Clover St
Maria Scipione
As You Like It Auditions @ Harley School

All the world’s a stage…

RCP’s Shakespeare Players are excited to announce auditions for our twentieth anniversary production of Free Shakespeare at Highland Bowl: As You Like It, directed by Maria Scipione. Shakespeare’s witty comedy subverts the rules of gender and romance. Set against the musical backdrop of Woodstock, this production of As You Like It will find the power of freedom, love, and rebellion.

Auditions will take place at 7pm on April 6 and 7 at the Harley School; call-backs, if needed, will be April 8 at 2pm. At the auditions, actors should be prepared to deliver a monologue of their choice, perform a cold reading, and participate in movement and improvisation exercises. Let us know if you have musical talent you want to share too! All ages are welcome to audition, though some roles specifically call for teen-age or young-20s actors. Casting will be color-blind and, in some cases, gender blind.

Rehearsals will start in mid-May; performances will be five nights a week, July 14–29. Most rehearsals will be 7–10pm on weeknights. Please share all your evening and weekend conflicts for May 15 through July 30.

Producers and a tech team are also being recruited for this highly visible summer Shakespeare experience, expected to draw several thousand people to the Highland Bowl during the 12-performance run.

For more information, contact the director at (585) 414-9501, or at


The play goes back and forth between the regimented court of Duke Frederick and the Forest of Arden, where freedom provides relief from fraternal conflicts. According to Essential Shakespeare Handbook, “Inhabited by shepherds, the forest becomes a rural counter-court for a group of exiles from the duke’s palace. In this natural setting, the exiles make peace with the world they have left behind, and discover themselves anew.”

The roles:

  • Rosalind, the central character, spends much of the play disguised as a boy named Ganymede. Daughter of the banished Duke Senior. Late teens to mid-20s.  
  • Celia, Rosalind’s cousin and best friend, daughter to Duke Frederick. Late teens to mid-20s.
  • Oliver, eldest son of Sir Rowland de Boys, who plots to kills his younger brother, Orlando. 20s to 30s.
  • Jaques de Boys, another son of Sir Rowland who has been educated by Oliver. 20s to 30s.
  • Orlando, youngest son of Sir Rowland, who falls in love with Rosalind. Late teens to late 20s.
  • Duke Senior, banished to Arden, father of Rosalind and brother of Frederick. Mid-40s to 50s.
  • Duke Frederick, usurper of his brother, Senior, and father of Celia. Forties to 50s.
  • Jaques, a melancholy member of Duke Senior’s entourage. 20s to 60s.
  • Le Beau, a courtier, any age.
  • Charles, a wrestling champion. Mid 20s to 30s.
  • Adam, elderly servant of Oliver’s and then Orlando’s. 50s and up.
  • Dennis, Servant to Oliver. Any age.
  • Touchstone, a clown in Duke Frederick’s court who finds romantic entertainment in Arden. Thirties and up.
  • Sir Oliver Martext, a vicar. Thirties and up.
  • Corin, a shepherd. Late teens to 30s.
  • Silvius, a shepherd who falls in love with Phebe. Late teens to late 20s.
  • William, a country bumpkin who also falls for Phebe. Late teens to 30s.
  • Phebe, a shepherdess who falls in love with “Ganymede.” Late teens to late 20s.
  • Audrey, a country girl who attracts Touchstone’s interests. 20s to 40s.
  • Hymen, the god of Marriage. Any age.
  • Other players: Lords, ladies, pages, foresters, and attendants.


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Jamie has been performing with RCP since 2013. Notable roles include playing Helena in the ASL-English production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Highland Bowl and Ophelia in HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. She joined the Shakespeare Players Committee in 2016.



2017-04-08 20:55:47 Reply

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. We are excited by the talent that came out, and look forward to sharing the cast list soon!

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